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Is Koiral’s Failure Synonym To Country’s Failure?

Is Koiral’s Failure Synonym To Country’s Failure?

By Bhupal Lamichhaney

Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala on Saturday said that the government would not take any steps that could jeopardize Nepal's peace and democracy.

Indeed, there are many questions arising along with PM’s above saying. Have any one thought why the Prime Minister was forced to comment on the peace process and democracy? With the present political development in Nepal, it seems underneath the surface a lot happens. As a political observer, I can only imagine how terrible violence atrocities would have taken place in Nepal if all political parties including the Maoists had not united under the towering leadership of GP Koirala who navigated the transition smoothly till today. Yet a lot has to be accomplished. However, the present reactions to government nominations might make everyone feel that the honeymoon of the party alliances is under threat.

At this juncture, all Nepalese political parties must be united rising above the party line. In the past we saw the parties were fighting for nominations of their yes men in the lucrative jobs. This present fiery demonstration against the government decisions reminds the same old disease that has stretched up to the Maoists also. It is interesting to watch the Maoists moves in the present day politics of Nepal. They are receiving a big sum of tax payers’ money. They are just silently smiling. People are paying them. They are not yet at the government but they want share in the appointments. What difference do we find in these political parties? The only differences; the Maoists have strong armed men to bargain?

How will the senior leader GP Koirala lead the country smoothly in this transition? As he always says, “He can fail but the country should not fail”. Right at this moment what will happen if he fails? Will there be any other respected towering leadership who can be acceptable to all the political forces including the Maoists and the Monarchists?

Although, the Monarchists are not in control but I think they still hold power to create disturbances. For taming the diminishing monarchist without further bloodshed, Koirala is the only answer. Who can boldly stand upright in front of the foreigners regarding trusting the Maoists? It seems none, except GP. He can simply give his own past history as an example.

The parties who are in favor of change should coolly think before agitating. They are reminding people how parties can be misdirected from their prime goals to a petty interest. Appointments are not for life long. After the formation of an elected government any appointment can be reserved. It is not a very big political issue. May be for now, parties did not have an opportunity to nominate their yes men in the lucrative posts.

So what alternative people of Nepal find if Koirala government fails? Is he not the most trusted one to lead the country in this transition? Have not all political parties including the Maoist shown their faith on GP Koirala’s towering leadership. Does not he the one who has been shouldering the country in this the most difficult time?

Really one can think of Prime Minister’s task of leading the country towards peace and democracy even trusting quite opposite political forces the Monarchists and the Maoists. Just imagining the situation, my whole body starts to shake with terror how bloody it will be if this attempt of PM for peace and democracy fails at this juncture. Is not his failure synonym to country’s failure?

The PM expressed his commitment towards handling issues of national importance based on the seven-party alliance and the Maoist agreements. We in Nepal know that GP’s commitment means sure to occur. His life is an open book for all.

What can we make out of the report in the media that PM Koirala told a delegation of human rights activists on Friday he had told Prachanda, the Maoists supreme he would keep some seats on the NHRC and the ambassadorship for France for the Maoists? For me it is good will of PM to keep some vacancy till the arm management completes.

Can the PM right now nominate the Maoists in such positions before arms management? Yes! He can as the head of the state and the government. However, if he nominates a fellow Maoist will a country like France accept a person leveled as a terrorist as an ambassador?

NHRC is a free intuition for guarding human rights of Nepali people. The Maoists are the party in violation of human rights. How can their representatives be nominated before they are in the government? Nobody has ever forgotten the Maoists cadres are human rights violators too. If they become part of the commission without leaving their weapons it is sure that NHRC will lose its credibility. The human rights violators from the Maoists party will surly enjoy impunity. Credibility lost NHRC is useless.


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