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Guwahati Festival to highlight Terrorism

Posted by Ramesh Khati on November 16, 2009

By Nava Thakuria

The insurgency stricken Northeast India has slowly woken up to the ill affects of insurgency turned terrorism and it has lately inspired a cinemagoers association to organise a festival on the theme of anti-terrorism. With an aim to highlight different perspectives of terrorism in Assam and other parts of the region, the Gauhati Cine Club has decided to go for a film festival in December exclusively on the burning issue.

The week long show titled Guwahati Film Festival 2009 will be inaugurated on December 10 next. The screening of the festival, to be held at Rabindra Bhaban and Lakhiram Baruah Sadan, is supposed to include nearly 50 award wining and critically acclaimed feature and short films from India and abroad with the prescribed theme.

Northeast India, surrounded by Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet (China), Burma and Bangladesh, gives shelter to over 20 active armed outfits, which are fighting against the Central government for many decades. With demands ranging from sovereignty to self-rule, the insurgent groups have almost waged a war against New Delhi that almost crippled the economy of the alienated region. The prolonged armed struggle has already snatched away thousands of lives from both the state and non-stateactors in the region that is home to around 50 million population.

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Nepalese Maoists & Current Situation of Nepal

Posted by Ramesh Khati on November 16, 2009

Dirgha Raj Prasai

Dirgha Raj Prasai

 

 

By Dirgha Raj Prasai

Dirgha Raj Prasai is a former member of parliament in Nepal, former consultant of the administrative staff college of Nepal. He has written many books and articles, and is now a political analyst based in Kathmandu contributing to different newspapers and sites.

The Maoists are opening a ‘Pandora’s Box’ (evils collections) in the name of so-called ‘Civilian supremacy’. Actually, after the election of Constituent assembly-2008, the Maoist, UML & Madhesi based government failed in their commitment. The Maoist-led government has failed to maintain the rule of law and become failure to provide social justice to the common people. Due to the Maoist leadership the rule of law, Judiciary, Nepal army, and prestige of Nepalese identities including Pashupatinath, religious culture & traditions are at peril. The Maoist, during the insurgency, destroyed infrastructure, including projects of hydro-power, irrigation projects, radio stations, television, suspension-bridges and telephone towers. So, the poor Nepalese people are still in painful. Now, the Maoists have no vision and honesty how to move the nation. What is ‘Civilian supremacy?’ To establish one-party Communist rule?

The Delhi 12 points agreement 2005 has been the major cause to create the crisis and desintrigate. Now, Nepalese Maoists, RIM and COMPOSA have been joining the hands for one-party anarchist-Communist rule. Nepalese people are not secure. The situation is very dark. But, the Maoists are dancing before Govt. offices in the name of protest for so-called ‘Civilian supremacy’. Actually, they are getting fizzle out. If the situation would not be solved in time under the leadership by the nationalists, Nepal as well as India can’t secure. The Maoist regime was just like a poisonous wine in a new bottle.

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Not Necessary: UNMIN in Nepal

Posted by Ramesh Khati on November 9, 2009

By Dirgha Raj Prasai

Dirgha Raj Prasai

Dirgha Raj Prasai

Dirgha Raj Prasai is a former member of parliament in Nepal, former consultant of the administrative staff college of Nepal. He has written many books and articles, and is now a political analyst based in Kathmandu contributing to different newspapers and sites.

From the very beginning, Nepal is respectfully following the objectives of UN. May be the UN, as an organization, is working for peace in Nepal. But, at present, Nepalese people are confused by the suspicious activities of UNMIN (UN representatives). As we all know that, the main objective of UNMIN is to establish peace in Nepal, but in the contrary what we have here is “The Team of Representatives-UNMIN” who has been found exercising against the peace process in Nepal. We are totally puzzled, whether UNMIN is here to establish peace or confuse people. We really don’t understand, “What is the interest of UNMIN in Nepal?” Why UNMIN is instigating civil war in Nepal?

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Burmese Activists Urge Halting Shwe Pipeline Project

Posted by Ramesh Khati on November 4, 2009

By Nava Thakuria

The voices against the foreign intrusion in Burmese economy are increasing. The recent action by the Burmese people living in various countries on October 28 shows that they are not only expressing concern about the plight of the indigenous population, but also urged the China government to halt a proposed natural gas and oil pipeline project inside Burma.

On the Global Day of Action, the pro-democracy activists, under the leadership of a campaign group had conveyed their angers against the gas-oil pipeline starting from western Burmese State to a Chinese province.

With the supports from 120 organizations based in over 20 countries the Shwe Gas Movement asked Beijing to suspend the billion dollar Shwe Gas and Oil Pipeline Project. The campaign group, an alliance of All Arakan Students & Youth Congress, Arakan Oil Watch, Shwe Gas Movement India and Shwe Gas Movement Bangladesh, sent an open letter to the President of People’s Republic of China through the Chinese Embassies in Thailand, India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Philippines, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands, UK asking the halt of the construction of the project. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepalese National Flag

Posted by Ramesh Khati on September 22, 2009

Dirgha Raj Prasai

Dirgha Raj Prasai

Dirgha Raj Prasai is a former member of parliament in Nepal, former consultant of the administrative staff college of Nepal. He has written many books and articles, and is now a political analyst based in Kathmandu contributing to different newspapers and sites.

Prithvi Narayan Shah, the unifier and creator of Nepal is the pride of Nepalese and Gorkhas. It was almost 100 years before Germany and Italy was unified and the restoration of the Meiji dynasty was restored that Prithvi Narayan Shah had unified 54 small fiefdoms to build a large, expanded and strong Nepal. But following the movement of April 2006 and the visionless party leaders came to power, they forgot the Nepalese prestige and identity and smashed the statue of the creator of Nepal, contempt and insulted him and called off the birth anniversary of the great king as a day of national unity. The flag of Nepal was popular before 1768 AD. Nepalese triangular shaped flag has unique identity; to propose to change the flag will undermine Nepalese nationality in the international arena. But, now those who like to change Nepalese national Flag, they are traitors. They are not talking for the sake of Nepal, actually, they are demolisher and anarchists who want abolish all the national identity of Nepal.

