Dance Baby Dance – A Drama in Three Acts

November 29, 2008


Act 1: Maoist Central Committee Meeting

The central committee meeting ended inconclusively.

Party chairman Puspa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” and party’s ideologue Mohan Baidhya “Kiran” had presented two separate political proposals to determine the party’s future direction. Prachanda proposed a “Transitional Democratic Republic” model; Kiran proposed a radical “People’s Republic through Revolt” model*.

After days of meeting, the committee members could not resolve on which proposal to endorse. They are to have a discussion of the issue in the party’s general assembly, scheduled for some time next year.

At least that’s what people have been told.

Though, there’s a seeming “rift” among the Maoist central members – one for Prachanda+Baburam, another for Kiran+Gajurel. However, it was not that hard to comprehend that the rift is all but well designed propaganda, with media acting like a complete jerk.

Nepali Congress – it almost rejoiced on the news of the “rift” in the Maoist party. Opportunist, yet completely gullible!

Act 2: Maoists Cadres’ National Convention

Divided into 21 groups, some 1200 Maoist cadres got all set to discuss and finalize one of the two proposals.

Kiran’s proposal of declaring People’s Republic through a Revolt – appealed to those hard-ass-liners, radicals and extremists on the party’s frontline. Prachanda’s proposal seemed to appeal to those slightly drifting from the hardcore radicalism who had already started to grasp the idea – “you need to lick balls of the neighbors and power-nations to be in the power and when you get tired of licking balls, lick it all over again”.

So they discussed. For two days.

In the meantime, the “rift” was highlighted with jubilation in media. It was, they said, inevitable! The party is on the shameful brink of disintegration.

The designers must have had a good laugh.

Act 3: People’s Federal Democratic National Republic**

In an extraordinary turn of events, the party convention endorses Prachanda’s proposal. After five days of discussion, which had the whole nation gawking with full attention, the party cadres and central committee members agree to follow Prachanda’s proposal as the party’s future direction.

Baburam Bhattarai, thutey junga musaardai, said that the party is disintegration-proof and it will initiate its people centric work from the government, parliament and street. (What’s stopping you.. do it… please do it. Shut up and do it.)

After making everyone dance to their tune for five continuous days, the top heads ended the convention with a revolutionary exclamation mark – everyone one of them danced on the stage***.

Nothing is so delightful than a successful drama – a well executed and directed farce in three acts.

* The concept seems as ridiculous as the first ever wall president of Republic of Nepal – Prachanda. Kiran should be out of his mind. His proposal: People’s Republic through Revolt? Revolt – what revolt! His party is in the government, for Hanumaan’s sake! Has any one heard of any government revolting against itself? Revolt – for whom? for what? Ruling party revolting against what?

It beats me with its profound idiocy. The concept is palin stupid. Period.

** Somehow, it’s going to be hard for kids remembering our country’s name:
PFDNR of Nepal.



Maoists’ Ass in the Sling

October 19, 2008

“Why the hell these Maobadi are so fidgety after returning from America?”

My colleague is furious today. We usually talk about computer, photography, girls, momo and simple stuffs. Rarely do we indulge in politics and politicians. But today, he is furious.

“Why do they want Nepali Congress so desperately to join the government? Why do they feel their asses in the sling with Nepali Congress in the opposition?”

Normally, I would have tried to respond to his queries and share my opinions. Today, I just want to listen to him. He is almost double the age than I am. He is a good guy. Ingenuous. Good hearted. Smiling. Jovial while having conversation. A friend. A father. Hardworking. Responsible. Wise.

He is also a bit skeptical and not so optimistic about the new government, led by the CPN Maoist.

“The so called revolutionary budget, it has not been even endorsed by the Constituent Assembly yet. Muji haru, what are they (CA members) doing all these months? Getting fat like pig on 40 thousand worth check every month?”

Oh, this must have really ticked him off today. I simply nod my head side ways. “Tehi ta bhanya”.

