Monday, June 25, 2007

Panchayat II: "Guided Democracy"

They're at it again. Our boys in parliament can't wait to destroy any form of citizen representation or fair election. Blogdai buddy Keshab Poudel outlines the new fiasco perfectly below . blogdai commentary in blue. -=BD

The second amendment in the interim constitution and passage of Constituent Assembly Members Elections Act, pushes the country’s political system to tilt towards a guided democracy in which basic elements of democracy like right to dissension, right to contest the election, right to choose and independence of judiciary are denied

By KESHAB POUDEL

With the introduction of new Constituent Assembly Members Elections Act and second amendment of Interim Constitution, Nepal's political system is tilting towards the form of a guided democracy where there is no place for the voice of dissensions, independent judiciary, right to contest the elections and right to choose. Just like in Panchayat days, people have only the right to vote.

After the passage of the Act, there are now only two classes of people - one who have privileges to vote and also contest the elections and others who are given only the right to vote. (Let's hear it for Nepal's new caste system. Thanks India!)

The article 45(2) has already made persons ineligible to be a member of legislative parliament who had stood against the popular uprising of 2006. Now the clause 19 (h) of Constituent Assembly Members Elections Act 2007 bars those (from contesting the polls) who were indicted in the report of fact finding commission constituted to inquire abuse of authority, loss and damage in popular uprising of April 2006. ("If you cannot tolerate freedom of speech for those you disagree with, you cannot tolerate it at all" --Noam Chomsky)


"The members of parliament passed the bill with a reference of inquiry commission report which is still secret even to them. Without knowing what is there in the report, they inscribed a restrictive provision in the act to debar the people. As parties issued the whip, members of parliament had to follow whip rather than their own conscience," said a political analyst. "As the commission report has taken a statutory shape, the common people have the right to know the content of that inquiry commission's report, which is now referred in the statute." (Aside from a total misinterperatation of the term and role of the whip, this is a classic, arrogant abuse of power designed to make the current constitution so convoluted and restrictive that constituent assembly elections will have little force. Girija, as blogdai has mentioned MANY times before, will never, NEVER allow any constituent assembly to reduce his power.)

This is not for the first time when Nepal has experimented the practice of guided democracy though. During the whole period of Panchayat, the constitution and laws, in one way or the other, had followed the practice of guided democracy placing certain clause in constitution barring the entry of other candidates who held dissenting views.
The second amendment of Constitution of Nepal in 1975 added many provisions to restrict persons from opposition. In the name of consensus, power to elect and contest the election were monopolized by a small group of people.
According to Article 38 (1) of the interim constitution, prime minister and cabinet shall be formed under the political agreement of eight political parties. The article makes it clear that political understanding means consensus among eight parties - Nepali Congress, CPN-UML, Nepali Congress Democratic, People's Front, Nepal Sadbhvana Party (Anandidevi), Nepal Peasant and Workers Party, United Left Front and CPN-Maoist, which developed political understanding on November 9, 2006.
The article 45 (3) says the business of Legislative Parliament is conducted under political consensus. (Who's consensus other than Girija's will carry any weight?)

Back in Panchayat days, u nder a political organ of 'Back to Village Campaign,' a large section of opponents were barred from entering into the political system and the second amendment of Constitution of Nepal 1962, too, stressed for political understanding and consensus to hold all the business from village to central level. In a phase wise political nucleus called 'Back To Village Campaign,' selected persons solicited support for their views, mobilized the public opinion and emerged as the political force in the elected bodies from top to bottom. That was a form of guided democracy with all flowery adjectives.
Even after the third amendment of that Panchayati constitution –which took place following the great democratic exercise of national referendum - there was a restriction for opponents to contest the elections.
During the period, present vice president of Rastriya Janashakti Party Dr. Prakash Chandra Lohani's nomination was rejected on the ground of selecting the candidate with consensus. Scholar like Dr. Lohani was barred from politics to allow semi-literate and illiterate in the politics.

In that old constitution, according to article 35(C), in order to become a member of the National Panchayat, a person had to be a member of a Class Organization or professional organization pursuant to the provisions of article 67 b which said membership of any of the class organizations or professional organizations as determined by an Act shall be compulsory in order to be elected as a member of local Panchayat or National Panchayat,

Similar provision is now added in the act. According to the clause 19 of the CA Elections Act, one shall be ineligible to contest the election of CA if indicted in the Rayamajhi Commission's Report. Similarly, political parties which opposed the Popular uprising of April 2006 are also barred.
People can be barred from contesting elections on the basis of their ideology and views. Political parties have to express complete faith in Popular Uprising to get party registration for the elections.

"People of Nepal have been granted a new form of democracy which is appropriately termed as Loktantra. The essence of this democracy is that the people have been declared as sovereign but they have been deprived to choose a representative of their own choice following the second amendment, of the interim constitution," said the political analyst, who closely monitors political and constitutional development.

According to preamble and article 2 of the interim constitution, the sovereignty of Nepal vests upon the people of Nepal . It means the people have given right to choose his/her destiny. However, the new act restricted the right of individual to contest the elections. Nobody knows the logic behind this restrictive provision to deprive persons - who are not prosecuted in the court and convicted by it.

"After all why they needed this stringent clause to debar a person to go to the people and compete with others," said the analyst. "The essence of democracy as it is universally understood lies in a right to dissent as well as choose a form of government- which means right to vote as well as right to contest the elections." The interim constitution which was promulgated on January 15, 2007 already had some provisions to deny the right to differ as well as right to get elected. With the experiences of past few months, a fear psychology has haunted the leaders of present and inclusion of new article to abolish monarchy through amendment is the result of that. As the army has been quarantined from the command of the King and no role has been left for that traditional institution, there was no reasonable cause to apprehend any serious obstructions from the king to accomplish the task of contesting the constituent assembly except some invisible machinations but political leaders are still afraid of the King. (Finally! A bit of insight. This analyst has hit the nail squarely on the head. There is absolutely NO impediment for holding elections. Why the delay? Are our boys too busy whipping up legislation to punish the King? They seem to be able to accomplish THAT task efficiently.)

