Nepal: Ode to Revolution!

As Nepal is declared normal, I find something is clearly missing…and I thought…. People of Nepal have finally “gained victory” Although why the Crown relented appears a mystery After weeks of active resistance; in face of military excesses Took 14 deaths for the King to grant freedom to his subjects Just when I thought, a specter was almost haunting Nepal A specter of hope, and struggle to erase writings off the wall The Monarchy has now heeded to its Big Brothers in crime And the world media are already replacing remnants of grime For the comrades: before the battle is…

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Nepal: Whose side are you on?

Fellow blogger Mahesh Poudyal sent me a link indicating a hope that Nepal’s big brother might at last, have decided to take peoples’ side now! I went carefully through the Indian foreign secretary Shyam Sharan’s statements that he was alluding to. And although I certainly stand by Mahesh’ sentiments and support his enthusiasm, I may have to disagree with some of his optimism. What Sharan says in regards to Nepal is two-fold. One, he offers an apology for a diplomatic faux pas. Yes, India had officially chosen to support the twin pillar of ‘monarchy and democracy’. At least one element,…

Nepal Burning!

So who do the largest democracies of the world recognize? The power of the monarch, or the power of the people? Who do the India, USA, EU listen to? The Nepali royal’s roars, or the Nepali subjects’ pleas? Whose ways and manners the so-called civilized approve of? The gun-trotting police hounds; the abusers of basic human rights; the murderers of hapless civilians; the killers of women, children, the unemployed youth; the police dogs of a royal murderer-aggressor; the oppressors of teeming unheard millions? Or the marginalized voices long silenced; the women who refuse to anymore tolerate; the children with the…

Who is afraid of a human rights watcher?

Check this one out. Peter Bouckaert was in hell recently. At least that’s what he said. He was in Nepal. The violence continues between the Maoists and the ruling class military pets, and most people who have better things to do by dying than to take a side in this case, have fallen prey. This is a sure case for Human Rights Watch. And no wonder they have someone now who is world famous activist. With a Canon camera on hand and interviewers around and mainstream press going agog, we got Bouckaert as the celebrity now. Rolling Stone, that inimitable…