Mr Hyde (of Maoists) wakes up

The efforts to forget political consensus among top three political parties in Nepal was going well (quotes of Maoist leaders):

The meeting ended on a positive note. The meeting was a step closer toward resolving the problem.

– Maoist leader Dev Gurung (on October 23)

We will show flexibility for the end of political deadlock.

– Maoist spokesperson Dinanath Sharma (on October 20)

And, all of the sudden, it seemed like all that was a child’s play (headlines of news on October 25):

New condition by Maoists: ‘Government under our leadership’

Maoist Vice-chair Narayankaji Shrestha said the proposal for a Maoist-led government is not a new one. “We have been demanding it for long.

(from myrepublica.com)

So what changed all of the sudden?

At least for an ordinary citizen, nothing (the leaders could have talked secretly to many things that we were unaware of). If nothing had changed in these few days, why the Maoists become Mr. Hyde?

The Maoists have proved they are not very good at the politics of bargaining (otherwise how could a party that could form a government under their leadership fail to elect their candidates in the post of president, vice-president and speaker!) Had they realized during all those meetings, they were being dominated by?

I don’t know that but if Maoists decide to launch a nationwide movement against the government, it could be a bad decision. If they fail… Then what next?

Even if they return to the talks, it would make nothing other than making their image childish! (but that would be a good choice at least for the country, I believe).

[Note: Mr Hyde as in The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson]

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The times they are a-changin’

On the first week of October, I had planned a trekking trip with my wife. Since September-October was considered to be the best season to visit, we were both very excited about the trip to Poon Hill, one of the best viewing places in Nepal for sunrise and Annapurna range of Himalaya.

The trip was to be postponed a few times – to the frustration of both of us – because there was heavy rainfall and then there were landslides on highway.

Heavy rainfall after Hindu’s biggest festival Dashain was almost new for all of us! It should have been two months earlier during the rainy season when we had news about lack of rainfall for paddy plantation.

Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone.
If your time to you
Is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’.
Bob Dylan’s The Time They are a-Changin’

As the song played on my desktop, I tried to compare if his first paragraph somehow is related to the events that happened around my trip plans. Something is changing… that’s for sure. But is it time that is changing us or we changing the time?

And, as Dylan goes, should we start swimming or left our generations to sink?

Climate Change is a big issue – made bigger as big INGOs go crying about it and investing a lot on it. We heard of news that says scholars debating about it in some five-star facilities or that there are conventions on it going on.

Suddenly, for an ordinary man, it’s become an issue of no interest.

But then, it will be the ordinary men who would suffer first if the conditions go on worsening. But why does it seems like those millions can do nothing about it: they are neither running big factories that produces carbon dioxide, most of the time not even using vehicles that too produce it or not running factories that produces chemicals wastage.

What is there we, the ordinary people, can do?

Last year, I wrote Little Step for Big Leap, where I write about a tree that I had planted when I was a child:

As a child I have planted a tree and now the tree is big and green! I am happy but is it enough? Maybe not, but if we all do small things like that then we can change everything. Maybe decreasing the font size by one step so that a page in decreased while printing; or not using plastic bags when not absolutely needed can help.

From within a busy schedule we have, let’s take out a minute everyday and think about environment and how can we make it better, or at least keep it as of today’s, can change our future. Little steps for big leap

And, it continues to be my theory. If all ordinary people do at least one thing for environment – no matter how small – together it is a big leap – a leap that may save something for our future generations!

(Written in celebrations of Blog Action Day. Learn about Climate Change: Facts & Figures, 100 Effects & 10 Solutions)

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Tihar: hopes of enlightenment

tihar

Bhailini aain angana, gunyu cholo magana!
He aausiko baro, gai tiharo bhailo!
or
Ye hai bhana mera bhai ho, deusi re!
Ye hai ramrai bhana, deusi re!

