On Maoist "Roundtable Conference"

Update: Update: In a sudden development, the Maoists have postponed their “roundtable conference” that they had planned to start today in Kathmandu. In a press statement, Maoist central leader Ram Bahadur Thapa informed that the round-table conference has been called off until further notice.”The September 12, 2007 round-table conference has been called off for some time. The new date for the conference will be announced soon.” “The conference has been called off because of lack of enough homework,” said Mohan Baidhya ‘Kiran’.

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Just like Gyanedra dismissed democracy to “restore democracy”, Prachanda is putting the Constituent Assembly election at risk “to make sure the election happens”. Prachanda’s Roundtable Conference reminds Gyanedra’s Municipal elections

By Dinesh Wagle

It is generally agreed that Maoists and Monarchy are two opposing poles in a political world. Nepal is not an exception because the Maoists are one of the most vocal enemies of the feudal institution and tradition. Many might not believe but I see certain similarities between the Maoists and Monarchy in Nepal. Prachanda and Gyanendra, leaders of two opposite gangs, share same way of functioning. Remember Gyanendra dismissed democracy in 2005 to, ironically, strengthen it? Now see what Prachanda is doing: putting the Constituent Assembly election at risk to make sure the election happens. Do I have to mention that both persons and their respective gangs firmly believe in force and they have deep disregard to the public opinions. After all, both believe in dictatorship: one of a palace chief, the other of a Maoist party chief.

The Maoist “roundtable conference” that Prachanda’s party the CPN Maoist is organizing tomorrow reminds me of the drama of municipal “election” that Gyanendra staged in early 2006. Some fringe and ‘dubious’ groups like the dissatisfaction faction of Madhesi Janadhikar Forum (MPRF) are expected to take part in the Maoist “roundtable conference”, just like some fringe and suspicious smaller-than-local-club “parties” took part in Gyanendra “polls”. The large mass and representation of people is out of the Maoist “conference” just like mainstream political forces actively boycotted the Gyanendra “election”. The artless electoral drama of Gyanendra was a miserable failure and I am sure the Maoist roundtable is bound to face the similar fate. I agree with CPN UML leader Jhalanath Khanal who said today that the Maoist roundtable conference is meaningless as it aims at finding out solution outside the eight-party coalition. Since they didn’t like Nepali Congress-led Peace and Reconstruction Ministry reaching an agreement with the MPRF, it seems, Maoists want to strike their own agreement with the handful dissatisfied MPRF cadres just to fulfill their own ego.

It’s obvious that the main conclusion of the “roundtable conference” will be the need of proportional representation system in the Constituent Assembly election. With the arrival of that conclusion, at least one demand of the Maoists will be fulfilled: the demand of roundtable conference itself. I won’t be surprised if the roundtable conference declares the abolition of monarchy or decides to abolish monarchy. That should fulfill another key demand of the Maoist! But that’s not going to happen, Maoists are desperately seeking a reason, however foolish and childish that might be, to run away from election though the situation is increasingly becoming unfavorable to them. It’s becoming favorable to the elections. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala today reiterated his commitment to hold the Constitutional Assembly elections on the rescheduled time on November 22. He assured that the election would not be put off for the second time after representatives of Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) expressed concerns over the suspicion towards CA elections during a meeting today.

While Koirala is confident about elections, Maoists have threatened to leave the government and start their agitation on 18 September. Maoist central member Barshaman Pun “Ananta” today said in a program in Kathmandu that with the start of the agitation, the 12-point agreement that the Maoists reached with the SPA in the run up to the movement against Gyanendra would be null and void.

So what the SPA should do at this point in time? As Speaker Subash Chandra Nemwang suggested today, they should take to the ultra-communists. “Since the CPN (Maoist) has raised the demands to ensure meaningful election to constituent assembly there should be dialogue its demands,” Nemwang told reporters in Pokhara today. “Top leaders of the eight parties should start talks within two days to arrive at a compromise.” Actually Home Minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula, a Nepali Congress man who headed the government team to negotiate peace agreement with the Maoists, yesterday held discussion with the Information and Communication Minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara, who headed the Maoist talk team. They discussed on how the Maoist 22-point demands, preconditions for “meaningful constituent assembly elections”, could be fulfilled. The positive vibe that came out of the meeting was that they agreed that the eight party meeting or the council of ministers would take up the issue.

Talks are the only way to end this Maoist sponsored deadlock and once again Koirala and SPA must show utmost flexibility to tame these communists for whom election has become something limited to lip service.

