Na­tion at cru­cial junc­ture

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The po­lit­i­cal par­ties in the government have de­cided to hold the 14 May elec­tion at any cost, whereas, the Mad­heshi Front has an­nounced its protest pro­grams to dis­turb the elec­tions at any cost. Both the sides are pre­pared for con­fronta­tion from which the pol­i­tics may take a new course. Some security ob­servers have even warned that if the government will try to sup­press the Mad­heshi Front, the sep­a­ratist move­ment in Tarai dis­tricts can be­come strong, which may go be­yond the con­trol of the government. No elec­tions in 11 dis­tricts: Although the government is claim­ing for hold­ing elec­tions on 14 May in all over the coun­try, there is rare chance of elec­tions in eight dis­tricts in the No 2 prov­ince and three dis­tricts in the No 5 prov­ince. They are: Si­raha, Sap­tari, Dhanusha, Mo­hat­tari, Bara, Par­sha, Rau­ta­hat and Sar­lahi, Kapil­vastu, Ru­pan­dehi and Na­bal­parashi. Un­til now, the main­stream po­lit­i­cal par­ties – NC, UML and Maoist Cen­ter – are un­able to carry-out their elec­tion cam­paign in these dis­tricts. Mean­ing­less elec­tions: The elec­tions held with­out par­tic­i­pa­tion of the Mad­heshi Front will be mean­ing­less, says even the NC and MC lead­ers. Delhi has made its stand point clear that it would not rec­og­nize the elec­tions held with­out par­tic­i­pa­tion of the Mad­heshi Front. In the mean­time, small 68 par­ties in­clud­ing the Naya Shakti led by Babu­ramBhat­tarai have launched ag­i­ta­tion de­mand­ing elec­tion sym­bol as de­manded by them. They have also said that if they will not get elec­tion sym­bol as de­manded by them, they will not al­low the government to hold lo­cal elec­tions. In this re­gard, the lec­tions in hill dis­tricts can also be af­fected. More se­ri­ously, if the pol­i­tics will take a new course and if the sit­u­a­tion will go be­yond th e

con­trol of the government and if the na­tion will head to­wards a split, will it be wise to go for the lo­cal elec­tions?

Past mis­takes:

The Maoists had com­mit­ted a se­ri­ous mis­take by pro­vok­ing the com­mu­nal forces. The Maoists in­tro­duced the agenda of iden­tity, which has be­come a se­ri­ous headache for the very Maoists. The par­lia­men­tar­ian par­ties com­mit­ted se­ri­ous blun­der by adopt­ing the Maoist agen­das. Now, the Pandora's Box has been opened and the po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion has gone be­yond the con­trol of the po­lit­i­cal par­ties and par­tic­u­larly from the con­trol of Maoist supremo Push­paka­mal Da­hal. The ma­jor three par­ties be­lieved that they were all in all and in­tro­duced the pol­i­tics of re­jec­tion. Above 90 per­cent of peo­ple hav­ing be­lief on Hindu re­li­gion are un­able to find their space in the present con­sti­tu­tion. Those who be­lieve on in­sti­tu­tion of monar­chy too are un­able to get their space in the con­sti­tu­tion. When so many sec­tions are un­able to feel their own­er­ship on the con­sti­tu­tion, al­ready, there was doubt on sus­tain­abil­ity of the con­sti­tu­tion. If the ma­jor po­lit­i­cal par­ties will fail to cor­rect their past mis­takes, they are ob­vi­ously go­ing to make the sit­u­a­tion more com­plex from which the coun­try will move to­wards the process of split. By re­al­iz­ing the se­ri­ous­ness of the sit­u­a­tion, the ma­jor po­lit­i­cal par­ties should be­come ready to scrap the present con­sti­tu­tion. If Maoist Cen­ter supremo still be­lieves that sec­u­lar­ism, fed­er­al­ism and repub­li­can­ism are the achieve­ments for him, he should be­come ready to ac­cept the fact that he will also be re­spon­si­ble for sep­a­ra­tion of the na­tion.

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