"Committed Judiciary"

One of the most objectionable articles in second amendment is regarding the legislative examination for the appointment of the judges of the Supreme Court. In article 155, a new word is added making parliamentary hearing necessary for the appointment of judges of Supreme Court. Whether it is just coincidence or some link, these clauses were added just under the strong insistence of CPN-UML leaders who proposed these things following their highly publicized visit to India . (This completely destroys an independent judiciary and its ability to check Girija's run away power grab)

Enough damage has been done during the last one year to the independence of judiciary as well as the court by a series of humiliating orders and ordeals. This latest clause will further weaken the judiciary.
Although senior advocate and MP Radheshyam Adhikary and advocate and MP Harihar Dahal had made vehement efforts to change this clause, CPN-UML and other communist factions turned deaf ear to their logics.
"They have hardly any confidence and reason of having a permanent tenure with dignity. Now after this second amendment, Nepal is forced to have "committed judges" even in the supreme court level," said the analyst. "Members of parliament with varied ideologies or prime minister with a dominating role may have a natural tendency to get such judges to be appointed who may not be hurdle in their political push and drives."

The concept of committed judge was vigorously pleaded in India during Mrs. Gandhi's alliance with former Soviet Union as well as communist lobbies within the country. In a political background of Nepal when every appointment by the political executive is made by a political bias, the impact of this clause is anybody's guess.

"These amendments in the constitution and some clauses of Constituent Assembly Elections Act have violated the basic essence of liberal democracy. The clauses added in the constitution turned the judiciary like that of committed judiciary of communist regime. Similarly, barring the persons from contesting the elections on the basis of the report of a fact finding commission violates the essence of rule of law," said member of legislative parliament Homnath Dahal. "As a member of liberal democratic party, I will always oppose the move to weaken independence of judiciary and violation of rule of law."
The concept of Judicial Council was introduced by the last constitution to guard and protect the independence and integrity of judge. Even article 113 of Present Interim Constitution also has this mandatory provision.

"One fails to understand what role and obligation the council will fulfill if the parliament would examine and approve the appointment of judges of Supreme Court. This basic feature of the second amendment has created a widespread resentment which has no credible outlet to get ventilated," said the analyst.

Most of the widely circulated media have their own corporate diktat to be followed which has its own inexplicable compulsions. Persons having in-depth knowledge of the working of the constitution has no ways and means to make their pressures effective.
Persons like Jimmy Carter may come with one declared mission and amusingly return back with different impressions.

"But, all these things will have far fetched serious consequences in the hard earned experiments of democratic exercise as well as in the life of citizen. Unfortunately, not only the people but their leaders too don't know what next is waiting for them," said the analyst. (Nepal never really had a decent experiment with democracy. It was all a greedy sham from the beginning)

Under the amendment in the constitution, new clauses are incorporated in the article 159 of the interim constitution. Under a new clause 3(a), two-third majority of members of legislative parliament can abolish the monarchy in case members of parliament find King is working against the elections of Constituent Assembly and involved to sabotage it. Under the article 159 (3) (b), the right to present such proposal in parliament is given to the cabinet. (A pure diversion designed to cover Girija's and congress's ineptitude. These guys could drum up any reason or any verification against the King whenever they want, according to this provision. They'll use this article to abolish the monarchy at the earliest possible time. How shallow; the King has no power or influence to effectively sabotage anything. However, he still has the loyalty of the RNA, so let's wait and see..)

According to the article 155 (3), the first meeting of the Constituent Assembly will decide about the fate of monarchy on the basis of simple majority. The second amendment in the constitution was made in such a rush as nobody knows why so many new provisions were amended. When the first amendment was passed, this idea had not crept in as the first amendment was to address the issues raised by regional uprisings in the south launched by several factions of Madhesi fronts. (What kind of constituent assembly will this be if members are forced to determine the fate of the King immediately? Shouldn't such a free and independent assembly establish its own agenda? Arrogant, autocratic, facist, megalomaniacal: how else can I describe thee Girija?)

Since then no significant event has occurred. However, after sometime the trends indicated what is being staged in the name of Madhesis may occur in the hills on the north under the over of Janjatis. A phase of ideologically oriented communist insurgency was over and a new low intensity trouble has been introduced in a stage-managed manner beginning from terai with a distinct possibility of spreading up all over the country.
"If that ideological insurgency could continue for a decade, this low intensity upsurge may go on for more than that. People in Nepal have to endure this "durable disorder" for a decade to come. But the most pertinent question is: Will this volatile region could endure this kind of instability for long in Nepal ?" asked the analyst. (Wave after wave of movements demonstrates that there is no effective governmental control on a national level; and worse, people are beginning to take the law into their own hands. Is this Loktantra, little boy? More like a classic case study in a failed state slipping into anarchy.)

"The amendment has not only deprived the right of King but much more seriously it has deprived the people from their right to decide about the form of next constitution as well as the fate of institution of monarchy," said the analyst. "Once the people have been declared to decide the fate of monarchy through the Constituent Assembly, these kinds of round about way to deal with this institution is a betrayal to the people. Fraudulent act of this kind is a violation of oath and elegance of the people."

Whether one likes it or not, the present day reality is that the country is functioning on the model of guided democracy.