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27 thoughts on “On Maoist "Roundtable Conference"”

  1. I have been telling time and again that this ONE OF THE GREATEST CRIMINALs IN THE HISTORY OF HUMANITY pol pot Prachande never believes in competitive politics that embraces people from different political ideologies. Like Bin Laden he knows only one language: that is the language of violence.
    Now the question is why he does not believe in politics based on competition? Because in a competitive political environment, this mass murderer and his YCL (young criminal league) thugs will be extinct from the Nepalese political horizon like Krishna Sagar that has become extinct from the Char kose Jhadi of Nepal. It is not surprising that there are lots of similarities between Gyane and Prachande because after all people like Prachande and Baburam were created by Gyane to weaken democratic forces to grab power. My guess is Prachande will either commit a suicide like his ideologue Pol pot or he will be murdered. But I think his channces of being murdered is much higher than his chances of committing a suicide, who knows maybe before the CA election.

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  2. Mr. Wagle,

    I commend you for your writing this time. When the so called leading journos are silent, you have spoken. Your blatently a republican and I support a constitutional monarchy, but it is time we realise that the biggest threat are Prachanda and gang. Time for us to all realise that the CA will decide many issues not Prachanda and gang. Time to brace ourselves and get ready for anything the maoists will throw at us. Long live Democracy, down with all things totalitarian – monarchy or maoists! Let us agree on this with no compromise.

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  3. Round table conference (urf “jana-goolmech sammelan) Agenda:

    (a) how to avoid CA Polls participation.
    (b) Turn Nepal Republic and sell her to India
    (c) Kill all other oponents
    (d) rename nepal as “jana-nepal” and Prachanda as “jana-prachanda”

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  4. I was surprised that this blog isn’t calling the roundtable “historic” – a term that is very loosely and freely used by people like Wagle for everything they have never seen before.

    It is also apalling that Wagle is trying to do to Girija what losers from the West like Neil is doing to Maoists– giving benefit of doubt on everything “historic”. Unlike what wagle tries to portray in his write up above, there are two people in Nepal who are not confident about the elections and they are one of the most corrupt politicians of Nepal- Giddey Girija and Teacher turned terrorist (TTT) Pushpa Kamal.

    Wagle might eb surprised that his national hero Giddey Girija might concede to the Maoists demands just so that he can stay in power and convert the current parliament into a constituent assembly. ANybody who might think that Girija and TTT are doing this for the aspirations of last year’s April event is mistaken. Both of them are doing it for themselves.

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  5. Like in Sikkim, it has been heard from congress activists that many of the congress leaders are receiving money from RAW to destory the nation. Madhav kumar Nepal is very happy to receive the scholarship of his daughter in Indian Medical Institute…

    “In fact, India was playing a ‘double game.’ On one hand, it was supporting Lhendup in whatever way possible against the King. On the other hand, it was assuring the king that monarchy would survive in Sikkim.”

    The same game is played by India in Nepal.

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  6. Well done Mr. Wagley,

    Here you see the clear intentions of the Maoists. Prachanda the ringleader of the criminals, perhaps he had seen some light in the CA elections, now either sees the hell like defeat in the face of the people or faces murder from the Maoist criminals themselves who apprehend the CA election results or both. There should be no confusion by now that they are the enemies of the people of Nepal who recruited the peaceloving Nepalis to become criminals distributing unnatural and unrealistic dreams. This is time for all Nepalese to come to terms with the situation and move ahead determined to eliminate the dictators – Prachanda, Baburam or Gyane. They all are the radishes frm the same bed.

    a Nepali

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  7. great link deadonarrival,
    has a great amount of similarity what was done to sikkim and what is being done in nepal.
    india has always been the manipulative enemy, and has very bad realation with almost all of its neighbours.
    and girija fits the profile of kazi lendhup.
    only thing i m sure is that im willing to blow myself up in indian capital if they try something similar.

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  8. S 1:17 ,

    They have already tried. What do you expect more than this move ? SPA is being made as puppet of India. I don’t like to blame the maoist they are the stupid among the stupid only…..the whole blame goes to spa leaders for bringing this situation..

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  9. “GREATER NEPAL IS NOT IMPOSSIBLE”
    Caveat: In all probability, it will be a Greater Sikkim of Indian Union ruled, run and ruined by Gurkhas. Be careful of what you wish for, it may come to pass.

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  10. Why you guys hate Kazi Lhendup Dorji so much? Kazi Saab was fighting for democracy and human rights. It was the Gurkhas who sold Sikkim to New Delhi. Kazi Saab had no choice when pressurised by Gurkha refugees and mercenaries in his party. Even then average Sikkimese Gurkhas are much better than average Nepalese Gurkhas, aren’t they?