In Sanskrit, Hindu means ‘Hi’= Sun, ‘Indu’= moon. Nepalese national flag is also decorated by Sun and Moon. The triangular flag with the Sun and Moon is based on the principles of Hinduism. The national flag of Nepal has its own identity and recognition in the world. The Nepalese flag is very inclusive and represents to all the castes and tribes insisting the nature. The flag of Nepal is the symbol of unity in diversity. The Maoist wants to change the national flag, this means; the Maoists intention is to abolish the identity of Nepalese nationality. Changing the national flag is irrational. The Nepalese people believe, Nepal will remain eternal till there is the Sun and Moon.

Nepal has always shown goodwill towards India. We, Nepalese people also hope the same behaving. The intention of the both country should cordial for the sake of the cultural and traditional-cordialities. Nepal shares 1,880 kilometers of open border with India. We, in Nepal are suspecting that Maoist was protected and armed by some notorious Indians site where as the Indian people always dislike. Nepalese democratic exercise faced the black period in between 2005-2009 AD. During the period, Nepalese people tolerated the worst political practice made by corrupt leaders. The nation achieved the climaxed height of the lawlessness, theft, robbery, ransom and murders. The corruption is out of control. Though freedom of speech is one of the basic pillars of democracy, no one is free to speak and write critically in true sense. Experiences are the proofs to reveal that all the political leaders invested their time and energy just for power and to accumulate big chunk of money, land, home and expensive vehicles. Their amassed properties in the name of democracy are hidden in different banks, lands, big houses and business. They are beyond the reality that the people might be fooled for a moment with the political dishonesty, but not for ever. Democracy has been abused as a ladder for power by the anti-nationalist political leaders.

The secularism & republic is not the current issue in Nepal, the main problem is only how to relief the country from corruptions & foreign intervention. In Nepal, we are suffering from daylight robbery, killings and insecurity of the public life even after handing over the state power to those who led the agitation. We are reading in the website that the relation of Nepalese Maoists is very good with the Indian Maoists. Both organizations are active to establish anarchism, then one-party rule. A Nepalese scholar, Mr. Shashi Malla says- ‘The Maoists want to establish a totalitarian Stalinist state and isolate Nepal from the international arena in pursuit of their antiquated ideology. If nothing is done to stop them soon, our country will be thrown back decades. The Maoist conception of an ostensible federation based on ethnic communities will spell the death-knell of national unity.” What is that? Is it democracy? After the slogans of Secularism, Republic, Federalism, now they are flowing the sugarcoated poison to change the national flag. Similarly, they like to change the Rhinoceros as the national animal replacing Holy Cow. This will enable them to slaughter cows and inhumanely rape Hinduism. So, we, Nepalese people request to Indian people and Medias to exercise goodwill for Nepal as a nearest neighbor. I think, if anarchism establish in Nepal, India also can’t secure. That is the reality?

So, in the context of Nepal, the authorized guardian of the country is the King. We view that effort made both by the King and the people will only enhance the nation & democracy. But the leaders did not like to understand the reality and they declared republic under foreign pressure. The republic, secularism, federalism is becoming the main problem of the country’s stability. To safeguard the nationality & democracy of Nepal and for Indian’s culture and security, the King ought to be re-established as well as the Hindu Kingdom should be regular and the parliament should be strong. Equally, the political leaders must be patriot & be true to what they say. Nepal has become the playground of foreigners the problem will only be resolved when the King and the people’s leaders will be together in regime.

(The views and opinion expressed in this article are that of the author and not of Gorkhatimes, the author can be contacted at email:dirgharajprasai@gmail.com We request individuals with interest in Gorkha Issuses to submit their views to the following e-mail address: gorkhatimes@gmail.com pictures of contributors or images that relate to submissions will be appreciated more)

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Honour my dignity

Posted by Ramesh Khati on August 20, 2009

Written By PINKY PRADHAN

crime against women

Why are some sections of Indian men intolerant to the other half of the population? Why is it that the women are always at the receiving end? Why am I being looked at and stripped as if I am some kind of a brand and commodity? Similar such questions have been bothering me since a long time. And each time I hear about the unthinkable crimes being committed against young girl child or a woman, my heart quivers. And at these moments, I honestly feel the loss of not being born as a man.

Can we for a minute lay down our obsolete mores, superficial differences of religion, caste and geographic boundaries and think hard about why are women in India not safe, even in their own homes. I would like to question the higher ups, the young force who clearly shone in the recently held general elections — does safety for women, ever, feature as a top most priority in their lengthy arguments? India at one hand is scoring international praise for it economy, whereas on the other hand, crimes of all kinds, heard and unheard of are being perpetuated against women. Incidents such as rape, sexual exploitation, eve teasing, public groping, dowry death, mercy killing, trafficking of women and child, female foeticide and gender biasness: these are what an average Indian woman has to face in India.

Of all the crimes, rape is on the rise. A recently released report by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) stated that a total of 20,737 rape cases were registered in 2007 against 19,384 in 2006, while the figure was 18,359 in 2005 and 18,233 in 2004 against 15,847 in 2003. A last year’s report indicated that there were 38,734 cases of sexual molestation. Crime against woman has increased by manifold. There has been a jump of 700% since the time NCRB started keeping records. As per the same report, Delhi reported 29.5% (524 out of 1,775) of total rape cases, 31.8% cases (1,021 out of 3,207) of kidnapping & abduction of women,15.6% cases (111 out of 711) of dowry deaths, 14.2% cases (1,711 out of 12,031) of cruelty by husband and relatives and 21.5% cases (744 out of 3,463) of molestation. The picture is almost the same — be it Gurgaon, Mumbai, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab or some nondescript town or village — the fact of the matter is; this country is extremely unsafe for women.

What is the root cause behind this behavioral and physical malice? What agitates them to resort to such a violation of dignity? How can somebody get pleasure by causing pain and suffering to others? Some sections of the society are of the opinion that we as woman ask for such crimes by forgetting our morals, wearing dresses that tempt man, by pubbing and by flouting our traditions and culture. This is indeed utter nonsense and nothing else but a blinkered opinion.

Let us call upon all the faith leaders, the political heavyweights, self acclaimed activists and the celebrities from the entertainment industry .As you rant and rave in front of the camera for every issue , somewhere some unthinkable crime is being committed against a woman.

As a woman, I have been forced to feel paranoid about my surroundings and safety. As a citizen, I am deeply frustrated and angry. And I am sure I am not alone in this feeling.

