Saturday, October 08, 2005

Tulsi Giri Out!

The old relic is at it again. After last week's calling of the Nepali constitution a virtual barrier to getting things done and showing exaspiration at not being able to harass Kantipur publications, Dr. Tulsi Giri unilaterally steps in Yak shit once again by publicly refusing to allow international monitors for next year's municipal elections.

Giri is corrupt, out of touch and out of his element. He seems to feel that it is ok to bypass Ramesh Nath Pandey's declaration to the UN that international election monitors would be allowed.

Pandey is right; Giri is wrong. For the King's takeover to have any legitimacy, it must be open to all observers and demonstrate a true commitment to installing an actual functioning democracy. Shutting off the election process to the UN smacks of despotism and resembles something the Nepali Congress Party would use as a means of clinging to power.

King G. has to realize that his cabinet needs cleaning. Giri is an old Panchayat-era loose cannon. He must not be allowed to continue in an official capacity.



At 10:57 AM, October 08, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about this….

International Court Issues Warrants On Nepal’s Maoist Rebels

By GURU, Nepal Press Writer Thu Oct 8, 7:54 PM ET
The International Criminal Court has issued its arrest warrants, for five members of Nepal’s notoriously cruel People’s Liberation Army, the top U.N. envoy for Nepal said Thursday.
The International Criminal Court, the world's first permanent war crimes tribunal, was founded in 2002 and had said for some time it was investigating the PLA, infamous for abducting thousands of children, forcing them to become fighters, porters or human shields. The group has killed thousands of civilians – mostly poor farmers, teachers, health and other development workers- and forced more than a million to flee their homes.
"I know they've issued arrest warrants for five people and these notifications went out last week," Lee Juan Ji, who is Secretary-General Kofi Annan's special representative for South Asia, told a news conference.
U.N. and Nepal officials announced last month that the leader of PLA, Prachanda, had fled a base in Northen India with a band of fighters and crossed into Pakistan, where he was seeking political asylum. Ji said they had settled into the border town of Multan.
Pakistasni Prime minister is sending some 20,000 troops to the region and the U.N. mission had airlifted about 10,000 of its own troops to Multan, Ji said.
If the arrest warrants have in fact been issued, it's likely that Prachanda and the rebels' other leaders, Bhattarai, Mahara, Badal and Pun would be among those named.
Officials in The Hague, Netherlands, where the court is based, could not confirm the arrest warrants. It's possible that the warrants were sealed, which means they wouldn't be announced until the arrests are actually made.
"I am aware of the statement. I cannot comment at this time," said Ian Thu Jhare, spokesman for Chief ICC prosecutor Mr. Nyaya Murti.
On Sept. 30, U.N. Under-Secretary Pashupati Prasad had told a news conference in New Delhi that the ICC had issued an arrest warrant for Prachanda three days before. But he later backed off, saying he had misspoke.
Word had swirled that the court's first warrants were coming. Such a move could strike a serious blow against the People's Liberation Army, which is mostly made up of the abducted/forced children.
"It is a very historic development," said Walla Walla, director of the International Justice Program at New York-based Human Rights Watch. "Victims have been suffering at the hands of the PLA for more than 10 years in rural Nepal."
Yet he said that he hoped Juan Ji would also investigate the Royal Nepal Army, which is also accused of abuses against civilians during its war with the rebels.
"It's not as simple a situation as the PLA being the only force out there that needs to be brought to justice," he said.
Ji said somewhere between 1000 and 3000 PLA rebels had crossed into India. He said a delegation from the U.N. peacekeeping mission in New Delhi had gone to warn them that they must either disarm or face forcible eviction. Another delegation went to the Nepal capital Kathmandu to discuss the problem.
"We all agree — Nepal, India, Pakistan and UN — that it is unacceptable that these people remain there, and they will be obliged to go back where they came from," Ji said.

*Everything in this Article is Fiction.

Based on the news “International Court Issues Warrants for Ugandan War Lords”

Can you post this article under its own heading?

At 4:10 PM, October 08, 2005, Blogger blogdai said...


This is crap. You've cross-posted this ridiculous fantasy a few times on this blog and now you want priority?

