Maoist Party Literature: Realized in past couple of days that I had never read Maoist party literature before. Amazingly complex writeup/sentences in Prachanda’s “work”. Hadn’t read all these “famous” decisions like that of Chunbang meet, 2nd National Conference & Phuntibang meet of the Maoist party during and after the armed conflict (1996-2006). Feels like knowing janayuddha (people’s war) & Maoist comrades’ feud, their hypocrisy/double standard from so close & first hand. Almst bcame Maoist! LOL. I was traveling in public bus carrying this thick book titled “Prachanda: Chhaniyeka Rachanaharu- Khanda Dui” (Prachanda: Selected Writings- Part Two) with a huge photo of the Maoist Chairman on the cover. People would look at the cover and immediately give me a look from head to toe with strange and unreadable expression on their faces. That was funny. They must have taken me as a hardcore Maoist member and may also have feared me! Sorry folks!!
For the record: Premraj Devkota, the teashop owner just outside Kantipur complex- where my office is located- slapped Maoist lawmaker Jhakku Prasad Subedi. Like many staffs at Kantipur I too have gone many times for tea and quick snacks at Premraj daju’s place (though its not my favorite teashop- didn’t even know his name till today. Is it Premlal or Premraj? Ok, will go with the latter). Last time I was there was some five days ago when a doctor from Nepalgunj had come to see me at my office. A week before that I had gone there at his teashop along with a representative of American INGO NED. Premlal dai is a politically conscious person- that I know from his talks. He almost always talks (a lot) to his customers- especially to journalists- about politics and gives his own analysis of the situation. He had voted for the Maoist party in the CA election- to Jhakku himself who was elected from Kathmandu-2. I also voted in the same constituency though I would not like to reveal my electoral leaning here 🙂 So here are my tweets of the incident. I couldn’t gather much info during the day as was busy translating a long Osama bin Laden obituary for the paper..so just presenting tweets here in reverse chronological order.
The slap to a CA member comes months after a similar incident in which a man in eastern Nepal slapped JN Khanal who, after couple of monts of receiving the slap, became the Prime Minister of Nepal. Here’s my story, in Nepali, on shabasad that appeared in last Saturday’s Kantipur: बिचरा सभासद !
We are waiting for the spillover effect to take hold. China is growing phenomenally. India is following China so very closely. We are tightly sandwiched between them. We are folding our hands and sitting back, hoping that one day the economic progress will spillover from both sides and submerge us. We are hoping to swim. While hoping so we continue to berate both of our neighbors. We call the Chinese the “ex-Maoists who have no idea about democracy and freedom.” We call the Indians “expansionists who have nothing except the Bihari-style democracy.”
Kathmandu Post 28.11.10
The Bihari-style democracy! Turns out the Bihari-style democracy is much better than what we have been told we have—”great achievement of the great People’s War”. In the past four years since the ‘great People’s War with small help from People’s Movement-II’ gave us republicanism we have gotten nothing but instability and inflation. Life has become harder for the man on the street while leaders are engaged in an endless power struggle. Frustration has surpassed the height of Sagarmatha.