I am really not sure whether the budget proposal drafted by Finance Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai has been passed through the Legislature Parliament (presently, the CA is also the Legislature Parliament in our case). But, yeah the 601 CA members must be having fun all along. No work. Yes salary. Total fun. And now that the Indian government has donated buses to transport the CA members to and fro the CA Building (the BICC), there should be nothing except fun.

A glass of milk tea ordered from the canteen is resting magnificently on his table. It’s getting colder; his indignation, the otherwise. Cold tea, however, is not bothering him right now.

“Who is going to trust these Maobadi? America still lists Maoist as terrorist. World Bank and donor nations have been hurling money to Nepal only because of such sorry-ass state the country is in. And they will keep on doing that to some extent – no matter which party leads the government. Out of pity, out of compulsion – not out of generosity. But how the heck Baburam imagined foreign donation and financial assistances to cover almost half of his revolutionary budget?”

I admit that it’s not possible. His tirade continues.

“And now they are changing the name of the party. What the heck for? What sort of revolutionary farce is this now? Donations as expected not coming? Why so shaky after the US visit? Why do they need Nepali Congress in the coalition now?”

Khoi khoi. That’s a lot of questions whose answers I am really unclear about. Everything just remains to be seen. Just wait and see.

“They say their ultimate goal is People’s Republic and they start their people centric campaign by treating the street-vendors like lowlife criminals.”

He bursts out into short faint laughter. Sardonic. Acerbic. “Be prepared for a glorious nation of the People’s Republic of Nepal”.

His tea, by this time, is almost cold.

A New Animal Farm – A New Nepal

August 24, 2008
The Pigs

The Pigs

Part I

Even though the book Animal Farm (by George Orwell, 1946) had been laying on the table for time immemorial, I never had the urge to pick it up until recently. I had listened to “Animals’ album by Pink Floyd (released, 1977) for countless times and knew that it was a conceptual album heavily inspired by Orwell’s Animal Farm. (It’s a great music, by the way.) Even then, I had never thought about reading the book yet.

Some say, better late than never. And, eventually, I read the book – on one sitting! And, it has been a great revelation… sort of Biblical revelation!

In a style of a fable, the book tells the story of the fall of the Tsar Autocracy and rise of Communism in Soviet Russia during the period of early to the mid 1990s. Orwell uses specific animals to represent the rulers, Communist leaders and the working class people – as pigs (wily, corrupt and tyrannical leaders), attack-dogs (brute force, military), sheep (general people – blind followers) and horses (the working class which rarely raises any question).

The book – in simple and fable-style, illustrates the story of the rise of the Socialism (as formulated by Karl Mark or Lenin), the seeming prosperity through struggle of working class people always aspiring for better future and then the acute failure of Socialism as the ruling class (Communist party leaders) becomes power-hungry, corrupted and despotic.

However, I find the book as not just a satire on the Communism and the Soviet Russia. It was/is a satire against all the despotic totalitarian regimes – communism or capitalism – with rigid institutional structure and class stratification of elite, rich and poor. And, ultimately, the book illustrates about how “power” always corrupts and how “greed” inevitably prevails any altruism (socialism, humanity, communism, anything).

With a little knowledge on the overall background of Soviet history under the rule of Communist party (which stared after October Revolution in 1917), the theme, characters, symbols (the Windmill, in particular) and plot of the book becomes starkly clearer. (Read the book, if you haven’t already!)

And … significantly relevant to the present day Nepal, now that we have Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) heading the government and professing their version of socialism.

Part II

You be the judge of what is going to happen here in Nepal – what you will be hearing, seeing, bearing and living through the coming two years (and probably more) of CPN Maoist’s governance in the “Federal Democratic Republic” of Nepal. Something always remains to be seen but we can assume of “harder” and “darker” days ahead with our own Nepali Napoleons, Snowballs and Squealers taking the reigns of the country’s future.

I hope I am wrong.

