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An Automatic Gun

Last weekend news broke out that the US Vice President Dick Cheney had shot a man while hunting. It was an accident the reports said. It was an irresistible headline. Every media – radio, TV, and newspapers ran stories and then began a spin. People asked why the VP hadn’t told President and public until late Sunday despite the fact that shooting had occurred on Saturday. Some speculated it was Veep’s disdain to media and public, others cried foul and went so far as to suggest grand conspiracy, perhaps to distract attention from other prominent issues. The VP and his staff were mum for more than four days. I knew why the VP was silent. He had nothing to say. What was there to say in a shooting?

Finally, the US’s most powerful man gave in to the pressure. He appeared on Fox News (where else?) and took full responsibility. He said, “I am the guy who pulled the trigger and shot my friend.”

“What? What is this guy saying?” I couldn’t believe my ears. How can you be so stupid and take responsibility and even say “I pulled the trigger.” I was under the impression that Mr. Vice President was lot smarter than President Dubya. I knew the age and countless heart surgery had taken its toll and I wondered whether the most powerful VP has gone mad – as they say in Terai Buddhey Sathiya Gayal.

I realized how ignorant VP is about the world affairs, I said, had he read news coming out of Nepal, I am sure he wouldn’t go on live TV and take full responsibility. Only about ten days back in Biratnagar, Morang Nepali Congress President was shot while on chase. When he alleged that administration attempted a cold blood murder, first security chiefs said it was a mistake and finally came with a better explanation, “the shot was fired when a cop chasing Mr. Aryal had tripped.” And, thus gun fired itself.

Mr. Vice President don’t you read international news? How can you be the most powerful man in the world without having all the details of what is happening on your backyard?

“Where?”
“Biratnagar?”
“Where is that?”

Oh! Well, well, ok, I concede. Who cares about Biratnagar, a tinny bitty little town north of India.

But then there was Royal Massacre a couple of years ago – do you remember? Soon after our great King Gyanendra had assumed office, the Royal Palace issued a statement which said that the massacre had occurred as an automatic rifle fired itself. The rifle was so intelligent that it killed the King and all his family.

I am sure Mr. Vice President you had heard of the Royal Massacre; why anybody take responsibility?

Now, I have serious doubt about US military power and faith in its hardware. What kind of country is this -so called most powerful nation -that doesn’t even have one gun that can fire by itself?

In Nepal we have many self shooting rifles. On our recent municipal election, one such gun even appeared among peacefully demonstrating political activist and shot a police inspector. In return, Nepali solider returned fire and took life of Mr. Umesh Thapa, a political activist.

Even if there wasn’t one, what’s the harm in saying there was one? After all Mr. Vice President you claimed that there was Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) in Iraq, didn’t you?

I feel that Scooter Liby’s exit must have serious effect on our spin campaign. I know there aren’t many who you trust in this world but what about importing one from Nepal? I am sure you would find likeness to our King.

You couldn’t even manufacture one gun that can fire automatically, our King has many. He is good, isn’t he?
I also hear that he might be in search of a job as Nepali people were planning on downsizing and restructuring the governing board. Many feel we do not need a chairman-monarch.

Shall I ask?

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मधेस अान्दोलन मुद्दा: - के जनसंख्या मात्रको अाधारमा प्रतिनिधित्व ठिक हो?

मधेश अान्दोलनमा सहभागि अान्दोलनरत दल, समर्थक विचार निर्माताहरु, सहभागिहरुले नयंा संविधान  मधेस विरोधि भयो भनेर उ्ठाइएका विभिन्न मुद्दा मध्ये नयां संविधानमा जनसंख्याको अाधारमा प्रतिनिधित्व भएन भन्ने पनि छ। अधिवक्ता दिपेन्द्र झा ले लेख्नु भएका विभिन्न लेख र फेसबुक पोस्टहरु मा, "धारा ८४(१)(क)प्रतिनिधिसभाको प्रत्यक्ष तर्फ रहेका १६५ सिटको लागि जनसंख्याको आधारमा निर्वाचन क्षेत्र कायम गर्ने प्रावधान राख्नु पर्छ । हाल भूगोल र जनसंख्याको आधारमा राखिएको छ । बरु कर्णाली, मनाङ जस्ता भौगोलिक विकटता भएको क्षेत्रको लागि विशेष प्रावधान राख्न सकिन्छ ।‍ " यो मुद्दा प्रमुख रुपमा उ्ठाईको देखिन्छ । 

सामान्यतया प्रजातान्त्रिक व्यवस्थाहरुमा, जनसंख्या नै प्रतिनिधित्वको मुल अाधार हो । एक व्यक्ति, एक भोट र त्यसैको अाधारमा हुने प्रतिनिधित्वको व्यवस्था । यसअर्थमा मधेसबाट उ्ठाईको मुद्दा ठिक लागे पनि, नेपाल जस्तो भौगोलिक  जटिलता र दुर्गमता भएको जिल्ला भएको देशको लागि एकांकि ढंगले सोच्नु कत्तिको सार्थक छ?  नेपालको परिवेशमा जनसंख्यलाई मात्र हैन, भुगोललाई पनि प्रतिनिधित्वको हुनु पर्ने अाधार देखि्न्छ । 


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