I entered the class. No sooner had I stepped in she remarked ” Oye…ma timro Wagle lai herna aako!”
Mero Wagle???!!! I don’t remember telling anyone My Wagle was coming to our college. I had put it professionally “A Kantipur journalist namely Dinesh Wagle will be here”. I wanted to clarify then and there giving a 100 reasons that he was everything but MY WAGLE!! But I couldn’t!! Hope he didn’t think that’s how I talk of his blog in college going ” Mero Afnai Wagleko blog!”Saro Rag Bhayo Ni Yaar.
At least I can explain it here. He is absolutely not my Wagle! Man, sometime ago S was asking me “How is Wagle?” Look at that, he isn’t asking anything about me but of the one he can know everything about just by typing his name in the World Wide Web. I wanted to reply “Who am I his ammi or biwi?” but I just smiled to say “He must be fine, why don’t you check out his blog, you’ll know it all.” Hope all misconceptions are clarified! Visiting someone’s blog doesn’t make him yours. If it was so then I would have long ago been Kunal aka Aslam of Rang De Basanti’s Girlfriend!! Hahahaha.What a Wonderful Thought!
Wondering why I couldn’t explain it then? It’s because Da Man was standing right behind me!!
“I am Wagle” he replied introducing himself from behind.
“Ooooh God!” she exclaimed burying her head in her hands.
An interesting start I must say.
“Dinesh Wagle, Kantipur Publications” he began the session introducing himself.
Last page, “Kala Ra Saili” (Art and Style). I coordinate the page he continued.
Dhungz sat in the third bench beside the window; I sat in the middle and Jaz to my right next to the aisle. National College, Bachelors in Development Studies, II year, II semester Section B that is where we were.
Clad in a clean white t-shirt with “Batsyayan’s Barbs” written on it, clean shaven, spectacled light brown eyes Mr Dinesh stood in front of our class. Man, He is in our Class! I took my time to convince myself that this was indeed happening right in front of my eyes, and in this very lifetime!!! Wondering why I had difficulty accepting the fact? Hahahahaha, because that was the craziest thing I Ever Did in My Life! Not again, that’s a Promise to myself. But who knows? There is no limit to how crazy you can get, not when you have around 40 years more to live according to the average life expectancy of this nation. 🙂
He wanted to know the youth or “Tanneri” perspective on the ongoing peace process, the high level talk between Girija Prasad Koirala and Prachanda, role of SPA and stuff.
“It is the need of the time”Asish began. With the Maoist out of the jungle, the end of Royal regime and the sidelined political parties the country faced a political deadlock. The Maoist wanted a safe landing so it was to happen. I think we are heading towards a positive direction but the parties haven’t done the required homework for the entire process.”
But the Maoists have been seen to be pretty flexible haven’t they? He asked and clarified himself talking of the Maoists giving up thier stance on a full fledged republic moving on to Contituent Assembly and then even giving up their demand for a party conference. “That’s the catch,” Pradhyumna replied. “Why so flexible all of a sudden?” he expressed his concern. “But isn’t that what we all want?” Aastha turned to her left to ask Pradhyumna “The Maoist to be flexible. I don’t see any place for doubt.”
Conflict has affected everyone of us in some way or the other. So, what occurs to you anytime you listen to the news about the peace process, what does it mean to you? He asked indicating Dhungz for an answer. “Well obviously we have all been affected by conflict. We were the SLC batch whose gave exams with the army guarding our centers. But the way out for lasting peace as I see it is the new constitution to be made. It should be such that each an every individual of this country regardless of the caste, gender, religious differences should be able to find themselves represented in the constitution.”
“I think the Maoist is the catalyst behind this entire peace process. The SPA has been preoccupied with petty matters. They are delaying the entire Constituent Assembly process. They lack flexibility and I even think that this talk is some kind of show for them.” Sumeera voiced her thoughts.
“So does that mean you support the Maoists?” he asked.
“Personally speaking yes” she replied.
“I support their principles but am against the violent way they act” Asish replied.
Everyone agreed with him. “They have a clear vision unlike the parties” was what we all thought.
Yet, I sometimes can’t help wonder if all this flexibility shown by Maoist is only to capture Kathmandu? Jaz said.
‘What can they get by capturing Kathmandu?” Asish asked. “After all it is the mainstream politics they want to be in. I don’t agree with it” he replied.
“Prachanda has already told that they are here because they aren’t capable of attacking Kathmandu.” He added.
So, if you if you were Prachanda how would you bargain in this peace process?
It was Asish again “I would agree to hand over the arms to the UN first”
” I think what most perceive of arms management is that it is only the Maoist’s arms that needs to be managed. But what about the state. Now, if the Maoist is to give up arms like Prachanda said it would be like surrender for them. Why would they agree to it? He asked.
“The state arms have formal records but it isn’t so in the Maoist case. That’s why we need it.”
Here is what the Mathew Kahane had to say about arms management he explained: firstly UN would be helping Nepal to write a Cease Fire Agreement as the current one is not proper. Secondly they would make a record of all the weapons in possession of both the government as well as Maoist. It is easier to track down government records but in case of Maoist it will be a difficult thing to do. And thirdly seal all the weapons of both the state and Maoist. There will be three keys one in the possession of the government, next with the Maoist and the third one with the UN. For the lock to open all the three keys will be required. Do you think this is the best way to manage arms? or do you have any alternatives?
I think it is good but not a pragmatic approach, too time consuming ” Jaz replied.
‘Now if all the weapons are kept under lock and key, how can you ensure security in the nation? Some weapons have to be with the security force.” Asish replied. He took the word out of my mouth.
