A clear example was Sher Bahadur Deuba’s hesitancy to terminate any association of the monarchy with the army by revoking his post of ‘supreme commander-in-chief’. Today, people are spontaneously out in the streets venting anger while the party sits in yet another meeting to decide which names are to be proposed for what portfolios in the current cabinet.
It is disheartening to know that some of our recently re-instated members of parliament are demanding removal of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority’s (CIAA) chief Surya Nath Upadhyay.
I am infuriated by the appointment of Ram Sharan Mahat as the finance minister. By appointing a person who has miserably failed thrice in the most important portfolio of the country, Girija has insulted the Nepali people.
On February 23rd, 1981, the Spanish parliament was stormed by 200 armed troops of the Civil Guard, a paramilitary group within the army. The soldiers fired in the air and held about 350 MPs hostage for 18 hours. They wanted King Juan Carlos to assume absolute power.
The spring flower is saddened at the season’s end.
For none had thought to stop and smell her.
The breath of life, sparsely remembered still causes the hearts of all to beat
There will be more chaos as we can’t please Maoist no matter what. They want to establish Maoism – who can tolerate that? There will be new constitution – but a lot will happen before that. The tough road is election of constituent assembly which is not possible without Maoist participation and Maoists never believe in free and fair election. They want “unconditional” constituent assembly election. That means government needs to hold election while the Maoist continue to do killing and extortion.
A very plausible solution is to offer voluntary retirement to the security forces. As it is, many want to leave the forces. If they are provided with a good incentive, they will opt for foreign employment or work for private security firms. Incentives could include monetary help as well as vocational training for alternative professions. However, given the limited number of jobs in both the domestic and foreign markets and the fierce competition, this solution will not in itself provide a total solution, but may greatly help in reducing the numbers.