Is Nepal Going to Fail?

It is really hard to believe that Nepal has a democratic government.

By Krishna Giri

Instead of mocking Nepali leaders, this time my thoughts were going towards the country and countrymen. Bulldozed by the political and leadership changes; besieged by living and security conditions; aggravated by the false hope for water and electricity, people are going through exceptional intellectual stress than ever before. The successive government’s governance is being so underprivileged that people are abandoned by every successor. Peace, Rule of law and social harmony amongst diverse societies are fouled by various power centres. I thank God that this country is still surviving and let it remain the same forever. The Prime Minister is talking about waging another civil war. Defence Minister and Chief of Army staff announced series of ambiguous statements. A Madheshi leader is talking about end of Nepal. Janajatis are already declaring their own autonomous regions. Indian Ambassador, once close friend to all parties, is holding secret meetings with former Monarch. Various ethnic groups are recruiting armed combatants to wage war against the state. Few religions elements are already plotting bombs across the country. A Supreme Court judge gets lecture about rule of law and power of people. And now a Pashupati Priest becomes another victim of dirty political onslaught.

My worries at this point of time are neither leaders nor parties but the nation. We have been bombarded by nationalistic rhetoric for some years but hardly anything has been done to keep the aspiration alive. It is really hard to believe that Nepal has a democratic government. If you believe in modern capitalistic democratic society, you would assume at least ruling and opposition parties. We do have parties but may be someone can help me to identify who is ruling and who is opposing. Parties are moving their feet left, right and centre. They trying to grab every opportunity vested by political ego and ambition. In the name of democracy, the country has faced immense undemocratic stirs in the recent past. Abraham Lincoln once said: “Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people”. If he was alive to witness the political hysteria in Nepal, he would have regretted the last bit, democracy for the people. And he also once said, “Ballot is stronger than the Bullet”. He would have changed his mind if he was born post Maoist era. Let’s forget about the sincerity of the government towards people, there is no evidence that the government is working for the people. The political backlashes within parties and communities have forced the country to embrace unfortunate economy, security, peace, jobs, affordability, housing etc. The country, which is second richest in hydropower after Brazil, fails to provide adequate electricity in one of the most expensive rate in the world.

The country has lost ground in a verge to collapse. A ‘Fail State’ is not a new term for us any more. These words have been thrown for discussion by numerous scholars for a while. The principal anxiety for people is this- ‘Is the country going to fail’? As a commoner, it is imperative to understand the basics of a ‘Failed State’. A Washington D.C. based NGO, Fund for Peace, defines a ‘Failed State’ as, “A failed state is a state whose central government is so weak or ineffective that it has little practical control over much of its territory; non-provision of public services; widespread corruption and criminality; refugees and involuntary movement of populations; and sharp economic decline”.

All successive Nepali governments in the last decade meet the above criteria and pose enormous threat to the sovereignty of the country. It is expected from an independent country’s government that they exercise genuine control over at least the larger part of their country and population. A state should be capable to cooperate with other states, donors, international communities and govern according to the rule of law, respect international law, and prevent crimes. But government is promoting crimes and violence in the name of YCL, Youth Force etc. Kangaroo courts are still in operation, seized properties are still in Maoist’s control, extra judicial killings and extortion are still going on, hand picked and unqualified people are sitting on the most important and high profile portfolios. These are not the symptoms of good governance and the country is not heading in the right direction even if some people believe the county is in safe hands.

The African Studies Centre, Leiden, in its report released in December 2003, send a chilling threat to the states in a path to fail. The report states, “It should be realized by policymakers that failed states, and particularly the ones that have collapsed, never return to how they were prior to breaking down, even in the event that they do succeed in regaining coherence after a period of failure”. I don’t think a patriot would ever think to lose the history, culture, nationality and identity as whole because of domestic conflicts. These conflicts motivated by political ambitions are causing widespread harm to the entire nation and has jeopardized the national harmony. We should not let the country fail.

