Leaders hazy about inclusive democracy

Kathmandu, May 5:

Leaders of the political parties do not know much about “inclusive democracy” or the mechanisms that the state needs to run it, said Nepali Congress leader Arjun Narsingh KC at a programme entitled “Constituent Assembly: Opportunities and Challenges”, organised by the National Human Rights Foundation today.

An environment where ethnic and Dalit communities are included should be created, KC said, adding: “There is confusion within the parties about the concept of inclusive democracy. All of us are holding discussions within the parties to decide how to go about it,” he said.

NSP (Anandidevi) leader Sarita Giri said no one, not even the SC, was above the people. The recent movement is proof that the people-led movement was not guided by the international community’s statements. The people, according to her, should be the ultimate arbitrators. Subodh Pyakurel, chairman of the Informal Sector Service Centre, laid stress on the need to create a conducive environment for the formation of a constituent assembly.

“Otherwise, the Mandaleys will manipulate the situation,” he said, demanding that all human rights abusers be brought to book. The royal massacre should be probed, Pyakurel added.