About the writer:-

Pinky Pradhan

Pinky Pradhan

A native of Guwahati, Pinky is a development communication practitioner and is actively engaged with issues relating to drug abuse, human trafficking, environment conservation and poverty alleviation. She is currently engaged as a communication and advocacy practitioner with a bi-lateral agency called United Nations. She is also a writer and regularly contributes for gorkhatimes, merinews.com, the Northeast Today, assamtimes.org, thesouthasian.org among others.

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Posted by Ramesh Khati on August 10, 2009

Dirgha Raj Prasai

Dirgha Raj Prasai

Dirgha Raj Prasai is a former member of parliament in Nepal, former consultant of the administrative staff college of Nepal. He has written many books and articles, and is now a political analyst based in Kathmandu contributing to different newspapers and sites.

Among all religions of the world, Hindu religion is considered as an ancient religion that is recognized as the foundation of civilization and as the most liberal democratic way of life. Hinduism & Buddhism are the identities & cultural assets of Nepal. The Lord Pashupathinath, Shoyambhunath, Lumbini, Barahachetra, Gosaikunda, Muktinath, Ridi, Janakidham, Devghat of Nepal, Kailash Mansharobar of Tibet (well accessed for Nepalese and Hindus), and Tirupati, Rameshroram, Jagannath, Badrinath, Amarnath of India are the symbolic shrines of Hinduism & Buddhism. The people of Nepal and India always have cordial relations due to the cultural and religious resemblance. They should know that if instability persists in Nepal, it could be a bastion of terrorism posing a threat to the whole world.

Nepalese all around the world and Nepal’s well-wishers are anxious about the conspiracy designed by some deviant party leaders against the Monarchy and Hinduism. Nepal will not become a heaven on earth just because monarchy is actually abolished and republican system ushered in. Nepal has already received so much respect and identity for being a Hindu kingdom. The essences of Nepalese nationalism are- Hinduism, constitutional monarchy and Nepali language. If these basic foundations are violated, national unity and sustainable peace cannot be achieved. The conflict between the political parties and the king came up because of the mistakes and blunders of the Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML and the authoritarian thinking of the Maoist. But, where would they stand abolishing Nepal and its identity. The nation and its people will win only if all the political leadership realizes this fact.

Several well wishers of Nepal also agree with the idea to conserve the Royal institution in Nepal. For example, veteran leader of B.J.P. Lalkrishna Advani says: ‘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’. However at the political level, Indian government has been trying to create nuisance in Nepal’s effort to strengthen its nationalism and democracy. Indian leaders must understand that if Nepal due to any reason, is destroyed, India won’t get any peace. Forgetting Nepal’s background of Hinduism and Buddhism, a democratic country like India, should not work to create anarchy and establish terrorism in Nepal. But why are the United Nations, America and other foreign powers, despite knowing the identity and value of Nepal, are supporting the continuous ruin of this country? But we in Nepal are trying to dig up a well though there already is water in our rivers.

Nepalese Maoists have tried to destroy the identity of Pashupatinath, Living Goddess Kumari, Bikram Sambat and its calendar and every norm of Hindus. When we loose our norms and values, our existences will also be finished. If the Hindu cultures will be eliminated from Nepal, it will be very easy to establish the Christian state in these zones. So, in this critical situation, if a solution is not sought with the presence and participation of the monarch, this country could see a bloodbath. If that happens, no one knows what will be the future of this country. After the constituent assembly election-2008, the leadership of the coalition government is becoming confused & despotic. Unconstitutional declaration of the secularism will be the cause of terrorism. It is because the objective behind the declaration was to suppress the Hindus and its root from Nepal.

Hindu religion is the world’s most liberal and tolerant religion. Despite being a Hindu country, Nepal is the most liberal and tolerant non-secular country in the world. The philosophy of Hinduism is guided as- “to refrain from all evils, to do what is good and to purify the mind”. High thinking & Simple living is the way of Hindus. In Sanskrit, Hindu means ‘Hi’= Sun, ‘Indu’= moon. Nepalese national flag is also decorated by Sun and Moon. The western renowned philosopher Voltaire, George Bernard Shaw, German scholar Nitse, Megasthaniz and Fai-Han has written many books supporting the Hindu philosophy expressing the evolutionary process of the world’s civilization. Hindu philosophy is incomparably greater intellectual work than the Bible?

A Nepali Scholar Mr. Dinbandhu Aryal explains– ‘Hindus are inclusive. ‘H’- stands for humanity, ‘I’- stands for individual righteousness , ‘N’-for nationalism, justice, economic freedom, ‘D’- for divine virtue and ‘U’-for universal peace and co-operation. The word Hindu is formed in the full sense.’ Further, he adds ‘Hinduism is the sum and substance of the traditional humane cordiality. The African leader Nelson Mandela was impressed from Vedas, legends and Upanishads. He wanted to be converted into a Hindu and for that purpose he wanted to perform penance or provide donation if necessary. He would be gratified and feel fortunate.’ This is amply proved that Hindus want to make all the people of the world civilized, cultured and prosperous. Nepal is a land of devotees of different religious faith and traditions, all cooperating and co-existing together towards attainment of humanity and protection of civilized society.

An analyst Stephen Knapp says- India is slowly losing the Vedic culture (Hinduism) 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 homeland. (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 Hindu idols into tiny pieces. That was their goal to destroy Hindu & Buddha culture and make the country a Christian nation. Now it is a high time Nepal should be careful to save her indigenous culture.

I reiterate the reality, in Maldives and Saudi Arabia, only Muslims can become citizens of that country. Even in Israel, except a few exceptions, only Jews can become its citizens. In Pakistan, a Hindu cannot vote for Muslim candidates. Out of the 199 countries around the world, more than 100 are non-secular countries and of them more than 100 are Muslim and Christian non-secular countries. Despite being aware of the fact it is intriguing that so-called big party leaders (Congress, UML and Maoist) declared Nepal a secular state without the mandate of the people. They directly hurt the feeling of the majority of the Hindus in the country and more than 1 billion Hindus all over the world. We are 82% Hindus and including Buddhists we are 95% in Nepal. In India, an estimated 930 million of its population are followers of Hinduism. The Hindu Philosophy preaches that all the people of the world are our friends. Fraternity & honesty always has been propounded by Hindus. However, the Racism and social discriminations are the great hindrances of Hindus. Of course it needs to be corrected. If we respect each other, our problems will be mitigated gradually. So, we request to all party leaders and every nationals not to minimize the reality of Hinduism and Buddhism, the basis of world civilization.