Most states fail with internal conflicts and civil wars but that is not only the reason. In some cases, a country may fail because of foreign governments who knowingly destabilize a state by fuelling ethnic warfare or supporting rebel forces, causing it to collapse. We know the role of India during Maoist insurgency leading to the overthrow of the Monarchy. In a recent interview with Kantipur, D.P. Thripathy, an Indian leader who brokered the 12-point understanding with SPA in November 2005, has admitted that Indian elements want to treat Nepal as a colony. Political market is already frenzied by the China’s interest in CPN Maoists government. We need to be alarmed by too much interest expressed by world powers and our neighbours. What we need to understand is, ‘if they succeed, we fail and if they fail, we too fail’.

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100 thoughts on “Is Nepal Going to Fail?”

  1. why are maoist talking like they are bigger, more important than nepal, nepalese……………………………
    ………………… why they say if they drown nepal will drown ………………………………….. in one hand they talk about patriotism, nationalism …………. and on other hand they are threatening to drown nepal, nepalese…
    ………………….. ……………………………….. ……………………. why is prachanda visiting europe……. is he somekind of energy expert……………………..

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  2. 1/3 of the CA members are women. This is definitely an improvement, and Nepal is way ahead of other countries in giving representation to women. However, I believe that just having women CA members are not enough. There also needs to be more women in leadership positions in the civil society and the business sector.

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  3. yes talk about dowry and car brand while a female journalist is murdered. And keep giving the wrong answers.
    The murder of collegue Uma SIngh is as bad as of Benazir Bhoetto, in a line of agression against decency and normality.
    I call upon all to investigate why the entire media are under fire since….

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  4. smoke some weed and chill maby not fighting will be a littel less stressful democratic governments leave room for change things only get worse before they get better you can give up or grow some balls and do it right

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  5. why they feel threatened they took the country and its past and future what more destruction they want the brainless forces of evil

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  6. suggesting maybe the terrorist list USA uses is alright. There will be no end to this and anti dowry lobbyers will take over Nepal.
    When you give in one inch they take over all. I was always of the opinion to keep the King.
    Madhesis and other communist extremists ae deluded terrorists. Forget Robin Hood and the cute stories. The way to help poor people out of the Middle Ages is not by just shooting former royalists, pro freedom of press, and rests of reason in the former Kingdom.

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  7. The killer of BRAVE JOURNALIST UMA SINGH can be the
    one who has FULL FAITH in GOVT that he will not be punished.

    No murderer has been punished in NEPAL so far.

    Guess who it may be.

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  8. nepalese are being killed one by one ………………….. after peace agreement terrorist openly give threat, get into home and kill ………………………….. why………. because they are protected by prachanda, and public are not united to defend ourself……………………….. we just can rely on this or any govt.that is weak and do not follow rule of law. ………………………………………… if we would have been united those terrorist would not have dared kill the lady journalist Uma Singh ……….
    ………………. we need to join force to defend ourself…….
    no one will come to protect us…………… we have to protect our famil ourself…………………………

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  9. Bitter truth is right and so is ma pani Lahure dai. Well said. Kasthamandap, you are an optimist and thats good for you but you cannot escape the reality.
    In a country that has no security and no accountability even you Kasthamandap can get killed and no one will care to find the culprits. Nepal is in shambles and it will be for many years to come becasue there is no one that can unite the country with so many ethnicities. All political groups utilize ethnic boundaries in their favour and do more harm than good. As a non-resident Nepali, I perhaps do not need to care what happens in Nepal. Let the people suffer it is only their doing that has landed them up in this mess. I left Nepal because I had no opportunties, and I did not want to lick the reaer ends of netas to get a phone line in my house, or to geta water line in my house. What can be done in that country without knowing people ? You will get nowhere unless you know someone. It is so full of manipulation and corruption that as a person with capabilites you will end up no where and unable to provide food for family or even basic healthcare. My suggestion to those still there, GET out when you can. Civil war is coming in the country, the future at least in the next 10 years is bleak and dismal.

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  10. Reminds me of the answer given by a reputed Finance Minister of Nepal when asked about current global recession. He believes, the global recession will have NO effect on Nepal. Is that a glimmmer of hope or what for the Nepalese people ? Yohoooo lets celebrate.

    The answer to the question in the title will then be:

    NEPAL IS A FAILED NATION, and therefore will NOT FAIL. Lets party now.