Article Courtesy : Spotlight
(One bright note in all of this is that people with half a brain in Nepal are finally recognizing the exact nature of the problem. No more starry-eyed little stone-throwing students waiting for acknowledgement from Girija. No, we now see the unilateral power grab naked, and on legislative terms. This administration has no clue on how to run their so called "absolute democracy" so they re-work old Panchayat ideas and call it "Loktantra" hoping Nepalis are too stupid to know what's going on.

Trash it, trash the government right now. Burn Singha Durbar to the ground. This whole process and the scum who claim to be in charge have ruined Nepal. Scrape them all off the table and begin again. It is too late for anything else...

-=blogdai

46 Comments:

At 5:35 AM, June 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...


In article 155, a new word is added making parliamentary hearing necessary for the appointment of judges of Supreme Court...
(This completely destroys an independent judiciary and its ability to check Girija's run away power grab)

Requiring parliamentary hearing for appointed judges of Supreme Court seems like a democratic process. Otherwise the PM can put any gadfly in that position without any oversight. Why would it make the judiciary any less independent?

 
At 6:46 AM, June 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blogdai,

What happened to your letter campaign? Did you manage to get 1,000 e-mails and did you manage to send it to the media houses? It has been two months.

Please prove to all your readers that you are not a "all talk and no action" like all leaders in Nepal.

 
At 6:58 AM, June 26, 2007, Blogger blogdai said...

Still working our off-shore servers for the letter campaign. All must be secure and retalliation-proof. Will make a large blitz for the letter so all must be coordinated.

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In a real democracy, parliamentary hearings are a good thing. In Girija's guided democracy, a fair hearing cannot be guaranteed. A deeper reading of the clause would tell us that the creation of such hearings will simply be another means of ruling out dissenting opinions. Nothing in this new clause says that judiciary nominees will be decided by vote at these hearings, yet such hearings can somehow give a yes or no to an appointee? It's a Girija rubber-stamp ideological smack-down.

Think deeper please.

-=blogdai

 
At 8:57 AM, June 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blogdai,

Parliamentary hearing for justices is a super good idea.

If there were no hearing, Girija would be able to appoint anyone he wants to.

If there are hearings, at least the opposition parties and other parties would be able to grill the justice and give "yes" or "no" vote. It is a hell of lot better idea than giving Girija sole hand in appointing justices. Or am I missing something?

 
At 10:08 AM, June 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hearing for supreme court justices is a must.

The judiciary branch in Nepal is worse than Girija's administration. Many of the problems Nepal is facing is because of the injustice by the judiciary system where everything is possible with money.

Let us talk about the present supreme court chief justice, who was appointed without any hearings or due dilligence. He let all the leaders of Congress, RPP, and police charged with corruption free on some lame technical issue that the statute had expired. Please remember that the court did not acquit them.

Now there are reports that the supreme court chief met the defendants before the verdict was issued.

This same chief justice is accused of sexually abusing a child. This is just an accusation but there might be some truth given how he is bullying the reporters who brought this.

I hope the parliament will impeach him. I think some showdown between the parliament and judiciary will be good for Nepal.

 
At 10:44 AM, June 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Parliament hearing for justices may be a good idea. But LEGITIMATE parliament and not goons and warlords. Kids, grow up and stop growing just your horns.

 
At 11:25 AM, June 26, 2007, Blogger blogdai said...

Yes legitimate parliamantary review is a good thing and YES you are missing something. Jeez, lots of you are missing lots of things.

Agreed, we have some bad justices, but that will not change under this new ammendment. Now, all justices, good or bad must tow the Girija party line.

Criticising a Girija appointee will now be seen as anti-Loktantra since Girija represents "the people;" and those who disagree with his appointees will be marginalized as "regressive." Remember, we've now outlawed any dissenting voices in government.

A non-girija nominee who does not share Girija's views will be quickly dismissed in such a hearing.

Start to think a bit people. Crooked, straight corrupt or whatever, the point of an independent judiciary is THEIR INDEPENDENCE. I.e. their right to check and balance governmental power through dissenting opinion and have those opinions carry the weight of law.

Girija is consolidating all branches now. If he gets the army, we're all through.

-=blogdai

 
At 3:40 PM, June 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blogdai,

If there is no hearing, Girija will be appointing the justices any way since he is the head of the state as well PM. Isn't this worse than not having a hearing?

If there is a hearing, at least other parties can grill the justice. Don't you get it?

 
At 4:46 PM, June 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Girija is consolidating all branches now. If he gets the army, we're all through.

It is funny hearing the above statement from you. You did not have problems King having all the branches. However, you have a problem Girija having problem.

I'm glad that you finally realize that someone having all the power is not good.

 
At 4:28 AM, June 27, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sometimes it is good to learn from the enemy. Maoist never accepted the Multiparty system and started their violent campaign to overthrow it and now they are on their last leg of that effort. So we must also never accept this SPAM rule and rise our arms to completely overthrow it-we should not be sitting in the middle or spread thin just picking points of guided democracy which is not even that.

 
At 4:57 AM, June 27, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The truth is spoken here- so read it will do you good.DOA

What Next on the Maoist Roadmap?
By Kundan Singh Khatri

A snapshot of any newspaper on a given day portrays a bewildering picture of Maoist activity. Take 24 June 2007 and the Kathmandu Post for instance. The bold headline proclaiming that Lena Sundh "tells YCL to cease and desist" in the latest UNOHCHR report, is reinforced by the UML Chief's assertion that "YCL atrocities are worse than reported". Obviously quite unfettered by any of that, the YCL meanwhile "threatens to kill Madi injured," while other Maoists "obstructs highway to free cadre" in Sarlahi. That the cadre in question was arrested by the police force of the interim government in which the Maoists themselves are partaking; for illegal possession of arms, seems lost on the Maoist senior leadership, who were busy registering a "note of dissent" over the promotion of army brass. The list goes on, but there is no need to belabor the point.

