Sunday, November 06, 2005

House Revival Stance Preventing Progress

Seven Party Forum In Jackson Heights
Girija's House Revival Fantassy
October 2, 2002

The king can not revive the House. He will not revive the House. Looks like the Supreme Court can not either. And this is a Supreme Court that has not been the king's lackey. It is a court that has consistently gone counter to this regime on important questions of basic rights. The Court can not make political decisions. It can only interpret the law. And looks like it has interpreted that the 1999 House can not be revived. And if that be the Court's interpretation, that only reinforces the king's stand that he does not have the contitutional option to revive the House, which I agree with. But then I also think everything the king has done since his appointment of Chand as Prime Minister has been outside the 1990 constitution. The 1990 constitution died the day Chand got appointed.

Folks, the House can not be revived. And the 1990 constitution is dead. Face reality.

There was major talk that the people are going to come out into the streets in large numbers after Tihar. Well, Tihar has come and gone. The people are at the ready. It is the party leaders that have refused to work towards clarity.

Unless the seven parties offer clarity, this movement is not going to take off.

You start with the conclusion. All three forces are for a constituent assembly. After 2/1 the king also said he is for a constituent assembly. Actually the king expressed his support for a constituent assembly before the Nepali Congress and the UML did.

The Maoists, the king, and the seven parties are for a constituent assembly. All three have also expressed the opinion that an all party government should be formed for such a venture. Those are two major points of agreement.

And then the disagreements start.

How do you form that government? I am open to all options. If the seven parties want a revolution that will first overthrow the monarchy before an all party government is formed, I am for it, but I can not be for it first. The second option is the movement option. You get large numbers of people out into the streets and pressure the king into forming an all party government. The third is to go talk. Take a seven party delegation, go meet the king, and demand an all party government.

All three options lead to a constituent assembly, which is the good news. That is what the Maoists want, that is what Gagan Thapa wants, that is what Krishna Pahadi wants.

But Girija will not take any of those three options. That man through his idiotic stance of House revival has done more harm to the country than three Rana prime ministers put together. If he is for a House revival, he should at least offer an action plan. How will the House be revived? Who will do it? The Supreme Court? The king? If it is to be the king, what article in the 1990 constitution will allow him to do it?

King G could not stop the movement. Tulsi Giri could not. Pyar Jung Thapa could not. But Girija is preventing the movement from taking off.

Folks, the House revival stance has to be ditched. The country has to go straight to an all party government.

Untie the knot. Let go the House revival stand.

Moriarty's Note Of Concern

Alliance Of Steel

I think Moriarty over-reacted to the parties talking to the Maoists, and the seven parties over-reacted to the Moriarty statement even more.

Moriarty did not warn. He cautioned. And nothing he said goes against anything I have said about the Maoists here at this blog all along.

What I appreciate about America in Nepal's context is that that is one power that will make sure the Maoists do not take over Nepal militarily and set up a communist republic. It is that bulwark that makes it possible for someone like me to fearlessly seek all political options to bring the Maoists into the mainstream. Minus America, I would have had to worry more about what Moriarty spends a lot of time worrying about, and with none of his resources.

The Maoists are going to stop being an armed group down the line. And they are going to ditch communist republic as a goal. They have already done both things. It is just that they need to be engaged so they can do what they intend to do. That is all.

Moriarty is not saying stop talking to the Maoists. He is saying, talk, but do so with caution. Be realistic, have yardsticks to measure as progress gets made. And there can be no formal alliance as long as they are still an armed group. That has always been my stance.

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