Is Gyanendra driving Nepal to the ground?

Well, it appears so

When the Indian prime minister met Nepal’s King Gyanendra in Jakarta last week, it looked as if the iciness that had crept in bilateral relations since February’s palace coup had finally ended: Nepal would get the much-needed military assistance, in return for a firm commitment to a quick return to constitutional rule. Or so it seemed.

But even as Dr Manmohan Singh’s decision to resume military aid began to run into rough weather with his Leftist coalition partners, reports appeared that the Nepalese authorities had, in the dead of the night, taken former prime minister Sher Bahadur Deuba into custody on corruption charges. As far as the sense of timing goes, this is as bad as it gets.

Beyond just poor judgement though, the timing of Deuba’s arrest means one or both of the following: first, there are elements within Gyanendra’s regime that are keen to scuttle any rapprochement with India; and second, Gyanendra himself is playing a very different game — one that is extremely risky for himself and for his country.

With this latest development, the ball is firmly back in the king’s court. He must come out unambiguously in favour of a quick, time-bound return to constitutional rule. It is absurd for his anti-corruption watchdogs to target political corruption when the state itself is being challenged by Maoist rebels.

Gyanendra does not deserve the benefit of the doubt. India must now insist on advance delivery by Gyanendra — including the release all politicians from prison and lifting of the civil emergency in Kathmandu and key cities — before it resumes military assistance. Those diplomatic hard-hitters must be called in immediately.

6 thoughts on “Is Gyanendra driving Nepal to the ground?”

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  2. Nitin:

    Why does it matter that Nepal return to democracy? Its citizens don’t seem to care about it either way. So what’s is India’s dog in this fight?

  3. It’s the MAOISTS that are driving into the ground!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    The military aid to Nepal must be restored. India will be very sorry should the maoists come to power due to our moral hypocrisy and shabby treatment of the King.

  4. Nepali do not care or think of India. For them India is good for nothing nosey neighbour. Indian aids arms or anythig dose not matter to Nepal. India is just trying to air her self.

  5. Stop India from Exporting Terrorism to Nepal

    India has been creating economical as well as politician problems for the last 58 years it has become Independent from the British. Nepal wanted to become trade free zone just like Singapore, it pressurized Nepal to abandon the idea. It wanted to turn to market economy 20 years ago but India forced it to have high custom tariff. India is building dams in the border area to flood Lumbini the birth place of Lard Buddha so no tourist will visit this submerge area.

    Nepal has to endure Indian arm twisting because it is landlocked so it has to use Indian port for sea cargo. It took ten years to convince India to allow Nepal to link India port with railway and another three years for the train to star service after completion of the railway link. Even after 15 years the railway link in not functioning properly. India has denied Nepal right of transits numerous times and dictating its terms on Nepal economy, as a result it is now one of the poorest country in the world. Now Indian foreign minister is threatening Nepal that it has leverage against Nepal which is noting but Nepal geographical compulsion to ship cargo through India.

    India has been exporting terrorism to its neighbouring countries to keeps these countries in line to the Indian wishes. Terrorism as been the inbuilt nature of Indian politics. An Indian Prime Minister was killed in office resulting from hobnobbing with terrorist. Mr. Rajib Ghandi who supported and armed one of the deadliest terrorist LITTE against Sri Lanka and as result was killed by them. In 1985 it armed and trained Ramraja P. Singh in India to conduct various terrorism activities in Nepal the result was several innocent civilian were killed.

    After fourteen years of corruption and misrule King of Nepal has taken a popular step and assumed direct rule. The result has been positive. Whith the polular support of the general public peace in returing to the countyr. Kathmandu has seen three months without bombing or innocent people being killed. It this the first time in diced three months have gone without any kind of forced strikes in Kathmandu and other towns of the country. Gradually situation in becoming normal in the country side.

    Normal Nepal has chance of being out of grip of India. So now India in supporting terrorist Nepal Communist Party (Maoist) to fight against the Nepal Army. It is repeating the same story it did with Sri Lanka. Recently several terrorist how have red corner notice from the Interpol have been reported holding meetings with Indian Intelligence Agency and Politicians. India is planning to arm and train terrorist to teach Nepal a lesson.

    You can help Nepal in this hour of crisis, please sign and forwad below email to President George W. Bush and a copy to Vice President Richard Cheney. Their email address are
    President George W. Bush: president@whitehouse.gov
    Vice President Richard Cheney: vice.president@whitehouse.gov

    Dear Mr. President George W. Bush

    After fourteen years of corruption and misrule King of Nepal has taken a popular step and assumed direct rule. The result has been positive. With the popular support of the general public peace in returning to the country. Kathmandu has seen three months without bombing or innocent people being killed. It this the first time in diced three months have gone without any kind of forced strikes in Kathmandu and other towns of the country. Gradually situation in becoming normal in the country side.

    Indian has being exporting terrorism to its neighbouring for decades. It trained and armed LITTE in Sri Lanka, MQM in Pakistan, Ramraja Singn in Nepal.

    Now India is training and arming Nepal Communist Party (Maoist) a Terrorist organization notified by the US and Nepal. Several Maoist terrorist leaders who have red corner notice from the Interpol have been reported being with high ranking Indian Intelligence Agency officials and politicians.

    Please declare India a terrorist supporting state and put sanction on this country.

    Sincerely yours

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