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Nepalese People A Tool For Conspiracy?

Published: Wed 28 Feb 2007 04:00 PM
Nepalese People A Tool For Conspiracy?
By Bhupal Lamichhaney
Alarming news is coming from Nepal. The ongoing peace process might be the victim of the incidences that are taking place. One after another confrontations are occurring without any intervals before the proposed Constituent Assembly elections.
Why is it necessary to conduct CA election? It is believed that the people of Nepal are the supreme and their verdicts should be respected as their wish for their own destiny. The Constitution of new Nepal will be written by the elected representatives of the people.
However, each and every group seems determined to influence the government to accept their demands before CA elections. How can CA election conducted in such a situation be fair and free?
One can therefore argue if everything is already decided what is the need of conducting CA election? None of the political parties and the groups is ready to drop their demand and want to fulfill them by electing their representatives in CA. In this way, are not we discrediting CA election which was the only demand of the people during last year April movement?
Moreover, many people now have started thinking that CA elections might not take place at the stipulated time because of the worsening situation of the country.
Can CA elections be conducted without normalcy? It seems the whole country is at the verge of over turn. The government and the authority seem to be onlookers when incidences take places. Law and order situation has not improved in spite of the end of major battles.
People of Nepal have their own aspirations which are natural and normal but lack of security the natural flow of democratic exercises such as demonstrations and sit in protests have converted into a bloody anarchy. This is what many people think about recent movements of the Terai.
Now because of the prevailing political situation as well as a lot of things have to be completed before conducting Constituent Assembly elections the skeptical thoughts are going to be considered at all levels.
The recent comment from the head of the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) Ian Martin is significantly meaningful. He has said there are a number of technical and political challenges before the Nepal government, particularly security, ahead of the Constituent Assembly elections slated for mid-June.
"There is an important question of how adequate security can be guaranteed for the election," Martin told reporters at the UN headquarters in New York.
Martin also cautioned that if Nepal failed to include traditionally marginalized groups in the peace process, the country would miss the opportunity to harness the strength and vision of its own people and leave some of the key underlying causes of the conflict unaddressed.
However, many experts believe that the people in Nepal must realize in a tiny country where so many ethnicities and marginalized groups are functioning the divisions of the country in ethnicity and language can easily create an atmosphere that provides an opportunity for those who want to fish in the troubled waters. Is not this what we experience everyday in Nepal?
Some political pundits even go further and wonder where people of Nepal exercise their democratic rights if the country no more exists. Have not we the Nepalese people become a tool of a great unseen conspirator?
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Bhupal Lamichhaney: working independently on nonviolence activism for human rights and democratic values and can be reached at bhupall@yahoo.co.in . His ideas and views can be read in blogs: http://bhupall.blogspot.com , http://nepalinpeace.blogspot.com

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