Trying to rebuild bridges burnt earlier

Before embarking on his India visit last week, Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda, chairman of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), the largest outfit in Nepal’s dissolved Constituent Assembly, reiterated one statement over and over again.

The former prime minister who now heads the high-level political mechanism entrusted with conducting the next election maintained that the main purpose of his visit was to seek India’s help for Nepal’s development and to conduct the polls effectively.

He also issued a ‘threat’ that if New Delhi fails to meet Kathmandu’s demand for aid, Nepal would not be supportive to India’s security concerns like the influx of terrorists, arms, drugs and fake Indian currency notes through the open 1800 km long border between the neighbours.

Having recently returned from a China trip, Prachanda also didn’t forget to mention that he would push for a tripartite cooperation pact involving Nepal and its two bigger neighbours India and China to fast track development in the Himalayan nation.

Wary of the Maoist leader’s closeness to China at India’s expense, New Delhi has given a thumb down to the idea.

Try as he might, the Maoist leader couldn’t convince many here that his India trip after a five year gap had much to do with seeking aid – more so when he represents just another political party and not the current interim government headed by the country’s chief justice.

The main objective behind the trip was to regain the confidence and trust of the political leadership in New Delhi that he had lost following his resignation from the PM’s post in 2009.

A cartoon in a local newspaper got it right when it showed Prachanda carrying a big can of massage oil as he is about to board a New Delhi bound flight. Another reported how he launched a “charm offensive” once he landed there.

It is worth recalling that Prachanda had launched an all-out attack against India, accusing it of interfering in the country’s internal affairs – something that rubbed New Delhi the wrong way.

The tirade continued for some months before he finally realised that it’s far more prudent to be on the good books of the mandarins of South Block. The change of heart was also at the prodding of his friends in Beijing who advised him to mend fences with New Delhi.

Soon, he started pronouncing his love for India and tried hard to make a trip and meet the “masters” he had once targeted. But given his tendency to change stances at the drop of a hat, neither New Delhi nor its embassy in Kathmandu paid any attention to his desire.

In 2011, another Maoist-led government headed by Baburam Bhattarai (considered by some as pro-India) came to power. The rise of his vice-chairman to the top post caused much heartburn and Prachanda became more eager than ever to make amends.

But his dream of a Delhi visit remained just that. Last year his party removed the ‘enemy number one’ tag it had given to the southern neighbour and reiterated commitment to multiparty democracy and progressive nationalism. Things started changing after that.

Happy at finally making the trip, Prachanda tried to convince all and sundry in New Delhi that he and his party are not against India. In fact he declared that his party wants Nepal-India relations to become the best example of bilateral ties anywhere.

It’s easier to build bridges burnt earlier than to fix a trust deficit. It will remain to be seen whether New Delhi believes him or waits for results of the next election to make its views a bit more transparent than it usually does in its Nepal dealings.

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5 Responses to “Trying to rebuild bridges burnt earlier”
  1. JJJackxon says:

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    Here’s hoping for the best.

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  2. Vandana says:

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  3. Dirgha raj Prasai says:

    Respected Editor and Readers !
    Why Indian leaders could not understand the conspirator roles of Nepalese Maoist. I am not biased on Nepalese Maoists, but due to the double standered, confused and nefarious activities of Maoists we Nepalese people are very offended. Then, without analyzing assumptions, why have the Indian leaders supported the Nepalese Maoist’s hypocrisy? The Indian Govt. and its diplomats should realize their diplomatic mistakes that the level of anti-Indian sentiment, has been increasing in Nepal and in all over the world.
    I am sorry to write that the fact is that during the insurgency in Nepal the Nepalese Maoists, enjoyed the Indian soil as safe shelter and also received enough funds and underground trainings for its fighters for arms and explosives in the Indian camps. Through the 12-point agreement, India became a decisive factor to remove the institution of monarchy with the help of the Nepali Maoist, which was declared terrorists by India. India played a double game while dealing with terrorism. India is a democratic nation, but, why Indian Govt, and leaders bucking the irresponsible anarchist force-the Maoists? The Maoist leaders Prachanda and Baburam Bhattarai both are destructive, nonsense and irresponsible confused. Actually, the Nepalese Maoists are using their agendas and are opening a ‘Pandora’s Box’- a one-party communist anarchism. They never believe the democratic system. Then why India invited the nonsense the Maoist leader Prachanda to bust-up his criminal and corrupts ego?
    Nepal and India do not want any kind of communist authoritarianism; they aspire only to full democracy. The concerns of both countries are political stability, peace and good governance. The Maoist was against the multiparty system led to the deaths of 15,000 Nepali people. Infrastructures costing billions were vandalized and burned. Later with the support of Indian intelligence Wing (RAW) and some leaders of ‘Congress I’ a joint front comprising of Maoist, Nepali Congress and UML was formed for people’s uprising in 2006. As there were attempts to turn the agitation violent an agreement was reached with the King on April 24, 2006. After the uprising, according to the constitution-1990, Nepali Congress leader Girija Prasad Koirala became the Prime Minister with the support of Maoist and UML among other political parties. After sometime, they misused the agreement-2006 with the King and then they betrayal the agreement with the king and they followed the path of RAW and CIA to destroy Nepalese unity, prestige and identities.
    The proposal of trilateral cooperation between India, Nepal and China is itself imaginary that is proposed by the UCPN (Maoist) chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda.” Indian intention on Nepal is very suspicious and India hesitates to work with Nepal and China. Without home work, the Maoist leader Prachanda expressed recklessly, because he is always in confusion. The visit of China is also meaningless. Actually, the Nepalese Maoist leader Prachanda and Baburam Bhattarai don’t hesitate to send Nepal and India into battle. So, it is remarkable that crows are never the white for washing.
    Indian former diplomats-Sham Saran- former Indian ambassador and former foreign Secretary of India (who is widely credited with bringing the present instability in Nepal), and the president- Sive Shankar Mukharejee, former foreign minister, KB Rajan- former Indian ambassador Rakesh Sood- former ambassador, present ambassador Jayanta Prasad, Prof.SD Muni (RAW strategist) and other officials who not only blundered in their assessment of the Maoists but also did much harm to Indian’s interests in Nepal. Indian Govt. should be punished these diplomat including- Jayanta Prasad-the dubious diplomat who had and has invited anarchism and instability in this zone.
    The Maoist leaders have been known as the brokers of Christians in the name of revolutionary force. Dr. Baburam Bhattarai is the supporter of the Catholic- Christian as Indian Congress I leader, Sonia Gandhi. Prachanda is himself a follower of Protestantism. This is now clear that CIA, the Christian mission and European nations including Norway had and have been offering huge economic supports to break Hindu and Buddhist in Nepal and India.
    Maoist boasts about being secular has attacked the culture, tradition and moved in contravention to exiting rules by appointing priests in Pashupatinath Temple. It revoked its earlier decision after witnessing people’s revolt and accepted the past mistake. This drama has revealed the dual character of Prachanda.
    The Maoist’s tactic is to kill the basic notion of democracy-‘Check and Balance’ and the incompetent and nonsense party leaders-Congress and UML also are going to support the agenda of Maoist. The traitors are trying to ruin the basic democratic concept of check and balance- major state organs-’Judiciary, Executive and Legislature. CJ Khilraj Regmi has no sense in politics but he accepted the PM post unconstitutionally by the support of Maoist. This is great blunder of the CJ Khilraj Regmi to deceive the norms of judiciary.
    Then why India is supporting these evils forces? We request to all Indian leaders to disregard such criminality. Because, wolves lose their teeth but not change their nature. Similarly, the Maoists also never change their criminal attitude.
    In fact, after the experiment of the term of the Constituent Assembly, it automatically dissolves and becomes defunct. The existence of the political parties was accepted as per the 1990 constitution; in this sense the 1990 constitution is seen as the legal parent of the political parties. It was established by the 1990 constitution viewing the people as sovereign. The 1990 constitution has regained full legitimacy. According to the precedent of international court verdict, the dissolution of the interim constitution will automatically revive and activate the constitutional monarchy, multiparty parliamentary system and all other organs and institutions under 1990 constitution. So, Indian Govt. and leaders should forward his suggestion for the sake of constitutionalism in Nepal to restore the 1990 Constitution with constitutional monarchy for the goodness of Nepal and India.
    Thank you
    All the best
    Diorgha Raj Prasai
    Kathmandu.

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  4. Dirgha raj Prasai says:

