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Prachanda: Our Revolution Won

Prachanda talks to Alessandro Gilioli of Italian newspaper L’espresso. Republished here with the permission of Gilioli. Here is the original interview.

President Prachanda, let’s start with the current situation. The war is finally over, you entered Kathmandu and now the Maoist police are managing most things in the city, from the traffic through to street cleaning. Your posters are everywhere. It seems to me that you’ve already won the war. Is that true?

«We can not exactly say that it is totally true, but on the whole it is. Our revolution has not been completely victorious as yet. Changing the social economic structure and empowering the masses, in this sense, we have done an enormous amount and at the moment we are the main political force in the country. I think that we have achieved almost 60 percent of our goals , the remaining 40 per cent will be achieved with the election of the Costituent Assembly».

How long will it take?

«I think about a year. We are trying to have the Constituent Assembly’s election within 6-7 months. During this period, there will be big socioeconomic changes within the country and I think we’ll come out victorious». Continue reading Prachanda: Our Revolution Won

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Haughty King: Gyanendra Refuses To Answer People

An editorial published in yesterday’s edition of Kantipur. Originally in Nepali: The role of the current government in the King’s refusal to answer must be made clear to the people.

King Gyanendra has again repeated his act of stubbornness by refusing to answer the questions of High Level Probe Commission (HLPC). This must have alerted the SPA-Maoists as it reflects the same old mentality, tradition and work pattern of the king. The HLPC hadn’t questioned the King on grounds of his being the Head of the State. The questions were rather focused on the activities carried out him after overthrowing the elected parliament and taking the responsibility of the Chairperson of Council of Ministers, which is obvious.

The executive head is primarily responsible for the misuse of power and violation of human rights during the 19-day People’s movement. As the Chairperson of the Council of Ministers the king should take the responsibility of excessive misuse of position, regime, power and national treasury in order to sustain the autocratic rule. Therefore, the king can’t stay outside the boundaries of the HLPC investigation. Continue reading Haughty King: Gyanendra Refuses To Answer People

Dashain Holiday: Bad News From Police, Good News From Army and PM’s Optimism

On the 8th day of Dashain festival, three incidents make headlines: Bibek Luintel is killed, the army says its soldiers and officers are free to not to receive tika from the king who is becoming redundant day by and our Prime Minister’s optimist on peace process

Bibek Lunitel Killed: Today morning’s horrific revelation about the gruesome murder of the eight-year-old boy Bibek Luintel has definitely overshadowed the joys of Dashain festival. Nepal Police’s suspicious handling of the case and the alleged involvement of the personal assistant of the Home Minister in saving the abductors and murderers of the boy are particularly disturbing. It has been revealed that the boy was murdered within days of abduction because he kept crying and the life in Kathmandu was severally affected because of the protest by the civil society of Koteshwor, the boy’s home town, against police authorities for not giving enough attention to the case. Continue reading Dashain Holiday: Bad News From Police, Good News From Army and PM’s Optimism

Dashain Holiday: Bad News From Police, Good News From Army and PM's Optimism

On the 8th day of Dashain festival, three incidents make headlines: Bibek Luintel is killed, the army says its soldiers and officers are free to not to receive tika from the king who is becoming redundant day by and our Prime Minister’s optimist on peace process

Bibek Lunitel Killed: Today morning’s horrific revelation about the gruesome murder of the eight-year-old boy Bibek Luintel has definitely overshadowed the joys of Dashain festival. Nepal Police’s suspicious handling of the case and the alleged involvement of the personal assistant of the Home Minister in saving the abductors and murderers of the boy are particularly disturbing. It has been revealed that the boy was murdered within days of abduction because he kept crying and the life in Kathmandu was severally affected because of the protest by the civil society of Koteshwor, the boy’s home town, against police authorities for not giving enough attention to the case. Continue reading Dashain Holiday: Bad News From Police, Good News From Army and PM's Optimism

Subha Dashain!

Chacha hui!!! Girls Playing Ping

Chacha hui!!! Girls Playing Ping as Dashain Fever Grips Nepalis Pic by Suraj Kuwar

“[Delivery of ] the message that the meaningful [peace talks] have started would be the best gift that Seven Parties and the Maoists could give [to Nepali people].”

