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Well another prediction in the bag, but those of us who follow Nepal politics could see this coming. Nepali Congress is going to team up with the Maoists to go after the King. Blogdai says, no big surprise. Government has always flirted with the Maoists. Girija Koirala has had more than a few "private meetings" with Maoist leaders. For the sharp-eyed, one of the most curious examples of this was during the 2003 peace talks. The political parties were excluded from the table in an effort to actually get something done. The second round of talks ensues and we find the Maoists losing ground on some of their major demands; most significantly, the demand for a constituent assembly.
Momentum is not on their side until a cuious event occurs. From out of nowhere, large student protests against the peace talks emerge. This had never happened during the previous three peace talk events, only this one where the political parties were excluded. Eventually, peace talks break down.
Funny things also happened during 2001 when Koirala was still prime minister. Maoists are starting to get a little rougher, Koirala orders a few police to go out and confront the maoists, a police post in Rukum is attacked by Maoists and afterwards, Koirala abruptly resigns. The most power-hungry politician in the history of Nepal resigns over the attact of a police station? This guy was considering another run for PM last week at the age of 87. Why would he resign? Was it a bout of conscience? Could Koirala not reconcile his relationship with instability-loving India and their facilitating Maoists with his Prime Ministership? Food for thought.
Here's the article from the Feb. 7 Statesman. Their credibility on Nepal issues is just average, but this article makes sense:
Nepal Congress to join hands with Maoists
Statesman News Service SILIGURI, Feb. 7. — The Maoist movement in Nepal is likely to gather mainstream political momentum soon. As part of the planned movement of political parties of Nepal in a same platform, the Nepal Congress Party has decided to welcome Maoists and join hands with them. During an interview with The Statesman today, the central committee member of Nepal Congress Party and the party organisation chief, Mr Krishna Prasad Sitoula said that almost all democratic political parties of Nepal, including Communist parties, have joined hands to put up a fight against the Nepal’s King Gyanendra, who has dismissed the government and taken all powers in his hand. Mr Sitoula said that the Nepal Congress, the Nepal Communist Party UML, Janmorcha Nepal, Nepal Mazdoor Communist Party, Nepal Sadbhawna Party, Ananda Devi and alliance of five small Communist parties of Nepal have come together on a platform to start a movement against the monarchy. He said: “We are not against the Maoists’ demands. We support their ideology regarding the monarchy. But we don’t want the path of violence.” Mr Sitoula added that they would hold discussions with senior Maoists.
It doesn't sound too democratic to blogdai when government seeks to align with the single greatest destabilizing force in Nepal. Trust? Transparency? Security? Show me. In Nepal's case, we need to stop our infatuation with the word "democracy" as the singular point of defense for the old administration and start opening our eyes to what was actually being practiced under the term. -=blogdai