While all this certainly highlights the rising fluidity and anarchy in the country, the deeper and darker truth which is really unnerving the experts, is that there is actually method to this madness. As the latest International Crisis Group (ICG) report correctly deduces, there is one thing in the equation that has not changed at all - Maoist intent. The executive summary of the think tank's 18 May 2007 report starts with, "Nepal's Maoists have changed their strategy and tactics but not yet their goals". Yet another long time Nepal watcher and frequent visitor, Dr. Tom Marks, further elaborates this idea in his 16 June article - "[In the past] all efforts by knowledgeable members of the state, especially within the security forces, to mobilize citizen capacity, whether in local defense forces or even watcher groups, were thwarted by incomprehension, outright opposition, or alliances made with the donor community. In contrast, the entire thrust of the Maoist effort was to form a counter-state that could challenge the state. In this, they have never faltered. Their present participation in the Government is for no purpose other than to facilitate their eventual takeover".

The assumption, increasingly substantiated by events on the ground, that the Maoist machine is not really ready to roll over and satisfy itself as one party in a liberal, multi-party, parliamentary, democratic setup, paints a rather bleak picture and sadly demonstrates the desecration of the achievements of Jana Andolan II. Painful as it may be, there is no shaking off this notion. Such is the overwhelming evidence glaring at the face of all who dare to take a hard look at reality instead of indulging in denial or succumbing to the 'peace at all costs' mindset so prevalent in the chattering class.

Since the Maoist strategy appears to merely be a switch of tracks towards the same destination rather than the much hoped for shift in direction itself, one question emerges with utmost urgency. What next on the Maoist roadmap?

Before attempting to arrive at the answer to that critical question, it is necessary to try and comprehend the context within which it is posed. Despite the proven ability to create and manipulate chaos, all is not hunky dory for the Maoists. For a start, the very election for the constitutional assembly that formed the cornerstone of their demands for so long is no longer looking quite so attractive.

True, the impotence of the mainstream political parties coupled with the limitations imposed upon the state security apparatus still facilitates their de facto grip over most of Nepal. But even in their self declared base areas, the heavy handed excesses of the Maoists and their sister organizations have unleashed a series of backlashes. Likewise, even the thinly veiled hints of the Information Minister for whom party interest outweighs government policy any day, has failed to totally muzzle the free press.

Moriarty, apparently unfazed by the rocks of Jhapa, continues to raise an accusing finger. What's worse, even Martin, whom some would call their 'traditional ally', frustrated with the obstacles erected by the Maoists at every step UNMIN takes these days, is starting to frown at their antics.

What all this means, in essence, is that the Maoists appear primed to seek to switch tracks once again. The relentless and increasingly whimsical rhetoric leveled at the Nepalese Army is a clear indication of their recognition that, when all is said and done, it is only the Army, still relatively intact, and in the control of the Prime Minister and increasingly morally aligned to the democratic forces, that still bars a Cambodia or Bolshevik Russia type takeover. If only the Maoists can compromise the army, nothing and no one, no matter how solid their Janatantrik credentials can stop them from walking in and grabbing the reins of power.

As their two overt routes to power - a landslide victory in the CA elections or a street based mass uprising - appear increasingly elusive, a third and less obvious 'indirect approach', one of securing a manipulative integration of the PLA into the National Army and its eventual subversion and mobilization for party interest, may appear more attractive. Indeed, it may even be the only viable option remaining to the Maoists in the pursuit of their stated and unchanged strategic objective.

The modalities of integration of ex-rebels into the army are therefore on the top of the Maoist agenda today. In their cunning albeit twisted minds, it is the one factor that can still deliver them total power. Having taken advantage of the recent distribution of citizenship papers, allegedly legitimizing the bulk of their cadres in the cantonments, the party is seeking to maximize the numbers verified for integration. They oppose integration into civil society, the police or even the APF. Furthermore, the attempt will be to induct intact units and politically astute leaders into command positions in the army.

At the end of the day, the handover of 3400 odd 'crummy' weapons in the containers are a small price to pay if the party can inherit some 15000 to 30000 military grade weapons through mass induction of cadres into the NA. If a rebel force with 3400 old weapons caused so much consternation in the last decade, it does not take the brains of a rocket scientist to imagine what the Maoists may achieve with five or ten times as many modern arms - especially if there would no longer remain an intact army to fight them onto the negotiating table again.

At a time when some people still claim that the loyalty of the relatively disciplined army that takes every opportunity to demonstrate its acceptance of civilian supremacy is still in doubt due to its traditional linkage to the monarchy, can the political parties afford to accept its transformation into a force that would be confirmed loyal to a single party. At the least such damaging integration would undoubtedly result in an army that is mutinous and fragmented. While the political parties may smugly view the process as mutually beneficial compromise, as Tom Marks noted wryly, the Maoists see it as being nothing less than "accepting the surrender of the old-order ... to form a people's republic. In these plans, the 'old military' is to be cut back dramatically, and in its place are to be substituted armed popular groups as seen, for example, in Iran ..."

It is imperative, as much for the sake of sustained democracy as anything else, that the Nepalese Army is kept as intact as possible. Integration, if it is unavoidable, must be carried out only after the settlement of the remaining political questions, especially the formation of an elected government. The primary effort must be first and foremost to integrate them back into society. Only then can the remaining merge into all the security forces, with little or no influx into the army.