Pradeep Giri, Political thinker, in a Kantipur Op-Ed (Sept 29).

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And my heartfelt condolences to all the little hens, ducks, Bhedas and Chyangras along with the Khasi bokas in line to be murdered for food. A Dashain Blog

By Darshan Karki

It’s an uninhabited part of the city, so close to it yet so far from its hustle and bustle. Blue skies above and a vast expanse of green below, I could spend a lifetime staring outside the window or lying on the terrace below the cloudless sky. Continue reading Subha Dashain!

Chopper Crashed, Dignitaries Died, Nepal Observes National Holiday. Why?

Comment of the Moment [This comment was originally posted by Dukhi in this blog post]

Dukhit says:
September 26th, 2006 at 9:33 pm

The government of Nepal [yesterday] declared Wednesday [today] a day of national mourning following the confirmation of the death of all 24 passengers, many of them renowned personalities in Nepali and Kathmandu based epact community, of the ill-fated Shree Airlines helicopter that crashed in Taplejung three days ago. With all respect to the passing souls, I believe that this decision of declaring a national mourning day and giving public holiday on tomorrow was unnecessary. While writing this, I don’t want to be portrayed as an insensitive and emotionless idiot but this special treatment to those who died in chopper crash has clearly done injustice to those people who had died a few weeks ago in landslide in Ulleri village of Kaski-Myagdi border. The government didn’t even mention those who died in Ulleri its cabinet meetings. The families were left alone. Yes, I am also deeply saddened by the accident and I am remembering that moment nearly three years ago when I was talking with Dr. Harka Gurung in his office about mountains of Nepal. There were other distinguished personalities in the helicopter and all of them died.

The government has not given us reason for closing down all government offices and schools and it seems this decision wasn’t based on any legal provisions but simply a political and emotional decision. Was that because so many people died? Or because so many people died in a helicopter crash? Or because there was one minister, three government employees? Or because there were some foreign personalities and a diplomats? If this is because of the death of a sitting government minister, then I have nothing to say because there must be legal provision for such rituals. If not, the state should treat all of its citizens (living and dead) equally and duly focus its attention to those who died in Ulleri village. What about those 26 people who were poor and virtually unknown to the rest of the society? Continue reading Chopper Crashed, Dignitaries Died, Nepal Observes National Holiday. Why?

Businessman Gyanendra Has Shares In 17 Companies

For the record: Gyanendra Shah is not only the biggest landlord of Nepal but also a businessman with shares in as many as 17 companies. Mr. Shah also happens to be the king of Nepal and if everything goes smoothly Nepalis will be voting to decide his royal fate in the next year or so.

KATHMANDU, Aug 27 – The government has informed Parliamentary Natural Resource Committee (NRC) that the King and his family members have shares in 17 industrial and business enterprises in the country. According to the report provided by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies to the Committee, the King and royal family members have majority shares in Soaltee Hotel, Soaltee Enterprises, Nebico Pvt. Ltd., Himalayan Goodrich (formerly Himalayan Tea Garden),Surya Nepal (Formerly Surya Tobacco), Hotel Del’ Annapurna, Himal International Energy and Himal International Power Corp. Continue reading Businessman Gyanendra Has Shares In 17 Companies

Interim Constitution Draft For Nepal: King No Head Of State!?

Interim Constitution Draft Committee (ICDC) on Friday handed over the draft constitution to Nepal government and the Maoist party.

Interim Constitution

Laxman Aryal (mid) hands over the draft to Maoist negotiator Krishna Mahara as government negotiator Krishna Sitaula looks on.

After 172 Articles, 26 sections and 1 annex, interim constitution still has some major issues that are not left to be decided by the ruling alliance and the Maoists. Preamble of the interim constitution: The sovereignty and nationality being secured for the countrymen of Nepal, to institutionalize the results of the movements, until a new constitution is written through the CA elections, the draft constitution-2063 that was proposed by the political consensus has been declared through the parliament or any other political convention.” Chairman of the Interim House of Representative will act as the head of state in the interim period. Prime Minister will be the Supreme Commander in Chief of the Nepal Army. Nepal is a completely democratic state. Continue reading Interim Constitution Draft For Nepal: King No Head Of State!?

