The PMO spokesman probably didn't realise he was putting his foot in his mouth when he said about the murder charge against Land Reformist Minister Parbhu Sah: "You can't prosecute Sah for murder, if you did then you'd would also have to prosecute Prachanda and Baburam." Whoa.
Meanwhile, here is a suggested itinerary for Comrade Awesome and the Maoist delegation when they visit Cambodia next week:
Sunday: Arrival via BKK
Monday: Visit to Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Tuesday: Guided tour of the war crimes trial court in Phnom Penh
Wednesday: Killing Fields Tour of Choeung Ek with packed lunch
Thursday: Shopping in night market in Siem Reap
Friday: Departure for KTM
To be sure, PKD probably needs to clear his head. The man is under a lot of stress lately. He broke down and wept at a Maoist gathering in Chitwan last week and he has been seen to be pacing on the terrace of the Pistachio Palace. Knowing how much he dislikes and distrusts BRB, just as well he is going to be away during the prime minister's India visit because it would just make him seethe inside.
Good to see that the Ass' campaign to requisition for public use the Maiti Ghar-Bhadrakali road that the army usurped for ostensibly security reasons during the war has worked. At least BRB has told the army brass to do it, but knowing the army they'll probably dilly dally for a few years. While they are at it, the Bhadrakali road should also be widened so that it goes right up to Shahid Gate. And after that, it will be time for the indignados of Kathmandu to stage an "Occupy Tundikhel" campaign and reclaim from the military parts of Tundikhel south of Sahid Gate as well as the Sainik Munch.
So, did he or didn't he wait in line like everyone else at immigration when he flew off to Delhi yesterday? Did he or didn't he fly Nepal Airlines? Was he in Chyangra Class or Shangri-la Class? These are the questions of national importance that are being pondered and analysed as the prime minister began his first above-ground visit to India since becoming prime minister. Of all the things we are asking the Indians to give us on this visit, the only one that concerns the Ass is how many megawatts of electricity we are getting this winter and whether load-shedding will be 17 hours a day or 15 hours a day. Big diff.
It may as well be Comrade Hubby who has to tell Hasiya Yami not to call herself "First Lady" while he is in Delhi. We are told the prime minister is not going to raise any "serious" issues while in Delhi, which probably means he will be doing funny stuff with his Indian interlocutors. One of which may be to bring up the original 40-point demand that BRB himself submitted to Lion Brave way back in 1996 February. Deuba was given only a week to fulfil demands like: ban all Hindi movies, stop Gurkha recruitment into the Indian Army, regulate the Indo-Nepal border, ban Indian cars from plying in Nepal, scrap the Mahakali Treaty, scrap the 1950 Indo-Nepal Treaty. Deuba couldn't fulfil those demands, so BRB started the war.
No wonder he doesn't want to talk about anything serious.