In India, Subash Chandra Bose's Indian National Army (INA), formally regarded as heroes of the independence struggle against the British, was nevertheless not accepted into the new Indian Army, lest it change its professional character. In Nepal, if the integration has to be accepted as part of yet another 'package deal' as the Maoists are likely to demand, it should be 'packaged' at the very end of the peace process and carried out in a manner and quantum that does not fundamentally damage and alter the core nature of the only remaining viable obstacle to a forceful and singular takeover of power by the Maoists

 
At 5:59 PM, June 27, 2007, Blogger blogdai said...

DOA, this article is good, but it's not as insightful as one might think. We've been making these points here at blogdai, on way or another, for quite some time.

Also, the tone of breathlessly re-stating the obvious is a typical ICG method. These guys are behind the curve as usual. (See: blogdai: "To the INternational Crisis Group: Please go away")blogdai is quite familiar with their operation and it never seems to vary much from keeping tensions brewing and mucking up things in general. Google their efforts in Sudan for a good example of this.

DOA you'z got big brains so from now on you can summarize articles you want to post and include a link. blogdai will accept your analysis of things. Just trying to save some space.

Anon, for god's sake, read the above postings. Yes, parliamentary review is good; but NOT FROM THIS PARLIAMENT. Ok?

Look what this new ammendment will do. Girija knows his appointees will pass without so much as a wimper from parliament, so now he can get critics off his back and evade world scrutiny by at least professing to give each candidate a democratic hearing. He wants full control over the nomination process; that's obvious. But just unilaterally grabbing control of the judiciary selection game would embolden his critics and foes and paint a clearer (as if we need one) picture of him as an autocrat. With this lame review, he can show everyone that at least he's "trying." What a scam.

to the other anon: at least G's power grab did not involve an active collusion with the maoists. What we have now is all the bad elements of the Panchayat era combined with a brutal and random paramilitary force acting independently and in direct opposition to the government. At least, under G. we did not have anarchy. At least, under G. or any king, there was SOME attention to the day to day machinations of governmental process; not just constant politicking.

-=blogdai

 
At 4:04 PM, June 28, 2007, Blogger blogdai said...

to our posters:

Yes we are attention-getters here at blogdai!

The forces of ignorance and egregious obfuscation are at it again. Yet another sabotage attempt averted!

If you are trying to comment and are getting a repeated re-load of the comments page and are unable to post, hit your "refresh" button. that seems to fix the problem.

Any other tech issues, email me at blogdai@nepalimail.com

-=BD

4:02 PM, June 28, 2007

 
At 6:06 AM, June 29, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blogdai is all hype and "all talk and no action" Nepali leader. I think you have lived in Nepal too long.

Two months and letter still has not gone out. How can you do anything when you do not even have a courage to send a letter?

 
At 3:31 AM, July 01, 2007, Anonymous Horatio said...

"The commitment of NA lies in national unity, national integrity, national sovereignty and the democratic system within. NA will never compromise with anyone on these," NA COAS Katwal has finally come out and spoken these words. They affirm the points made in Kundan Singh Khatri's article above. It is heartening to hear the NA take a stand. Let us hope that these words are backed by clear thinking and ready guns.

 
At 3:43 PM, July 01, 2007, Blogger blogdai said...

shut up anon, you whining little pussy. I just mentioned to you the logistics of getting this thing off the ground. We want it to succeed, you moron, so planning is everything.

If you can't hold it in any longer, take to the streets, my little baby, and start throwing rocks until you get your way, WAAAAAAA!

-=blogdai

 
At 3:45 PM, July 01, 2007, Blogger blogdai said...

Horatio, indeed we are all encoraged by the NA's stand. It represents perhaps the only example of real spine in Nepal today.

-=BD

 
At 10:26 PM, July 02, 2007, Anonymous Muneer Yadav said...

It represents perhaps the only example of real spine in Nepal today.

Explain how?

 
At 6:56 AM, July 03, 2007, Blogger blogdai said...

Glad to.

NA's statement is based on principle, not political expediency.

Name another group in power that isn't afraid to issue direct statements challenging Maoism while posit itself in direct opposition.

Forget mumblings of K.P. Oli and Madhav Kumar Nepal in this regard. There utterances against maoism are designed as a means of making themselves politically relevant. Sheer folly from small men.

And talk about a real down-to-the-issue take, when has ANY politician or maoist discussed terms and positions with such an emphasis on national unity? NEVER, that's when.

A deeper reading of this NA statement shows an organization that is not cowered by girija or prachanda. An organization that realizes that there is a serious problem in Nepal and feels the need to issue a nation-unifying statement. The NA realizes it is the last bit of glue holding Nepal together and they are speaking accordingly.

To girija and prachanda, division and chaos are what keep them in power and they will do what they can to perpetuate such a state.

These NA words, finally, give hope.

-=blogdai

 
At 5:38 AM, July 04, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very well answered, Blogdai.

 
At 11:58 AM, July 04, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes it is a typical blogdai answer with good thought and ideas.

I am ashamed of some Nepal posters who are not patient with letter campaign. Who do they think they are? They can all do the same thing as blogdai so why do they criticize the good efforts of one person?

For me it is better to ask about the progress of the program. Blog dai, can you tell us the status of the letter campaign?

 
At 10:28 AM, July 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There got to be some truth to my earlier posting that Blogdai deleted. Why would you delete the posting otherwise?

Blogdai has either no spine to send the letter to the media or the letter campaign was a failure. No matter how much planning you do, it should not take this long. Blogdai is all talks and no actions just like Girija, Gyane, Prachanda, and all other Nepali leaders.