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  12. THere are lots of similarities between two GREATEST CRIMINALS OF HUMANITY: pOL POT AND PRACHNADE. Both’s name starts with the letter P. That is why I prefer to liken Prachande to Pol pot. Here is the information about Pol pot:

    Pol Pot

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    General Secretary of the Khmer Rouge
    In office
    1963 – 1998
    Preceded by Ton Samouth
    Succeeded by None (party dissolved)

    ———————————–

    Prime Minister of Democratic Kampuchea (Cambodia)
    In office
    May 13, 1975 – January 7, 1979
    Preceded by Khieu Samphan
    Succeeded by None

    ————————————

    Born May 19, 1925(1925-05-19)
    Kampong Thum Province, Cambodia
    Died April 15, 1998 (aged 72)
    Cambodia
    Political party Khmer Rouge
    Spouse Khieu Ponnary (divorced)

    Saloth Sar (May 19, 1925 – April 15, 1998), better known as Pol Pot, was the leader of the Khmer Rouge and the Prime Minister of Cambodia (officially renamed the Democratic Kampuchea during his rule) from 1976 to 1979, having been de facto leader since mid-1975. During his time in power Pol Pot imposed an extreme version of agrarian communism where all city dwellers were relocated to the countryside to work in collective farms and forced labour projects. The combined effect of slave labour, malnutrition, poor medical care and executions is estimated to have killed around 2 million Cambodians (approximately one third of the population). His regime achieved special notoriety for singling out all intellectuals and other “bourgeois enemies” for murder.

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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  13. The hero-looking man, with dark glasses, black leather jacket, upturned hair-style fixed with gel and a big belly because of over-eating, Prachanda is not any less than Gyanendra. the same height, the same bhoodi and the same age.

    He beleives he is the king of Nepal
    He beleives people are weak and can easily be enslaved
    He beleives people fear him; the whole idea is creating “fear” in the mind of people, as his name suggests, “Prachanda”
    He beleives by creating fear, he can win and establish himself as the dictator

    But that’s wrong
    His violence will eventually pay him
    His cadres themselves will devour him alive
    They will murder him
    Because that’s what he deserves for what he has done

    He is no less criminal than Gyanendra

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  14. The name of the maoist in Nepal will go after CA election. They hardly win 10 seats because they are being trapped by SPA, Madhesi, royalist, India and USA.

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  15. SANDHYA RAI….

    Pasupati JAU ra TEEJ KO BARTA BASA…

    Just dont post ur childish thoughts here…….

    U all know what? All Nepalese people are going to have a Black Covered Passports after a short period of time COZ Indians Nationalities ordinary passport is black…. start learning JANA GANA MANA …mera bharat mahan not SAIYUN THUNGA PHOOL KA…

    We, all Nepalese are the culprits, we are uneducated and we dont have common sense…… all NETA are Indians by thoughts …..

    NEW NEPAL would be the name of INDIA’S NEW STATE…. shame on us…

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  16. Well well well..

    Hey you YCLs (replytoall, nabhanu kyare….) stop scolding innocent nepalse.

    As gyanendra is kaliyug’s “DURYODHAN”, your god father prachanda is kaliyug’s “RAVAN”.

    Prachanda under doctors upervision: Bad karma brings bad fate.

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  17. Here’s one for the record. The days of Sikkimization and it’s haunting similarities with Nepal today.

    nepaliperspectives.blogspot.com/2007/09/pain-of-losing-nation.html

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  18. Hmm…. a whole lot of hypocricy here and not a lot of substance. Royalists, Wagle coming down on the Maoists isn’t Wagle support your cause, so realx and stop kissing Wagle’s behind.

    Let’s revisit recent history. Did the 7 Parties and Wagle’s own dear Nepali Congress not take the option of siding with the Maoists to fight Gyanendra? Was the 12 Point Agreement not endorsed by Mr. Wagle and his friends? So why this sudden rage against the Maoists? Because they are going after corrupt people like Chiranjibi Wagle and JP Gupta and Gacchedar?

    Is this Wagle’s way of saying that now when it suits the Nepali Congress, the Maoists can be discarded and treated the same way the Royalists were treated before them?

    I don’t think so. On this point, I have to agree with Neil Horning’s logic. I am beginning to see trends in the Bahun-baad version of demcracy which is “as much if not more” a democratic scam than a democratic option.

    Come on Neil. Let’s hear what you have to say…

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