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  11. Kura thik ho
    rastrabadi haru uthnu paryo yo desh bachauna
    aba sabailai heriyo…akhiri Panchayat jati ramro system kuani thiyena bhanne PURA proof bhai sakyo

    BRING BACK PANCHAYAT SYSTEM

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  12. I don’t see any grim hope for this Nation,
    i mean what is it with..
    16hrs of load shedding..
    Hospital, Industry,school, tempoo, mobile Networks TV chanels had to shut there doors due to load shedding
    Everyday protest,Nepal bandh..
    YCL YOUTH FORCE under the political banner ko rajai.
    Police and law makers are forced to stay idle as nun khako khukura..where YCL n YF running the law
    Everyday killing of innocent,journalist,kidnapping..
    soaring 17.5% inflation…
    More division among different ethinic groups
    Indian run terrorist terrorising Tarai n boarders area
    Indian traitors , incumbent,undeducated low life politician running the country
    Nothin merit based…ignore intelectual and forced to look for the oppurtunity oversear..natabad
    No drinking water…garbage everwhere…
    Miniister spending …for there overseas travels
    …..spending money on white elephant CA
    lawless state..no one obeys no one…Employer are feared with their employee…
    no descipiline..
    taxx hike on everything …
    high level of crime..looting killing…rape murder…
    people can’t express their own opinion n views labeled rajabadi n beaten to death
    wat else we need to say that’ its a failed state
    …n i’ve seen very optimistic view from ppl here such as KASTHAMANDUP but being real is important
    if you be so optimistic n hope for the better Nepal tommorow nothing gonna happens its collapsing it will be to late to save …it’l collapse
    IT’s time to rise punish this culprits who sucked so much out of our motherland..make them pay for it..
    believe in reality..truth…bring more competent people on the merit based…Youth with vision..should run not old uneducated jungali rags should be running the nation…wat PM got nothing his own forceful ideology if you dont’ belive in me we will kill you…if you throw me i’ll come bak n snatch it..He is not a PM he is still the Leader of Maoist…the terrrorist still in hide out in jungle..all he is doing is accumulating wealth…having holiday around globes.. enjoy his time with his entourage..family…wow wat a great life..
    wat happened..one king gone three/four king borned
    This people should be accounted for the distruction they caused for last 15yrs..or more..they should be brought to justice..PKD n BB should be charged against International Civil court for the genocide..they are yday murderer who killed thousands for there own personal benefits..they should be punished..Bcoz just they didn’t belive in there ideology there throat has been slashed..tortured..coz there views are different to theirs…they are the biggest terrorist n they have taken 100’s of innocent lives..and now blood on there own hand running n enjoying there time @ government …

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  13. worried_nepalese – very well said. WE have let this situation develop – each of us has our own reason – but WE are the only ones who can change the current situation. It is time that WE, the people of Nepal, take the responsibility and decide our own fate. The first three words of the American Constitution are “WE THE PEOPLE….”, perhaps that would be a good place for our CA to start!!

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  14. I thought janamorcha is a pro people party……….. i could not understand…………. how they went to disappear into terrorist……. ………………………………………
    ……………………………… prachanda, maoist are the one who called old parties play dirty to be in the govt. legpulling, buying and selling …………………….. but those terrorist are saying they would coup, go for violent demonstration to keep on being in the govt. ……………..
    ……………………………………………………………………… it is already proved they know nothing about running a country, administration and still how can they still doing everything to be in the govt. …………. what ever they have tried education tax, every other thing have backfired…………………………… ………………………
    ……………………………………………… ………………… they should remember one thing nepal govt is govt. not SANTA who goes around distributing gifts …………………………..
    ……………………………… govt. should not go around giving money. ………………… …………………………………………….. if they want to distribute land……. govt. should buy land, sell it to landless……………. give landless land but bank should keep the land as collateral until the landless pays for the land……………………………………………… ………..

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  15. well said worried bro

    and you too change human right bro….

    and many …….those who are against these communist atrocities…
    good on you bros/sis……keep writing……keep posting……….
    let them hear our voice

    jay nepal

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  16. I agree with most of the comments here…it’s people who make the nation..not the politicians. Unfortunately, we , the people are not acting well..

    why are we not acting well?
    Because we are not led by honest visionary leaders. Such Leaders are required in every society to relentlessly pursue people’s agenda.

