Nepal Today

Saturday, July 13, 2013


Kathmandu, 13 July: Chairman of the Council of Ministers, Khil Raj Regmi, has said that writers and other talents could play a significant role for the development and prosperity of the country, RSS reports.

At a programme organised by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation to confer national and regional talent awards in the capital city today, Chairman Regmi said that the government was heeding the protection and promotion of culture, language, literature, history, and archaeology.

"Lively expression of human is art," he defined. On the occasion, he conferred the national and regional talents awards established by the Ministry on different persons for the year-2069/070 BS.

Professor Dr Dilliraj Sharma from Ghorahi Municipality-6 of Dang was conferred the national talent award in the category of culture while Khushiram Pakhrin from Sharadanagar-2 of Chitwan in the category of music, Lok Bahadur Chitrakar from Lalitpur Municipality-18 in the category of fine arts and Professor Mohan Raj Sharma from Kirtipur, Kathmandu, in the category of language of literature. The award they received carries the purse of Rs 100,000 and letters of appreciation each.

Similarly, those receiving the regional talent award in the sector of culture are- Phani Lal Chaudhari from Belha-2 Sunsari (eastern region), Tika Bahadur Shrestha from Kathmandu-14 (central region), Bam Bahadur Tharu from Gajedi-6, Rupandehi (western region), Kali Bahadur Shahi from Gothi-6, Humla (mid-western region) and Basu Dev Pandey from Bhadrapur-9, Dadeldhura (far western region).


Similarly, the regional talent award for drama and music sector was conferred on Shanti Ram Rai from Diktel-7, Khotang (eastern region), Beni Jungam Rawal from Kathmandu-34 (central region), Narayan Rayamajhi from Jhadewa-5, Palpa (central region), Lilawati Dangi from Budhaphalawang-2, Salyan (mid western region), and Resham Lal Chaudhari from Dugauli-9, Kailali (far western region).

Moreover, in the sector of fine arts, the regional award recipients are Yogendra Kumar Limbu from Dharan-9, Sunsari (eastern region), Chanda Shrestha from Naradevi, Kathmandu (central region), Bhuwan Thapa from Thulo Lumpek-7, Gulmi (western region), Khageswor Bhandari from Pabannagar-3, Dang (mid-western region) and Krishna Prasad Shah from Tikapur, Kailali (far western region).

In the sector of language and literature, the award recipients were Punam Chhetri from Arjundhara-3, Jhapa (eastern region), Ram Kumar Shrestha from Kuleshwor, Kathmandu (central region), Thakur Prasad Belbase from Dhakabang-8, Arghakhanchi (western region), Mohamad Asphak Jasgath from Nepalgunj-14, Banke (mid-western region) and Puskar Raj Bhatta from Dhangadhi-5 (far-western region).

On a different note, Chairman Regmi said the country had no option but to hold the Constituent Assembly elections."To make the CA elections successful, all political parties, civil society and others should be active and committed," he said. He informed that preparation for the CA election was complete.

According to Chairman Regmi, election was only option for social management. A skilled social management would steer the development in all sectors, he argued.



