Thursday, April 20, 2006

Could Girija Be President?

Yes. Absolutely.

Girija Koirala is the undisputed Commander of this movement. Noone in this revolution has Girija Koirala's stature. Although he is in his 80s, he could still be president. He has been home all since April 6 when the revolution took off. But he has been the biggest presence out in the streets, even in his absence.

But for that to happen, he has to rally the seven party alliance around a two word slogan: Democratic Republic.

That is the number one precondition. Unless you are a republican, how can you be president? Unless you climb down into the water, how can you swim? Unless you don the space suit, how could you fly out into space?

Before its vertical split, the Nepali Congress was the largest party in Nepal. Himal Survey shows where the parties stand today. (Himal Survey)

यदि अहिले माओवादीले हतियार बिसाएर संसदको चुनाव भयो भने भोट कसलाई दिनुहुन्छ?
एमाले १९.७%
नेपाली काङ्ग्रेस १८.३%
नेकपा (माओवादी) ११.४%
स्वतन्त्र ८.७%
राप्रपा ७.३%
नेपाली काङ्ग्रेस (प्र.) ३.७%
राप्रपा (कमल थापा) २.३%
जनमोर्चा नेपाल ०.९%
नेमकिपा ०.८%
सद्भावना (आनन्दीदेवी) ०.७%
राष्ट्रिय जनशक्ति पार्टी ०.४%
सद्भावना (मण्डल) ०.१%
राजा वा राजाको पार्टी ०.१%
अन्य १.१%
भोटनै दिन्न ३.८%
थाहा छैन/भन्न चाहन्न २०.८%

Girija Koirala is the only person who could lead the Deuba Congress into a respectful integration at all levels. Does he have the will? If he can not do that, his is not the largest party in Nepal, and democratic arithmetic says the leadership position of the interim democratic government has to go to Madhav Nepal. I am not biased against Girija. I am just doing my math.

Even if Girija were to be president, Madhav Nepal would be the Vice President. Nepal could do most of the legwork in the administration and help neutralize Girija's age issue. So age is only a small barrier. The big barrier is Girija so far has not rallied the seven party alliance around the simple, clear slogan of a Democratic Republic.

Whoever becomes the interim president will be the first president of Nepal. That is historic. That is like being George Washington. That is like being Rajendra Prasad and Nehru two in one.

We have offered a constituent assembly as the only meeting ground between us and the king. But we also have to have a plan B. What if the king does not come around to it? How long will we keep getting people out in the streets? How many martyrs is the political leadership asking for? How many more? We already have 15. Plan B is a roadmap to the constituent assembly that has no role in it for the king. And that would be Interim Constitution, Revolutionary Parliament.

We often make the mistake of thinking the king is a democrat, that he thinks like us. He is not a democrat, he is a feudal. He does not think like us. He does not think the language of political dialogue, and political compromise. Those are our territory.

Everything on his part shows we have to become a republic first precisely because we want to go to a constituent assembly.

A revolutionary parliament might or might not turn the country into a republic immediately. A revolutionary parliament might still decide to keep the king around and decide his fate through a constituent assembly. On the other hand the revolutionary parliament might send him to jail for life, might confiscate all his illegally amassed property.

A revolution stands in a category of its own. A revolution is not a movement. A revolution is no hartal.

My question to the SPA leaders is, can you recognize a revolution when you see one?

क्रान्ितलाई नबुझ्नु, बुझ पचाउनु
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आन्दोलनलाई लोकतान्त्रिक गणतन्त्रमा पुर्‍याउनुपर्छ’

कान्तिपुर संवाददाता

काठमाडौं, वैशाख ६ - एमाले महासचिव माधवकुमार नेपालले लोकतान्त्रिक गणतन्त्र नआउँदासम्म आन्दोलनलाई थप सशक्त बनाउन मुलुकवासीलाई आह्वान गर्नुभएको

छ । तीन महिनापछि बुधबार रिहा भएका नेपालले सात दलले माओवादीविरुद्ध कुनै पनि गठबन्धन गरेर जाने सम्भावना नरहेकोसमेत बताउनुभयो ।

जनताको उत्साह राजतन्त्र अन्तका लागि भएको उल्लेख गर्दै अदालत परिसरमा उहाँले त्यसमा जाने माध्यम संविधानसभा भएको बताउनुभयो । 'देशभर जसरी जनता उत्साहका साथ सडकमा ओर्लेर राजतन्त्रको अन्त र लोकतान्त्रिक गणतन्त्रको स्थापना गर्ने माग गरिरहेका छन् । त्यसमा जानका लागि संविधानसभामार्फत कसैले नकुल्चने गरी जनताको अधिकार स्थापित गर्दै आन्दोलनलाई थप सशक्त बनाउन सबैमा पहिलो अाह्वान गर्छु,' नेपालले भन्नुभयो ।

गत माघ ६ गतेबाट घरमा नजरबन्द राखी उहाँलाई चैत १० गते तीनमहिने पुर्जीसहित ककनी सारिएको थियो । गणतन्त्र राजाले दिएर नहुने जनताले निर्णय गर्ने विषय भएको बताउँदै उहाँले भन्नुभयो- 'एउटा हेलिकप्टरमा प्याक गरी पठाएर गणतन्त्र आउने होइन । जनताले गणतन्त्रको निर्णय गर्नुपर्छ ।' सबै विषयको छिनोफानो जनताको आन्दोलनले गर्ने औंल्याउँदै उहाँले भन्नुभयो- 'जनताले राजा चाहिँदैन भनेर सडकमा आवाज उठाइरहेका छन्.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

How an u compare Girija Prasad that visionless Indian chamcha with Nehru and Rajendra Prasad. Please don't carried away and write such utter nonsense.