    Do we not have such leaders??
    Yes we have, but they are overshadowed by mighty politicians..they are stopped to take lead..there are many such leaders who do not dare fight against these mighty politicians.

    So, Does it mean, we continue like this..will things never improve?? Will we and our future generation never see a New Nepal..a Prosperous, Educated, Healthy and Happy Nepal??
    I don’t know the answer for sure..but I’m optimistic. I’m sure current sate of affair will not continue for long..it can’t continue for long..from here we will only go up..I am also sure, we will have another people’ movement which will bring in peace and prosperity to the country..This movement will not necessarily be the same as ones that we witnessed in past..it could be a movement at regional level such as Educate people, Empower people, Engage people in making society better..
    I think the biggest bugbear the country is facing today is illiteracy..our people are not trained enough to elect a good leader..we get carried away by the false promise of Maoist, NC and other parties. If we want to get rid of the mess we are currently into..we have to start this movement of TEACH NEPAL in a big way..we have to educate each child..each person in the village and town..Only educated Nepal can bring a New Nepal. Each one of us in our own way have to contribute towards this..

    I will leave you with my favourite quote –
    R.N. Tagore’s famous poem read..”Jodi tor dak sune keu na ase tobe ekla cholo re (if noone comes out by listening ur call then u start ur journey alone….)

    NepalUday

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  17. I dont know if my opinion carries any value, but I truely love my motherland with all respect, I have’nt see lot happenning in this remote country at all, even when there was monacry and maoist…. when there was king there were follower’s to follow his decision weather it was wrong or right, Nepeli people are innocent yet brave, now prachanda he has time and again theretened the country with another revolution in front of mass if his govt fails.. so does that mean we let him lead the country threating everytime. I dont belive he is capable of anything. Nepal should call for another fair election. I’m afriad of civil war. but this seems to happen anyways. Or we cant clear the garbage. I just have hope on Nepal Army and may be they can do something since it is no political party. I would wellcome and urge them to come forward if anythign comes up. Jay pasupati nath and jaya Nepal and fuccck moabaid and raja.

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  18. RANAs……..BAD

    RAJAs………BAD

    CONGRESS……..BAD

    PANCHEs…………BAD

    MAOBADIs…………….BAD

    do we actually have some thughs who can run this country………we need forwardthining young talents to run ..honestly…….if not its the musical chair

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  19. here all we guys r discussing about whether our country is failed state or not. whatever is the answer, whatever is the view reality is, our country is getting wrost and wrost and we people of this country r just watching ……………………………………………………………………. these are nepali citizens and how can be nepal a good country?

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  20. oh administrator jiu..eutai article katti din samma rkahne ho?? basi bhayera dung dung ganauna thali sakyo lau arko article jhattai upload garnu paryo hai

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  21. K ho afani bichar,
    Aba afai tata bhayo ni ta article lekhna lai
    Malai pani arko padna man ligisakyo tara afulai ta lekhan audaina….

    Afu pani nelekhne ani admin lai gali garnet a bhayena ni….
    Yo ta uhi sabai neta harulai gali jasto bhayo ni…
    Traditional nepali bichar

    Lekhau ani bolau…..

    Mero bichar ho yo….democracy ma freedom of speech bhanchan kyare…no offence to any one

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  22. I simply don’t understand when people interpret people’s views so badly and treat the viewers as pretty much an outcast. These are the fundamentals to bring authoritarian regimes in third worlds like Nepal. Time to time again. Lack of respect to others.

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  23. It’s not a question whether Nepal is going to fail? We already have. F is not enough for us. We are down to XYZ… F= Fail. Z=Zero (laddu, hawa khayo!)

    Oh yeah, I forgot, we believe in reincarnation!!!

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  24. Murderer of UMA SINGH won’t be spared even if it is Maoists—– PM

    Murderer of Ram Hari Shrestha awarded CC post

    PM how long you will keep on childish (shameless) behavour .