Petroleum Price Hike Protest and Blame Game Politics

Update (Aug 20): The government has taken back the decidion to hike petroleum price.

Chinese tourist Clover

Lucky to be in Nepal? A Chinese tourist whose English name Clover means lucky poses for camera in Tinkune, Kathmandu as she was walking from Bhaktpur to Kathmandu today after traffic was abruptly halted because of sporadic protests against hike in petroleum prices. On the background could be seen tires set ablaze by protestors. A student of Media and communications in Xiamen University of Fujian, China, Clover came Nepal two weeks ago with her parents. She had been to Bhaktapur in the morning to see the Durbar Square when traffic in the city was normal. “When we tried to return after the sightseeing,” she said while walking on a hot day. “Cabs refused to take us back to Kathmandu.” The family is staying in a hotel in Thamel.

19-year-old Clover said they went to “the beautiful city of Pokhara” and Chitwan where she saw several rhinos. “But I couldn’t boat in Pokhara as it was raining,” she said. “It was an interesting day today,” she said about the protest and the experience of walking while crossing several blockades on the road. She also didn’t forget to share the stories of encountering Maoist cadres on way to Kathmandu from Tibet. “They wanted money from us,” she said. “But our driver said that we couldn’t pay. Then they left us.” Clover and her parents will return to mainland China via Tibet on Sunday. Pic by Wagle

By Dinesh Wagle

Today saw Nepali politics’ one of the naked games of blaming others for unfavorable decisions when Nepali Congress issued a statement saying the government’s decision to hike the price of petroleum products yesterday was against the people. Another member of the ruling Seven Party Alliance, Nepal Worker and Peasants Party has also expressed its unhappiness over the government’s decision to hike the price. CPN UML, second largest partner in the government, is also understood to have blamed the government for the hike. Even the minister who was directly responsible for raising the price, Nepal Sadbhavawana Party (Anandidevi)’s Hrideyesh Tripathi has also reportedly expressed his ignorance about the hike. College students affiliated with CPN UML are on the streets burning tires and vehicles and they are demanding that the must leave the government. Continue reading Petroleum Price Hike Protest and Blame Game Politics

Nepal Budget: A Few Numbers and Maoist Disagreement

Maoist cadre listening to the budget speech

Keshav Pradhan aka COMRADE BISHWASH, a party worker of CPN (Maoist) listens to the live bradcast of the budget speech at Maoists Dialogue Secretariat at Baneshwar on Wednesday. Finance Minister Dr. Ram Sharan Mahat presented Rs. 143.91 billion for the annual budget for the fiscal year 2006/07 in the parliament in four years after the House was reinstated in April. In previous years, in the absence of a people’s representative body, various governments including the royal cabinet had announced the annual budget through ordinances. . Pic by Bikas Rauniar via Kantipur

Total Budget: Rs 143.91 billion. (Rs 83.76 billion for regular expenditure, Rs 44.97 billion for capital investment and Rs 15.168 for payment of principal amounts of loans.)

Budget aims to raise Rs 85.37 billion from internal revenue, Rs 23.72 billion from foreign grants and Rs 16.90 billion from foreign loans. The deficit budget for the year 2006/07 stands at Rs 22.451 billion.

The government has also increased the annual budget granted to VDCs from Rs. 500,000 to Rs. 1 million.

The Talk of CA

Rs. 1.25 billion to conduct the constituent assembly elections, scheduled to be held by mid-April next year.

Addressing the House, Minister Mahat said that the dialogue between government of Nepal and Nepal Communist Party (Maoist) has commenced to end all forms of conflict prevalent in the country. “The need of the hour is to make institutional arrangement for constitution, policy and structure through national consensus so that Nepali peoples’ rights are never compromised. Therefore, the present government, in accordance with the House of Representatives’ historic Declaration and the consensus reached with Nepal Communist Party (Maoist), is fully determined to expedite the process of formulating interim constitution, managing weapons and forming interim government through the election of Constituent Assembly in an atmosphere free of violence and fear.”

Continue reading Nepal Budget: A Few Numbers and Maoist Disagreement