Kathmandu, 13 July: In order to defend existing lawlessness, impunity, incompetence and authoritarian attitude of the ruling clique, the Gang of Four (G-4) parties and their close allies have been invoking the word “transition period” since more than seven years. By now the Nepali people are well aware of the bogus claim that can be described as the biggest hoax of the loktantra years, Trikal Vastavik writes in The People’s Review..
Experience has told us that in other countries where regime changes occur, clashes between the displaced regime’s supporters and the new rulers continue for some time or even years, killing and wounding many during the intervening period. Nepal’s case is different. King Gyanendra gallantly took the exit live on TV screens watched by millions of people. He avoided any possible bloodshed.
Would Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Baburam Bhattarai and their ilk do the same if they faced a similar siaution and had the means to resist? What would Sushil Koirala, Sher Bahadur Deuba, Madhav Kumar Nepal and K.P. Oli have done when faced with the choice between stepping down from power and deploying security forces to deal with their opponents?
In the loktantra years, the G-4 makes expedient decisions in haste and is hard pressed to defend it in leisure even as people fume. The practice has infected other parties and their sister organizations as well. They make decisions to impose on the hapless people because the latter are not able to protest in action, unorganized as they are.
Students belonging to 13 groups two months ago called for a bandh, only to withdraw it when they realized that the day fell on Mother’s Day and hence the withdrawal of the strike. Nepal Communist Party-Maoist’s Mohan Baidya also withdrew the strike it called for May 12 when it realized that the Rato Machchhendranath Day happened to be marked that day. Inevitably, the strident call for closure was scrapped.
On both occasions, however, people felt relieved that the waste and suffering they otherwise would have experienced got prevented even as the ceaseless war of accusations between the Maoists and other parties is cacophonic and pathetically amusing. The various statements of condemnations are in keeping with their party lines devoid of logic. Right now, the strategy is to corner opposing parties by any means and to any length.
In the absence of courageous greatness, a victor becomes cruel and cowardly. The baseness stinks through the pages of recent history. Political retrogression is its child? To comment critically against their policies and actions would be inviting charges of being undemocratic, pro-monarchists, rightists and a barrage of other names.
UCNP Maoist’s supremo Pushpa Kamal Dahal throws the gauntlet at the Nepali Congress: Go to the jungle if you can. Koirala warns that the Maoists would be “finished” off, although the Nepali Congress chief does not explain how and by when. He talks of his party having ended the Rana rule, the partyless panchayat and the monarchy and that it was now the turn of the Maoists to meet the fate similar to what the previous regimes suffered.
The election government headed by (Chief Justice-on-deputation) Khil Raj Regmi is a loaded cabinet filled with nominees of the G-4, President Ram Baran Yadav and Regmi himself. The partyless government is a child of the political syndicate that has taken the people through the garden path. Since its nominees fill the election cabinet, the ministers have an uphill task in demonstrating that their words, deeds and actions do not contradict what they are supposed to uphold. After all there are scores of others parties not represented in the team.
Every effort should be made to assure voters and other parties that the promised poll procedures are not geared to suit the expediency of the G-4. The government is reminded regularly that it is the child of the G-4 whose extra-constitutional authority is a subject of pain to those having faith in constitutionalism.
If the four-party syndicate’s words are exclusively the constitution, what is the need for a gargantuan Constituent Assembly? Its leaders could announce a new constitution and save the resources and time so wildly wasted in the CA that was elected for two years in 2008 and went on to extend its term again and again till the Supreme Court intervened. Most CA members acted as mere rubber stamps doing what the G-4 leaders say as if they did not have their own conscience, power of critical faculties.
Claims that the general elections were rigged have always been made by the opposition parties. Although its president was the prime minister of the interim cabinet, the Nepali Congress made some noises in this regard in 1991 when it won the majority but the CPN (UML) won 69 seats in the 205-member House, much to the dismay of the party that boasts of having led all democratic movements in Nepal.
The main problem is that NC today is what the RPP of the former panchas was previously, CPN (UML) is what the NC at the turn of the millennium was, and UCPN (Maoist) is what the NC used to be a decade ago. Baidya’s Maoists vainly want to prove that they are what the Maoists were during the “People’s War” years.
The writing on the wall is crystal clear. The clock turns right; so do the G-4 constituents which have abandoned principles-based politics. Whenever there is an issue, the G-4’s trademark question to the people is, “What will foreigners say?” They never ask, “What will Nepali people say?”
The people are worn down by grinding poverty, nailed down by lawlessness and persecuted by the powerful for harboring views that differ with the authoritarian ruling class and its cronies. To make matters worse, there are constant uncertainties aggravated by speculations spawned by disturbing rumors concerning the G-4 leaders whose credibility is at its lowest.
What are the Nepalis in general to do under the prevailing circumstance in which a handful of leaders of a few parties act arbitrarily and proclaim their actions to reflect public opinion? A “panchatantra” story advises, “Fear danger while it is still to come; once you’re face to face with danger, strike hard, with no hesitation.” Learning the lesson, people need to assert their rights and debunk the G-4 that had won the 2005-6 battle through foreign blessings but will lose the war eventually. Nepalis unite against the syndicate; you have nothing to lose except your fear and chains!


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