democracy in installments?

After the rejection of last Friday’s offer of the post of PM to the SPA, by both the parties and the agitating public as a ploy to diffuse demonstrations and split the SPA, Gyanendra has played one card further by reinstating the parliament. No matter what his intentions, it certainly is a clever move on his part and that of the state to avoid confrontations with the SPA and the public with the planned demonstration on Tuesday. Although Gyanendra’s address came late at night, there were already talks among the SPA leaders of changing Tuesday’s anti-monarchy demonstrations into victory parades. Well, now the ball is firmly on the SPA’s court after calling it a “victory” of the people. Although the failure to mention any of the outstanding issues, such as the Constituent Assembly or the Maoist problem, should still raise some suspicious eyebrows, it is now up to the parliamentarians from the SPA to get together and decide on the next move as per the people’s wishes. They should now have enough leverage to take forward the issues, such as that of the constituent assembly to decide the future role of monarchy if any, who the Army should be under etc., through the parliament.

All we can do now is to hope that the parties and their MPs in the lower house have enough guts to take up the issues raised by the people in the streets for nearly 3 weeks, and challenge KG if necessary in order to fulfill the people’s wishes. Lets hope they don’t disappoint us now, especially after the loss of so many lives during the course of this people’s movement.

We haven’t got “loktantra” yet but it seems it’ll only be in INSTALLMENTS that we’ll get “full democracy” in Nepal…only as long as the people and the parties remain united that is…else we might be kept waiting with hope or may be with despair.

2 thoughts on “democracy in installments?

  1. Extremely well meaning, and thoughtful posts, Mahesh…every one of your post in the series is living testimony to the peoples’ history of Nepal…Thanks!

    And, on this occasion, comes to my mind, the great Canadian poet Cohen…:

    “I’m sentimental, if you know what I mean
    I love the country but I can’t stand the scene.
    And I’m neither left or right
    I’m just staying home tonight,
    getting lost in that hopeless little screen.
    But I’m stubborn as those garbage bags
    that Time cannot decay,
    I’m junk but I’m still holding up
    this little wild bouquet:
    Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.!”

  2. Thanks Saswat. On “historical moments” like these, I think its hard to keep quiet and harder still to not be a part of that “history”. And through discussions like these, we get a chance to share and refine our thoughts on issues that will no doubt define the course of our country’s history. Thanks again for taking your time to contribute your thoughts in these historic moments for the people of Nepal (and I hope for the whole of South Asia)!

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