Thank God, finally it happened. The meeting between Maoist supremo Prachanda and Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala happens at a time when people were desperately looking for the second round to high level talks between the government and the rebels. The meeting also happens at a time when Maoists are intensifying their activities like extortion and kidnapping where as the government was casting doubt over the election of constituent assembly with its sluggishness in responding to issues like interim constitution. “The widening gulf between the SPA government and the Maoists in the past few weeks,” writes journalist Suresh Nath Neupane in eKantipur, “due to their failure to reach a consensus on the political issues to be included in the interim statute had created a deadlock in Nepali politics.” Continue reading Prachanda Meets Prime Minister: Hope Of Peace Gains Strength
While they are protesting possible violation of code of conduct by the government, Maoists are intensifying their anti-peace process activities. Here are proofs:
Contacting From Captivity: Jodhi Sahakanu of Devapurteta in Bara district. He is in Maoist captivity following a conflict between locals and the rebels a week ago. He is talking to his mother on a cell phone from a Maoist temporary camp at Dumarban. Maoists let him contact his family following requests from the rights activists and journalists. In the conversation, he said that he was okay but while talking to his mother he broke into tears. Pic by Upendra Lamichhane via Kantipur Continue reading Terror Continues: What Will Happen To Peace Process?
American ambassador is visiting Nepali Army’s sensitive barracks one after another as if he is the defense minister.
By Sudheer Sharma
[Excerpt of an article in Nepali by the former editor of Nepal Magazine in Friday edition of Kantipur daily. Translated by UWB for the benefit of those who somehow know how to give lecture in Nepali but find it very difficult to read properly.]
Just as the Maoist stand of not managing the arms without political settlement makes parliamentarian circle skeptical about them, the rumor of government army importing weapons frightens the rebels. This is because the arms dispute is directly connected with the future of democracy (loktantra) in Nepal’s context. Perhaps the American ambassador James F. Moriarty has understood this well. On the same day (Wednesday) when the whole country was tense because of rumors of government’s arms import, he was in north western border district Darchula. He said- “I fear Nepal might leave the path of democracy.” Continue reading Moriarty's Barrack Journey: Sabotaging Nepal's Peace Process?
Photo blog by Dinesh Wagle
First of Two Parts. Here is the second part.
Who cares about those boring speeches in this heat: Instead take a nap or pick your ear!
It was an impressive show but the number of participants in today’s Maoist Mass Meeting wasn’t as much as it was publicized to be. No way that there were five hundred thousands people in the mass meeting but it was probably the biggest mass meeting Khula Manch has ever seen. One can easily sense that many of the participants in the mass meeting were there under pressure from the Maoist party. Many people whom I talked to said that they received special invitation (that is to say order to be present in the mass meeting.) Who specifically mentioned about such pressure didn’t want to be photographed or quoted but some said on record that they were not Maoist supporters and were in Kathmandu to see the Mass Meeting. Some of them were quick enough to distance themselves form the Maoist party as if being identified as Maoist was a kind of sin! Here is a photo blog. Continue reading Images from the Maoist Mass Meeting in Kathmandu-I
Now that the peace process has started (the code of conduct is already out), people are talking about its successful completion. The possible role of the United Nations is being discussed at full length. The Nepal government and the Maoist party have agreed in principle to invite the UN for monitoring the peace process. Also there is the talk of the role of India in the process. The Indian role, unfortunately, comes along with the role of UN. Journalist Tilak Pokharel reports in today’s Kathmandu Post:
The government will “soon” send a formal letter to the United Nations inviting it to play a role in the peace process, following an agreement with the Maoists and India’s green signal on UN involvement in Nepal.
According to a highly placed source, the government, the Maoists and India have agreed on two key areas for UN involvement, but some differences remain in a third area.
The three areas for UN involvement are:
1) Cease-fire monitoring
2) Assisting in decommissioning of Maoist arms and demobilization of the Maoist militia prior to constituent assembly (CA) elections, and
3) “Witnessing” of the ongoing government-Maoist talks through the UN’s physical presence.
A personal encounter with Nepal’s Maoist rebels is a ‘show’ of force in more ways than one.
By Kevin Sites
Pics and captions by Dinesh Wagle
Even if you don’t have a gun, act like you have one! That’s what this guerilla girl was doing in a parade organized on the play ground of a primary school in Kailali last week. Because of the free environment created after the ceasefire, many of the Maoist armed guerilla have gone on leave to see their families and friends in their homes. I saw several groups of unarmed guerilla in civil uniform with their backpacks. They were returning home. The far west division commander told that armed guerilla were decentralized after the ceasefire. “But we can’t go very far from each other,” he said. “Maximum three hours of walking distance.”
CHAINPUR, Nepal- They are just flashes of green as we drive past them: members of the Royal Nepalese Army in their jungle camouflage, out for their morning run. “Those are the ones we are fighting,” says one of the men in our spotless gold Land Cruiser. The others laugh. Continue reading Meet the Rebels: Maoist Guerilla of Nepal
Ten years after running the violent war against the state to topple monarchy for the communist dictatorship, top leader of the Maoist Party stresses the importance of unified non-violent movement to bring down autocracy in Nepal
So Dr. Baburam Bhattarai, revolutionary by some and terrorist for others, tries to convince us that the Nepal will see an “April Revolution” and that the peaceful movement against autocracy will successfully restore democracy in the country this time around. Writing an op-ed piece in today’s edition of Kantipur daily, Dr Bhattarai says, “It is felt everywhere that the pro-democracy movement has reached to the decisive turning point after the second understanding between the Maoists and pro-parliament forces and announcements of programs of strike and non-cooperation programs beginning from April 6.” He ends his optimistic and ‘the glass is half-full’ type of article with this warning sentence: “But there is only one condition that the party leadership should lead [the movement] firmly.” Continue reading Maoist Expects ‘April Revolution’ in Nepal
Discussions will continue on the roadmap to the election of constituent assembly
Okay, the decision has been made. Verdict has been out. The pro-democracy Seven Party Alliance has reached a brand new agreement with the underground Maoist Party (wait and don’t get excited. The groundbreaking 12-point understanding signed by both sides in November 22 still in effect and there is nothing dramatically new in the second version). Today’s meeting of top Alliance leaders in Kathmandu decided to publicize the second understanding. I am in possession of two Press Releases jointly signed by the top leaders of the alliance Girija Prasad Koirala (Nepali Congress), Amrit Kumar Bohora (CPN UML), Sher Bahadur Deuba (NC Democratic), Lilamani Pokharel (Janamorcha Nepal), Narayanman Bijukchhe (Nepal Majdoor Kishaan Party), Rajendra Mahato (Nepal Sadbhavana Party) and Nanda Kumar Prasain (Samyukta Bammorchha) and issued this afternoon. The first one, not the agreement, says: Continue reading Parties, Maoists Agree to Disagree
Images from around Nepal that tell the stories of sufferings and depict the activities of CPN Maoist rebels who are launching a ‘people’s war’ to overthrow the monarchy.A Photo Blog
Comrades’ Crime: Ram Bahadur Rana undergoes treatment in Midwest Regional Hospital, Pokhara. The 60-year-old of Tanahun district’s Vanu VDC-8 sustained injuries when Maoists Tuesday night fired upon the ambulance that was ferrying his grandson to hospital. Pic by Prem Nepali