(The views and opinion expressed in this article are that of the author and not of Gorkhatimes, the author can be contacted at email:dirgharajprasai@gmail.com We request individuals with interest in Gorkha Issuses to submit their views to the following e-mail address: gorkhatimes@gmail.com pictures of contributors or images that relate to submissions will be appreciated more)

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How The Gurkhas Went From Britain’s Pet Warriors To Victims?

Posted by Ramesh Khati on July 31, 2009

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By Brendan O’Neill

A century ago, Rudyard Kipling implored Brits to take up ‘The White Man’s Burden’, to venture forth to the dark continents and liberate the natives from sickness, famine and stupidity.

Today, if the over-the-top media coverage of Joanna Lumley’s visit to Nepal is anything to go by, we have The White Woman’s Burden.

The newspaper splashes on Lumley’s visit – featuring photos of the actress being showered with garlands under headlines such as ‘VICTORY TRIP’ and ‘GODDESS JOANNA’ – have eerie echoes of Britain’s colonial past, with Lumley depicted as the embodiment of the Mother Nation and the Gurkhas as her happy, appreciative children.

“The use of Lumley’s trip as a symbol of caring post-colonial Britain is nauseating”

It’s worth remembering that a central part of Kipling’s infamous poem was his view of foreign peoples as “children” who needed our help. They were “half-devil and half-child”, he said, and colonialists should “serve [their] needs”.

So it is today, it seems, with newspapermen and politicians holding up St Joanna as the deliverer of happiness and liberty to the little brown people ‘over there’. Of course, no one can challenge Miss Lumley’s motives or deny the genuine bond of affection that has linked the Gurkhas with many British army officers and their families.

And, of course, the actress’s campaigning on behalf of the retired soldiers has forced through some beneficial changes. The Gurkhas have always been treated shoddily by the Ministry of Defence, which has paid them lower wages than British-born squaddies and given them fewer pension rights.

New Labour ruled, in typical mean-spirited fashion, that only Gurkhas who left military service after 1997 would be allowed to settle in the UK. But following a pro-Gurkha motion in the Commons and Lumley’s vocal campaigning, the government backtracked: now, Gurkhas who left the military before 1997 after completing at least four years’ service can apply to settle here.

Yet there is something unmistakably nauseating in the transformation of Lumley’s trip into a symbol of modern, caring, post-colonial Britain which now helps brown people rather than oppressing them.

The Gurkhas have long been the playthings of the British elite, but where in the past they were pushed forward as evidence of Britain’s fighting spirit and its ability to create ‘loyal savages’, today they are pushed forward as evidence of Britain’s superior emotional intelligence and its ability to empathise with Third World victims.

For all the discussion today of Gurkhas as good friends of Britain, we should remember that these soldiers have long been viewed by the British officer classes as a ‘race apart’ from white Europeans.

Named after the eighth-century Hindu warrior saint Guru Gorakhnath, the Gurkhas were first recruited into the British Army following the Anglo-Nepalese war of 1814-1816, when British forces defeated the Nepalese but were impressed by the Gurkhas’ tenacity.

British military leaders treated Gurkhas as effectively their pet Asians – less intelligent and feeling than the average white man, but more trustworthy than the average native. In the 1860s, one British officer said Gurkhas were different to ordinary “Asiatic soldiers”, who do not have “the same pluck or moral courage as the European… unless drugged and maddened by opiates beforehand”.

Another British observer said that, where most south Asians “live in a different stage of civilisation and intellectual development [to Europeans]”, the Gurkhas were different.

However, while they were of better stock than madder Asians, the Gurkhas were nothing like the white man; indeed, it was their alleged lack of emotion that was most valued by the British military.

In the Victorian era, a writer said Gurkhas do not have “a very high estimate of the value of human life” and are “less encumbered by the mental doubts or humanitarian sentiment [of Europeans], and thus not so moved by slaughter and mutilation”.
gurkha soldierThis image of the Gurkhas as peculiarly fearless persisted into the modern era, and tended, said one critical author, Lionel Caplan, in 1995, to “deny the humanity of these soldiers”.

Today, the Gurkhas are still effectively seen as a ‘race apart’ – but in a new politically correct way.

They are no longer spoken of as unfeeling fighting machines, at least not in public, but rather as victims of the system. They’re no longer the attack dogs of British colonialism, but rather the victims of new attitudes to the military, who must be rescued anew by enlightened Westerners like Lumley and her political supporters.

The most enduring image of a Gurkha now is not as the knife-wielding defender of British imperial values who has been well-trained by white officers to use his savage instincts for good, but as the frail wheelchair user who needs white celebrities to push him around and argue his corner in court and parliament.

The Gurkhas have gone from being a ‘Martial Race’ to a ‘Victim Race’, from the obedient charges of British officers to the mascot victims of British hacks and officials.

The media’s moralisation of the Lumley trip confirms that the Gurkhas are still being used as a proxy army – only this time not to defend British imperialism, but rather to project a new Blair-style image of a Britain That Cares.

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King’s Mediation to Save Nepal

Posted by Ramesh Khati on July 28, 2009

Dirgha Raj Prasai

Dirgha Raj Prasai

Dirgha Raj Prasai is a former member of parliament in Nepal, former consultant of the administrative staff college of Nepal. He has written many books and articles, and is now a political analyst based in Kathmandu contributing to different newspapers and sites.

Let’s not forget, ‘Nepal’s nationalism and democracy is the result of the collective effort of the people and the king’. One cannot imagine Nepal as a sovereign and independent country without the existence of the monarchy. Nepal has been suffering the pains of foreign interference since the country was unified by, the King of Gorkha, Prithvi Narayan Shah (founder of greater Nepal).

It was because of connivance of foreigners and their conspiracies that Rana oligarchy was established in Nepal. In 1951, it was because of the collective effort of King Tribhuvan, who risked his throne, and martyrs like Sukraraj Shastri, Dharmabhakta, Dashrath Chand and Gangalal that democracy was established in Nepal. The King Tribhuvan is not a martyr, but he helped create martyrs and he has a great role in ushering democracy in Nepal. As soon as democracy was established in Nepal, Indian politician started cheating Nepal by taking advantage of their friendship with the leaders of Nepali Congress. The sovereignty of Nepal being in danger, King Mahendra dared to take the step of 1961. The King Mahendra used to say, ‘Irresponsible leaders of party not only divide the people but also the nation’. So, King Mahendra implemented the Party less system (Panchayat) and protected Nepal from foreign interference by maintaining a balance between India and China.