 
At 12:05 PM, July 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too long, too short, by who's standards? If letter is submitted, we are all sure Blog dai will time it perfectly.

What is right time? Some bahun anon idiot who can do nothing but find fault knows? Does this guy have a list of names for Blog dai? Sit back and find fault instead of looking to help letter campaign. Nepal is in big trouble from these no-brain idiots who dont know anything but their own selfish things.

 
At 12:17 PM, July 05, 2007, Blogger blogdai said...

Oh relax babies,

I am sure that our anon annoyance is well'meaning in his own remedial way.

So, let's give a status of our little campaign:

We are still quite a bit short of our initial 10,000 signatures. Seems many of you would rather discuss inane points of debate rather than hit the bricks and come up with names.

That is discouraging. National unity is fostered in the trenches of small-movement unity exercises, like our letter.

blogdai is not discouraged, however. We have some 1800 names and blogdai has been doing the following over the last few weeks:

checking each e-mail for authenticity and deleting the names of those who have emailed requesting their names removed.

Researched and compiled a list of all candidates for submission. It's shaping up to be more and more like a press release, so that is how we'll present it.

As anticipated, momentum for our position is building. The NA statement of position is beautiful. Next, the british ambassador's declaration that law and order must be restored could not have come at a better time for us.

Listen you doubting children. Blogdai waits for a damn good reason. Do you think that we posters here at blogdai are the only one's looking for a solution? The largest, overall view of the Nepalis situation is that law and order must be restored. It is inevitable that politicians and diplomats alike would eventually come around to this conclusion.

Our letter will be submitted when this wave of like-minded sentiment reaches its peak. By then, we will have a bona-fide list that will carry much more weight than a list thrown together and submitted in haste.

Be patient or go and start your own campaigns.

And, where are my lists? Many of our big-mouthed critics and posters are curiously silent with regard to doing some legwork. Get out and get me some names people!

-=blogdai

 
At 1:08 PM, July 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blogdai,

Thank you for the update.

 
At 2:23 PM, July 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right. Thanks B'dai for the update.

Looks like these constant detractors do not know when to shut up and when to speak. Like you say, this letter success is in the momentum it brings to Nepal. Anonymous idiot above is obviously trying to kill all hope and momentum.

I read blogdai since the beginning. this idiot is the same one who always says Gyane this and Gyane that. If you delete this person it can only be a good thing.

 
At 3:59 AM, July 06, 2007, Anonymous horatio said...

The Anon comment above places "Gyane" in the company of Girija and Prachanda for being 'all talk and no action'. Am I mistaken, or has not the King not given any public statement for a while now. Nor does his name appear in the news. So what is Anon referring to? Maybe he simply likes to distort others' names. If so, he should have the guts to give his own name so that we can all distort it for him.

Blogdai, a suggestion on the Letter. If the part about removing Girija and the Interim Government is amended to just removing those that hamper the effectiveness of the current government, perhaps we could get a lot more supporters. I have provided my e-mail address, but I hesitated for quite a while due to this point. Politics is the 'science' of compromise. With the exception of Surya Bahadur Thapa, Girija is the only political leader currently with the name-recognition that can bring together a 'Democratic Alliance' to counter the Maoists (and believe me, I am no fan of NC or Girija). So we need to go with a 'necessary evil' and stay pragmatic.

 
At 6:25 AM, July 06, 2007, Blogger blogdai said...

Ok, I'll look over the language again and try and come up with a compromise.

I do believe we need to take a stronger than usual stance against this administration if for no other reason than it widens the debate and makes their removal more openly debatable.

-=blogdai

 
At 6:23 PM, July 06, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone, check this out!!! Could this be a spoof, or a carefully leaked advance copy?


Full Text of Address to the Nation by the Chief of the Army Staff

(Please check against delivery)

///BEGIN TEXT///

My Dear Brothers And Sisters:

You are all aware of the kind of turmoil and uncertainty that our country has gone through over the past year and a half. Not only have all the institutions been played around with, and systematically destroyed, the economy too is in a state of collapse. We are also aware of the self-serving policies being followed, which have rocked the very foundation of the motherland. Elements that have entered the government pledging peace are persisting with their campaign of violence and extortion.

Those in power have been fanning the flames of ethnic, religious and regional hatred for their selfish purposes. Clearly, their effort is aimed a delaying the Constituent Assembly elections and perpetuating their hold on power. Efforts to camouflage these nefarious activities in the name of peace have been bad enough. By attacking the dignity of His Majesty the King, the beloved monarch of the Nepali people, at every possible opportunity, the parties in power have attacked the very core of our nationhood. There is interference with independent national and international organisations to the extent that they are unable to perform their duties or resolve problems of the country.

The Nepal Army has been facing incessant public clamour to remedy the fast declining situation from all sides. These concerns were always conveyed to the prime minister in all sincerity, keeping the interest of the country foremost. It is apparent that they were never taken in the correct spirit. My singular concern has been the well being of our country alone. This has been the sole reason that the army willingly offered its services for nation building tasks, the results of which have already been judged by you.

All my efforts and counsel to the government it seems were to no avail. Instead, some quarters turned their attention on the army itself. Despite all my advice they tried to interfere with the armed forces, the last remaining viable institution in which all of you take so much pride and look up to, at all times, for the stability, unity and integrity of our beloved country. Our concerns again were conveyed in no uncertain terms but the government chose to ignore all these and tried to politicise the army, destabilise it and tried to create dissension within its ranks.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The Nepal Army has moved in as a last resort to prevent any further destabilisation. Accordingly, the Administrative Reform Group Under the Democratic System with the King as the Head of State, has assumed administrative power in order to control and rectify the situation and bring normalcy to the country and quickly restore the people's unity. As a result, the interim constitution, interim legislature and the cabinet, have ceased to exist.

