The HLPC report must be taken seriously and its suggestions must be implemented
By now the world has learned from the High Level Probe Commission that Gyanendra was (and is) guilty of suppressing the historical popular uprising in April and responsible for the death of 21 innocent Nepalis who were fighting for their freedom. Did we really need the Commission to tell us that truth? Not actually because we saw the ambitious monarch on TV in Feb 1, 2005 dismissing remains of democracy that he started destroying systematically in mid 2002. That was the biggest crime he did and I am sure he will be punished in the election of Constituent Assembly. No vote for any party or candidates who want to give space in whatever form to monarchy in Nepal. At least I will not give. Baru Maobadi lai halchhu 😉
What about Gyanendra’s crime of putting us in dark for the whole week of after Feb 1, 2005 by cutting off telephone lines, switching off Internet connections, imposing emergency and censorship, restricting movements, and severely curtailing our civil liberties.
What about the crimes Gyanendra and his cabinet did at the time of April uprising? The Commission led by former justice Krishna Jung Rayamajhi has held the entire cabinet and chairman Gyanendra responsible for the destruction of property and abuse of national coffers and authority. Who killed those innocent people? The one who actually pulled the trigger? Yes, of course. But that would not the complete justice. As the executive head of Nepal at that time, Gyanendra is responsible for all those deaths. He must be punished.
Some people might say, well, Gyanendra is now sidelined; we must forgive him and concentrate ourselves in dealing with Maoists. We must deal with Maoists but we must not forget Gyanendra. We are well aware of the nature of Shah Kings. They don’t change for good.
Though Prime Minster Girija Prasad Koirala has said the government will not spare any guilty the skepticism still rules many Nepalis. What if the government doesn’t take action against all those 2002 people including Gyanendra as per the suggestions of the Commission? What if this report becomes another Mallik Commission report? People are vigilant. I saw a vox populi in Kantipur TV this evening in which all participants said that this report must not share the fate of Mallik Commission report. People remember how the report on the probe of atrocities done during the 1990 movement was thrown into dustbin by the successive democratic governments. Implementing the Commission report is the real challenge ahead. -Wagle