Negotiations become firm and indisputable only if the process has the consensus of all parties…The reactionaries are attempting to threaten the solidarity of EPA….However Maoist’s attitude will show up soon how honest they are with their commitment to democracy.
By Prakash Bom
One of the most sensible and intelligent strategies for the successful CA elections that EPA leaderships and the cabinet can adopt is how to minimize their own tactless and undemocratic practice that give scope for reactionary forces to recoil. EPA must have firm solidarity for the CA elections so that they all can go together to the poll to achieve the common goal- establishing Federal Democratic Republic.
If the approach is democratic then it is reasonable and acceptable. The negotiations will backfire or break even if it has in good intension skipped the consensus of all parties involved. Negotiations become firm and indisputable only if the process has the consensus of all parties. If the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction had consulted all members of EPA prior to final agreement with MPRF, the Maoists would not have chance to backfire; and if MPRF chairman had persuaded the members of his party, some of the board members of MPRF would not have revolted against the negotiation. Though the Maoist party has denounced the negotiation procedure their outright objection of the 22 points agreement reflects their resentment against the successful movement of MPRF.
In democracy every party has right to bring forth its demand for the group, community or region to even achieve the crudest political power or the sentiment for its reorganization. Such demand cannot be addressed without reasonable dialogue and democratic procedure. Our solidarity lies in our national integrity for all Nepali citizens’ civil liberty and rights. For instant, those Madhesi rebel groups who terrorize the Nepali citizens other than themselves for living in the nation’s Terai region threaten our national integrity.
Our necessity is to establish a federal democratic republic that can transform our feudal socio-political and economic structures with the institutions of the electoral democracy. Hence all agitations are healthy symptoms to have different proposal from different group of people. For example, Limbuwan and Khumbuwan demand for their autonomous state does not necessarily mean the state is only for Limbu ethnic group to rule. But it may mean the recognition of their ethnic identity by the state name. There should be no conflict to honor ethnic group by recognizing their identity with the state name as long as under the new constitution of Nepal in all federal states the civil liberty and rights of all Nepali citizens are guaranteed.
All agitating parties that are demanding federal democratic republic must not delay their constructive moves towards CA elections. MPRF has made the right move on time and hopefully Madhesi solidarity prevails to make CA elections glorious for the national integrity. Peace and democracy can only prevail among us (all Nepali) under federal democratic republic setup if we can federate our federal states on the basis of asymmetric geographical structure and socio-political and economic development basis rather than purely ethnic orientation. Such structure must be able to make each state self-governable (self-sustainable) with the minimal interference of the central (federal) government.
In fact, there is no region, district, city or VDC that is fully occupied by single ethnic group of people. We all exist together – with our diverse physical geography, diverse population, diverse culture, language and so on. Therefore, no federal state will have power to segregate one group of people from another.
The reactionaries are attempting to threaten the solidarity of EPA. But Nepali Congress party’s CWC’s decision to indorse federal democratic republic has absolutely strengthened the hope for EPA solidarity. The opportunity for EPA is now to go all together to the poll with one common agenda for the federal democratic republic.
However, all this depends on the Maoists. Their attitude will show up soon how honest they are with their commitment to democracy. We will know whether they can really unite with the nation for the federal democratic republic. The people revolt will unravel. If they are not honest then they will jeopardize all that they have achieved from people and democracy.