Chariot Collapses Signaling The Imminent Fall of Nepal Monarchy

Victorious Prachanda today reportedly requested Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala to agree to become the first President of the Republic of Nepal, information that hasn’t been independently verified.

It is believed that when Seto Machhindranath chariot collapses (see inside the box), something disastrous will happen. Disaster usually depends on perspective. This time it seems the disaster will be only for the family of Gyanendra Shah. As Maoists are winning and set to lead the government that is to be formed by the constituent assembly whose first task will be to formally do away with the monarchy, the fall of Seto Machhindranath chariot couldn’t have come at right time. Continue reading Chariot Collapses Signaling The Imminent Fall of Nepal Monarchy

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The Phenomenon Called Prachanda

The Maoist’s success has demonstrated the brilliant combination of bullet and ballot to rise to the power. Chairman Prachanda will be cited as an example of success in world communist movement. His challenge: turn the flowery promises into reality.

By Dinesh Wagle
Wagle’s Weblog [In the photo: Prachanda’s dominance in party’s advertisements during the campaign trail to the party itself is cemented like never before.]

In almost all campaign speeches Prachanda used to explain why he chose constituencies Rolpa-2 and Kathmandu-10 to for the CA polls. “People can interpret my candidacy from here and Rolpa-2 in their own varied ways,” Prachanda had said in a campaign rally in Kirtipur where I was present. “My candidacy has symbolic importance. We started the great People’s War from Rolpa and one of the last qualitative attacks of the War was bravely conducted here in Thankot (Police Post).” [Read here Prachanda’s reasons in detail.] Continue reading The Phenomenon Called Prachanda

Problem With Nepali Congress

The problem with this party is there is no democracy inside the organization. Girija Prasad Koirala is the Gyanendra of the party.

By Dinesh Wagle
Wagle Street Journal [In the photo: Nepali Congress campaign advertisement]

Nepali Congress candidate Dr. Shekhar Koirala who was defeated by Madhesi Janadhikar Forum’s Bijay Kumar Gachhedhar told this to Radio Nepal after the results of Morang-7 were announced: “I don’t know about [the exact reasons for the bad showing of Nepali Congress] in other places but here votes were cast on the ethnic lines. In such case there remains no base to reform in future by the parties.”

I think Dr. Koirala is right. In the ethnicity and caste base politics, ideology loses. That signals another kind of polarization which will ultimately harm the nation. So Dr. Koirala is right. Gachhedar, though former corruption-coordinator of NC, is a Tharu and, Dr. Koirala hinted that Tharus voted for him on the ethnic line. Continue reading Problem With Nepali Congress