Maoists at the Gates of Singhadurbar

Many people in Kathmandu who were affected by the traffic jam caused by the Maoists today expressed their anger in personal conversation and twitter even as ex-rebels sang, danced and recited poems while picketing at the front gate of the central administrative complex of Nepal.

Thousands of Maoist cadres reached in front of Singha Durbar (the central secretariat complex). Their leader, the chairman of the Unified CPN (Maoist) Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda) went later to encourage them. The Maoists are running the second phase of their protests aimed at establishing ‘civilian supremacy’ in the country. Others feel they are just trying to establish their own supermacy. The bad thing is they plan to do the same tomorrow (Friday) as well. Maoists intended to stop ministers and government employees from entering the office complex. But the ministers and secretaries entered Singhadurbar prior to the commencement of protest.

[Prachada says Political deadlock will end next week]

The top leaders were scattered towards the different entry points to Singha Durbar. Prachanda led this cadres from Bhadrakali, the west gate, where as his deputy, the vice chairman, Dr. Baburam Bhattarai was seen at Maitighar Mandala, the southern side. Narayan Kaji Shrestha was at the Padmodaya junction, west, and leader Krishna Bahadur Mahara at Kathmandu District Administration Office, south east.

Likewise, Amik Sherchan led the protest from Road Division office (south), Dev Gurung from Hanumansthan (south east), Netra Bikram Chand from eastern gate of Singhadurbar and Giriraj Mani Pokharel from Kalikasthan (north west).

Transportation was been largely affected in the capital while it has come to a grinding halt around Singhadurbar area due to the Maoist protest. General people were forced to rush towards their destinations a few hours earlier as its uncertain what’s going to happen next, reported eKantipur.

The government, on its part, had relaxed the restricted zone around Singha Durbar so as to avoid the direct confrontation with the Maoists. But the government deployed 10 thousand security men around Singha Durbar, according to Jay Mukunda Khanal, spokesperson for the Home Ministry. The police said at least 10 Maoists and 2 police personnel were injured during the day long demonstration.

Detailed coverage in eKantipur:

1. Govt relaxes restricted zone around Singhdurbar
2. नाचगान, मुक्तक, कविता, प्रहसन सुनाउँदै देखाउँदै माओवादीद्वारा सिंहदरवार घेराउ
3. Maoists picket Singha Durbar, lawmakers injured during clash





3 responses to “Maoists at the Gates of Singhadurbar”

  1. Dirgha Raj Prasai Avatar
    Dirgha Raj Prasai

    Dear editor,
    From the very beginning, I am addressing that the Maoists are going to establish anarchism for their benifits. Because, they are visionless. They have no ideas to build the nation. They are confused and are getting fizzle out. So, their grand design is to disturb the society to show their gangs. So, we, Nepalese people are suffering from the traitors who are regime or oposition. They are all power hungers and money-minded.
    Dear editor ! we know the reality of our country.
    Without monarchy, Nepal can’t adjust. Nepali Congress leader late BP Koirala used to say: ‘The state of Nepal cannot remain without monarchy and even socialism can co-exist with monarchy in Nepal, the best example of monarchy is in Sweden. I wish there is a meeting point of the King’s nationalist interest and the people’s democratic interest. On the ethnic issue, BP Koirala used to say, ‘To incite and instigate Madhesi, Pahadi, Rai, Limbu and others in the name of ethnicity is an act of treachery against the country. What might be the strategy of Hindustan it wants to weaken us? Won’t it adopt this strategy?’ Similarly, one of the founder leader of Nepali Congress Krishna Prasad Bhattarai has said – ‘The country has been facing a series of problems due to the mistake of abolishing the royal institution’. So, we should understand the reality of monarchy in Nepal. There are some nationalists within Congress, UML and Maoists. None of nationalists either of parties or outsiders can remain silent. Now let’s be strong and committed from every corner for the country’s existence against the traitors.
    Thank you.
    Dirgha Raj Prasai
    Former Member of Parliament, Nepal. Political Analyst.

  2. Basti Avatar

    To Dirgha Raj Prasai,

    While I can understand your hatred towards Maoists which is in a way justified I am flabbergasted to see you advocating for the monarchy in Nepal. Wake up dude. There’s no point in talking about monarchy. That’s not the issue. The country has moved on. The question is how to tame the Maoists. Those who didn’t listen to the voice of the public are bound to go into the history and monarchy’s abolition was the only natural thing. The royals killed their institution themselves.

    Instead of just vomiting against everything but monarchy you can use your thinking power to bring about new ideas that might be useful to our society.