“The Maoist proclaims that they are the state too.They talk of the “Purano Satta” (old regime) and the “New Satta” (new regime) and they have a separate army too. Wouldn’t they want arms too? How can we do that? How can you ensure a fair and free Contituent Assembly election?
“I think we can have 50-50 presence of both the army and the Maoist in all the areas where elections are being held.” Suman spoke out.
‘But how is that possible? The State has a huger army.”
” I doubt how much control the state has over the army in the first place?” Pradhyumna said.
” Yes, no sooner Prachanda talked of reducing the army number the army chief issued a statement they vehemently disagreed with what he had to say and there was clash of ideas when the Maoist leader talked of the army being a good for nothing but only raping women and torturing people. If it is under the SPA why do they not speak for it?”
Bikash held a different view on the arms managament issue. “It’s not about keeping the arms under lock and key. It is more of gaining the trust of the people that no future armed conflict will occur in the nation. We met a Maoist Commander in Jiri and what he said was they could always make weapons on thier own as they had the skill and resource. So, do you think there will be no arms?”
“That trust is an emotional thing” we said. “We could handle the army like Gagan Thapa said by making Baburam Bhattarai the Home Minister itselft” Asish suggested. Anyways everyone agreed to the Mathew Kahane version of arms mangament though a long, long process.
So what do you think of the Maoist being in the Interim Government?
“How can they be in the Old regime and new regime at the same time?” Asish said. We nodded our heads in agreement. “They should give up their stance of having a second state in the country first.”
“But I think they should have been included from the very beginning,” someone said. “After all the should have equal say in the political process and they would have a pressure to act more responsibly once in the government. Maybe even give up their Old and new regime differentiation and act more committed to the 8 point agreement as well.
We The People Talking About Politics and Football Pic by Wag
Asish gave a fine answer to “What is Constituent Assembly?” question. ” Pachas barsa dekhi ko pyas tara.. marabhumi ko mrigatrisna..” he said and we applauded for him.
The debate heated with the mention of going for a Constitutional Monarchy or heading for a Democratic Republic. The majority was for constitutional monarchy. Absolutely powerless was the logic. “But isn’t the tag “Raja” or king itself a sign of power?” Diwas asked.
“Now if we are to entangle with words, why Ratrapati ?” Neelima replied back. “Let’s talk of the provisions”.
“Nepal isn’t ready for such a drastic change’.
“Ok change is a gradual process but that doesn’t mean we should be opting for something wrong just because change takes time.” Sameeta fired back.
“Then what do you plan to do with the Royal family then?” any ideas? The CM supporters asked the non-supporters. It wasn’t replied.
“Yes we don’t want to see Paras as the King. Let them be plain citizens. We decide their lifestyle, we decide on everything. Let’s try them in the court for their atrocities but they will be there. Plain Namesake. We can’t be killing them?”
“Haven’t we seen what happened in the last 250 years?”
“We learn from mistakes. Power provisions brought problems. No power no problem.”
“In the end that is what Nepal’s political system will be like Democratic Republic. Maybe after 50 years, but not right now.”
The session ended.
Let’s talk football then. What do you find more interesting? He asked. Football or Politics?
“Politics” was the first answer.Its an everyday football. One day and so much change. Male voices started debating on it later.
So, who do you think will win the world cup?
“Argentina”, some said. “Germany” others replied. “Brazil’ was an unstated choice.
Then it was photo session in front of our world cup posters in class.
Man, he took soooooooo many pics that we almost died of posing and faking it all.
“Photo birsera Samabedana ko muni publish hola” Suman joked.
“Ya the headline might be Flash Dwara Hatya” I added.
We laughed, we grinned, we faked a smile, we made queer faces, raised our fore fingers to signify we were one and united, did this, did that but the session just wouldn’t get over. It finally did. And the girls were complaining to me ” Yaar, didn’t know there would be such a long photo session. Would have come prepared then! “We laughed. I didn’t know that myself. The same guy was asking why so many photos in another session and here he was ensuring that we never faced the camera ever again our life!
The camera session ended with him taking the video of us singing “Happy Birthday To You Aastha!” I would like to wish Bishal, Bishalji, ok Mr Bishal hahaha a very Happy Birthday too! Keep up your sportive and youthful spirits alive Man!! We’ll sure be there to watch you in action. All the best for the basketball games.
It was a good experience. Though I think we beat around the bush a lot. That must have been due to the fact that we don’t have any platform to talk about politics. So if anyone asks us any question relating to politics we vomit every single political opinion we hold. When the question is about peace process we talk of monarchy, and while taking of monarchy we go back to arms management!
Wag among us Pic by Jaz
I think Mr Wag will be writing about it too though its not posted yet. Check his blog for the version with pictures. To end it all on a lighter note here is what a friend of mine had to say about Mr Wag: ” Keho yaar wag ta atti babal rahe cha ni malai ta atti cute lagyo ni, la la timro competition ma pani………” hahahaha 😆 Ok dear girls I am not in the competition at all. He is all-free, take a chance and take a shot! N Try your luck. Hahahaha but I don’t know for sure if he is single or not. His birthday blog says he is happily in Love, so maybe we should all wait for his next birthday blog which is March 1 for he seems to talk only of neutral issues even in his personal blog. Hmm very much tight lipped about his personal affairs I must say. Oh…but he is the Blog King, we jhare can’t understand the Stars, can we?? Two lives: Private and Public. And don’t they say: Girls like Reserve Guys! Now whoever those girls might be, I don’t belong to that gang for sure. 😉
Happily Single For Life! N Puppies Mama!!!! Hahaha 🙂
Lala Rock on Dudes. Just practicing “Citizen Journalism” as he suggested. Gotta get back to Studies.