Thursday, April 20, 2006

A Glimmer of Sanity

Thanks to one of our alert readers for bringing this Nepali Times article to our attention. Karna Shakya may be a name worth adding to our list of candidates for The Nepal Advocacy Group. -=BD


Uprising Nepal
Why such hatred for one of this country's pillars?
KARNA SHAKYA
From Issue #295 (21 April 06 - 27 April 06)

History has proven that Nepal's fate is in the hands of four people and we all know who they are. Top of the totem are barely 200 people who can influence the country’s course. Our national crisis would have been solved if these very people had even an inch of love left in their hearts for this nation. It may be true that none of these political people, whether the king, the Maoists or any leader, is keen to wreck the country. But they have become victims of their own bigoted minds and as a result, are pretending ignorance of the situation despite knowing full well the reality of possible solutions.

Today, uncertainty looms over Nepali politics, about what works and what fails. Certainty is possible only when the state and opposition literally follow the rules and a code of ethics. All possibilities will disappear if they head down a path of cunning, deceit and power-grabbing politics. This is why nobody trusts anybody anymore. Everyone has been playing their own role in politics in the name of helping and working for the people.

Only a few months back, the second national convention of the Nepal Jaycees was held in Chitwan. Several party leaders and human rights activists gave revolutionary speeches, instilling fear and doubts in people's minds. Some warned of nationwide bloodshed. Others frightened the business community by foreshadowing their own destruction if they failed to support the parties at a time when the whole country was burning. Everyone applauded, which further stimulated the leaders, but I watched aghast. Has a businessman committed a sin just because he got rich by working hard all his life? If we go back over our history, it will be clear that the country has been built by our traders. They are pioneers and leaders in the fields of mass communication, agricultural production, banking, financing and transportation. It is virtually impossible to think about running the country in their absence.

Will life be sustained by speeches lone? Why is there such a negative attitude towards a community that has been the nation's bloodline? During the convention I also got the chance to express a few words about tourism. I wondered who would listen to me when the leaders had just delivered a blood-curdling speech. But I managed to make my point: politicians should practice politics without killing the hopes and aspirations of the citizens. Political problems, I added, should be solved one after another through raising awareness or by other peaceful means-not by intimidating or disempowering the people. Demoralised citizens can’t contribute towards development. Not even the water from all the rivers of the country combined will be enough to extinguish the ensuing conflagration. How fair is it that people should scramble to douse a fire started by the politicians?

The ruin and misery of the past 14 years is heart-rending for every Nepali. We feel the nation’s pain in our individual souls. We have not even been able to make good use of the hard won freedoms from a constitution crafted 16 years ago and already we are clamouring for a new one. Such ‘moderate’ thoughts may not get applause in these times of slogans and hubris, but I am convinced that the silent majority agrees.

13 Comments:

At 6:13 AM, April 21, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know you don't post my comment. I don't mind either. After all, I am one of those "stone throwing hired goons." Watch out, people are writing their history. I know you hate it. I know you want your rulers to hold a "Master's degree." Sorry, wo/man. In the meantime, I salute your enthusiasm. After a few moments, Gyane will address the nation. I am not sure what he says. Niether do I care much. Becuase the "mob" write the history.

Let me appreciate your job. You did a excellent PR job for Gyane. I don't say that you were "hired." I do believe that there are people who are devoted to Gyane and Paras. Good luck.

 
At 7:41 AM, April 21, 2006, Blogger Ian said...

"The King did it again. I really have no respect for the bastard and his murdering son but enough is enough. Listen people, the political parties charged with running Nepal over the last 10 years have done nothing but enhance the power of the Maoists and pad their own pockets." -Blogdai, Feb 1st 2005.

Is this what you mean anon 6:13am?

 
At 9:52 AM, April 21, 2006, Anonymous thapa-rana said...