Until recently, Bihar used to represent the worst of India: crime, corruption, insecurity, lack of development and immoral politics. Everything negative. That image of Bihar has changed dramatically in the past five years. And in the meantime, all these negative Bihari traits have crossed over to Nepal. That’s the actual spillover effect taking place. Neither Bihar nor India is to be blamed for that. We are solely responsible for stagnation and the deteriorating situation in our society. What have we done in the past five years when Bihar went through the historic transformation? Okay, we too witnessed historic political changes. We ended a decade long bloody war. We transformed from an autocratic monarchy to a democratic republic. Certainly things to be proud of. But, the question is, is that enough? The answer is a resounding NO. Continue reading →
काठमाडौं, वैशाख १२ – माओवादी अध्यक्ष प्रचण्डले शान्ति, बहुदल तथा आर्थिक विकासबारे आफ्नो पार्टीको प्रतिबद्धतामा शंका नगर्न अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय समुदायसँग आग्रह गरेका छन् ।
संविधानसभाबाट निर्वाचनबाट ठूलो दलमा स्थापित माओवादी नेतृत्वसँग बिहीबार नेपालस्थित राष्ट्रसंघीय कार्यालयद्वारा आयोजित छलफलमा प्रचण्डले विदेशी मित्रहरूलाई ‘आफ्नै नीतिमा पुनर्विचार गर्न’ आग्रहसमेत गरे ।
‘विश्वव्यापीकरण, निजीकरण प्रक्रिया हामी बुझ्छौं,’ छलफलपछि प्रचण्डले भने- ‘हामीले चाहेको मिश्रति र संक्रमणकालीन अर्थतन्त्र कस्तो हुनुपर्छ, स्वदेशी/विदेशी लगानी कसरी प्रवर्द्धन गर्न चाहन्छौं भन्ने स्पष्ट पार्ने कोसिस गर्यौं ।’
कूटनीतिक नियोगका अधिकारी, दातृ निकाय र राष्ट्रसंघीय निकायका प्रमुखहरूसँग प्रचण्डको यो पहिलो संयुक्त भेट थियो । त्यहाँ अमेरिकी राजदूत न्यान्सी पावेल पनि उपस्थित थिइन् । कतिपयले आफूहरूलाई ‘यान्त्रिक र अलि जड’ ठान्ने उल्लेख गर्दै प्रचण्डले त्यो सोच गलत भएको र आफूहरू २१ औ शताब्दी अनुकूल चल्ने बताए ।
उनले पश्चिमी देशमा माओवादी पार्टीबारे भएका ‘थुप्रै अस्पष्टता’ छलफलमा प्रस्ट्याएको बताए ।
विदेशी मित्रहरूले संविधानसभामा बहुमत नपाएको पृष्ठभूमीमा सरकारको नेतृत्व गर्दा माओवादीले आफ्ना एजेन्डा कसरी कार्यान्वयन गर्नेछ भन्ने जान्न चाहेका थिए । ‘प्रचण्डले सहमतिअनुसार काम गछौं भने,’ बैठकमा सहभागी संस्थाका एक प्रतिनिधिले कान्तिपुरसँग भने । ‘माओवादीले गर्ने भनेको ‘वैज्ञानिक’ भूमि सुधार र स्थानीय निकायकाबारे पनि प्रश्न उठेका थिए,’ ती सहभागीले भने- ‘राजनीतिक सहमतिमा निर्णय गरिने उनीहरूले बताए ।’ Continue reading →
काठमाडौं, ११ वैशाख- लोकतन्त्र दिवसमा प्रधानमन्त्रीले बुधबार आयोजना गरेको जलपान समारोह नवीनकुमार विश्वकर्माका लागि ‘वर्गीय विभेद’ फेला पार्ने अवसर थियो ।
समाजका ‘शक्तिशाली’, ‘गन्यमान्य’ र विदेशी कूटनीतिज्ञ सामेल समारोहमा यी ३२ वर्षो माओवादी नेता स्थानीय विकास राज्यमन्त्रीका रूपमा सहभागी थिए । ‘वर्गीय दृष्टिकोणबाट हेर्दा यो परिवेश सामान्य जनताको जीवनभन्दा धेरै माथि,’ तीन महिनाअघि मन्त्री भएपछि कालिकोटको साटो काठमाडौंमा बस्न थालेका विश्वकर्माले भने- ‘जनता धेरै तल ।’
महाराजगन्जस्थित परराष्ट्र मन्त्रालयको बगैंचामा भएको समारोहमा आतिथेय प्रधानमन्त्री गिरिजाप्रसाद कोइरालालगायत सत्ता साझेदार दलका चुनाव जितेका केही नेता, समाजका विभिन्न तप्काका अग्रणी र विदेशी कूटनीतिक वृत्तको उपस्थिति थियो । Continue reading →