We all Nepalese, the king and the political parties wish to strengthen nationalism and establish democratic system in the country. The people of Nepal and India always have cordial relations, but it is the Indian government (Congress I), which instigated by some donors have been trying to create nuisance to Nepal’s effort to strengthen its nationalism and democracy. It’s neither good for India to make Nepal and Nepalese suspicious with them. Forgetting Nepal’s background of Hinduism and Buddhism, democratic country like India, should not work to create anarchy and establish terrorism in Nepal.

All leaders, after 1951 have only betrayed the people wearing the cloak of democracy, we don’t have yet come across any leader who can establish and institutionalize nationalism and democracy in the country. Nepal is in need of a dedicated, true and honest leader who is a patriot and who can save numbs and values of the country. The so-called leaders of the Nepali congress, UML, Maoists & Madesis are not responsible for the democracy and country. After the king restored the House of Representatives (2006), the leaders of the so called big parties, including the Maoists, should have focused on national interests. But no country can find a way by stifling the fundamental policy and principle? How can democracy survive when the leaders give only lips service but become despotic in practice and trample the democratic principles?

Now, Nepal, which is suffering from gamut of troubles and tribulations, cannot save its nationality and democracy, unless the king and the people join hands and stand strongly against foreign interference and the traitors of the country to follow a strict disciplinary policy. If the United Nations, United State of America and the European countries failed to realize this, unrest and terrorism will be institutionalize in Nepal.

The despotic leaders of Congress, UML, and Maoists talk a lot about Loktantra (democracy) but on the contrary they have institutionalized anarchy. Their government is mobilized by looters, murderers, kidnappers, commission mongers and foreign agents. And they work only for them. Once the political parties came to power, they were indulged in fight for posts and positions, which leads them into amassing incalculable wealth through ulterior means. So, how can a country solve its problem, when the party leaders served the interests of their kith and kin and sycophant? The parliamentarians, who are supposed to serve the people, got into robbing the national coffer in whatever way they can. Absolutism has become the common agenda of the so-called big party leaders and they want to ignite a civil war and fulfill their desires.

On May 28 2008, how & why the so-called big parties’ leaders declared republic? Was it constitutional? NO, IT WAS NOT! It would be against the principle of natural law to deprive him of the right to speak on his defense. The Nepalese people will not support the forceful systemization of illegitimate totalitarianism by depriving the king to defend himself. With the help of corrupt leaders, India had been investing to establish a republic. But, now the result has been just the opposite for India.

In communist countries, the nation runs as per the policy of the communist parties. But, there is neither communism nor parliamentary system in Nepal. A Nepalese scholar, Mr. Shashi Malla says- ‘The Maoists want to establish a totalitarian Stalinist state and isolate Nepal from the international arena in pursuit of their antiquated ideology. If nothing is done to stop them soon, our country will be thrown back decades. The Maoist conception of an ostensible federation based on ethnic communities will spell the death-knell of national unity.” Similarly, the editor of Peoples Review Mr. Puspha Raj Pradhan writes-‘The Maoists are doing the politics of caste which is in the interest of India to disintegrate Tarai region from Nepal. The Maoists have been used by India in this way. The Maoists are fooling the Nepali people by serving the Indian interests and, on the other hand, distributing the slogan of nationalism to the Nepali people.’ In such situation, can one find solution to a problem by throwing stones in the dark?

This country would have become a prosperous if the king, political parties and the people have worked together. The mandate of the people’s uprising is to establish a full democracy, not a republic or authoritarian rule and communism. The corrupt leaders of NC, UML, Maoist & some Madeshi are continuing to seek Indian support to rob the nation of its sovereignty. The Nepali Congress is in danger of peril after opting for republic to take revenge with the King. If we Nepalese want to save Nepal’s sovereignty and identity, all the political parties and the nationalists should realize that the country can move ahead only with the concerted effort of the political parties, king and the people. It is now clear that democracy cannot sustain without the principle of tolerance and coordination. For this, all the parties and others should think with a cool mind. Nepalese monarchy is the pillar of Nepalese identity and sovereignty. The Royal institution of Nepal is for its people and a force that fought against the imperialists. So, As things have gone terribly wrong, there is no alternative other than, all the forces coming together in the mediation of the king.

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Koshi High Dam ! Threat to Nepal

Posted by Ramesh Khati on July 14, 2009

Dirgha Raj Prasai

Dirgha Raj Prasai

Dirgha Raj Prasai is a former member of parliament in Nepal, former consultant of the administrative staff college of Nepal. He has written many books and articles, and is now a political analyst based in Kathmandu contributing to different newspapers and sites.

On Sunday 12th July 2009, Indian Union Minister for Water Resources Hon. Pawan Kumar Bansal discussed the effectiveness of the recently constructed Kosi barrage which was breached by the floods last year resulting in displacement of tens of thousand of people on both sides. He expressed about the controversial High Dam also- ‘Construction of Koshi High is the only ‘permanent solution.’ But how and what kinds of understanding has reached? Actually, Koshi High Dam is very danger both Nepal & India-Bihar.

Now, it is a proven fact and respectfully we have realized that India has lost its credibility in the construction of Koshi and the Gandak projects; it did not stand by the provisions of the previous treaties. The existing Koshi project was completed in 1960. Now, the eastern portion collapsed on 18th August 2008 and the western portion showing imminent ganger. Thousands of people are displaced and killed and thousands of hectares of land swept away. It is a very regretful time for Nepal & India. It is not a natural disaster but it is the man-made tragedy by Indians negligence. In such situation why India is interested to construct another High Dam in Koshi ? It will carefully solve the disaster of Koshi high dam project as well as the Koshi High-Dam.

India has proposed (until is proposing) a 269 metre high dam on the Sapta Koshi River at about 400 meter upstream from Barahkshetra temple for generating 300 M.W. of electricity for proportional sharing with Nepal. Eight kilometres downstream at Chatra has been proposed another dam for irrigating 546,000 ha of land in Nepal and 976,000 ha in India with an additional 300 MW of electricity. Nepal is investing on a survey of the proposed project. Generation of hydropower with irrigation by means of small and medium scale dams always welcome, but it is out of question for Nepal to invest on such ambitious mega project without investigating and evaluating the benefits for such project that are detrimental to the national interest and are meant only to the interests of India.

