Nepal-Highlights of the Common Nationalist Agenda


Nepal-Highlights of the Common Nationalist Agenda in the article was like suggesting the basic salient features of the constitution of Nepal was to be drafted within specified period, being delayed for the reason of there political instability, caused due to mainly insincerity in the political strategy of Maoists leadership.

Who could be behind the strategy? The role of big powers including India may not be denied out rightly as a part of her policy to weaken the neighbouring countries by scheming also the revolutionaries of Nepal.

I did also express my views as under:

Will Prachanda’s Ultimate Aim Be Only Dictatorial Rule of His Party in Nepal?

The statements of the former prime minister and chairman of Nepal’s main opposition party Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ far and against India may be part of some diplomacy, for the benefits of some individuals and their families.

When I happened to be in Nepal during the election days as one of the Short Term International Observers, did notice the love and affection of Nepalese villagers for Indians. The Nepalese, you may call them as Maoists functionaries or by any other name of the party, group etc, challengingly said, “No-body can successfully stop our movements and the business dealings, even by sealing the border with India”.

When on April 10, 2008, that is, the elections day, it was being claimed and announced internationally that the border was sealed; the Villagers said it was only on papers and if they so desire, then knew how to cross and feel free to do so even under such circumstances.

They also claimed that they always celebrated Dewali and other Indian festivals there along with their socially and closely related relatives from India.

I did also not find or noticed much difference between Indians and Nepalese. Both, Indians and Nepalese are closely related by all means.

After the election, the Chairman Prachanda assured “that the Maoist would work together with all and ask the international community to help achieve the goals of rapid economic growth, sustainable peace and institutionalization of a federal democratic setup for building a new Nepal. He repeatedly said that we shall actively participate in the era of globalization, liberalization and privatization. To my mind, in his speech, he has shown very liberal attitude to accommodate all and seek help to build up better Nepal”.

Some of Maoist workers heard saying that it all was only a political strategy at the moment but I, personally did not doubt the Chairman Prachanda in the context and in face of his sincere assurance and approach to the international community for sustainable peace and development not only in Nepal but in whole of South Asia, as the condition of democratic values in Indian sub-continent are no way better than Nepal.

Now, I feel, the Maoist workers had spoken, then by heart and rightly judged Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal alias Prachanda saying that the assurance was only a political strategy at the moment.

On April 12, 2008, I personally got a chance to congratulate Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal alias Prachanda for the mandate the people gave to his party and shake hands with him.

Who knows what can be the mood of ‘Prachanda’ now?

Will his ultimate aim and the acceptance be only dictatorial rule or similar to that of his party in Nepal? Whether geographically and politically that would be feasible within the given territory of Nepal, keeping in view the trend in the modern world?

Balbir Singh Sooch, Advocate, Ludhiana

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