Any coup in Nepal would be not only suicidal for the coup-supporting high ranking officials of the Army but also against the Nepali peoples’ verdict.
Today’s copy of the Kathmandu Post, at my desk, welcomed me as I returned from a six-day long trek in the Helambu region of Nepal. A single column, front page piece titled “Army chief rules out coup” caught my attention rather than the six-column wide, double-decker headlined main news of the Post. The trip was superb, though I didn’t see many syau jasta gala bhayeki soltinis and Apple in the Helambu which I had expected to see in the region but I must confess the news item made my day. If General Katawal really meant (he has no other option really) what he said, then I appreciate his statement. Such an act would be not only suicidal for the coup-supporting high ranking officials of the Army but also against the Nepali peoples’ verdict. That wouldn’t last long too. The people of Nepal are much more aware, politically and socially, than they were a decade ago. They don’t want others to take care of their affairs; they want to do that themselves. If the situation demands, they are ready to state another April Revolution. Yes, the Maoists are brat. That’s almost proved. But that doesn’t mean the democracy should be a casualty of their foolishness. The main news of the past is bleak (Dashain blessings fail to break political impasse) but I hope the situation will improve in the coming days. I know not all people like these leaders with an open heart but my view is that there is no other option than having complete faith on the political leadership and political parties. The Post news on General’s remark:
SANKHUWASABHA, Oct 23– Chief of Army Staff General Rookmangud Katawal has ruled out the possibility of an army coup. Talking to representatives of civil society at the Amardal Battalion at Khandbaari barracks Monday, General Katawal said, “The Nepal Army (NA) will never stage a coup in the country.” Dismissing speculations that the army might stage a coup, he said that it was all just a rumor. He also said that the NA was already a part of the democratic system and would abide by that system. According to Red Cross district president Saroj Bajracharya, Katawal expressed firm commitment to obeying the orders of the democratic government and said “The NA will follow the letter and spirit of government orders.” (more)