Royal Challenge to Democracy

Posted on December 10th, 2007 by UWB

The last (and suspended) king of Nepal isn’t just hibernating. He is playing games against democracy from inside the palace. An editorial from the Kathmandu Post

So King Gyanendra is not only swigging drinks and taking dips in the “heated” swimming pool waiting for the day when he will be ousted from the royal palace. Last week’s political developments have proved that the king has been quite busy rallying pro-monarchists in all the parties under the pretext of nationalism. It seems he has become quite successful in swinging Nepal’s fluid politics from one extreme to another. First it was Prachanda who said that people supporting the monarchy were also nationalists, and that they should also be taken into confidence. His party cadres are now busy defending his stance, but they have not been able to convince the people why they were attacking royalists throughout the 10-year insurgency if they were nationalists. The press and democratic groups have not spared Prachanda and the Maoists in criticizing them, and a group of senior Nepali Congress leaders has shown one-upmanship by speaking in favor of the monarchy. It seems the monarchy in Nepal is not yet a spent force.

History tells us that the Nepali Congress is the only party that has been trying hard to keep the monarchy to its size and establishing a true democratic political system. The leftists have never been reliable on this issue. During the 1980 referendum, the communists played a crucial role in defeating the multiparty system in favor of the partyless Panchayat. In 2007, the force that waged an armed struggle for over 10 years with the loss of over 14,000 lives in the name of establishing a republic has also shown its true colors. Interestingly, the NC is also not well shielded from royal infiltrations into the party. The royal palace has always stolen NC leaders or created factions within the party. King Mahendra successfully won over a number of NC bigwigs when he staged a coup in December 1960. King Birendra followed in his father’s footsteps and in 1994 played a major role in dividing the party into two groups of 36 and 74 parliamentarians, which led to the mid-term polls and the consequent political crisis.

It has hardly been a couple of months that the Nepali Congress became united, and a strong fissure has already emerged within the party in the name of a pro-monarchy group. What these leaders have been saying openly is convincing many within the party and also the public. They have been saying that the Maoists should be checked and cut down to size. But the extension of their opinion is that in order to control the Maoists, the king should be taken into confidence. The Post despises both ideas. We believe in establishing democracy through people power – neither by appeasing the monarchy nor by giving undue credit to the Maoists. The NC should not compromise on its stand in support of elections and multiparty democracy. If it takes a single step towards any extremist force, we will not be able to achieve the democracy that the people fought for in 1990 and in 2006. Let us see how it deals with the newly emerged royal challenge. (source)

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3 thoughts on “Royal Challenge to Democracy”

  1. 20 Responses to “Royal Challenge to Democracy”

    1. sagarmatha, on December 10th, 2007 at 12:10 pm Said:

    What about India’s grand design toward Nepal ? Is anybody aware of that ?
    1. They had removed the king from power
    2. They are now weakening NA
    3. They will try to wipe out maoist as well which they have already started in terai.
    4. They are bringing new leaders in terai to wipe out NC and UML as well.
    5. In very near future, they will insist terai leaders and warriors to demand another cantonment and merge tarai warriors to national army.
    6. After that slowly they will infiltrate the bihari in politics by inflowing bihari people in terai.
    7. At the end some bihari (not actually madhesi) will stay in Royal palace as a President of Nepal and we bodyguard them as Gurkhas like in India.
    Aren’t we happy with our goal ?

    2. ck, on December 10th, 2007 at 1:10 pm Said:

    What a laugh,
    Let me remind the author that ot was GPK’s grab for power that divided the Congress in the 90’s not King Birendra. What a riot this author is. Shameless.

    3. ck, on December 10th, 2007 at 1:13 pm Said:

    Also, I think this author has a long way to go to understand democracy. In 1990 and 2006 people were not fighting for democracy, they were fighting for the end of the King’s direct rule (not to forget at the behest of foreign powers and funding) and the beginning of autocratic, corrupt party dictatorship in the guise of democracy.

    4. mahatma, on December 10th, 2007 at 2:51 pm Said:

    nepal yet to pay …. milln to India for military HELP

    5. Vashir, on December 10th, 2007 at 3:03 pm Said:

    Another conspiracy theory. Period. Since there is no transparency in whatsoever and whomsoever in Nepal, anybody and everybody can say anything.
    ‘People power’ has never been institutionalized in Nepal, FYI, and under the current leadership, will never be.

    Just how does the KTM Post think it will institutionalize democracy in Nepal? I don’t want a US or a Indian Democracy- they are limited autocracies [ Source]

    Democracy will never be ascertained unless an incorruptible society is formed. With so much corruption in every sector, even in journalism, how can I (we) believe you guys could cleanse our country of all the evils?

    6. Harke, on December 10th, 2007 at 3:47 pm Said:

    “2. They are now weakening NA”

    May be that is why they are inviting General Rookmangud Katawal to to confer him the title of honorary General of the Indian Army.
    http://www.kantipuronline.com/kolnews.php?&nid=130834

    BTW, Gyanendra, the current inhabitant of royal palace, is no different than any other Bihari. Sad but true.