The proposal for high dam on the Sapta Koshi River at Chatra is by no means new. When B. P. Koirala became the Prime Minister, approval had been already granted for the Gandak Project, Dang-Deukhari Reservoir Project and the Koshi High Dam at Chatara in 1959 A.D. The Gandak Project was indeed implemented. The Project office building had already constructed in Dang. Numerous requests of protest were submitted to the King. Following the protestation of the people, King Mahendra and Prime Minister B. P, Koirala visited Dang. Noticing the protests against the proposed dam, Prime Minister B.P. Koirala had to revoke the project. But at the same time, the technical personal from India had already begun the survey for the Koshi High Dam by erecting tents on the hills of Barahkshetra. There was a popular protest too. The Barahkshetra is a sacred place for all Hindus. The people protested at the prospect of displacing the God of Barahkshetra including many families and inundating their valuable agricultural land. In 2062 A.D. King Mahendra together with the Chairman of the Council of Minister, Dr Tulsi Giri and his personal assistant Mr Sushil Koirala ( Now vice-precedent of NC) studied the project site by boat. After this site visit, the Saptakoshi High Dam Project was cancelled deeming that it was not in Nepalese favour and interests.

During the visit of Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala to India in 1991 A.D. that this dam project scheduled in 1962 A.D. was also given approval secretly along with the Tanakpur Barrage was revealed only when Mr Sher Bahadur Deuba became Prime Minister. At this critical time moment when Nepal has been terrorized by the Maoist rebels and India has consented to the expulsion of the Nepali speaking Bhutanese citizens, the Indian intention to add insult to injury upon Nepal by proclaiming that the high dam is in Nepal’s interests is entirely contrary to the country’s well being. Such a large dam is likely to inundate and demolish numerous stretches of land now as well as the future in both Nepal and India. Even the Indian experts and the people of the area cannot support such a venture.

Nepal has always been full of good will for Indian. Nepal has never caused any trouble to India by following an ambivalent policy. India’s habit, however, of professing one thing and acting contrary always gives Nepal reason to fear it. Nepal has a immediate border with India of 1880 kilometres. Miss using the boarder, the Indian authorities makes fake maps for encroaching on Nepalese territory, in setting up its army battalion by intruding inside Kalapani as if it were its own awarded prize, encroaching Nepal’s forests near the border areas, setting up Indian settlements in numerous no mans land areas, reducing thousands of hectares of fertile Nepal’s land submersed and waterlogged by construction structures such as the Laxmanpur barrage afflux bunds, Raiswal Khurd Lotan dam and Mahalisagar Embankments in the vicinity of no mans land against international nubs thereby causing adversity to the Nepali people.

We Nepalese wish that the friendly ties of Nepal and India would be maintained forever with a warmth and faith devoid of any doubt. Nepal and India have so many things in common, it does not suit a great nation like India to continue interference with and cause adversity to a small peace loving Hindu nation like Nepal. Therefore, first of all, the obligation lies on India to come to an understanding in order to improve on unequal treaties ratified India’s independent including the difficulties faced by Nepal in trade and transit. The open border between Nepal and India needs to be controlled in the interest of both by managing the necessary border points by adopting a policy recommended by experts and cordoning stretches with barbed wire. This would prevent both countries from the scourge of criminal acts, smuggling and using the area as a haven for criminal only the border and lay concrete on the way for long lasting good will.

Koshi & Gandak project caused thousands of families in Nepal were displaced on account of the submergence and erosion of their land and none were given compensation for the loss. Any person who visits the Gandak project can notice for oneself the shameless dishonouring of Nepal. Similarly, Nepal was cheated in the Koshi project as well. Thousand of hectares of land were submerged and numerous people were displaced. The Indian side never showed any concern. Nepali interests were not served in any manner by the past treaties even in the case of the small dams let alone such ambitious dams. It is hoped that the Nepali people will not allow one to fall on their own head by allowing such dams. I am a resident of that area. If the high dam were to be erected, the districts of Dhankutta, Terahthum, Panchthar, Taplejung, Sunsari, a golden land of immense natural beauty, would turn into a waste land due to submergence and erosion of the steep soil and unstable rocks and project will neither be sustainable due to the salutations problem as all the rivers are glacier feud, it carries enormous amount of sediment.

To support the 269 metre Koshi High dam is equivalent to collude in the irreparable damage that would occur to Nepal. Even if proper compensation and rehabilitation of displaced people were taken place, such large dams could cause havoc to the very existence of Nepal. 95% of people are Hindus & Buddha in Nepal. As such, who would support a move to shift the God of Barahakshetra by destroying a sacred place of the Hindus and Buddhists of the world and hurting the religious sentiments of the tens of millions of people? Water resources expert, Mr Hariman Shrestha had remarked in 1996,”the Sapta Koshi High dam is detrimental, a project not in Nepal’s interests”. Similarly, former water resources secretary D.N. Dhungel says- Huge swathes of Nepali land will be inundated if the high dam is constructed and thousands of Nepalese will be displaced’.(13 July 2009 The Kathmandu Post.) The people of the Nepali establishment are deeply caught up in Indian water politics. Nepal’s national interests cannot be protected by following such penetrated path. Survey expert, Mr Buddhi Narayan Shrestha also says “Nepal should beware of the fact that if the Barahakshtra was to be built, the valleys and habitations upstream of the dam in Dhankuta, Bhojpur and Terhathum would be submerged, there is also no guarantee that this dam could prevent the flood devastation in India’s Bihar state for longer periods due to the problem.” Hence, no Nepali ought to exhibit any interest in such suicidal project.

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INDIGENOUS CULTURE AND TRADITIONS OF NEPAL

Posted by Ramesh Khati on July 10, 2009

Dirgha Raj Prasai

Dirgha Raj Prasai

Dirgha Raj Prasai is a former member of parliament in Nepal, former consultant of the administrative staff college of Nepal. He has written many books and articles, and is now a political analyst based in Kathmandu contributing to different newspapers and sites.