    Respected Editor and Readers !
    Why Indian leaders could not understand the conspirator roles of Nepalese Maoist. I am not biased on Nepalese Maoists, but due to the double stander, confused and nefarious activities of Maoists we Nepalese people are very offended. Then, without analyzing assumptions, why have the Indian leaders supported the Nepalese Maoist’s hypocrisy? The Indian Govt. and its diplomats should realize their diplomatic mistakes that the level of anti-Indian sentiment, has been increasing in Nepal and in all over the world.
    I am sorry to write that the fact is that during the insurgency in Nepal the Nepalese Maoists, enjoyed the Indian soil as safe shelter and also received enough funds and underground trainings for its fighters for arms and explosives in the Indian camps. Through the 12-point agreement, India became a decisive factor to remove the institution of monarchy with the help of the Nepali Maoist, which was declared terrorists by India. India played a double game while dealing with terrorism. India is a democratic nation, but, why Indian Govt, and leaders bucking the irresponsible anarchist force-the Maoists? The Maoist leaders Prachanda and Baburam Bhattarai both are destructive, nonsense and irresponsible confused. Actually, the Nepalese Maoists are using their agendas and are opening a ‘Pandora’s Box’- a one-party communist anarchism. They never believe the democratic system. Then why India invited the nonsense the Maoist leader Prachanda to bust-up his criminal and corrupts ego?
    Nepal and India do not want any kind of communist authoritarianism; they aspire only to full democracy. The concerns of both countries are political stability, peace and good governance. The Maoist was against the multiparty system led to the deaths of 15,000 Nepali people. Infrastructures costing billions were vandalized and burned. Later with the support of Indian intelligence Wing (RAW) and some leaders of ‘Congress I’ a joint front comprising of Maoist, Nepali Congress and UML was formed for people’s uprising in 2006. As there were attempts to turn the agitation violent an agreement was reached with the King on April 24, 2006. After the uprising, according to the constitution-1990, Nepali Congress leader Girija Prasad Koirala became the Prime Minister with the support of Maoist and UML among other political parties. After sometime, they misused the agreement-2006 with the King and then they betrayal the agreement with the king and they followed the path of RAW and CIA to destroy Nepalese unity, prestige and identities.
    The proposal of trilateral cooperation between India, Nepal and China is itself imaginary that is proposed by the UCPN (Maoist) chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda.” Indian intention on Nepal is very suspicious and India hesitates to work with Nepal and China. Without home work, the Maoist leader Prachanda expressed recklessly, because he is always in confusion. The visit of China is also meaningless. Actually, the Nepalese Maoist leader Prachanda and Baburam Bhattarai don’t hesitate to send Nepal and India into battle. So, it is remarkable that crows are never the white for washing.
    Indian former diplomats-Sham Saran- former Indian ambassador and former foreign Secretary of India (who is widely credited with bringing the present instability in Nepal), and the president- Sive Shankar Mukharejee, former foreign minister, KB Rajan- former Indian ambassador Rakesh Sood- former ambassador, present ambassador Jayanta Prasad, Prof.SD Muni (RAW strategist) and other officials who not only blundered in their assessment of the Maoists but also did much harm to Indian’s interests in Nepal. Indian Govt. should be punished these diplomat including- Jayanta Prasad-the dubious diplomat who had and has invited anarchism and instability in this zone.
    The Maoist leaders have been known as the brokers of Christians in the name of revolutionary force. Dr. Baburam Bhattarai is the supporter of the Catholic- Christian as Indian Congress I leader, Sonia Gandhi. Prachanda is himself a follower of Protestantism. This is now clear that CIA, the Christian mission and European nations including Norway had and have been offering huge economic supports to break Hindu and Buddhist in Nepal and India.
    Maoist boasts about being secular has attacked the culture, tradition and moved in contravention to exiting rules by appointing priests in Pashupatinath Temple. It revoked its earlier decision after witnessing people’s revolt and accepted the past mistake. This drama has revealed the dual character of Prachanda.
    The Maoist’s tactic is to kill the basic notion of democracy-‘Check and Balance’ and the incompetent and nonsense party leaders-Congress and UML also are going to support the agenda of Maoist. The traitors are trying to ruin the basic democratic concept of check and balance- major state organs-’Judiciary, Executive and Legislature. CJ Khilraj Regmi has no sense in politics but he accepted the PM post unconstitutionally by the support of Maoist. This is great blunder of the CJ Khilraj Regmi to deceive the norms of judiciary.
    Then why India is supporting these evils forces? We request to all Indian leaders to disregard such criminality. Because, wolves lose their teeth but not change their nature. Similarly, the Maoists also never change their criminal attitude.
    In fact, after the experiment of the term of the Constituent Assembly, it automatically dissolves and becomes defunct. The existence of the political parties was accepted as per the 1990 constitution; in this sense the 1990 constitution is seen as the legal parent of the political parties. It was established by the 1990 constitution viewing the people as sovereign. The 1990 constitution has regained full legitimacy. According to the precedent of international court verdict, the dissolution of the interim constitution will automatically revive and activate the constitutional monarchy, multiparty parliamentary system and all other organs and institutions under 1990 constitution. So, Indian Govt. and leaders should forward his suggestion for the sake of constitutionalism in Nepal to restore the 1990 Constitution with constitutional monarchy for the goodness of Nepal and India.
    Thank you
    All the best
    Dirgha Raj Prasai
    Kathmandu.

    [Reply]

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