    7. mahila sahu, on December 10th, 2007 at 4:29 pm Said:

    What Royal Challenge , it is the incompetence of these gutless, greedy, stupid leaders who due to theri own greed and corruption manage to cheat people and handover power to King in Platter. Now, so called parliament has suspended the king and still they are running scared of King ?? The reason for this is they are themselves does not belive in people and corrupt. Now this parliament of dacoits and looters and government has corrupt has proved that King G is saint compared to these stupid fools. This is the conclusion all Nepalis people will be forced to make by this dilly dallying stupid gutless mob leaders.

    8. S 1:17, on December 10th, 2007 at 4:39 pm Said:

    WHAT EXACTLY IS HE DOING?????????????
    intresting theory,
    you are saying that the leaders are not incompetent but its the kings masterplan.
    my question what exacly is he doing and who is he talking to???????

    9. B, on December 10th, 2007 at 4:49 pm Said:

    Harke,
    Please read this piece. http://www.nepalinetbook.blogspot.com

    10. coke, on December 10th, 2007 at 4:52 pm Said:

    IS this an editorial of TKP…editorial on speculation…what is this… very stuipd writup propbably by a stupid editor

    11. coke, on December 10th, 2007 at 4:52 pm Said:

    IS this an editorial of TKP…editorial on speculation…what is this… very stuipd writup propbably by a stupid editor

    12. B, on December 10th, 2007 at 4:55 pm Said:

    So what if the king is conspiring. The leaders need to be competent enough to deal with these conspiracies. If one king can do so much with so little power, just imagine what mighty india could do to these stupid, corrupt and incompetent idiots we call our leaders?

    13. Yatri, on December 10th, 2007 at 8:07 pm Said:

    Ke ho Wagle? Trying to put forth another conspiracy theory by presenting innuendos and hearsays and not the facts.

    Here’s some advice you need to heed if you don’t like looking like a nitwit buffoon every time you decide to write some expository piece. I think you should let Paschim, the heavyweight Wagle, to do the real thinking and analysis from now on. You better keep to more mundane task of strictly reporting.

    14. Roshan, on December 10th, 2007 at 10:35 pm Said:

    Shame on all those Tarai Leaders who resigned from their respective party & government today to launch new Tarai Party, this new so called party’s main objective will be to negotiate Tarai’s independence from Nepal.

    This is all remotely managed by our good neighbour INDIA.

    This is time that we all nepalese unite against ill indian intention towards Nepal. Prachanda had seen that this day was coming hence called upon all those nationalist nepalese from who are perhaps under banner of monarchy.

    Lets think wise to preserve our identity & soverginity of the nation & unite.

    INDIA HAS ALWAYS TRIED TO PLAY TARAI CARD, THIS IS TIME WE NEPALESE DEMAN OUR DARJALING BACK.

    I urge all the ethinic nepalese living in the UK who are from Darjaling to launch new forum to demand GURKHALAND & EVENTUALLY GREATER NEPAL.
    rosansapkota@hotmail.com

    15. hope, on December 11th, 2007 at 9:36 am Said:

    Oh, great, at least he is doing something ,not staying lameduck as the SPAs .

    Haven’t seen anybody as incompetent as SPA leaders, they can decide nothing, implement nothing and even cannot sit for the ‘interim’ parliament meetings. SPAs are the biggest traitors in the history of Nepal, they should be indicted and given the harshest punishment possible. They have committed the crimes against the entire nation and it’s25 million people. I’m even running out of bad words for SPA!!
    They are actually enjoying the stalemate and indecision, they are deliberately not resolving the differences between them as once the stalemate ends they have to face the people, and they are damn sure people will show them the way out. So , they are trying to stay ‘interim’ as long as possible, making it almost permanent parliament and the sitting ‘MPs” can enjoy the salaries and allowances forever.
    So, if sth comes up to eliminate these SPA thugs should be supported, I wonder why NA can’t seige the opportunity??

    16. sagarmatha, on December 11th, 2007 at 12:00 pm Said:

    “Is it Royal Challange to democracy” or “Indian govternment challange to Nepali people”. That will be understood in very near future.

    17. nancypowwow, on December 11th, 2007 at 1:31 pm Said:

    USA refuses visa to terrorist maoist.

    This is where any self respecting government closes down and sends home the american government yesterday.

    Who do they think they are.

    18. suryanamaskar, on December 11th, 2007 at 1:55 pm Said:

    She never said that she said who loves America will get the visa.

    But do they love themselves? Ask black people, indigenous and circus people also no citizenship in USA.

    Because if they had a king, it would be.

    19. Jay Nepal, on December 11th, 2007 at 3:59 pm Said:

    MANDATE of APRIL REVOLUTION: only PEACE……………..
    and not THIS or THAT form of GOVERNANCE or ELECTORAL System.
    We are good at blaming others for all deeds. We will see better Nepal when we start blaming ourselves.

    20. sagarmatha, on December 11th, 2007 at 4:27 pm Said:

    The mandate of April Revolution was not to divide the nation.

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  2. Not to divide the nation is good.
    As voices are being voiced yes….there are diverse opinions notably to be respected in Democracy.
    New democracies, old terror or?
    What I like about conspiracy theories I suspect them to be true but hate to admit it like being superstitious.
    What I am curious about to know is where it all goes and who is planning to live forever in the undivided Nepali flagged nation.
    A year ago we were all emigrating to America. Now since credit crunch and severe unemployment and craziness in the West Nepal is good.
    What nobody says is do we feel hindu fanatics will rule like in India?

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