GYANE BLINKS FIRST

This concession shows his weakness - he didn't deserve the power he snatched away from the parties. It must suck to be Gyane. I hope he writes a poem or two under his nom de guerre.

May Lord Pashupatinath bless us all, indeed. Jaya...oh man i'm so pissed about this I can't even bother...

 
At 10:20 AM, April 21, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gyanendra gives back power but here's why it will not be enough:

Article 35 of the Nepali constitution
(1) The executive power of the Kingdom of Nepal shall, pursuant to this Constitution and other laws, be vested in His Majesty and the Council of Ministers.

(2) Except as otherwise expressly provided as to be exercised exclusively by His Majesty or at His discretion or on the recommendation of any institution or official, the powers of His Majesty under this Constitution shall be exercised upon the recommendation and advice and with the consent of the Council of Ministers. Such recommendation, advice and consent shall be submitted through the Prime Minister.

(3) The responsibility of issuing general directives, controlling and regulating the administration of the Kingdom of Nepal shall, subject to this Constitution and other laws, lie in the Council of Ministers.

(4) Except in so far as any action is to be taken in the name of His Majesty pursuant to this Constitution and other laws, all other executive actions shall be expressed to be taken in the name of His Majesty's Government.

(5) Any decision, order or implementation warrant to be issued in the name of His Majesty pursuant to this Constitution and other laws shall be authenticated in such manner as may be set forth in rules made by His Majesty at His discretion. All other decisions, orders and implementation warrants to be issued in the name of the Council of Ministers pursuant to clause (4) above shall be authenticated in such manner as may be set forth in rules approved by His Majesty.

(6) No question shall be raised in any court as to whether or not any recommendation or advice has been given to His Majesty pursuant to this Constitution by the Council of Ministers or any other institution or official, nor shall any question be raised in any court about what recommendation or advice has been given.


For the parties, this is too much power..

 
At 11:22 AM, April 21, 2006, Blogger blogdai said...

Is it any wonder SPAM wants to rewrite a perfectly good constitution?

Now, we have G. giving back the power to the parties. But, ooops! Look who has steadily gained in power through the backdoor without even so much as an adjustment to their violent philosophy---our buddies the Maoists!

We had all better pray to lord Pashupati that the constitution is never rewritten to suit those greedy party cadres.

blogdai thinks we will once again need G. to act as a safety net for the country when the parties, once again, let the Maoists run unabated. This may be sooner than later, this time around as the Maoists are more powerful now and will mover quicker.

The Maoists did nothing but masterfully use SPA as temporary field troops during the Kathmandu demonstrations.

We'll see where the real power lies in SPAM (or should we say MSPA?) If they agree to the King's request to submit a name for PM then SPA controls. If they reject and demand a constituent assembly--a maoist focal point since 2002--then the Maoists control.

Blogdai fears the latter because it will keep SPAM intact. Having SPA select it's own PM will drive a wedge between the SPAM alliance. Clever, G.

-=blogdai

 
At 12:10 PM, April 21, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

NC-D denounces Gyane's proclomation as incomplete and ambiguous. NC says the Gyane has deviated from the SPA demands.

 
At 12:25 PM, April 21, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone is check-mate here. No one knows what is happening...not SPA, not Maoists, not SPAM (both together), not HM, not India, not US, not China...and of course none of us.

Everyone is using the other and no one trusts the other.

It's Hungama (superhit hillarious hindi movie) part 2 sans ('except') humour.

 
At 12:36 PM, April 21, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"May Lord Pashupatinath bless us all, indeed. Jaya...oh man i'm so pissed about this I can't even bother... "

Shame on you. You can't be a Nepali, you bastard. You can't even complete the phrase "Jaya Nepal". These are the anti-nationals because of whom we are in this situation.

 
At 2:05 PM, April 21, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blogdai,

You got it completely wrong. King G's 4 years of rule did nothing more than make the Maoists more powerful. Tell me one good thing that King G did. He failed in every regard including security, defeating maoists, conducting election, uniting the country, improving economy, and bringing peace. He should take responsibility for the last 4 years of mess. What a waste?

