JAN 17 - Supreme save
Thank goodness for the Supreme Court’s order to resume the probe into Dekendra Thapa’s case (“PM, Attorney General get apex court slap in the face,” January 16, Page 1). The only way that this country can continue to function as a democracy is with an end to impunity. But when the PM himself is obstructing the path of justice, then what else can the people do except ask that he resign?
Our Supreme Court is indeed very conservative when it comes to many issues, but the order to resume the investigations into Dekendra’s case is probably the best call it has taken in a long time. However, while journalists are up in arms over Dekendra’s case, they should be careful to not only vilify the current PM, his party and their men, but also hold accountable other actors who were involved in similar atrocities during the decade-long civil conflict. It’s important to know that the state is not the only faction guilty of protecting criminals in this country—all the political parties, bureaucracy and state security forces have similar skeletons in their closets too.
The ‘slap in the face’ raises people’s hope and belief that rule of law is still alive in this country. But more serious legal steps need to be taken to stop the further deterioration of Nepali politics which could lead to the collapse of our nationhood.
The Kathmandu Post online
Salute to the judiciary. Rule of law must be followed—whether one is dealing with a labourer, politician or the prime minister himself. To prove that rule of law can prevail, there is an urgent need to address all conflict-related cases, especially those of a serious nature like the case of journalist Dekendra Thapa. No one is above the law
The Kathmandu Post Online
Stretching dead rubber
It’s completely useless to go on giving deadlines for when consensus should be struck and fresh polls conducted (“Ruling parties to ask Prez to stop setting consensus PM deadlines,” January 15, Page 1). Deadlines are just like rubber in Nepal which can be stretched infinitely until finally it breaks apart. It seems that is the direction the country is headed. If deadlines continue to be disobeyed and pushed back, then eventually the entire system will fall apart. It’s time the political class, including President Ram Baran Yadav, realised this.
President Ram Baran Yadav has wisely kicked the ball back into the court of the republican parties (“Prez puts the ball in parties’ court,” January 16, Page 1).They can now keep the ball or give it away as gift to anyone they fancy. Why should the President be bothered? What has he got to lose? It is the parties that will lose. As it is they have already lost the key, and they can happily bear with the loss of a ball. No wonder, it seems we are heading towards the glorious days of mythical Bharat, who swearing allegiance to his big brother, ruled the country for fourteen years under the supreme command of the latter’s pair of used wooden flip flops.
Baburam Bhattarai’ unwillingness to step down is the root cause of all political turmoil now (“Dekendra murder: PM says plot afoot,” January 15, Page 2). One after another, each one of our political leaders are turning out to be power-hungry maniacs. Vested interests are the reason for all the trouble and the lack of rule of law in the country. The whole Dekendra saga, and the PM’s reaction to the arrest of the accused, is unlike anything I have heard of anywhere in the world. Where on earth are PM Bhattarai’s morals?
Posted on: 2013-01-18 09:19