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  25. netherlands had a similar case of freedom of opinion murder a movie maker and well known ‘ enfant terrible’ called muslims in one of his colums goatfuckers.
    he was slashed in middle of the street in his own neigbourhood in Amsterdam.
    Country has never been the same since then and freedom of opinion became even excessively important. to the point that we could not stop one idiotic parlementarian who got entire country in trouble because he would not stop with anti muslim nonsense spreading racism.
    A culture of violence is stopped when mainstream stops it.

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  26. Dont worry guys….
    even if this country fails, we still got Gynendra Shah to blame…..they have already started to blame that poor guy….will ever our leaders take responsibility and let this ex monarch live in peace….what a shame leaders…when you will grow…stupid thugs

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  27. bird flue ………….. So another trouble has added.
    ………… …………….. maoist/prachanda are bad luck or what …………………………………………. what does maoist scientific explanation say about birdflue ……………… it is bird’s disease ……… human, no need to worry …………..
    …………………………….. …………………………………………….. if you believe in faith, could this be possible that god have sent bird flue to eradicate maoist/ycl ………………………. ……………………………… nepalese can do noting to save this country ………………….. at present, heavenly power is our only hope ……………………..

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  28. The only way totalitarian governments rules is by putting the public in the “dark.” Today, they are doing it by systematically denying the people the “power” by not providing electricity. If there is no electricity, there is no media, no tv, no computers, no internet, no communication. Hence, we are silenced. Its a tough means to an end of totalitarian regime.

    Think about it.

    Andhakar!
    brastachar!
    nich bichar!
    khai sarkar?

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  29. Teacher turned terrorist turned Bhittey rastrapati turned failed primeminister of a failed country Pushpey thinks Nepal is on right track and all the misgivings of the present are the doings of people from the past. Tyo Bhittey PM baneyo yestai asaksham statement haru dinalai ho? I think the people of Nepal asked for this change and are getting in. They voted in a terrorist party and what they are getting in return is terror. When Nepal was decalred a secular kingdon from a Hindu Kingdom, none of the 80% hindus flinched, when Nepal stopped celebrating Ekata diwas none of the patriots of the country even complained. For all those people who called April revolution “historic” and the CA eletections a “groundbreaking” event, the present day Nepal is something they asked for. They sided with bhadragoltantra and they are suprised Nepal is slipping to become a failed state. All the people like the Kanak Mani, Devendra raj Pandeys and media houses like Kantipur who thought they did the right thing by taking to the streets now have to go back to the people and explain to them if the change they stood for was even worth it. If it was right to give the regins to a terrorist outfit.

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  30. When thugs are ruling this country and dollar thugs are being civil servant society, then what do you expect less than the failure state…..it is nothing but cheating but cheating the innocent and poor people…

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  31. we should bring these discussions to the people to read. is there any way we can publish summary of above discusion in new paper, specially in nepali so more people can read the views?

    I really appriciate the above views.

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  32. its the politics that brings the difference {bet madhesi n pahade}, gain high power n always want to hang over there violating the inspiration of poor n innocent people. afraid of their shake n ask the support of other country { its the politician that brings foreign politics}, dirty environment made by dirty politicis make people sick { thanks to our society, religions, family, that has made us to live like social human}.
    this is not the politics that we are expecting right now. good politics can come into act only after eradicating illiteracy so that the innocent n poor people cannot be fooled.

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  33. Common ppl,

    hasera matrai problem solve huncha ra. we all know Nepal is slowly being dragged into quick sand.

    It is all in our hands, yes, our own hands to save our country from this quick sand.

    Together, you me and all of us can bring our country to a different situation than this one.

    Better situation in Nepal.

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  34. Mera pyara des basi hary,
    sabaile milera malai nikalera lakha pakha lagaunu bha e kai ho. Hamile pani tapain ko agya na mani sukha nahune vaye pachi lurukka darbar cho de kai ho. tespachi pani hami mathi dherai mithya arop lagekai ho. tara kuro k vane aba hamro firti huna sambhav chaina!

    hamilai aaja ayera India ko Bhutanikaran prastav namanera galti garyun ki jasto na lage ko pani hoina! Aakhir sabai jana balekai aago tapchan, tyesai le hamile Bharat ko petrol charera aago nabalera thulo bhul garyun, tara aune pusta le tyesto bhul na garun! Upa Rastrapati chahin sari buddhiman hunu hudo rahecha. aaune bitti kai Bharat lai khusi parnu vo. aru le pani uhan bata path siknu hola vanne hamro sujhab dina chanchaun

    Shree Pashupatinath le hami sabai ko rakshya garun
    Jay Nepal
    Bnde mataram!!!!