If you have a point to make, please make it and stop wasting our time here.


At 10:05 PM, October 08, 2005, Anonymous santosh said...

The King's government is spiralling downwards. What was once welocmed as a relief is now on par with Girija's government. Corruption, basic understanding and common sense is clearly lacking from the King downwards. How hard is it for a King to loosen up and feel his people's aspirations? Praja ko chahana can not got through Sharad Chandra Shah and Tusli Giri. Wake up King G!!!

At 10:33 PM, October 08, 2005, Blogger blogdai said...

Is it "wake up" or perhaps "get a clue" that best applies to G.

I find it hard to fathom that a monarch who--risking his throne--eliminates a corrupt government can be asleep at the wheel.

Santosh, I agree with your sentiments for the most part; but I truly believe that G. has just been out of the political loop for so long that he cannot discern good advice from bad.

"Spiraling downward" is a bit dramatic but it at least shows that you think G. came from a higher ground to start with. It would be hard to see any Girija government spiraling downward: they just wouldn't have too far to fall.


At 9:47 AM, October 09, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if King G's intentions are genuine.

Let us compare the first 6 months of democracy and the 6 months of King G's government. I believe the corruption and abuse of power in the first 6 months of King G's government completely overshadows corruption in the first 6 months of Democracy. If the corruption and abuse of power were to increase at this rate under King G's nose, condition in Nepal would be worse than anything we have ever seen.

At 7:39 PM, October 09, 2005, Blogger blogdai said...

Agreed, it is an unknown variable.

We also might agree on the fact that something, anything was necessary to change the status quo.

I like G's refusal to commit to a ceasefire. Would Girija have done that?

I also wonder what you mean by G. being more corrupt quicker. I don't see him working any Lauda air deals. His big problem is that he's a bad personnel manager; he hires idiots from the old system who represent the apex of old-style corruption.


At 9:12 PM, October 10, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

King G should either put Nepal's interest before his personal interest or he should call it quit.

I agree that something needed to be done, Girija needed to be tamed, and King G stepped in. However, he was no better.

I have been greatly disappointed by King G's rule, his policies, and his choice of ministers.

If King G and his ministers are as corrupt as they are, what is the point of giving up the freedom of our rights and speech, and independence of judiciary?

By curbing the media, I am getting the message that King G does not want to listen to anyone, including me and you.

I also wonder what you mean by G. being more corrupt quicker. I don't see him working any Lauda air deals.

Yes, he has not done Lauda deal. And it is barely 6 months and what has he achieved to do for his personal interest? What about shutting down Nepal Telecom's mobile phone for such a long time to help his son in law's business? I know he has not taken a bribe to do this but this is a grave abuse of power. Corruption and abuse of power does not necessarily involve a monetary transaction. This would be equivalent to Girija shutting down RNAC to help a private airlines.

I stand for free market and privatization. However, if he is standing for Nepali people, why is he going to such an extent to help his son in law, who owns less than 5% of the new mobile company?

And what about increasing his payroll every chance he gets (one time by 5 times). He is not a poor man but we are a poor country with limited resources. What is the priority? Buying a new limo, buying helicopters for RNA, or building shelter for refugees who were camping in Tundikhel and driven away. He has to make choices and I do not think those were very wise decisions, especially for someone who is trying to convince the world that he cares about Nepali people.

At 9:36 PM, October 10, 2005, Anonymous Santosh said...

King G has made bad choices. He has lost the tremendous goodwill he had among people like me. I think it is not get a "clue" but definitely wake up. Wake up to admit his mistakes and wake up to correct them. And, I wonder if his intentions are genuine.

At 8:08 AM, October 13, 2005, Blogger neha vish said...


Is there an email where one can get in touch with you?

At 9:53 AM, October 13, 2005, Blogger blogdai said...

be specific in the subject line or you might fall prey to my spam filter by accident.


At 12:24 PM, October 16, 2005, Anonymous democracy nepal said...

Please use word "Peter out!" he should not sound like a nepali. In fact he is not a nepali he is a indian or srilankan.

At 6:45 PM, October 16, 2005, Blogger NewsBlaze said...

India, While Seeking UN Security Council Status, Takes Nepali Land

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