  3. Dirgha Raj Prasai Avatar
    Dirgha Raj Prasai

    Dear Basti jee !
    Why would there be a need of a King if Nepal can survive without it? But Nepal should not be compared to other nations. Monarch is Nepal’s alternate power. Nepal does not demand an autocratic royal institution but a pro-people institution. The institution of monarchy is such a force that fights off imperialist force to create a greater Nepal. The King of Nepal never sold the nation, pleaded before foreigners nor killed the people and will never do so. I wouldn’t have said so if I was a citizen of Japan or any other nation, I would have said that the nation will survive without the monarchy, but I am in Nepal. The geographical and class reality of Nepal is such, that the absence of monarchy would mean there will be no Nepal.
    This nation was created with joint efforts between the people and the King. Royal Institution is the backbone of Nepali nationality; it is a pillar of trust for continuing stability between China and India. The royal institution is the base pillar for the lasting creative democratic nationalism, which is pessimistic towards autocratic and imperialist management, traitors and terrorism. Nepal as a republic can pose a threat to both India and China. The royal institution is in row, because some Maoist leaders, puppets from Nepali Congress, and UML following Indian directives went against the royal institution. Nepal is a country having a rich cultural heritage. When the Maoists were in regime. The Maoist, in the name of transforming the country into ‘New Nepal’ tryed to destroy our Hindus & Buddha culture and traditions. The Maoist ministers are cutting down the budgets of such festivals. ‘The Maoist ministers had shown the same type of reluctance while marking other festivals which has been continued in the Nepali society for 1400 years. During the Indra Jatra festival, the Newar community was agitated when they were faced with the budget cut for marking the festival. The Maoist leaders are seen reluctant in preserving our own indentity.'(Puspa Pradhan) The Maoist leaders are going to undermine our culture Dashain & Tihar and the Maoist leaders and former Prime Minister Prachanda violated our traditional dress for official functions which demonstrate Nepalese identity.
    The Indian congress could not comprehend the realities of its neighbouring nations, due to which Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi died. India is striving to end the identity of Nepal bringing together some sources and impelling some of the traitors like, Girijaprasad, Krishna Sitaula, Ramchandra Poudel, Madhav Nepal ( the PM of , Jhalanath, Subash Nembang, some Maoist and Madhesi leaders. Nepal and Nepali people spread across the world are very much angry at the nude intervention by India. The episode of the killing of pro-Indian elements and ‘RAW’ agents in 1975 in Bangladesh is still fresh. So it is our request to India to avoid a mistake by supporting the pro-Indian leaders.
    Nepal is a small country and on the south there is a big country with open border. There are about 800 million Hindus and Indian Hindus respect Nepal as a Hindu kingdom. This should be taken as a matter of pride for all Hindus. For security reasons also, Nepal has a big advantage by being a Hindu country & the birth place of Buddha. If the Maoists are for Nepal’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity, all Nepalese request them to change their idea about republic and secularism. Even if one is a Christian or a Muslim, they should support to keep Nepal a Hindu nation. But the so-called big parties have made a great mistake by announcing Nepal as a secular state.
    If we want to understand the reality about the republic & secularism we can study the national history of Nepal & India. An analyst Stephen Knapp says- India is slowly losing the Vedic culture (Hinduism) is through the process of secular or Christian education. In public schools all Vedic books have been removed from the curriculum. There are no possibilities to study the ancient Hindu literature or art in such institutions. The Hindu population is slowly forgetting the unique history and lofty culture of their home land. (5th Feb. 2008- Peoples Review) In fact, the Christian saints order to destroy the huts where they keep the idols of Hindu’s God & Goddess and to break the statues of Hindus idols into tiny pieces. That was there goal to destroy Hindu & Buddha culture and make the country a Christian nation.
    Now it is a high time Nepal also should be careful to save her indigenous culture & traditions. If monarchy and the Hindu Kingdom will abolish from Nepal, India also can’t secure. Due to the absence of Nepalese monarchy and will finish all the religious culture and traditions of India because there is the special rights of the king for the various Dhams & Temples of India. Nepalese around the world and Nepal’s well-wishers are anxious about this conspiracy against monarchy by some deviant leaders. On the discussion about republic in Nepal, senior leader of Bharatiya Janata Party Lalkrishna Advani had said: ‘The framework for constitutional monarchy in Nepal should be consolidated because monarchy is the symbol of Nepal’s identity and sovereignty. Nepal should have an active and dynamic multi-party democracy’. But we in Nepal are trying to dig up a well when there already is water in our rivers.
    In 2006 24 April, the monarch handed over the regime to be governed in accordance to 1990 constitution. But the traitors and corrupts after coming to power abolished the 1990 constitution without the knowledge of the monarch and imposed interim constitution. Girija including leaders from NC, UML and Maoist who took oath from the King at the royal palace betrayed the King. Then what is the significance of the oath by Ram BaranYadav, Parmananda Jha and the former Prime Minister Prachanda? Who has complied by the constitution here? 5-7 conspirators from NC, UML and Maoists under Indian support treaded on the constitution and opted for path of anarchy. But we believe-those who choose wrong path will fail and no one has believed them. When the danger bell rings then nationalists from Maoist, NC, UML including all parties will reinstate the monarchy. The Royal institution of Nepal is for its people and a force that fought against the imperialists. This is why China’s great leader Mao Ze Dong other Chinese leaders support the royal institution in Nepal for Nepal-China security. Including the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, who is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and one of the most respected Buddhists worldwide supports the Nepalese monarchy. The 1990 constitution is not dead. The King must and will be reinstated as per 1990 constitution.
    In 1960, India had been looking to engulf Nepal before it annexed Sikkim. In 1961 the then King Mahendra saved the nation’s sovereignty. Our support lies with BP Koirala’s post 1976 ideology of nationality. We can choose a political path, which would be a coordination and balance between Mahendra’s nationality and BP’s democratic socialism after 1976. The nation cannot run like this. But the matter of sadness is that BP’s own brother Girija has ditched BP’s ideology. Hindu and Buddhist state, national language Nepali and Royal Institution can be the network that would keep the national unity intact.
    The permanent organization that can protect the nation and its identity is the royal institution. We need to coordinate and balance the Nepali nationality, royal institution and democracy, bring the prevalent corruption to an end and to focus on development of backward region and classes against the foreign intervention. We cannot go on supporting the mistakes of the corrupt leaders. Nepal has been running with agreement between the monarch and people for continuation of pro-people royal institution. Republic is Herculean attempt from those who have only thought of their vested interest. The monarch was compelled to leave the Narayanhiti Palace, as national corrupt leaders could not comprehend nationality. No one can survive long by stepping on fire. Royal Institution is compulsion and necessity to establish the nation.

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