The Reform Group Under the Democratic System with the King as the Head of State wishes to reaffirm that it has no intention to become the administrator of the country itself, and it will return the democratic administrative power with the king as the head of state to the Nepali people as soon as possible. The group has pledged to maintain peace and order and preserve the stability of the beloved nation. We have taken this step with all sincerity, loyalty and selfless devotion to the country with the armed forces firmly behind me.

I do not wish to make a lengthy policy statement at this moment. I shall, however, do that very soon. For the moment, I only wish to assure you that the situation in the country is perfectly calm, stable and under control. Let no outside forces think that they can take advantage of the prevailing situation.

Your armed forces have never and shall never let you down. We shall preserve the integrity and sovereignty of our country to the last drop of our blood. I request you all, to remain calm and support your army in the reestablishment of order to pave the way for a prosperous future for Nepal.

Thank you.

///END TEXT///

 
At 12:24 AM, July 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish it true annon above. Situation is so outta hand, like or not not, only RNA can correct the downward spiral to doom.

Happy Birthday your Majesty.

 
At 12:25 AM, July 07, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many Happy returns of the day to His Majesty's King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev Sarkar.

Also, regarding the above article...there is a small error...in that statement...if it indeed was from The Army Chief...then he would have used the words, "dear brothers and sister...the Royal Nepal Army" and not "Nepal Army".
Just my thoughts...
Although the statement, be it from anyone, made me proud.

Anyway, we the ordinary citizens are also ready to fight off the SPAM warlords and terrorists to the last blood in our body.

 
At 3:30 PM, July 07, 2007, Blogger blogdai said...

blogdai staff has searched for the article mentioned above and can find no references.

To the poster: please provide a link or reference to the article; we here at blogdai would be most grateful.

Without it, the article is no more than wishful thinking and cannot be commented on as a reliable position.

-=blogstaff

 
At 2:04 AM, July 08, 2007, Anonymous Muneer yadav said...

Apropos to BlogDai’s reply on Military spine:

NA's statement is based on principle, not political expediency.

I earnestly hope so. And, I appreciate your sincerity on referring NA sans R; though you don’t need my assurance, but it shows that you are a man with progressive thought, ready to move along, not adamantly stuck in past glory and pride.

Name another group in power that isn't afraid to issue direct statements challenging Maoism while posit itself in direct opposition.

Very true, at the same time very sad that non-political institution like Army gets sucked into national politics in the absence of strong governance (and I am presuming that the Army has been indifferent/impartial in main stream politics all along, without any hidden agenda, ready to serve the nation, but not to any particular institution). And at the same time there lies the danger of undoing all the progress/regress (depending upon the one’s opinion) of last two decades though the flawed one—experiment at “democracy” (elusive and murky idea until now in Nepali psyche), when military has to butt in and act as check and balance, while other executive branches of government fail to do so. All the making of tempest—coup d’etat. Then there wouldn’t be any difference between the Maoist and the Army—both for totalitarian authority. For I and other like me, who values liberty and freedom means nothing but-- out of frying pan into the fire. Not much of a difference I guess. Hope I don’t see a day that I have to choose between fucking Prachanda or some fat ass General, but all the signs don’t bode well.


Forget mumblings of K.P. Oli and Madhav Kumar Nepal in this regard. There utterances against maoism are designed as a means of making themselves politically relevant. Sheer folly from small men.

Totally agree there. I’ve come to distrust all the politicians, especially one with “dhaka topi.”

And talk about a real down-to-the-issue take, when has ANY politician or maoist discussed terms and positions with such an emphasis on national unity? NEVER, that's when.

Just because you pick an issue that panders to the mass doesn’t mean that your efforts are sincere and without any agenda. Well, they might be very sincere; I am handicapped by my ignorance of Nepal Army
structure/maneuver/politics/alliance. But, certainly, the situation becomes messier once the army gets into politics, one more variable into already tangled up equation of power—like Pakistan, at every end of decade there is some General taking over the country. If there is any lesson to learn from.


The NA realizes it is the last bit of glue holding Nepal together and they are speaking accordingly.

Now, BlogDai, this is a tad presumptuous theory. I will leave the floor for you to explain, why is Nepal Army the adhesive (fevicol) that holds the country together? And convince me and the other, if tomorrow army were to girth their loins to take a reign, why should I feel that they represent 30 millions of people, of all cast and creeds, and of all shades of color?


To girija and prachanda, division and chaos are what keep them in power and they will do what they can to perpetuate such a state.

I know, it’s not the best politicking, but when it comes to Girija/Prachand, only thing that conjure up in my mind is: fuck you and die, you bastards. Sadly, they are the entities that we need to deal with, another variables of intricate Nepali Equation, but that doesn’t mean Nepal Army should get a clean pass.
These NA words, finally, give hope.

to reiterate your good friend again, some Mark dude, “Hope is not a METHOD.”

Good day!

 
At 2:05 AM, July 08, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blogdai- could not believe my eyes. Its about Maoist puuting money in a Swiss bank. I think its genuine. Please everyone read it- its at www.newsblaze.com

http://newsblaze.com/story/20070707171218nnnn.nb/newsblaze/NEPAL001/Nepal.html

DOA

 
At 2:52 AM, July 08, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is interview on http://nepaliakash.blogspot.com/- twith Jaikrishna Goit. After you read that, there is certainty that nation will be further engulfed in secterian violence for years to come
DOA

 
At 8:11 AM, July 08, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blogdai or other readers,

Did you guys get a chance to go to His Majesty's King's Birthday party? Did you get a chance to see him or other supporters? Any new strategies on the cards?