Nepal is the pious country in the lapse of the Himalayas, which is beautiful, quiet, the birth place of Buddha and origin of Hinduism. Besides being the country of Everest it is equally popular with its diverse cultural values. This is the land where civilization began and is also known as the country of ‘SANGRILA.’ Nepal is as holy place to Hindus & Buddhists, as Mecca for Muslims and Jerusalem to Jews and Christians.

Nepal is a country sandwiched between China and India. Because of its geo-political situation, Nepal’s sovereignty has always been very sensitive. Nepal is rich culturally and naturally. Our successful foreign policy would be to maintain our culture, traditions and indigenous identities to balance between China and India. Actually, Nepal is a paradise which provides calmness and rejuvenation to the mind. This lovely place is also said as the potpourri of ethnicity and has many cultural landscapes. This land of bio-diversity has so many cultural and religious landmarks that give a soothing experience to everyone.

Prithvi Narayan Shah, the unifier of Nepal is the pride of Nepal. It was almost 100 years before unification of Germany (1868), Italy (1868), and the restoration of the Meiji (Japan, 1868) in which America was also under British dependency, that Prithvi Narayan Shah had already unified (1768) 54 small fiefdoms to build a large, expanded and greater Nepal. But after the movement of April 2006 and the party leaders came to power they smashed the statue of the great King, contempt and insulted him and called off the birth anniversary of the late king as a day of national unity. Why? A country’s existence and prestige can gradually be eroded by finishing off its faith and belief tradition and culture and the creator of nation. If anyone wants the assurance of integrity and lasting peace in this country, one must not be confused about the country’s century’s old customs and religion traditions as well as the builder of nationality and unity.

Nepal was worthy to be bowed down by Hindus all over the world. This is the highest honor Nepal could receive from the international community. Nepal’s prestige and honor would elevate further if this country is declared as “Hindu and Buddhist” country, instead of a secular state. But, at present why the peaceful country where Lord Buddha was born has become the venue of confrontations? The main causes of the crisis is the abolishing our culture and traditions. Some are going to abolish the creations of Prithbinarayan Shah and to destroy his statute. Similarly, some are active to minimize Hinduism and dismiss the existence of Buddha. One of the communist old-leader Mohan Bikram Sing has written that Buddha was burn in Orissa (India) but not in Nepal. (See: Kantipur B.S.2059 Bhadra 19) What is that means? Such antagonistic so-called politicians, some against of Christian are habituated to exploit our national culture, religions and identities. This is the matter of grief for all the nationalists..

Everybody knows, among all religions of the world Hindu religion is considered as the most liberal. According to renowned philosopher Voltaire, Hinduism is the best gift of the East to the West. Similarly, George Bernard Shaw, Irish litterateur also said ‘Hindu religion is the most important and the most liberal religion in the world. According to Encyclopedia of Religions and Ethics, signs of Hindu religion are even found in the present Islamic country like Iran. A stone scriptures of 486 BC found in Iran contains the words Hindu and Hindus. Even an ancient Parsi scripture ‘Shatir’ has lifted a word of Ved Vyas ‘I am a true Hindu born in a Hindu country’. Another Hindu philosopher Manu has taken the area between Bindhya in south India and the Himalayas in the north as Aryabrata, the land of Aryans. Even outside travelers like Megasthaniz and Fai Han have written in their travel memoirs after their visit of the Kingdom of Chandra Gupta Maurya that Hindus have tall figure, long life, healthy, who avoid narcotics, simple, intelligent, truthful, who do not keep witness in transactions, do not lock their houses and there is no theft. So, in the evolutionary process of the world’s civilization, Hindu philosophy is taken as liberal, simple and tolerant. A Nepali Scholar Mr. Dinbandhu Aryal expains –’Hinduism is the sum and substance of the traditional humane cordiality. The African leader Nelson Mandella was impressed from Vedas, legends and Upanishads. He wanted to be converted Hindu for that purpose he wanted to perform penance or provide donation if necessary. He would be gratified and feel fortunate’

Hinduism is the most liberal and tolerant of religions. How can the oldest and most liberal of religions be thrown away just like that? No religion (and certainly not Hinduism & Buddhism) should be made a political issue. Why the culprit leaders of (Congress,UML & Maoists) party didn’t try to understand the sentiments of the people? It is the main duty for all the leaders to care the basic norms and values of the nation. But, by declaring Nepal a secular state, the visionless party leaders have done just that: tried to put together the unmixable, which could be dangerous for the stabilized Nepali society. No one has right to trample believe and conviction of the people rights.

Is a matter of grief that our cultural assets are thieving by the some Nepalese culprits and the foreigners since 30 years? Being not the national honesty to our political leaders and administrators, Nepal is becoming poorer & poorer day-by-day in our culture and national existence & spirit. One of the cultural historians G.C.Alpen has written remarkably before 24 years ago in The Rising Nepal – ‘To see well this organized art theft going on daily apparently unhanded, is a painful experience for those of us who do not look at all upon Nepal as an ‘under-developed’, but a highly civilized country, unique in the world as a fascinating focus of culture and religion, a treasure-house of spiritual knowledge and traditions that have survived here, as if a miracle-amidst a spreading world of our and aggressive materialism.’ People in the developed country appreciate the physical beauty of the stolen ancient images from the temple of Nepal at their respective country while the Nepalese old mothers are desperate and breaking out into tears. The images which were meticulously carved with precious stone and jewels taking two thousand years were destroyed within the period of recent thirty years. Let there be no such destruction anymore.

More than that the Hindus have the freedom to pursue their own way of observing the religion. If Nepal is to be declared a secular country, all countries, which call themselves as Christian or Muslim countries should also be declared secular countries. If they want Nepal to become a secular country, then they should also be willing to shun their ‘Cross’ of the Christians, ‘sign of David of the Jews and ‘Kava’ of Muslims. However, it needs to be pondered that even if Nepal was a Hindu Kingdom, its nature was like a secular country as Hindus have never done anything that would harass or trouble other religions. The Hindus and the Buddhists are more than three billions. It is a scared land for more than a billion Hindus and Buddhists. So, it is our request not to exercise in ineffectiveness. In the name of transforming the country into ‘New Nepal’ this is not the way to destroy our culture and traditions. We should have to think independently and have to come to our own conclusion. This will be the solution to keep intact our indigenous cultural assets and our monarchy & sovereignty.

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Braggadocios, Hypocrites and Power Mongers our Messiah?

