Thursday, June 12, 2008

More on Nepal

Monarchy gone, but no consensus on government

As Nepal's last King, Gyanendra, leaves the Narayanhiti Royal Palace in Kathmandu, ending a 240-year-old dynasty and paving the way for the emergence of a republic, Nepal’s political parties have fallen on each other in a squabble for power. Days of debate and discussions among the parties, including the rebellious communists, have resulted in little more than confusion about the formation of a stable government.

Initially the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), which led a bloody decades-long revolution that killed more than 12,500 people, wanted it all, demanding both the post of President and Prime Minister in the coalition government. The Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, more popularly known as Prachanda, made it clear that the communists would take the top posts until a rebellion by the other parties in the 601-member Nepal Constituent Assembly drove them into retreat and spared the post of president. Nonetheless, shut out of claiming the post, the Maoists now want the presidency reduced to a non-political entity.

What did you expect?

This editorial casts some light on why this happened. I have cut and pasted without correcting the grammatical errors; the author's first language is not English.

King Gyanendra talking to a senior journalist-who claims in a write up to have been influenced by the ideologies of the likes of Marxism and Leninism had an opportunity to meet the then king some two years plus back.

“Your majesty I am not a royalist… I am influenced by Marxism and Leninism, I am a member of a communist party as well”, writes Nim Kanta Pandey, the chief editor of the Jan Dharana Weekly today, June 12, 2008, providing reference to his historic meet with the then king-in the state of suspension some two years back.

“Pat replied the King, I was too a communist during my school days…I too was a member of a communist party”.

“Member of a communist party….?” I asked.

“A real communist is the one who fights against injustice and discrimination, studious by nature, forward looking and rebellious as well”, said Gyanendra quotes journalist Pandey.

“Perhaps, I made a blunder by taking on to the foot steps of my ancestors…I wish to see a peaceful transition…I will never prove to be a hurdle to a peaceful change”.

The easy manner with which the former King accepted the verdict of the people to establish a federal democratic republic perhaps goes in line with the “ideologies” that the former King adhered to when he was a school student.

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