Loyal Supporter

 
At 4:43 PM, July 08, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blogdai what do you think about
The leaders of the Maoist Party including ministers of the present Nepal Government, namely, Prachanda (Pushpa K. Dahal), Dr. Baburam Bhattarai, Krishna Mahara, Hishila Yami and others were here to transfer a huge amount of money from Indian Banks to major Swiss Banks. The amount of that money is even more shocking because it is in the hundreds of million Euros. If the people of Nepal ask the Swiss Government, it can influence the Swiss Banks for the disclosure of the amounts and the account holders.
see in http://www.nepalmonitor.com/2007/07/swiss_media_uproar_over_nepals_prachanda_visit.html

 
At 5:59 AM, July 09, 2007, Blogger blogdai said...

The Maoists have been bleeding the Nepali people dry for the last 10 years. They are full of cash. In one famous incident, Prachanda offered to loan the government money during one of its failed peace talk attempts. But, as blogdai has said over and over, the amount of money Maoists have means nothing if they cannot convert it into power. They cannot move enough arms and weaponry into Nepal to make a difference.

Plus, to take over a country one needs hundreds of "billions" of euros and large scale ordinance. Ever seen a maoist fly a plane? A helicopter? Drive a tank? Heard a long-range maoist missle lately?

Thanks to Nepal's geography, the Maoists will always be a guerilla type insurgency.

If stories of swiss bank accounts are true, then Prachanda is as stupid a tactician as he is a political theorist. Swiss bank accounts are very much accessible to world sanction. Since Prachanda and the Maoists are on the U.S. terrorist list, they could now be no more than a step away from having their Swiss assets frozen.

blogdai thinks, however, the Maoists are no more than robbing thugs and are going the way of Paras: Take as much money out of Nepal as you can before abandoning the cause and living in wealthy obscurity: a very real possibility from these cowards.

-=blogdai

 
At 10:06 PM, July 14, 2007, Blogger blogdai said...

Ok, many of you are writing to me privately saying it's been hard to post a comment.

sorry. In this wonderful age of perceived advances where everything has a point-and-click solution, those self-possessed geniuses at blogspot, combined with a few efforts from our drum-beating detractors, has made it difficult to post replies here.

To blogspot: JUSUS, STOP TINKERING WITH SHIT AND JUST MAKE SOMETHING EFFECTIVE AND SIMPLE, WILL YOU?

To our posters: Hang in there. If you can's post a reply, HIT THE REFRESH BUTTON ON YOUR COMPUTER. That wil reload the page and let you post away.

To all who have written to blogdai privately (there have been dozens)
thanks for the alert.

why is it that those in the seats of computer internet power can't leave well-enough alone and are always fooling around and changing their methods? Impatient little children, says blogdai; always looking to make themselves relevant.

-=blogdisgusted

 
At 1:41 AM, July 17, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now the roadmap of Prachanda is to incorporate PLA in NA and YCL in APF. His final destination is to place the PLA in NA form. And his plan to provide security of CA election by YCL to win the election by hook or crook to show international community. Girija will not only abolish the king and NA but also spa as well and divide our nation into two. His power lust is the major reason for destroying out nation. And this Mr. Prachanda who already deposited huge amount in Swiss Bank is optimistic to rule this country by using this dim-witted Girija.

 
At 10:35 AM, July 17, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The very mention of the letter campaign makes Blogdai's blood boil. If you do not believe, just ask him about the letter campaign.

He will either delete your post or explode with expletives.

 
At 1:08 PM, July 17, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Blogdai "explodes with expletives" it is probably because retarded bahune like you will not understand anything else.

fugin idiot. Only see your own baby impatient time schedule. It is obvious to all of us now that if Blogdai had given letter when you say, it would have been worth less. What is the point of all this fuss unless you just like to be a small fly on Blogdai's arse.

Me I think timing for letter is not yet there but can see the critical time is coming.

 
At 6:19 AM, July 18, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

People, there is something of urgent importance that we should all be very concerned about. Please read this article at the link below.

http://nepaliperspectives.blogspot.com/2007/07/unmins-july-16-press-release-and.html

If UNMIN doesn't do its job right, we are all screwed and Ian Martin will just go free.

 
At 4:20 PM, July 20, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

no problem, no one is going to get screwed its soon going to be dashain and we can all drink up and forget about the wonderful situation we are in.

 
At 3:57 AM, July 23, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a number of questions for Blogdai. Hopefully he will be able to take the time to answer them:

1. What alternative do you offer to the present interim government and the King when both have failed?

2. Are you a Nepali citizen or someone with a love for Nepal?

3. Are you living and writing from Nepal or abroad?

4. What has happened to your letter campaign and how is it progressing?

As a regular reader of your Blog I have often asked myself the above questions.

I would appreciate it if you could answer the above questions but understand that you may not wish to do so.

 
At 6:05 AM, July 23, 2007, Blogger blogdai said...

thanks,

1. There's a new book out that blogdai is trying to obtain: "the bottom one billion" or something like thst, thst posits that national soveriegnty as sacrosanct and untouchable may be a concept that has outlived its usefullness in countries like nepal. to that end, blogdai sees the need for active military and diplomatic intervention to restore order; and a constant international presence as an instructional entity with the goals of teaching effective governance and fostering faith in government as a tool toweards self-determination.

2. Yes

3. blogdai is living and writing from nepal or abroad.

4. Letter campaign is in the initial phases of its distribution phase. We have gathered almost as many addresses for submission as we have names for support. Stay with us during the monsoon as we will submit, hopefully, shortly thereafter.

thsnk you for your questions.

-=blogdai

 

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