vox populli : Republic shouldn’t remain on paper
People from different walks of life have hailed the official declaration of a republic. At the same time, their expectations have risen. The political leadership should rise to the occasion and institutionalise the change
This is what people from Biratnagar had to say about the historic declaration:
It was the people who put an end to reactionary politics. Political leaders, who want only power, should change their mentality if they want people to trust them.
— Parul Chhetri,
I have taken the official declaration positively. It will be all good if Nepal is transformed into a democracy like India.
— Binay Kumar
For the last 240 years, those at the helm of affairs had been trampling on our rights and ruling us. The leaders, who have changed the course of history, should be able to bring about positive transformation.
— Umesh Biswokarma
People from Pokhara add:
Democracy is good, but I would rather have peace. Whoever comes to power should be able to restore peace. The powers that be should create an environment in which we can eke out a living.
— Kanchhi Lama, street vendor, Pokhara
The declaration of republic would serve no purpose if leaders did not implement it. Even now, the royal family owns fortunes. Property of the royals should be nationalised.
— Surya Khadka, teacher, Pokhara
The new constitution should be framed in a transparent manner. Fear is ruling the roost now. A new Nepal will be born only when there is equality and development.
— Sabitri Adhikari,
The country should not be fragmented. The new constitution should make no compromise on territorial integrity of the nation.
— Krishna G Sharma, farmer
The government should fully implement the republican agenda. An environment should be created in which people can exercise their rights. Peace should prevail in the country, paving the way for economic development. Political parties should make sure that the king is treated as a commoner with due respect.
— Ramesh Ojha,
Nepalgunj folk say:
The 240-year-old feudalism has ended, but members of various students’ organisations are not happy. Education has turned into a business in Nepal. We want an end to commercialisation of education.
— Nirjala Poudel,
The business community is elated at the political transition. There are more opportunities for the trade and commerce sector. This will pave the way for the economic turnaround of the country.
— Datta Acharya,
This is just the first phase of the liberation of Nepalis. The era of change has begun. A good beginning always has a good ending.
— CP Lamsal, professor