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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Prof GKC Protest Update: Day 10: A critical stage in both negotiation and protest

As our dire predictions are coming true one after another, the govt has outright rejected the demands to hold the tainted individuals accountable for their wrongdoings.

As is clearly seen, our attention is equally focused on the two prongs of the issue: initiating a systematic process of reform in the health sector in a time bound and verifiable manner and ending the culture of impunity by holding the guilty individuals accountable for their activities.

After much lackluster, the political establishment in Kathmandu is being dragged into agreeing on the framework for the reform, mainly through implementation of the recommendations of Mathema Committee, but they have not budged from their stance of leaving the guilty untouched.

Their arguments range from the legal tangles in sacking and penalizing them (i.e. the officials of TU, KU, NMC and Education minister) to the threat to the coalition govt that such an action poses.

That is a lousy excuse at best and brazen dishonesty and preparation for undermining the reform agenda in the future at worst.

And let me admit this, KC sir is so far very active in negotiation and his are the final words; we are only facilitating the meetings. His spirit is as revolutionary as ever and he is not going to compromise on some cosmetic changes. Our only fear is his health may deteriorate at any time making him incapable of dictating the course of the negotiations thereby throwing us into a moral, practical and ethical dilemma.

Meanwhile sir has also requested NMA in very clear words that he wants the closure OPD services postponed by at least 48 hours. And he has also received assurance from the NMA officials that his request would be considered in the meeting called for 10:00 am this morning. Hopefully, NMA will judge the situation and make a wise decision.

The bad news is that it took nearly 10 days to hit the bull's eye in the ongoing negotiations to resolve the crisis. The good point is sir is in dictating position at this crucial junction and the political establishment here is now really feeling the heat of the protests.

If this protest forces the guilty officials to pay for some of their deplorable acts in the past, this will form a powerful and new precedent in Nepal: despite the chaos and pervasive culture of impunity, a citizen can trigger a process of holding the crooks of the country accountable for their misdeeds.

Keep tuned. 

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