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K. Sarup: The Biggest Threat To Nepal's Democracy

Published: Wed 10 May 2006 10:32 AM
The Biggest Threat To Nepal's Democracy
By Kamala Sarup
Nepali people love democracy rather than to communist dictatorship. Considering our believe and those presented by Nepali people, I'd make a preliminary evaluation of the causes in the democracy and Maoists communists violence as follows. We will agree with democracy that benefited Nepali people, development and freedom or our national interests, and since something like Maoists dictatorship in general benefit its leaders and workers but suffer from them to ordinary Nepali people and the nation.
However, we don't accept the Maoists regime. The Maoists who are in control of the some districts in Nepal were actually supporting war to maintain and increase the money they were receiving from the poor people. The industrialists and the people wanted the Maoists should not be increased at no expense to themselves.
The first our believe intuitively correct: we wanted to maintain the democracy to get more international support. But Maoists cut off that source of our respect because they kill the people and terrorise our children.
We want sustainable peace so there's a lot more to financing "industrialization" than supporting Maoists. If Maoists problem could not solve poor people would always have to pay for almost all of their own expenses to them.
We think Nepali people are correct when they says the war cause for their right to survive. However, we must ignore the highly centralized Maoists, as a temporary expedient for fighting a war and that we would have resumed more peace. The statements on peace here would be possible for Nepali people, even assuming which would not be easy. Conclusion: "Nepali should not be afraid of what kind of country Nepal might become. Yes, it is democracy no Maoism"
Maoists group in which national goals and objectives are set forth for the Communist republican. The Pentagon and US government seems to be a little concerned about the concomitant rise in Maoists.
We believe in Religion And Culture But Maoists Don't
One of the more controversial aspects about Maoists violence is the treatment of various religions and religious beliefs. This is what might be termed a "hot button" issue with many people because of the emotion attached to religious beliefs.
My own feeling about it is simple: religion is religion, democracy is democracy and never the twain should meet. That said, humans bring their religious beliefs with them to whatever they do in the world, so it is probably not realistic to think that a person parks his or her religious beliefs at the door to work or the Maoists.
Maoists take a sensible view, in my opinion, in that it says basically that a Nepali citizen cannot practice Hindu religion. This is an unprecedented assault on this simple principle by well-meaning. Where the communists Maoists have strayed from the principle of separation of religion as just another communist suppressing all religion.
Can religion advocate attitudes and ways of living? Of course, that is what religions do. As Maoists becomes more affluent, its attitude towards religion will undoubtedly change.
Our peaceful right advocates human values. Culture is distinguished from our human linkages. In fact it is virtually impossible to distinguish the effects of each on human behavior since they cannot occur in isolation from each other. We think this was an important cause of the peace.
It is true Indirectly poverty was a cause of the Maoists war. Maoists the problems of poverty, exploitation, this created a fertile ground for some politically disgruntled Communist ideologues to sow the seeds of dissent and rebellion in the Nepalese society. And, this is how the Maoist insurgency cropped up in Nepal in early 1996.
In this sense, every cause was indirect. But we definitely do not want to give the appearance of recognizing the Maoists.
So in their incalculable wisdom, our masters have decided that Is Maoists are now a "threat for peace and for democracy" and a credible threat at that. So, how to counter the "growing threat of democracy"?
Maoists and Peace
Maoists have not been able to prove their ultimate commitment to peace. Due to their past actions and history, there is much doubt in Maoists' vow to peace without reservation. Under this situation, even though the UN acted as a professional, dispassionate and an honest broker/facilitator/guarantor, how do we believe UN meditation/intervention could actually help solve the problems and not merely complicate them? Do we recommend any change in our Geo-political relationship with neighbouring countries? Do we know how strong radical communists like Maoists are getting in South Asia?
We must concentrate on the areas where Maoists is weakest and democracy is strongest. This strategy worked well for the Cambodia and in Peru. Why not in Nepal? Maoists is currently in what is known as a trying to have a republic communism. This means that Maoists is now frantically trying to extend this into the interior. It will be interesting to see how this will be.
Because of the Maoists violence people and especially women are getting the short end of the economic stick. This has lead to unrest in the countryside. The disparate distribution of influence throughout Maoist represents a glaring weak point. Maoists, while appearing roust and invincible at present, is already in the throes of an inevitable decline. Why? Because Maoists is Maoists and the world is the world. There is literally nothing them Communist Party of Nepal can do about it.
Maoists are still engaged in extortion, kidnapping, terrorizing people. In other words, this meant conceding the installation of a universally discredited and outdated system of one-party Communist dictatorship in place of multiparty democracy.
Nepalese people love peace, security and true democracy.
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Nepali journalist, Kamala Sarup is an editor of peacejournalism.com. She has also been invited as a speaker at a number of peace and women conferences. She is specialising in in-depth reporting and writing on Peace Resolutions, Anti war, Women, Terrorism, Democracy, Development, Politics and HIV/AIDS. Some of her publications are: Women's Empowerment (Booklet). Prevention of trafficking in women for prostitution through media, (Book) Efforts to Prevent Trafficking in Women & Girls - A Pre-Study for Media Activism. Ms. Kamala Sarup has been nominated as Universal Peace Ambassador [2006] in the framework of the Universal Peace Ambassadors Circle, Geneva Switzerland.

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