Posted by Ramesh Khati on July 8, 2009

Bhanu Bhattarai

Bhanu Bhattarai

Written By:-Bhanu Bhattarai ,Nepal

Skimming through the online news portals these days has been something like tuning to the song “words” by BeeGees ,except that the new lyrics would be “words, and words are all I have to hide my lies away”.

Yes, words have been gaining over deeds especially when mere words can win people’s hearts. Nepalese do not seem to be using their conscience anymore or maybe I am mistaken, may be they never did since leaders are said to be as good as the people themselves! Leaders are still able to gather crowd irrespective of their deeds! It is party time for our great leaders when in fact nothing needs to be done to garner support, just prove the other wrong-simple as that! How to prove the others wrong? Come on…there is always something going on, you just need to gather support of the losers! Even if you don’t succeed, when are those lawyers for? Payday for the hardship in instating them at right places during your heyday?? To the general public, however, the million dollar question still is, where are these days of complete anarchy, dominance of losers, “impunity to OUR cadres, end of impunity to OTHERS” mentality and inclement situation of “winners on the run” leading the Nation to?

Politics is all about duplicity, guile, double standards and forage for the chair. This is exactly how a layman would define Nepalese politics after all these years of political drama. “End of Impunity”, a well rehearsed slogan can now be fitted anywhere, any speech, any address and by anyone! Even criminals get away from punishment using this sacred newest mantra ! Moreover, rapidly unfolding recent series of gruesome hostage killings, black and white crimes have held the slogan afloat in every possible public arena. You need a quick flashlight upon your status? “End of Impunity” is your mantra ! Who is making the most out of it? Undoubtedly the guile leaders who on one side shed their “crocodile tears” upon the deceased, extend “heartfelt” condolences to the family, distribute seemingly plausible assurance of government help while on the other hand advocate for criminals like Dhamala! Alas-still their legacy, their support and their “failure” stamped ideas proliferate! They are yet to be tainted of power misuse; they are yet to make their first mistake, their morale yet to diminish and their voice yet to be unheard! We, the general public still listen to their fabricated lies and are still excited of a bright future from their conscience as if we didn’t have enough of them for the last 15 years! We are still making every effort in planting them to the government when in fact we should be plowing their remains. “Impunity” didn’t grow overnight the day Congress handed over the government to the Maoists! It was sowed, nurtured and rejoiced over the past two decades by its present protesters. When their own weapon was directed towards them, they awakened. When they fell into the graves dug by themselves, only then they realized its enormity. We should however applaud their ability to change color, much more elegantly and swiftly than a lizard and thrive in the adverse of scenarios! Even with the latest conscience as was shown in the latest election, it is puzzling how Nepalese are still unable to understanding the underlying catch?

Another word repeatedly being thrown at the general public is “General Consensus”. All the minion parties advocating for the general consensus and threatening the largest democratic party of Nepal to bow down in front of them is something like all the north American countries uniting together and threatening the US! How logical does that sound? Good enough for a folk story, right? However, this is the truth and all the truth with the present Nepalese version of general consensus. Self proclaimed great leaders, advocators of democracy, leaders of the general public and parties of the public-how could they forget so suddenly their own reaction when called upon to join the Maoist led government? Had they ever been true empathizers of the nation and the public, how could there be a restraining wall between them and the government? The government, formed from a general election solely for the purpose of writing a constitution? The present scuffle, division and smearing each other in the perpetual “cabinet game” is just a proof of the saying “taste of human blood conjures a man eater.”

Is Nepal a sovereign nation? When can we decide ourselves for our nation? When can we stop consenting with Indian ambassadors for our internal affairs? Hasty defending speech by Mrs. Sujata Jost Koirala and Mr. Ramsaran Mahat about border encroachment immediately after parley with Soodh, Prachanda’s interview with the Hindu, does raise these questions! I hope they are going for everything new for the New Nepal-new definition for democracy, new manner and culture for ambassadors. It would not be a surprise if we receive ambassadorial code of conduct from our neighbor! Our pride and glory of the great Gorkhali rests peacefully either inside the books of history or buried under the historical ruins of that era just like the Nepal army snoring, “peacefully” inside safe barracks.

Who is the head of The Republic of Nepal? Can anyone assure us that Nepal is not in the path of next Sikkim or Bhutan? Is Nepal a democratic nation? Is some fanatic’s whim sufficient to form a governing body? These are some of the question lingering in the common minds. Stamped “proven unsuccessful” leaders like GPK advocating the formation of a “governing system” and most of all leading it himself?? What is going on? Is he elected by the public? Does he hold any discretionary powers to form a system as such? If yes where from? Have we ever heard of Bill Clinton, a successful president, interfering with Obama’s government? How come someone who brought this situation upon us while being the longest serving prime minister of Nepal now come up suddenly of a “great idea” of development ? Where is he being directed from? There are some of the questions that we would want immediate answers to.

Someone not directly elected by the public, someone with failed vision and beliefs, someone advocating for family lineage into a democratic party and someone with such tainted reputation if able to form a governing body above the cabinet of ministers, what would remain to be hopeful for in The Republic of Nepal? Especially after vandalizing the definition of democracy, hammering the general public’s mandate and neglecting the general election in forming the cabinet. Is this not the typical characteristics of a tyrant? Mind it, in The Republic of Nepal, Mr. GPK is nothing more than a constituent member from “pariwar dal” and he should enjoy no privilege more than any other constituent member. Pointing to the Ravan will not make you the Bibhisan! Maoists may be tyrant, Maoists may be the proliferators of violence and impunity but rest of the parties are nothing less if not more. What is this governing body all about? Is it something like the guardian council of Iran? Even if it is, why should we implement something that is being questioned in Iran itself? What would be the role of the president and vice president after the formation of that governing body? This is not as light an issue as being portrayed by GPK and he definitely can’t self declare himself to be the head of that body. This issue must be resolved on a broader consensus, without bypassing the general public. General public is the supreme power in any democratic country and should be respected. We can’t allow the governing body, seemingly the head of the state to be formed upon the whim of a power fanatic. I hope the real drama behind letting UML lead the government is unfolding now but the general public is still blinking their eyes from the portrayed flash of Maoist’s video. May be this latest development is what we need as the wakeup call! Wake up Nepalese or there will be no awakening at all!

Source: Telegraph Nepal

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