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Nepal Plunging Into War? (3)

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At at meeting today, the senior Indian envoy to Nepal communicated Delhi’s opposition to any dismissal of the General Katawal, the chief of the Nepalese army. The ambassador clarified the country’s policy shortly after consultations with senior government officials in India.

Katawal is set to retire in a few months and is likely to be replaced by a general more flexible on the integration of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). Why are both parties forcing a crisis now?

Prachanda is being squeezed by militants within his party who feel that there revolutionary dreams are being shattered. Two breakaway factions merged in February to form a party calling for the resumption of the ‘People’s War’.  If this wasn’t bad enough for a leader desperate to demonstrate that the Maoists are as capable of governing as they are at waging a guerrilla war, a:

section of Maoist lawmakers are threatening to pull out of the coalition if beleaguered Nepal Army chief Gen Rookmangud Katawal is not dismissed

It doesn’t look good for either Prachanda or Nepal. If he persists in trying to sack Katawal, he could be facing an army revolt. If he buckles to Indian pressure, his party and elements of the PLA would turn against him. Either way, it’s a return to violence and civil war for Nepal.

Surely India doesn’t want this.

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Written by Michael

April 26, 2009 at 2:00 pm

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