India Intelligence Report

   Nepal’s Unstable Roadmap to Peace


Nepal’s Maoist terrorist leader “Pachanda” announced that he would lead his group in negotiations with the other members of the Seven Party Alliance (SPA) in a roadmap that that has disaster written on every bit of it. In further terrorist placating moves, Nepal Prime Minister G.P. Koirala dismissed several senior Government functionaries including the Chief Secretary, chiefs of three security agencies, and 6 other senior security officials. 

This is exactly what the terrorists wanted and Koirala has granted his country to them on a silver platter. By getting rid of intelligence officials who had studied terrorist moves, developed intelligence assets within the terrorist organizations, and also built an intelligence network in the country, Koirala’s Government will devoid of any information on the movement of terrorists. Koirala had previously recalled Ambassadors to several nations, including India, in a move that would make him look strong and standing up to King Gnanendra. With the moves to dismiss these senior officers, Koirala most certainly seem to be independent of the King but a puppet of the terrorists.

Pachanda warned the SPA of any counter-revolutionary moves and also that he and his cohorts will be ready to bring to “lead another public rising” again. In terrorist speak, it means that he is willing and able to bring his organizations’ nasty violence back to the lives of poor Nepalese population.

Meanwhile, the SPA was also talking about steps that would curb the powers of the king. While specifics were not being mentioned, they rambled on about cutting the purse to Gnanendra from the treasury, asking him to pay taxes, and measures such as administering the oath to offices from the Parliament and not the palace. Starting the last new last tradition, the House of Representatives unanimously elected lawyer and former Law and Parliamentary Minister Subhash Nembang the Speaker of the House and also administered the oath to him in the Parliament. 

These measures are not just good Constitutional practices but also fiscally responsible steps. It also provides a hint in the direction in which Nepalese Parliamentarians are thinking—to cut down Gnanendra into a Constitutional Head sort of role and divest all administrative powers from him. The only question is whether this would include the Royal Nepal Army (RNA), which is currently under the control of the King. 

The RNA is fiercely loyal to Gnanendra and does not trust the naïve and corrupt politicians. Besides, with most of the police force in Nepal being former Nepali Congress cadres, a clash in charter, ego, and negotiating space is inevitable. The RNA will also be guarded in how it will be treated with the terrorists being part of the SPA.