Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Clarity from the Inside

Finally some Sanity. K.C. Pralhad, President of the Nepal America Foundation speaks his mind. This is a man who actually visits Nepal regularly; not one of those spoiled sons-of-priveledge-expatriot-democracy-and-Koirala-made-us-rich-Nepalis that clog the blogospere with their tripe.

So, hear the voices of actual people in Nepal; read this link:




At 8:26 AM, August 31, 2005, Anonymous Brit said...

Yes - this is in accord with what I have understood from Nepali friends both in Nepal and elsewhere.

As I am not myself Nepali nor do I speak the Nepali language I am interested in the reference (in the article), relating to the money/status grabbing behaviour of politicians, of: 'Babu ko Birta/ Ama ko pewa as a result of (God gifts) their past sacrifices ...'. - is this a supposed (distorted) religious justification for their actions - or am I misunderstanding this?

What, in fact/if any, might be the 'religious' view of the situation in respect of an individual's actions and responsibilities? Is there any consensus here? I am aware that there is some diversity in actual religious affiliations and practices in Nepal but have little idea how religion impacts overall actions.

The reason I ask this is because I am puzzled as to why no-one (except the King) seems to have come forward to act in the interests of the country as a whole. I accept that this is potentially dangerous for any individual concerned (it would inevitably antagonise a range of politicos) but Nepalis are known worldwide for their courage, skill and endurance in the face of danger.

Where are you guys?

At 9:27 PM, September 01, 2005, Anonymous Rakesh said...

God only knows who is right and who is wrong. Only time will tell.But, King G's three year plan is offtrack. His vision for Nepal one year down does not match the one he planned.
To King G: you cannot win militarily, India will not allow that.
According to me, the only way to solve the Maoists problem is to hunt the Maoist leaders i.e the top guys and shoot them or capture them and bring them to Nepal.

At 5:10 AM, September 02, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ramta's wishlist:

There is a vacuum waiting to be filled by a charismatic voice, one not tarnished by years of affiliation with the corrupt political parties, one with no direct ties to either the King or the Maoists. A voice of reconciliation who understands that people have time and energy to participate in democracy only when their children's bellies are full and they are not so worried about the wolf at the door.

Perhaps this new voice could start a new political party that stands for:

genuine dedication to the plight of the citizens of Nepal

integrity and transparency (set a standard and challenge the other parties to meet it as well)

DIALOGUE and non-violence rather than this endless, tiresome posturing

the use of democratic principles in its own internal operations

hope and a new vision

Call me an idealist... I think this person is out there...


At 7:40 AM, September 03, 2005, Blogger blogdai said...

Rakesh is right: no compromising with Maoists.

Ramta, we all share your wish list. Yes, that person is out there.

But, it will take a quantum leap of trust to get this person active in politics.

The average Nepali sees politics as a means for corrupt individuals to enhance their wealth. If we can make the leap towards actual public service and sacrifice in our elected officials, then we will see more new voices.

How about you Ramta? Your voice is as good as anyones.


At 7:42 AM, September 03, 2005, Blogger blogdai said...

Brit, Nepali politicians seem to be working from the INdian model: fight for every personal advantage you can and don't compromise an inch.

I've always felt that Indian politicians feel that they'll be discovered and exposed at any moment so they steal as quickly as possible.

This trickles into Nepali political thinking as well, I fear.


At 11:49 AM, September 03, 2005, Anonymous Brit said...

Do they seriously believe such a model to be democratic? It seems to be based on principles of selfishness. Since the meaning of the prefix 'auto-' = 'self' this model should be more accurately termed 'auto-cratic'!

At 12:53 PM, September 03, 2005, Blogger blogdai said...

No, they are just seriously unclear on the concept.


At 12:51 AM, September 13, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Politicians are out of the track now. They are being followers of the maoist and students whose thinking is unclear. And these old filthy rats are following their footstep without knowing destination. They will bring this country into vague point which may bring disaster like in Afhganistan and Combodia. They already done the major mistake and doing more disaster to this country.

At 12:59 AM, September 13, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes everything they are blaming to government not to maoist. They are even not allowed to walk in maoist area till now. Atleast they are allowed to speak, rally and print against the government.


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