Girija Prassad Koirala
It is no wonder ol' Girija hasn't given a one-to-one interview since 2003: The man is completely nuts!
In a staggering display of hegemonistic imperialism, Girija sets himself up as the only relevant player in the ongoing conflict. When asked about conflicting views coming out of the Maoist camp, the old fossil replies; "I have met them, and will rely on what they have said to me in person. Leave the Maoist matter to me. It is our responsibility to bring them in—no one else can do that..” Thanks Girija, the Maoists grew in size and brutality under your tenure, what makes you think you can suddenly revoke the 10 years of savage strengthening that you facilitated?
Then the kicker: "You will be surprised at how many layers of problems will be solved the day Parliament is restored. First and foremost, it will guarantee peace with the Maoists."
Excuse us, "guarantee peace" with the Maoists? The only thing your former parliament "guaranteed" was an increase in Maoist atrocities. There has not been one hint, one whiff of an inclination that the Maoists will slow down their violence, much less guarantee peace.
" ....the king must understand how precarious the situation has become now. If he reaches out, of course we can help. If he does not, who can take responsibility for what happens next..” Throwing your hands up in the air and saying that you will not be responsible for violence is not only cheap and childish, but demonstrates your lack of leadership; and more severely, your approval of violence as a means to achieve you objectives. A real statesman would have condemned any form of violence and looked for a peaceful means to resolve this crisis. Also, was it convenience or senility that made you overlook the King's very emphatic attempt to "reach out" to the parties in his speech a few weeks ago?
It is telling that Girija feels he has an inside line on Maoist thinking. The Maoists will feed his ego for as long as it takes them to get through the political back-door. This meeting in Delhi to "clarify"' the 12-point agreement was done under western diplomatic pressure. Girija wouldn't have been bothered had the Yanks not proclaimed the agreement to be a farce. Now, he has to find some relevance, quickly; hence the breathless and hasty forthcoming announcement of an "accord" with the Maoists. I wonder if it will ever occur to Girija, perhaps while in the throes of his keen Maoist insight, that Prachanda is playing him like a violin. blogdai thinks Girija knows Maoists because Girija knows insanity.
(A debate between Girija and Prachanda: Hours of babbling rhetoric with not one clear, concise sentence! A holiday for stream of consciousness mavens. )
From Donald Camp to Christina Rocca, everytime someone from the U.S. State Department talks to Koirala, they tell him to sit down and shut up. The only problem is, many Nepalis see Koirala as an "elder statesman" and apply entirely too much significance to his babbling. It also doesn't help that the Nepali media makes front-page headlines out of Girija's every bowel movement.
It may just be up to all of us here at blogdai to show the world that this ridiculous old emperor not only has no clothes, but no sanity as well.