Nepal parties set common agenda for democratic movement
By Dinesh Wagle
King Gyanendra, the Chief Executive of the country, says Nepal has chosen PEACE as its agenda. Seven political parties, armed with, I still believe, popular support for free society have agreed to choose ‘RESTORATION of PARLIAMENT’ as a common agenda of democratic movement. Yes, all Nepalis want peace in society and fortunately, king has repeated his ‘desire’ to restore democracy but only after peace is established. The question, it seems, is which first. Peace or Democracy? This is a silly question. These two can’t be separated from each other. There is no use of peace without democracy because that would be, as Girija Prasad Koirala put it rightly in journalists conclave last week, Murda Shanti or dead peace. Who would want to live in ‘dead peace’ environment where you can’t have your say? We want and need both at the same time and if we play our mind rightly we can achieve both at the same time.
According to reports published in Himalayan Times and some Kathmandu papers, the seven political parties have finally realized that the king seized power in the absence of the parliament. Well, there is no doubt by now that parliament was dissolved (on May 22, 2002) as part of a grand design to pave way for the Feb 1 royal takeover. Parties, especially CPU UML and some others took time to realize this. Nepali Congress, Nepal Workers’ and Peasants’ Party, Janamorcha Nepal and Nepal Sadbhavana Party (Anandadevi) were for this option from the very beginning.
Taking nomination of Sher Bahadur Deuba as the correction of regression CPN UML hastily pulled out from the five party movement and enthusiastically joined the nominated government. [UML was for all party government.] That was a setback for the movement against regression. People’s power was divided. It’s good that that was a grave mistake and the party realized that on Feb 1. And now UML has extended its support of restoration of parliament.
National consensus is the most important for the progress of a society. Such understandings help people achieve goals that are considered difficult otherwise. Look toward south. Congress and Communists have come together under the banner of United Progressive Alliance (UPA) to counter the common enemy: BJP. Parties in Nepal too have common enemy and common goal. Parties and people can’t thrive without democracy. Parties here means people. When you have common enemy, unite and fight together. That’s what happened in 1990 and united power of people won.
People, though tired with political parties, were eagerly waiting for a common agenda, common minimum program, from parties even before Feb 1 [after October 2002]. In fact, they wanted parties to carry on the spirit of 1990 i.e. united stand on important issues, in democratic time as well. Parties never addressed that desire of people seriously. Instead, they kept indulging themselves in blocking parliamentary proceedings for days and creating havoc on the streets for petty issues. People voted so that a powerful opposition would always be there to scrutinize government activities and feed constructive inputs to the establishment. That rarely happened and enemies of democracy exploited the vulnerability.
Some people might see parties’ ‘hunger for power’ in this common agenda (restoration of democracy). Some might say why restoration of parliament, the same parliament whose legitimate term has already finished. So what? If restoration of parliament help solve problem of the country, then why oppose the move. That would be a political decision. Even in Burma, there is a talk of resuming parliamentary process that was ceased even before a government was formed after the election. Parties won’t limit themselves in that agenda once house is revived. They will definitely go ahead from that point. Koirala has already told that revival of the house in only starting point. We can go forward from that point. Parliament or representative of people’s sovereignty should hold talks with rebels and solve the problem. There is simple no military solution of the conflict.
What next? Well, lets be optimistic. Now that the common agenda has finally accepted by all parties, we can only hope an effective movement on way in the days to come.
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6 Responses to “First Step toward Peace is Restoration of Parliament”
May 7th, 2005 at 4:15 pm
The viewpoint that I gather from this writeup is that common man is really happy that these political parties have finally agreed on the common agenda to restore peace and democracy in Nepal.
Do the political parties feel that it is so easy to restore peace? If they do think so, then whose stopping them? They were in power and position for last 12 years or so. When they could not take any step towards that direction during that tenure, then what is the guarantee that they will do so now? What have they done is effectively screwed up livelihood and future of twenty million people because of lack of foresightedness and sense of purpose.
They were paupers and suddenly they have millions. Should we believe that they can do good? At least I cannot believe that because these people define everything on their terms and for their selfish needs. Moreover the King has put a bet on his kingdom, his kingship to restore peace. He has put lots of things in stake, what so-called political parties and leaders can pledge? Their leaders run to India and shout from Delhi demanding peace.
If they were ideologically strong, they would have protested from within. All they need is power and for that, they will even sleep with the devil. These people are not worth it…so do not waste time writing on these stupid issues. The need of the hour is the survival of the nation, then peace. If these survive and brought forward, democracy automatically follows. You cannot take the third step without taking first and second step.
Jai Desh! Jai Matribhumi!! Jai Nepal
May 7th, 2005 at 7:32 pm
Look how all parties have agreed to nail their own coffins !! How can a dead house be alive again? It is silly and illogical. What will foreign countries think of us when they have already supported the announcement of municipal elections? Just because all parties agree in one agenda , it doesn’t mean that it has to be aacceptable to the people. Besides, what did they do when the parliament was in session? They all agreed to bring duty free pajeros and land cruisers. They all looted parliament’s money in bizarre things like men taking money for pregnancy medicine expense. Three parliaments were dissolved without letting it complete its tenure. What love do they have towards the parliament?
May 8th, 2005 at 2:52 am
Way to go Shuvatara, I agree with your comment, but we don’t need approval of the foreign countries in our interal house matters. We must raise these issues of duty free Pajeros cultures.
We must asked ouself why donot we retroactiveted( taxes) to charge on those Pajeros those MPS and other higher officials have used duty free access to the automobiles.They must pay taxes like ordinary people of Nepal have paid for it.
May 9th, 2005 at 1:00 pm
The political parties want to resote the house of representative so they can get the salary, and all the parkes of the last three years. hopefully the even the male member want the pregnescy bhatta. Who want these corrupt politician?
May 10th, 2005 at 7:46 am
finally, good to see them realize revival of the parliament as the point to begin with. better late than never. of course, they were largely responsible for this hatred about democracy among Nepalese people but they can (and should) also be the ones to reverse it, not the king. King’s democracy is about putting everyone into the jail; anyone who does not agree to him. but how is it different from what maoists are for? we cant worship someone because he/she has guns. neither can he know more than the rest because he has guns. our king and the Maoists claim to know the solution to the country’s problems on the basis of the number of guns they have. but does that make sense?
about restoring peace first; its absolutely impossible thru force. you can kill everyone opposed to you and decalre peace as there wont be too many people to speak back. but is that what we want? we should realize that democracy is the only way out and the derailed constitution should be brought back to the track by reviving the dissolved house of parliament. we can always teach the corrupt leaders a lesson once the democracy is back.
D. Michael Van De Veer Says:
October 7th, 2005 at 11:44 pm
may I suggest the “FIRST STEP TOWARD PEACE”, is to REMOVE THE MAFIA FROM THE PALACE !