Telegraph Nepal, Editorials
Friends keep on changing. Some do so at their own will and yet some others break the friendship when the other party ignores. Or even insults. At times, it has also been seen that some salaried friends prefer to break the relation with the first buddy and shake hands with the other one-the more profitable one comparatively.
However, in the conduct between nations, it has well been accepted that neither there is a permanent friend nor an enemy. What counts is the preservation of one’s own national interests.
Nevertheless, Nepalese, the greedy ones in particular and at times taken as mercenaries, associate with others if the new contract is profitable or is a money spinning one. After all money counts.
But it has also been rightly said that a “bought camaraderie” doesn’t last for long. The day one is denied the “monthly” salary-albeit the under table one, the unity among the two contracting parties automatically takes a new but different opposing course.
Summing up, what can be guessed is that New Delhi is the prime loser in Nepal of late more so after the repeated extension of the Constitution Assembly tenure. Delhi’s trusted and tested friends appear in a mood now either to expose New Delhi political manipulations or at best keep at a comfortable distance with the one with whom he or she had once upon a time joined their necks. May be for some gains! Or could be a repentance affair.
Let’s now come to the point as we got deviated from what in essence we wanted to expose through these columns the New Delhi maneuverings which catapulted the politics in the name of people’s revolution nick named Second Political uprising.
This time the “Expose Indian designs” campaign has presumably been led none less than by one senior Advocate and Honorable Speaker of Nepal’s previous Parliament, Mr. Daman Nath Dhungana. Otherwise Honorable Dhungana is a modest and honest personality and have had served the Nepali Congress, as he claims, for several decades in the past but now has some distaste towards the party he served in the past. Kathmandu intellectuals adore him for his frankness.
Kathmandu intellectuals respect and honor him as we do ourselves. High regards for him indeed we possess for him.
A thoroughly sober and informed personality that respected Dhungana is, while talking to a vernacular weekly, Ghatana Ra Bichar, dated March 14, 2012, has made some hair-raising revelations which may upset the entire authorities of the Indian regime who remained instrumental in bringing about a “sponsored” change in Nepal by sidelining the then Nepali Monarchy.
Mr. Dhungana, otherwise a declared close friend of India that he is since Rakesh Sood’s tenure at least ( May 5, 2009 Luncheon at Hotel Dwarikas as spotted by this paper sleuth) , as is being rumored in Nepal’s political circuit, deliberately or otherwise has said in his interview that New Delhi at best designed a formulae which in effect brought Girija Prasad Koirala to Delhi and pressed him to sign the most controversial 12 Point agreement, November 22, 2005. The logic forwarded by Honorable former Speaker is even more interesting associated with humiliation to the entire country-his own motherland. Disgusting though it may appear yet very beamingly Mr. Dhungana speaks of the entire drama that New Delhi staged for dismantling the institution of Nepali Monarchy through the kind courtesy of its Nepali marionettes -the UML and the NC.
He says, New Delhi managed the then agitating parties to form a consensus and later used them en masse to what Dhungana recalls, gang up with the structured slogan “Challenge the then Nepal King Gyanendra”.
This is how King Gyanendra has had to sideline himself under coercion who willingly went later to the Nagarjun Jungles. Clearly he was the victim of New Delhi clique which was wholeheartedly “supported” by those who were awarded Rs 300 IC as per diem while stationed in Delhi as was given to understand by the local media then.
Dhungana in the process of the said interview reveals many a thrilling secrets.
For example, he says, firstly, New Delhi had to deport the Maoists trouble to Nepal and the latter just wanted a safe landing. Secondly, for the safe landing of the sheltered Maoists, New Delhi calculatedly structured the 12 point agreement which facilitated them to enter into the Nepali peace process (which is nowhere to be seen as of now even after six years of the Delhi manipulations).
New Delhi debacle.
Thirdly, the agitating parties were subtly exploited by New Delhi naughty boys against King Gyanendra in what Dhungana implies “to teach a lesson” to Nepal King. Fourthly, Girija Prasad Koirala was their real man in Nepal who took up the New Delhi’s vowed challenge against King Gyanendra on their behalf. Fourthly, Girija willingly aligned with New Delhi because he had summarily been ignored by then Nepal King and thus Girija had a complex developed by then which resulted in extending his kind support for free to Delhi in removing the King and his institution.
Thus Dhungana in the process of telling so many things has virtually exposed his own preferred regime to the hilt.
Knowingly or unknowingly?
However, the manner he has dared to expose Delhi through the interview does tell that he is not in speaking terms with his loved ones in New Delhi. Yet he did his job well in denuding New Delhi manipulations. Great nationalist. Kudos to Dhungana.
It is up to the Nepali historians now to record Dhungana’s bits and pieces while writing the history of Nepal that prevailed then.
We feel sorry for Mr. Dhungana that he too was presumably used and overly used by the Indian regime to accomplish this tough task but in return neither he was made the country’s President, to which he was an aspirant, nor even was found fit for an Ambassadorial post after the change. Oh! The Rasputin.
Yet let’s all thank Honorable Dhungana that he has spoken the truth. Truth can’t be stored for long nor can it be stretched beyond its elastic limit. Truth is truth. Dhungana’s inner conscience spoke the truth and thus he should be highly appreciated. The details of his interview can be a good read for all those who wish to understand the real events that were made to take a dangerous shape then. The sidelined King has now reasons to smile. He must thank Dhungana-his man primarily who later abandoned Him for some mysterious gains to be pocketed from the other side perhaps.
(Editorial in Telegraph Weekly dated March 21, 2012. Read Five Questions also).