King G alienated parties and people, his traditional supporter and as a result maoists are stronger than ever before. Blogdai, why are you so blind? Why are you in a denial?

 
At 2:11 PM, April 21, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blogdai,

You are a fool for saying that the people did not back the parties. Did reality strike you back.

Did you see the passion in the people who came out? Did you see how many people come out demanding to kick Gyane out? You must surprised that they were not maoists but regular Nepalis.

King G tried one more time to fool the world but he will not succeed. Parties should accept the past mistakes and capitalize on the passion of the people into nation building and negotiation with Maoists to solve this crisis.

 
At 6:13 PM, April 21, 2006, Blogger blogdai said...

Ok, let's talk about who is, in fact, foolish.

Do you not understand the composition of a riot? "Passion" of the people was borne out of events they saw in the streets and their absolute dissatisfaction with events and the actions of all parties. Funny, but there is a conspicuous absence of Party banners in the recent mass mob shots. People are pissed and they want peace. Thank Girija for saying anything to incite a mob. Let's see if he now has the balls to control them.

I agree that parties should accept past mistakes. But do you honestly think that they will? Taking responsibility for actions requires a sense of the greater good and a willingness to compromise. Haven't seen that yet from Girija, Deuba and Madhav, have you?

If one calls for peace in front of the eyes of the world, how is that "fooling" anyone?

2:05 how delightfully short-sighted of you! Have you conveniently forgotten the past 10 YEARS where the Maoists actually achieved their largest gains? Does your brain automatically shut down the ineptitued and enabling of the Deuba and Koirala administrations in this regard?

Ridiculous, child-level, tunnel vision carries no weight here. Look to Nepal's history--don't just skip over the last 10 years and focus on the Panchayat/Rana thing--but look at how the Maoists were ignored, strengthened and allowed to flourish under Nepal's so called "democratic" governments. Want help? LOOK IT UP! It is well chronicled and thoroughly analyzed in the media accounts of those years.

It just deflates my heart when a poster has such passion about their obviously shallow knowledge of past events. As if history was only made after g. took over. Pity. GODDAMIT. I WILL GIVE 1000 RUPEES TO ANYONE WITH THE COURAGE TO THINK PAST THEIR SELF INTERESTS AND SEE THE TRUTH.

Come back when you have more of a perspective and we'll talk.

 
At 9:20 PM, April 21, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blogdai,

You just do not get it or you fail to see the obvious because you like G so much.

I cannot remember one thing G did to bring peace with Maoist with his hardline approach. Or did I miss something?

The environment conducive for Maoist movement was brewing since Rana/Panchayat era and it was bound to happen. It is unfortunate that Deuba could not avoid it. As evidenced by the number of deaths, it became worse when G assumed power four years ago.

Maoist became the strongest in the last one year of G's direct rule. There is no denying about this fact.

G did more damage to monarchy in one year than Maoist did in 10 years with his short sightedness. People (not parties) were successful in making G concede in two weeks when Maoists were not able to do so in 10 years with violence. G, parties, and maoists should understand this fact.

Blogdai, stop being in a denial.

 
At 6:23 AM, April 22, 2006, Blogger blogdai said...

Deuba could not avoid it? Deuba IGNORED IT! The Maoists grew in power under Koirala and Deuba.

Deuba certainly had no trouble avoiding elections, that's for sure

Just blindly saying blogdai is in "denial" does not make it so. Read the newspapers. Perhaps then you will say that the entire world is in "denial"

You say words like "denial" and use phrases like "short sightedness" completely out of context. No back up, no support, just throw it out there, eh?

"There is no denying about this fact" means what? What fact? Prove it.

Hard "facts" are how you interperet your loose opinions? Are you with the Bush administration?

-=blogdai

 

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