Nepal in Transition: Gyanendra Barks From Palace, Tries to Justify 2005 Coup

Tries to justify Feb 1, 2005 takeover, claims he did that as per “people’s aspiration”

A day after he was stoned by the angry people who also chanted slogan demanding his ouster from Nepal, king Gyanendra has issued a statement on the eve of Monday’s Democracy Day [Feb 19] in which he clearly defends his Feb 1, 2005 takeover. Gyanendra who was forced to give up the power after historic popular uprising in April also claims in the statement [embargoed for publication until Feb 20] that he installed autocracy and dismissed democracy in Feb 1, 2005 “as per peoples’ desire.” The current interim constitution, a document of compromise between the former Maoist rebels and pro democracy alliance of Seven Political Parties to end the decade long violent conflict, doesn’t recognize the king. The king as per the constitution has no role whatsoever in the state of affairs of Nepal. In a way, he is in the state of suspension. This dramatic statement from Gyanendra is bound to create obstacles in holding election of constitution assembly. Why he issued a political statement?

Gyanendra says:

It is clear that the prevailing situation compelled us to take the Feb 1, 2005 (Magh 17, 2061) step in accordance with the people’s aspiration to reactivate the elected bodies by maintaining law and order following the dissolution of the House of Representatives at the recommendation of the elected Prime Minister of the day, who was unable to conduct general election within the timeframe stipulated by the Constitution. Subsequent governments, too, were not successful in this task.

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Why on earth Gyanendra felt to justify his two-year-old actions that people of Nepal rejected and discarded through a historic uprising?

Gyanendra further says:

We are also morally responsible for any success or failure during the 15 month effort. As our sold wish is that the people should govern themselves through their own elected representatives, it is well known that we reinstated the House of Representatives on April 24, 2006 with the confidence that the nation would forge ahead on the path of national unity and prosperity, while ensuring permanent peace and safeguarding multiparty democracy.

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While giving us all the boring lecture on democracy, Gyanendra easily chooses to forget the historic April revolution in which million of people around the country demonstrated against him. It is an open secret that Gyanendra hasn’t yet accepted the restoration of democracy because that he did forcefully.

Here is the full text of Gyanendra Shah’s statement: [???????? ???? ?]

Beloved countrymen

Today, the 57th National Democracy Day, reminds us of the joint struggle launched by the King and the people, culminating in the successful restoration of the peoples’ rights. On this historic day, we pay homage to our august grandfather His late Majesty King Tribhuvan, the architect of democracy in Nepal, and all the brave martyrs who laid down their lives for this cause.

Nepal’s glorious history is guided by the fact that Monarchy has always abided by the aspirations of the Nepalese people, on whom sovereignty is vested. It is clear that the prevailing situation compelled us to take the Feb 1, 2005 step in accordance with the people’s aspiration to reactivate the elected bodies by maintaining law and order following the dissolution of the House of Representatives at the recommendation of the elected Prime Minister of the day, who was unable to conduct general election within the timeframe stipulated by the Constitution. Subsequent governments, too, were not successful in this task. Various obstacles thwarted our resolve to install elected representative bodies. We are also morally responsible for any success or failure during the 15 month effort. As our sold wish is that the people should govern themselves through their own elected representatives, it is well known that we reinstated the House of Representatives on April 24, 2006 with the confidence that the nation would forge ahead on the path of national unity and prosperity, while ensuring permanent peace and safeguarding multiparty democracy.

In order to consolidate multiparty democracy, elected representative bodies must be installed, taking into consideration, in a mature manner, the grievances, aspirations and sentiments of all the Nepalese to the satisfaction of all. Nepal is a kaleidoscope of diverse peoples- be they indigenous, dalits or those living in villages, cities, terai, hills, or the mountainous regions. It will do well to remember that Nepal’s sovereignty and integrity remains safeguarded only because all have accepted and abided by this reality. The Nepalese people alone are the arbitrators of their own destiny and they wish to build a prosperous Nepal through a meaningful exercise in multiparty democracy. The self-respecting Nepalese people have an unshakable belief that one’s unique identity can be upheld only by respecting one’s history.

While upholding the people’s wish as supreme, may this day inspire all to remain dedicated, through multiparty democracy, to the greater welfare of Nepal and her people by ensuring their concurrence and active participation.

May Lord Pashupatinath bless us all!
Jaya Nepal!

