Trashing Democracy: Nepal Case Study

Learning from the past experience: Implementing democracy in Nepali society.

By Nepali Bai
(UWB received this article in email)

The difference between pre- and post- 1990 is not the level of corruption, gentlemen, and corruption has actually gone down. Get used to it! Democracies all over the world have the same low opinion of their politicians that you have of yours. The difference is a free press, non-governmental watchdog organizations, investigative reporting, and an effective judicial system that puts corrupt politicians in jail and confiscates their property. I can’t wait till the mandate of the new government’s anticorruption commission is extended to cover the royal family, the palace secretariat, the army, and the police!

Ever since the Maobadis (Maoists) were prevented from participating in the 1995 elections and retreated into the far western hills of Nepal to begin an armed revolution to overthrow the monarchy, they have attacked multiparty democracy in favor of a one party communist state. How effect their propaganda has been will only be known when elections are held to a constituent assembly and we see the position delegates take on restructuring democracy in Nepal. Then we will know if they are committed to multi-party democracy or push for a one-party authoritarian state. The other parties have no one to blame for this but themselves. Continue reading Trashing Democracy: Nepal Case Study

A Maoist Leader Talks About Peace Talks

By Gunaraj Luitel and Ujir Magar

Krishna Bahadur Mahara

[UWB: Kantipur News Editor Gunaraj Luitel and reporter Ujir Magar conducted an interview with Maoist spokesperson Krishna Bahadur Mahara who also heads the talks team set up by the rebel party. Mahara arrived in the capital this week “to make the environment favourable for talks with the government”. This interview, originally published in Kantipur daily, was translated by eKantipur into English:]

Q: How long has it been since you were here last?

Krishna Bahadur Mahara: It’s been about two and a half years.

Didn’t you come to the capital after the second round of talks?

We held talks in Hapure after the talks in Kathmandu. The talks ended immediately in Hapure. Since the Doramba incident, we have not appeared in public. Continue reading A Maoist Leader Talks About Peace Talks