There is no denying that the towering political personality of the sitting Prime Minister Shri Girija Prasad Koirala brought all the political parties together in order to bring to an end to the Kingâ€™s direct rule in the country. In fact, Koiralaâ€™s magnetic personality glued all the political actors of the country and made them feel that if they were to exist as a political party and if they wanted a democratic system of governance in the country, they had to come together forgetting their political platforms for a while until a collapse of the Kingâ€™s regime were brought into effect.
This much is sure that Koiralaâ€™s personality even brought the ferocious rebels by convincing them that it was time to come together and form a morcha-or say front against the Kingâ€™s regime and settle the conflict that had plagued the nation for well over a decade or so once and for all.
Koirala came out with flying colors. However, how he bagged victory in his endeavors is a different story that more often than not the countryâ€™s media men prefer to ignore or at best do not want to excavate the internal maneuverings of some countries that made Koirala a national hero which he continues to be so even today.
The fact that is being deliberately ignored by Nepalâ€™s interested quarters is that it was the Washington-London-Delhi axis that maneuvered the Nepali politics in such a way that the King have had no option left other than to loosen his grip what he had over the countryâ€™s power structure. To be honest, it was Delhi and Delhi alone, one among the three in the said axis, whose unilateral/direct support to the SPA agitators made the King feel the heat of the agitation and what else he could have done under a hardly pressed situation other than to announce that he was thus retiring from his job as an active monarch.
Surprising though it may appear, however, the fact is that a section of the intellectuals and at best a section of the Nepali media give to understand that it was Koiralaâ€™s lone efforts that brought the rebels to the negotiating table which it is not. Many would believe that it was Koirala untiring efforts convinced the rebels to come to
On the surface whatever has been mentioned in the aforesaid paragraphs are true and hence should demand no debate or whatsoever in this regard. But the story does not end here, though.
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Thanks that the Maoists too effected changes in their mode of politics and assured the nation that they henceforth would abide by the established norms and the values of democratic system. Whether they would do so as per their commitments expressed through various agreements and treaties with the State made in the past will have to be watched.
The crucial and the needed overt and covert role that India played throughout the entire game was through its the then foreign secretary, Monsieur Shyam Saran, whose parleys with both the SPA leaders in New Delhi and again with the Maoists leaders right in Delhi was simply superb, politically speaking.
It were these political maneuverings of Shyam Saran that, we are confident, provided a final blow to the institution of the monarchy which have had to yield to the demands of the SPA-M.
Be that as it may, even if these inner maneuverings were there, one has to admit the fact that it was Koiralaâ€™s unbending political standing and his personality which was not only taken in good faith by commanders in
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Thus the institution of the monarchy had to kneel down which was and is there for all to see.
But Koiralaâ€™s recent political overtures does provide an indication that he just wanted to weaken the institution and not demolish the entire institution as some have been demanding from the very out set.
It is here Koiralaâ€™s political acumen will be tested as to how he champions the case for the continuation of the institution in the country after the CA polls even in the current hostile context that is prevailing against the monarchy.
Having said that, it would be still unwise and an act of folly not to salute the hilarious courage exhibited by Prime Minister Koirala in managing the complex issues that had been bedeviling the entire country for well over a decade or so. Nevertheless, if the Prime Minister says that he did not enjoy