Crane elevated Nepal prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, out of sheer frustration perhaps associated with the heightened Maoist’s intransigence towards his own personality, has begun “revealing” the inner “stories” that led to the last “successful” political change to come into force which eventually sidelined the Nepali Monarch from the country’s political scene for good.
Better late than never, he has begun speaking.
Hindu religion teaches us that the blunders one commits during his lifetime boomerangs on him or her well within his own life span.
Madhav Nepal perhaps is the single political personality, as of now, who has begun telling the truths that led to the last change to happen. Others may follow suit but only when they too feel betrayed, cornered and frustrated.
Hopefully, he will one fine morning also admit that “I got carried away by the then alien politics and made some blunders”. The likelihood remains intact.
He may even tell the public one fateful day as to how much “foreign” money was poured in for bringing about such a political change and at what price Nepal have had to pay and under which set preconditions?
So he in a mood of repentance.
To recall, it should have been the year 2005, when Madhav Nepal went to make a “JANBADI” speech in Nepalgunj which was, needless to say, organized by his own party-the UML.
We had been told then that the moment he concluded his dogmatic speech, he suddenly headed towards the Indian bordering town-RUPEDIAH, and boarded a Bus to Lucknow-India.
There he met Comrade Prachanda who was then in “known hibernation but kept a secret by the Indian regime”.
The two must have talked on how to end the prevailing political dispute between the State and the Maoists.
(Much ahead of this meet, Bam Dev Gautam had already met Prachanda in the ROLPA Jungles early 2005 February and a six point agreement was made which was later very skillfully expanded to the most infamous 12 point agreement by the Indian establishment).
As a person, we have been told, Madhav Nepal is thoroughly a gentleman though he totally lacks political acumen that his current post demands from him. Well, it is his weakness and thus nothing to comment.
I personally recall, the day Madhav Nepal met Prachanda in Lucknow, almost the same day the then Indian Ambassador Shyam Saran was talking to Nepali media men at a Soaltee Hotel party (as the luck would have it, this pen pusher was very much present at the same party) that “the rumor in Nepal that India has provided shelter to Prachanda is baseless…tell us his whereabouts in India, we will nab him and deport to Kathmandu”.
Ambassador Saran was telling a lie and diverting the attention of the Nepali population wherein he wanted, by implication, to send the message to the powers-that-be in Kathmandu not to suspect the Indian credentials.
Hardly had Saran’s message gone to the public, Madhav Nepal upon his fresh return from Lucknow, beamingly “declared” that Prachanda was in Lucknow, India, and that he met Prachanda there in a local Hotel.
Ambassador Saran since then kept a distance with the Nepali media.
But the damage had already been done. India stood exposed to the hilt.
But Ambassador Saran’s “tacit” understanding with the Nepal Maoists and the success he bagged from such an understanding came as a bumper prize for Saran instantly. He was elevated to the ranks of India’s Foreign Secretary by the Atal Bihari Bajpayee’s BJP government.
While being in Nepal, two high flying but salaried Nepali media men were sent to New Delhi by Ambassador Saran to “interview” Prachanda in NOIDA.
The two media men boarded the flight of COSMIC Air which was in operation then.
They upon return from Delhi did their “assigned” job well. Prachanda’s interview tentatively shook the nation.
To cut the story short, Nepal Prime Minister, May 21, 2010, told point blank the Norwegian Development Minister Eric Solheim, that “I was not in favor of Constituent Assembly elections…however, I agreed to go to the CA polls concluding that the Maoists will join the mainstream politics…now if the Maoists themselves was to kill their own brainchild then I am helpless”.
By implication this does mean that Madhav Nepal was also not in favor of the declaration of the republican order in the country. Its further extension would be that Madhav Nepal and a sizeable section of his own party may have not have beamingly accepted the sidelining of the Nepali monarchy. Revelations have just begun and let’s hope that many more such things will come to the public which will definitely entertain “we the people”.
Whatever Madhav Nepal did, he did so only to please the Maoists? Wasn’t his party toeing the foreign instructions then? Demands a serious debate.
The fact is also that the last movement had a very clear demand and that being the “removal of a constitutional monarch” which the agitating parties including the Maoists have had agreed upon in the presence of the Indian emissary-Dr. Karan Singh.
NC leader Narayan Khadka is on record to have said that “abolishing” monarchy was never the agenda of the Nepali Congress. However, late Koirala then, out of greed and lust for power, Okayed the Maoists demands in series without even consulting his own party men.
The country is now paying the price of the blunders committed by our august leaders.
Finally, we must admire the courage with which Madhav Nepal told the Norwegian Minister that the CA was not his preference but he did so only to please the Maoists. Laudable frank admission.
Hopefully, one day, Madhav Nepal will “reveal” the entire “secret talks and understanding” that he and his other colleagues made to make the last popular movement a grand success, as is being interpreted.
Madhav Nepal! We hope to listen from you some more “shameful” agreements that you and your colleagues may have signed or agreed upon (under coercion perhaps) to herald this “extraordinary political change” which in many more ways than one may have benefited you personally but not the laymen who sacrificed their precious lives to elevate you to the current post.
Don’t hide. Begin talking. Tell the “high level” secrets if you are the real son of mother Nepal. Testing time for you Mr. Nepal!