Each echoing sound of these Tihar songs gives a nostalgic vibration to me (as to many Nepalis). For these were the songs, we probably waited most eagerly to sing during our childhood. Among five days of Tihar – the festival of lights – the two evenings before the final day of Bhai Tika gave most of us the most entertaining moments of the childhood!

To go to people’s houses, sing deusi or bhailo and return happily (and sleepy) with some money was always the best feelings of the festival. And, the next day’s tika from sisters (and the nuts, sweets and fruits) makes the festival a win-win situation!

This Tihar is at the moment when there could be win-win situation for the country. Politically, there is every chance that a national government will be formed; the disrupted parliament will function and the much-awaited constitution writing process goes ahead on a fast lane!

Since before Dashain festival, the Maoists, Nepali Congress and CPN-UML – the top three parties of the nation – are talking consensus. Deadline: Tihar!

The Maoists are threatening bigger movement – thankfully they are not saying bloodier! – if no consensus reached. The other two parties – octogenarian Girija Prasad Koirala’s Congress and divided CPN-UML of PM Madhav Kumar Nepal – are saying Maoists are not being flexible enough.

For people: the thing that matters is consensus! No more conflict, no more dirty politics! We need leaders and parties to do something for the nation – without thinking of benefits of their parties.

Could this Tihar prove win-win for all Nepalis! Let’s pray!

Happy Tihar!

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The mockery of democracy

Believe it or not, Nepali politics is dirty. Politics in underdeveloped countries such as Nepal is always dirty, because we, the people, and leaders rarely understand the essence of it. This is also true because for the politicians, their career and party generally come before the nation.

For the Maoists in Nepal, the most important thing right now is the terming of the President’s denial to obey their decision to sack army chief as ‘unconstitutional’ – for them: it’s the prime priority; it does not matter even if the constitution is not written or the peace process does not go forward.

What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?

Mahatma Gandhi

For me, a Nepali, terming the move does not matter. If they think it’s unconstitutional, ensure that it’s explicitly written in the new constitution.

For Nepali Congress, it’s ‘not unconstitutional’. Come on, what if Dr Ram Baran Yadav resigns and we get a new president if it’s termed ‘unconstitutional’.

As for me, Yadav and everyone of those 14,000 killed during the Maoists’ War are equal and, as the people’s leader, Yadav should be happy to resign if that means a great way forward for the nation’s most important tasks!

Democracy is the substitution of election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.

– George Bernard Shaw

We have proved it. Theoretically, people’s voices count loud in democracy. Not in Nepal’s democracy though. No matter how much years current Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal had given for his political career, he was the ‘unchosen one’ from two constituencies.

No matter how good he is performing, he should not have been appointed the top post to lead the people.

Ditto to Sujata Koirala, the newly appointed Deputy Prime Minister. What a mockery of democracy the oldest leader of the oldest party, and of the nation for that matter, has made?

Incompetent people have chosen ‘the incompetent few’ – as proven by the cry the great leaders of the party are making after she, the most applicable qualification of her being the daughter of the ‘almost great leader’ took oath of office.

The jokers (as the father had made them) were left issuing press release opposing the appointment. If the party cannot have internal democracy, how could they promise us a democracy?

It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.

– Sir Winston Churchill

But we have no choice! Democracy is the lone choice and those leaders are the only candidates on offer. Even if among all those 600, we have a few good one, they stand nothing more than a mere follower of the greats – as in a herd of sheep!

But, as incompetent as we are or as foolish as we are, all these things will be forgotten when the election comes and we will either be Kangressi, Yemale or Maobadi – voting for them closing eyes on what they did or who is the candidates.

The greatest mockery of the democracy was/will be made by not the ‘corrupt few’ but the ‘incompetent many’!

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NEPAL SMILES when children smile

Three times in the past, I have tried to operate a photoblog of the smiling children and failed to continue. This time, I am reviving the project with new enthusiasm at www.nepalsmiles.com.

Please visit the site, and if you have any complaint or suggestions about it write to me. If you have photos to fit the site, please submit at nepalsmiles@gmail.com

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