Strip, Rip and Burn – I

May 26, 2008

Royal Flag

Mocking the very consciousness of Republican, the royal monarchist flag is fluttering in Narayanhiti palace. That blood-smeared flag is a symbol of atrocities and oppression. That is a symbol of dynasty-ism, caste-ism, discrimination, division, darkness and superstition. That is a symbol of suppression, slavery, slaughter and plunder.

Hence, on May 28, when the republic is declared from the International Convention Center, that flag should be stripped down, ripped apart and burnt.

The question remains – will the true steps to institutionalize the ubiquitous feeling of republican begin on May 28?

By: Khagendra Sangraula
(Translated from the NayaPatrika – Monday May 26,2008.)

Nepali Democracy in Pictures: Fotobook

May 6, 2008

It’s really really really worth a gander.

Himalmedia is offering FREE downloads of 104-page Photobook that’s been described as “presenting Nepali democracy in pictures”.

Please feel free to share/forward this message to others in your networks who care about Nepal, democracy and photography . . . preferably in that order!

Download Link
(15.4 mb size)

While you are at it, here are some really interesting pics from the photobook:

1. Queen making/serving tea (or coffee whatever) to the “royal” guests. Can anyone imagine that?

King Gyanendra, Queek Komal, Prince Parash

2. Prashant Tamaga – hero of Nepali world re.. fuck that. I didn’t expect it in Himal, riding the wave of popularity for the sake of it. What’s it got to do with “Nepal, democracy and photography” ? It’s insulting for those Nepali people who didn’t vote, didn’t watch and who didn’t care.

3. Dismantling Prithivi Narayan Shah

Dismantling Prithivi Narayan Shah

4. Wire Bridge – Tuiin

Crossing by a wire

Tea, Snacks, Radio Nepal, Whisky and Coke

February 15, 2008

Radio Nepal

Any meeting or interaction with politicians presiding and speaking – is quite an entertainment. You get to see “up close and personal” the beloved leaders and it startles one’s mind into thinking -“these are the ones who will lead our nation into peace and prosperity”. One might even feel extremely blessed to be able to breathe the oxygen the leaders are breathing.

The place was the meeting hall of Radio Nepal. The occasion was the 6th anniversary of Federation of Nepalese Journalists’ Radio Nepal chapter. The program was about the “constituent assembly election and the role of Radio Nepal”. Present (initially) were – the speaker of the interim parliament – Subash Nemwang; leader of the Nepali Congress (NC) – Prakash Saran Mahat, leader of the CPN UML – Raghu Pant, leader of Rastriya Prajanta Party (RPP)- Parashu Ram Khapung, one leader of the CPN Maoist (can’t remember the name) and some other politicians. Some 200 journalists, reporters and staffs of the Radio Nepal.

So, like I said earlier, these types of interactions turn out to be a pure entertainment. NC leader Prakash Saran Mahat was the first one to speak. He stated how his party (Nepali Congress) is always in the favour of “autonomous state media” and tried in length to describe the meaning of “autonomous”. He also illustrated (tried to) how his party has never put any political pressure on the Radio Nepal.

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Tumba Induced Rebellion

January 30, 2008

Today is the Martyrs’ Day. Every year this date, we Nepali people celebrate this day honoring all those hero and immortals who gave their lives for the country, for democracy during the Rana regime, 2017, 2047 and 2063 B.S.

Incidentally, today, it’s freaking cold. And I never had Tumba. I have heard others say – tumba khaney, ani jeu tato garney! I never cared what they were saying, until today. I had this urge from deep down inside my belly to get drunk and get completely wasted. And as they say “mausaam le challenge garya cha aaja”. It’s around 3.30 PM, I am at the office room and thinking about getting drunk. Crazy!

Why not, in the name of Martyrs, drink Tumba and get drunk and get super wasted.

News Flash:

Prime Minister released a statement. And they went to the Martyr’s Memorial at Lainchowr and paid homage to the martyrs by throwing a bunch of garlands and flowers. Some also went to Shahidgate. Salutes, flowers, abir, photos and news.

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