Politics not end in itself
In the developing countries, politics has been used as a means for the welfare of the state and its citizens.
It is not seen as an end in itself. But the present political scenario in Nepal is worrisome as political parties, especially the Maoists, seem to have failed to see that political parties that do not adhere to democratic principles eventually lose the confidence of the common people.
If Maoists cannot understand this underlying fact that defines modern democratic politics, they may soon lose the favour of the common people. Though I’m not a citizen of Nepal, I believe in democratic monarchy that never uses arbitrary powers and respects the rights of all, regardless of caste or creed. The Nepal government should realise this fact. The political parties, for their part, must ensure, above anything else, that there is absolutely no space for
hatred, violence and suppression in a democracy.
Luz Futten, Spain
This is in reference to the news report “Maoists to stay out of government: Koirala” (THT, Oct. 23). It is sad that even after prolonged discussions, the political parties have not been able to find a way out of the political crisis. Prime Minister Koirala has reiterated that there is no point in bringing the Maoists back into the government unless they agree to go for the polls, but it appears unlikely that the Maoists would come into the government unless their
demands are met. An earlier statement by Dr Baburam Bhattarai also indicates that the Maoists may well be leaving the parliament. Therefore, if the major alliance partners reach an agreement, the peace process will be in danger, affecting the constituent assembly polls.
Common Nepalis are now tired of hearing the same hackneyed commitments. Nepalis, more than anything else, want peace and protection of their inalienable rights to life, liberty and happiness. Monarchy should be a non-issue so long as political parties and government officials work responsibly for Nepal’s transformation into a peaceful and prosperous country.
Dwaipayan Regmi, Biratnagar
This refers to the news report “Soldiers accused of beating up Dhading locals” (THT, Oct.23). This is not the first time that Nepal Army soldiers have been accused of beating up civilians. Not in the too distant past, 12 innocent lives were lost when a soldier (of the erstwhile Royal Nepalese Army) indiscriminately opened fire at a temple. The higher officials in the security agencies need to maintain discipline so that such irresponsible acts are not repeated.
Sanjeev Dahal, Ratopul, Kathmandu
This refers to the news report “Time to amend statute now, say experts”, (THT, Oct. 23). After the postponement of the Assembly polls, there indeed is an urgent need to amend the interim Constitution as there are several provisions in the Constitution which are no longer relevant in the changed political context. The provisions, especially those dealing with the
functioning of the government and the parliament, need to be amended immediately.
Amol Acharya, Bhaktapur