Nepal’s fasting doctor has a new demand

With no political party or a parliamentarian coming in his favour of impeachment of Karki , Dr Govinda K C faces the risk of losing face, or health , depending whether he will give up or stick to the fast, this time around.

Written by Yubaraj Ghimire | Published: July 9, 2016 1:42 pm
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Dr. Govinda K C, an orthopedic surgeon in Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital , will be starting his indefinite fast for the 8th time in past four years on Monday.

His usual demands: stop political meddling in Medical Education sector , ensure uniform and transparent fee structure in Medical colleges, and let each developmental region have at least one medical college instead of the capital having many. Dr K C , in the past, has succeeded forcing the government to constitute experts committee to find out ways and means to have the understanding executed.

But around this time, he has included one more demand: impeachment of

, chief of the anti-corruption constitutional body. He has accused Karki of misusing his office and shielding certain Medical colleges indulging in corrupt practices. However, this additional demand has brought Dr K C under controversy with Medical community divided over it as they say it is a ‘political issue’ that K C should not have raised. Impeachment requires two third members of parliament endorsing the move.

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How will the tussle end? Dr K C is known for his rigid stance. But with no political party or a parliamentarian coming in his favour of impeachment of Karki , he faces the risk of losing face, or health , depending whether he will give up or stick to the fast, this time around.

Worse, a parallel group of Doctors has asked for space in the TUTH to sit on ‘indefinite fast’ to press for demands that contradict Dr K C’s. He wants no permits granted to set up new medical colleges in the capital, but the parallel group wants early permit from the government to let the Man Mohan Adhikary Medical college function.

The government , torn between these two conflict demands and facing a tense situation , has not spelled its mind yet as to how will it deal with the situation. But its indifference or preventive action both may have a political fall out. As government can not promise that it will impeach Karki, chances of the Prime Minister and ministers being branded ‘collaborator’ of ‘corrupt’ by Karki are very high. But whether that will have a political impact or not will depend on whether Dr K C will be able to stir a movement against corruption.

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    ravi raj
    Jul 14, 2016 at 6:53 am
    If we know one thing it is incompetence and weakness of all rulers, not because Nepal is used to anarchy it has to be always like this. Now there is an unfortunate change of regime and Oli clan will be busy thinking about themselves again? Will Prachandra resolve this? It feels like an abandoned territory, only corruption and evil rule. Somebody save this doctor please!
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      Roger Bird
      Jul 9, 2016 at 5:32 pm
      I haven't eaten for over 5 days (big deal), but I don't have any demands whatsoever. (:-gt;)
      1. Sushil Thapa
        Jul 9, 2016 at 1:41 pm
        Mr.Karki is culpable of shamelessly shielding, protecting the politicial cl along with big and powerful names guilty of rampant corruption. One example that stands out, is former President of All Nepal Football ociation Ganesh Thapa exonerated by the world football governing body for his involvement in bribery and corruption.Ironically, Mr.Thapa's case is pending before the anti- corruption body and stalled. Instead of intiating a probe,Mr,Karki who shares a close rapport with Mr.Thapa along with his Deputy Prime-Minister brother Kamal Thapa has shown no intent to move the case forward whatsoever. There has been no high profile conviction under his watch so far. Only those with little or no political connection/influence are targetted and prosecuted. When we have such an unethical ,irresponsible and dishonest man spearheading the anti graft agency,the so called anit-graft drive undertaken by the agency is nothing but is one big farce.