    (a satyre)

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  35. Like everyone here, I am leaving a little chat of lips. Read it at your own risk.

    What does a sleeping person does? Dreaming of these rambling paths and boast about this dream and past again and again. What we are remembering is this active history of us, made by us time to time. Sadly time after time, we create these series of events so that we have some time to boast about how many, what and why! Are we even aware about learning lessons at all! How about some actions? How about hopes?

    Have we forgotton that we are, right now, creating our future. We are damn aware of what we are creating. Why on earth, in Nepal, in each single one of us, such a tragedy repeating each single moment. Why are we letting hopelessness, active laziness, ego, selfishness and fear letting our principles to defeat. Or do we have any PRINCIPLES and VALUES at all!

    Check your head again. Are violence, ego, hatred, short-cuts, selfishness defeating us? Are we solving problem at all or just fucking piling problem over problem? This is a question to each single one of us. Are we letting these disease defeat us so easily. How about some lessons of our culture, if not anything at all. How about remembering 15 days of celebration of Dashain? Are we just monster, slaughtering other living beings to feed these hungry monster in us, that we have been nurturing? Or do you think it is just impossible yet believed legends and stories going on over year to year. We are but fucking losers to let these evil, dwelling in our mind to defeat the goodness in us.

    Stop and check your head.

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  36. I don’t agree with you. Nor with “A failed state is a state whose central government is so weak or ineffective that it has little practical control over much of its territory; non-provision of public services; widespread corruption and criminality; refugees and involuntary movement of populations; and sharp economic decline”. These proverbs are in times created by people who live in America and may be American too. If you live a life more than what other people cannot afford and ruin the planet itself with taking any regards to other who live in this universe. Americans live a life which a normal human being should not live, because it causes a mass destruction of nature. If americans buy more cars another iraq is going to burn, may be its now time for UAE, iran etc to be a new land. May be they are hiding terriost or even the government is in list of terriost in america. This is was america is going to say when their cars has less fuel. This was just an example. Now let’s talk about the broad picture. Any state is never a failed state. Countries and nations are not build in one day. Neither a 10 years time or so can declare a country a failed one. Maoist did one great thing, the fall of King, and this was only one thing maoist did great. Even the nature and some past events of maoist and goverment caused us loadshedding. Loadshedding one great factor that can cause many levels of frustation among us. I know things will go bad until the next election where we will vote under the new contitution. Make yourself safe and the rest will be fine. For one minute think yourself as prachanda. Prachanda who had followed a strong revolutionary image and the new image which he must posses to end the war. One person at one time cannot make happy the revolutionary group and the others. 5 of goverments decisions have been withdrawn by government and that is a sign that this government is incapable of doing anything good. Now think of this way. In the last 10 – 15 years we did not did a drastic change. If this government is not going to do anything good nor can it do anything bad. I mean no use. After the new election i hope we will make a single party win on this country, which will have no problems to make its decision to get on work.
    At this political situation only one party is going to benifit and that nepali congress. Why i am saying this is everytime when people get frusted they just want to overthrow the one who is giving you trouble right now. You are even forced to oversee the mistakes the others made in the past. E.g Girija gave 2 lakhs nagarikta in Tarai among which many people are indian and who hold double citizenship. And are the main leaders and people to daily emerging armed forces(terriost organizations) of terai(backed by different indians to make this country unstable). Maoist is unsucessful because it was the one who taught them what to do(I don’t want to say about war but the bandha, chhaka jam, andolan etc). We voted maoist not because we loved their idilogy, but because we were afraid of war and when we got one chance to say we don’t need war we did. Now after 2 years we will again get chance and the party who will stay at it’s best will win. So a government that will rule the country only for 2 years cannot make a sucessful nation like nepal to a failed state.

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