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Dishanirdesh with C K Lal

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 4, 2013

Nice analytic interview

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The next 90 days in Nepal

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 1, 2011

PRASHANT JHA

Nepali parties cannot afford to waste a single day if they wish to make the Constitiuent Assembly’s term extension meaningful. The Maoists have to implement their promises.

By striking a deal at the last minute to extend the term of the Constituent Assembly (CA) by three months, Nepal’s political parties averted a major constitutional crisis, and saved the only democratically elected institution in the country.

But the real challenge begins now. In the next 90 days, parties have to form a new national unity government, arrive at a detailed agreement on the integration and rehabilitation of former Maoist combatants and begin implementing the process, and prepare the first draft of the constitution. And they have to do all this simultaneously, since there is no luxury of time. If parties fail to show progress, they will find it almost impossible to ask for another extension on August 28.

Five-point agreement

The CA’s term was extended on the basis of a five-point agreement signed between the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), Nepali Congress and the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist). The United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF), comprising five Tarai parties, did not participate in the house vote since their demand that Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal resign immediately was not fulfilled. They however welcomed the CA extension. Read the rest of this entry »

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History of Indian Conspirator Intervention in Nepal (1950-2011)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 27, 2011

By Dirgha Raj Prasai

Nepal is a landlocked nation. It borders China in the north and India in the south. Defending its sovereign identity from these two giant nations is Nepal’s nationalistic strategy.

The unfortunate fact is that a majority of our political leaders are Indian agents. It is worthless to expect from these leaders to save our nationality and independence. Unless the traitors and corrupt leaders dominating the big parties (Congress, UML, and Maoists) are chased away, democracy and nationalism will not be secured.

There is no alternative to parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy in Nepal. But it does not mean that we follow Indian orders and perish Nepal’s identity. The definition of Nepal’s nationality is to maintain balanced bilateral diplomatic ties with both countries, China and India, based on democracy and by protecting its pride.

Cordial people to people level relations between Nepal and India has existed since ancient times. We have to keep friendly relations with India due to our similar cultural and religious traditions. But sadly Indian congress, ever since coming to power has been striving to destabilize Nepal. India, through its intelligence agency ‘RAW’, has been found continuously involved in destabilizing our national identities – royal institution, Hindu Kingdom and national language, which were developed along with the ideology of national unity, security and national identity. RAW through its agents in the Nepali Congress, UML and Maoist parties is now pressing for autonomous federal states on communal basis. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ruling parties agree to expedite integration, rehab of Maoist combatants

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 20, 2011

The ruling parties, UCPN (Maoist) and CPN (UML), have agreed to expedite the integration of the Maoist combatants by exercising all possibilities.

Leaders of both parties appeared unanimous on the issue of integration and rehabilitation of the combatants during a meeting convened at the UML parliamentary party office at Singha Durbar on Sunday.

Senior UML leader and former Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal informed reporters after the meeting that leaders of both the parties decided to accelerate the works of integration, accepting the fact the adjustment and rehabilitation of Maoist PLAs is a major part of the ongoing peace process. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepal: The President’s Call

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 4, 2011

By Yubaraj Ghimire
Nepal’s three major political parties — the Unified Communist Party of Nepal-Maoists, the Nepali Congress and the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist — never get tired of advocating the politics of consensus, but they have failed to come even to a minimum understanding of electing a prime minister in the past seven months. Grilled, booed and jeered by the people, the three parties finally took recourse to amending the law on the election of the PM by the parliament. Those who get the lowest votes will be eliminated and “neutral voting or abstaining” will be prohibited. When only two candidates are left, the winner will be decided by a simple majority. If all goes according to schedule, the country will have a new PM by February 3.
But people who feel let down by the current set of leaders are sceptical of the effectiveness of such a PM, given the fact that he would be more a product of the compelling law than of an agreed agenda and political understanding.
Over the past two weeks, after President Ram Baran Yadav had renewed the election process — first by giving 10 days to the House to explore a consensual approach and then, on its expiry, asking them to go by a simple majority process — political parties failed even to decide on their candidates. Madhav Nepal continues to remain the caretaker PM for a record eight months.
In the midst of all this, Yadav left for India — Kolkata, Chandigarh and Delhi — on a 10-day visit beginning January 27. The visit was on an invitation of the Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, and the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, from where he got his MBBS and postgraduate degrees respectively. The visit was meant to be a private one. But the government of India volunteered to make it “official”. This gives enough hint that India, concerned about the lack of progress in the constitution-making process in Nepal and the absence of a full-fledged government all these months, will begin a serious “review Nepal situation”. This is a time when the president is under pressure from some political quarters at home to assume executive role, since a caretaker PM cannot be allowed to continue indefinitely. India seems to be weighing that option and its likely implication for the peace process. Read the rest of this entry »

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Maoist combatants formally come under Special Committee amidst grand ceremony in Shaktikhor

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 22, 2011

In an important step in the protracted peace process, the chain-of-command of the UCPN (Maoist)’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) was handed over to the Army Integration Special Committee (AISC) amid a grand ceremony organised at the Shaktikhor cantonment site in Chitwan on Saturday.

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Nepal fails in eighth attempt to elect new premier

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 27, 2010

AFP

KATHMANDU: Nepal’s Maoist party called Sunday for the formation of a new power-sharing government after

Nepal has been without a government since June 30

parliament failed for the eighth time to elect a new prime minister.

The former rebels abstained from Sunday’s vote, the latest in a series of attempts to elect a new leader for the troubled country, which has been without a government for almost three months.

Their candidate, party chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, earlier withdrew from the running to be prime minister to pave the way for fresh talks on forming a national consensus government.

Nepal has been without a government since June 30, when former prime minister Madhav Kumar Nepal stood down under intense pressure from the Maoists.

Since then, the parties have been unable to agree on the shape of the new administration and a series of votes in the 601-member parliament have proved inconclusive, with none of the candidates securing an overall majority.

“It is clear that we cannot elect a new prime minister in this way. We should now look to form a national unity government,” said Maoist vice chairman Baburam Bhattarai after the vote.

The Maoists, who fought a decade-long civil war against the state before transforming themselves into a political party and winning elections in 2008, hold the largest number of seats in parliament, but not enough to govern alone.

Dahal, a former warlord who still goes by his nom de guerre, Prachanda (“the fierce one”), was the front-runner in earlier votes, but failed to win the simple majority he needed to form a new government.

His only rival, Ram Chandra Poudel, chairman of the second-largest party in parliament, the centrist Nepali Congress, stood uncontested on Sunday but took only 116 votes.

The next vote is due to be held on September 30.

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NC leaders urge Koirala to unite party

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 23, 2010

SOUTH ASIAN MEDIA NET / THE HIMALAYAN TIMES

KATHMANDU: Nepali Congress leaders want their newly elected party President, Sushil Koirala, to work to make the Congress a strong party by uniting all party rank and files. They say the 12th general convention has mandated Mr Koirala to be more responsible to lead the party following democratic norms and values. Party Dang district committee President Ghana Shyam Regmi says Mr Koirala should lead the party as per the convention’s slogan.

The new leadership should work according to the party policies and programmes for the peace, prosperity and democracy in the country, he said.

Regmi expressed confidence that Koirala would be successful to unite and strengthen the party.

NC Rukum District Committee President Man Bahadur Nepali also Congress has the responsibility to restore sustainable peace and help draft a democratic constitution to institutionalise republic in the country.

“NC has become inclusive nature for the first time in the history and its policies and programmes would be people oriented now,” he said.

NC leaders and cadres have also stressed for promoting multiparty democracy, federalism and parliamentary system.

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