Youths asked to uphold democracy

Kathmandu, November 29:

A central committee member of the Nepali Congress, Bhim Bahadur Tamang, has called on the youths to embrace democracy not just as a political system but as a way of life.

Speaking at an interaction organised by the Democracy Students’ Society at the Nepal Commerce Campus here today, Tamang said: “Time has come for the youths to decide what type of democracy they want in Nepal.”

Stating that nationalism has been the last refuge of scoundrel in Nepal, he said: “We have no proof to suggest that the King cares for the country.”

Shankar Pokharel, a central member of the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist, said the monarchy is not suitable for Nepal.

“History is testimony to the fact that the King and the people can’t go hand in hand for the sake of democracy in a feudalistic society like ours,” he said, adding that there was no historic evidence, which the King has been citing repeatedly, that the monarchy always works for the welfare of Nepal and the Nepalis.

Stating that Nepal can exist without monarchy, Pokharel said: “Monarchy has been a mammoth burden to the economy, culture and nationality ever since the Shah dynasty started ruling the country,” he argued.

Saying that the Sugauli treaty, which caused Nepal territorial losses, was the fallout of the inability of the Shah Kings and their conspiracy, he said: “That is why, monarchy should be rooted out of the country. If it remains, it can conspire against democracy and people’s desire anytime.”

A central leader of the Nepali Congress (Democratic), Dr Minendra Rijal, wondered why the King should be scared of the interview given by Prachanda, the Maoist supremo, in which he has expressed commitment to shun violence if elections to the constituent assembly are held.

People wish for peace, democracy and multiparty system, he said, adding: “If the King appears to be the obstacle in the realisation of these rights, he will be limited in history.”

Krishna Pahadi, a rights campaigner, said the King’s move to impose slavery in the country by putting people at gunpoint had made Nepal a subject of “mockery”.

A former president of the All-Nepal National Free Students’ Union (ANNFSU), Rajendra Rai, said that democratic republic should be the main agenda of all parties.

The King should step down as he has killed people, robbed people’s right and imposed slavery, Rai further said.

The president of the ANNFSU, Khimlal Bhattarai, said: “Only by abolishing the monarchy and establishing a democratic republic can democracy be established.”