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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Aafnai Maal Kharab (आफ्नै माल खराब)

February 10, 2008

[The news of the Nepal government handing (Dr) Amit Kumar over to the Indian government has been on the headlines of all the newspapers and News-flash of all the television stations. I am not well acquainted with legal aspect of this sort of extradition so I really can not comment on this.]

But – आफ्नै माल खराब !
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We like Momo – II

February 5, 2008

Momo

(Pic by Bikash Karki/Kantipur)


Papa, papa, they are making fun of me!

January 16, 2008

No one from our own party members are bothered with what you bestowed me with, but why the hell are these smartass loudmouth duee paisey neta haru are after me like a mouse after a cat!

Leaders of all other six parties in the SPA except Nepali Congress (NC) demanded that NC must give clarification on Minister Koirala’s statements which ‘violated the spirit of the interim constitution’.

Source: The Kathmandu Post – Jan 15, 2008

Metaphorical, stupid people, it’s completely metaphorical.

Speaking in Biratnagar at her first press meet since being appointed a minister on Sunday, the Prime Minister Koirala’s daughter had defended the institution of the crown saying that ‘it stood for the national identity of Nepal’.

Source: The Kathmandu Post – Jan 15, 2008

Tell them na Papa. Yes, I was talking about the institution of crown but did I say Shah’s crown? I meant the Koirala Institution. You are happy that I said that, no Papa?


Minster without Portfolio

January 13, 2008

Sujata Koirala

I haven’t checked the world history but I can assume that the concept of “Minister without Portfolio” is a joke. A joke you can not laugh to but you can only raise your right eyebrow and say aloud “MwP? WTF!”

MwP. There’s no responsibility and there’s no work. There’s no department and there’s no office. However, there’s a salary. Yes, salary and No work. Seems like a lot of fun to me.

You can say whatever you want to, and no one is going to hold you accountable. Well, in a country where no one from the ministers, to legislatures, to public authorities are never hold accountable, MwP holds even a respectable position.

Ok, wait.

I did goggle on this. This happens in other nations too. And here’s one good definition of MwP.

I quote the site here: Link

In practice, there are two kinds of ministers without portfolio. Some are very senior politicians whose advice is valuable at the cabinet table, and so broadly useful that it’s not seen to be worthwhile to force them to specialize to the extent a particular ministry would demand.

Others actually do have particular responsibilities, generally as senior spokespeople for their governments on particular issues, but in areas that don’t require the attention of a complete ministry, or that are scattered across several ministries. Many European countries have ministers without portfolio responsible for dealing with the European Union, for instance.

Sujata Koirala

So, politically speaking, Sujata Koirala
a) must be a very senior politician whose ADVICE is invaluable to the cabinet of the ministers or
b) has some “responsible” responsibility in reality.

So the very next day, after being sworn in the oath of office and secrecy by Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala (her father), Minister Sujata Koirala (his daughter) starts ranting about why monarchy is essential in the country. ADVICE, you see.

P.S.

Her appointment as an MwP is just an example of securing the Koirala Dynasty’s absolute dominance in the Nepali politics. Why not! This has been THE trend in the South Asian countries for ages. It’s been reported that no one in the senior leadership and party members was consulted about this “democratic” move. If this does not wake the tight-lipped party leaders and young party workers, no one can predict – what will.

Soon, we will have her as the Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic “New” Nepal.

(Both pics by Bikash Karki/NPA/Kantipur)