An Interaction program on Nepal’s Judiciary and Political Situation was organized by an intellectual group of Bay Area with the initiation Sunny Sagarmatha Society (SSS), Motherland Nepal, Nepal Public Relations Committee (NPRC), Nepal Association for Global Cooperation (NAGC), Nepalese Association of Northern California (NANC), The White Zone, Computer Association Nepal (CAN) and others. The program was attended by leading intellectuals from around the Bay Area. The program was organized at Shah Restaurant in Sunnyvale, California which drew a good number of participants.

Dr. Prakash Chandra Lohani (Former Finance Minister and Member of Constituent Assembly) and Former Chief Justice, Kedar Prasad Giri shared their views and concerns over the current political deadlock in Nepal, especially regarding the peace process, constitution draft, independent judiciary, political drama and the economic affairs of Nepal.

Forner CJ Giri emphasized on the absolute requirement and respect towards an independent judiciary in order to strengthen democracy. He further added that the judiciary has and will have an important role to play in the development of the democracy in Nepal. He expressed his satisfaction over the social interaction and concern of the Nepalese residing in California, who follow the political development in Nepal in a daily manner and cannot separate themselves from the ongoing peace process. He emphasized that such programs and events must be organized frequently in order to share, debate and express our concerns even though we are miles away from our motherland.

Lawmaker Dr. Lohani briefed a beautiful snapshot of Nepal’s political development, phases, foul plays and current situation in less than an hour. His unmatched oratory skills awed the audience, wherein he shared the position and interest of India and China in Nepal’s politics amidst regional check and balance scenario. He explained the fall of the Shah regime based on Gyanendra’s mistake of counter offering China as a SAARC member when India/US proposed Afghanistan as its member. He explained in details the political motives of the Maoists and their ultimate goal of establishing absolute communism in Nepal if possible. Dr. Lohani summarized that the political parties, Maoists and the civil society must focus on moving together with a consensus, democratic forces such as Nepali congress and UML being an strong ally against possible Maoist coup d’état, forming a constitution drafting commission at least to initiate the process and the government delivering action rather than words to prove its credibility. He explained how the Maoists gained majority in the CA through the experimenting habit of Nepalese voters, Maoists intimidation of future revolt in case of a defeat and the fear on Nepalese voters regarding their continued intimidation.

A range of socio-economical and legal-political questions were put forth by the participants.

Bay Area should have these types of interactions regularly.