Related Blog:

1. Gyanendra Shah Speaks Again: Time To Keep Quiet, Maharaj! [Gyanendra’s Dashain statement in October 2006]

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111 thoughts on “Nepal in Transition: Gyanendra Barks From Palace, Tries to Justify 2005 Coup”

  1. If the people are interested in a revolution however (i.e. the complete overhaul of the state), then let’s not bother with elections, we have to launch a real peoples movement and oust everyone (the old monarchial system, the SPA and the maoists). Let’s wipe the slate clean and rebuild. This revoution will mean launching of a new front of common citizens in their respective areas (No parties, we can register for parties after the revolution after kicking out all these old scoundrels out for good). No to any of the old murderers and thugs. Why go for any of these present party agendas, when we cannot even have a SPAM government deliver goods and services and clean the garbage (including their own human garbage). Yes, the question of the mess after the storm arises – but are’nt we already in a mess, with potential for more? And can’t we trust ourselves to do the right thing over the SPAM?

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  2. LONG LIVE KING GYNENDRA!
    HANG MOAIST!
    HANG PRACHANDRA!
    HANG GIRIJA!
    SHOOT ALL THE MEMBER OF BULLSHIT NEPALI PARLIMENT!
    NEPALI PARLIMENT MEMBERS DONOT HAVE NEPALI PEOPLE MANDATE.
    NEPALI PARLIMENT MEMBERS MANDATE HAS EXPIRED LONG TIME BACK.
    NEPALI PARLIMENT MEMBERS ARE SELF MADE RULE OF NEPAL.
    NEPALI PARLIMENT MEMBERS ARE ALL CORRUPTS PEOPLE WHO RULED NEPAL FOR 14 YEARS!
    MOAIST ARE ALL MURDERS AND KILLERS!

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  3. Adesh,

    Nice logical comments. You hit a few nails out there.

    Jay Madesh,

    Nice spirit. Just don’t give it, till you win the fight.

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  4. Everyone is barking in nepal:king, spa, maoist, forum, janjaties, un, usa.
    But one one is interested in solving the problem.
    The other day: the ambassador of Switzerland went to Biratnagar to establish a conflict management research center.
    The people of madesh are dying and this guy is doing research as to why people are dying.
    After some months he will also bark his findings.
    Its time for the common people to bark, and then all the previous barkers will shut up.

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  5. I have been so busy taking on each of these SPAMmers that I can’t even remember the Nepalis (aka the royalists, mandales, nationalists, etc.). I meant:

    Ashutosh Shrivastav (10:05:19) you made very nice logical comments. Looking forward to more some from you here, there and everywhere.

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  6. Guys,

    Why don’t we first remove the thing that’s been a pain in every Nepali’s ass for the last 220 or whatever years? Yes, the Shah dynasty. Then we can see what else we can remove. But first, start of with taking away the biggest collective pain in the butt.

    I guarantee, even the dumb royalists will breathe a sigh of relief.

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  7. Bahun and Newar are like AIDS. We need some good medication to make Nepal free from these ruling terrorists.

    If anyone argues for Spammers and Terrorists:
    I suggest

    Go to school to get education
    If you turn out like Bhattrai, who I believe has fake degree from Jawaharlal University, India–enlighten your wisdom
    Socialize, make good friends, change your behavior, read news, analyze rather than blindly following
    If possible go to Rehab

    And last,

    Shoot yourself, if you cannot change your terroristic behavior.

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  8. I guess we forget why we as a Nepali came into being- was it by accident? No way, learn to hold dear your roots otherwise forever be a state like Palestine. And people like Manan will be the sly that will reap the blood money from endless and protracted fight for nationhood and sovereignty. C’mon, buttheads learn to be real-tendency to get misled and have missed placed priorities does not bode well for people who can blog and own a computer. All this computer thumping dudes and dudettes have superior complex which are far from ground reality. All they preach is driven by tit bits, hearsay and personal superiority complex cocooned in four walls. No wonder few in the jungle and in the street (rent a crowd) can change the situation whereas all geeks theorize and act Dante- Bullshit.

    Your comments are nothing but show off. You think you guys are smart but in actuallity its other way around. The people in villages and rural towns are dictating it, not by themselves but as proxy of Maoist and 7 parties. Just be aware you have no stake in all this, just have to accept that is given or take a flight out of Nepal. Shitheads.

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