इतिहासले सुम्पेको जिम्मेवारी (उत्तम बाबु श्रेष्ठ, माय संसार .कम )

by:Uttam Babu Shrestha

बाँचुन्जेल सधै उनी कसैका श्रद्वाका त, कसैका धृणाका पात्र बने, राम्रा-नराम्रा सवै खाले विम्वहरुका प्रतिक वने । खराब असल भन्ने कुरा त वास्तवमा दृष्टीकोणको सापेक्षेतामा मात्रै हो । खराब असल जे जस्तो भएपनि २०४६ साल यताको नेपाली राजनितिको केन्द्र बिन्दु थिए, उनी सत्तामा हुँदा होस् या सत्ता वाहिर हुँदा । पाँच पटकसम्म प्रधानमन्त्री (प्रतिनिधी सभा पुनस्थापनापछि राष्टप्रमुखसमेत गरेर) वनेका गिरिजाबाबुले साँच्चै देश विकासको लागि एक, दुई, तीन के गरे ? यो प्रश्नको उत्तर सहज आँउदैन् । आफ्नै दलको वहुमतको सरकार आफु प्रतिनिधी सभामा अल्पमतमा परेपछि भंग गरेर २०५२ सालमा मध्यावधी चुनावमा गएको । आफ्ना राजनैतिक सहयात्री गणेशमान िसं, कृष्ण प्रसाद भट्राईलाई पाखा लगाएको । पार्टीमा नातावाद, कृपावाद र परिवारवाद हुलेको । लाउडा धमिजा जस्ता काण्ड गराई भ्रष्टाचारलाई प्रश्रय दिएको जस्ता थुप्रै आरोपहरु लाग्दथे उनीमाथि । तैपनि छ दशक भन्दा बढि जीवन राजनितिमा विताएका उनले देशको राजनैतिक परिवर्तनहरुमा भने उल्लेख्य योगदान गरे । विषेश गरेर २०४६ साल र २०६२ सालको परिवर्तनमा ।

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Nepal’s Maoists say Koirala’s death a blow to peace(Washington Post)

Girija Prasad Koirala, former Nepali prime minister died on Saturday March 20th, after prolonged illness. Nepali government has decalred Sunday oficial holiday and the national flag will be at half mast for  three days of mourning. Koirala’s last rite will be performed on Sunday.

Girija Prasad Koirala

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Coverage of Nepali leader Girija Prasad Koirla’s sudden death in the international media.

Gopal Sharma at Reuters reports on Koirala’s demise, focusing on this role in ongoing peace process.

“Koirala helped begin landmark peace talks with the Maoists in 2006 to end a long civil war that killed more than 13,000 people.

The dialogue brought the former rebels into the political mainstream and paved the way for the abolition of the 239-year-old Hindu monarchy. Koirala is seen by many as a guardian of the peace process.”

Koirala’s role in often trecherous world of Nepali politics is also being hailed at BBC, whic called him a “Statesman”. His stabilizing efforts during the peace process with the Maoists and during the years King Gyanendra ruled the country is especially being remembered.

“Five years later(following King Birendra’s death in 2001) he was appointed prime minister by King Gyanendra who reinstated parliament following weeks of violent strikes and protests against direct royal rule.

He was too sick to attend rallies celebrating the resumption of parliament, having suffered from respiratory problems for years.  In May 2006 Parliament voted unanimously to curtail the king’s political powers.

The same month, the government and Maoist rebels began peace talks, the first in nearly three years, resulting in a peace accord by November 2006.”

At Mysansar, Uttam Babu Shrestha and Kris analyze Koirala’s long public life and current turmoil in Nepal.

With peace process with the Maoists unable to reach meaningful conclusion-the sticky point being integration og former Maoist guerrillas into the Nepalese Army, Nepal is bound to face tough times ahead. Presence of Koirala, as a voice of stability, reason and national interest will be especially missed by Nepal in these difficult times.

China and India’s turf war in Nepal (Bhumika Ghimire)

As protests in Lhasa erupted just five months before 2008 Beijing Olympics, China was forced to realize that the Tibet issue could no longer be dealt as a solely internal matter. Neighboring Nepal’s capital Kathmandu was scene of violent struggle between local police and Tibetan protesters. International media flashed pictures of Nepalese police brutality against agitating Tibetans, just as Beijing imposed media blackout in Tibet. China could no longer ignore its Tibet-Nepal problem.

For centuries, Tibetans have enjoyed a warm relationship with Nepalese. Kathmandu is home to almost 12,000 Tibetan refugees; many of whom have assimilated into the society and rarely face any social problems because of their origin. Nepal’s Himalayan regions of Mustang and Manang are culturally and linguistically Tibetan; and Tibetan Buddhism has significant following across Nepal.

For the Nepalese authorities to ignore the long shared history with Tibet and come out in force against Tibetan agitators was a tough call.

Bhumika Ghimire

For the extended analysis, please visit World Security Network