Good for noth­ing par­ties

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL -

The writer of the ar­ti­cle ‘Af­ter the elec­tions’ ex­pressed her con­cerns about the con­fu­sion pre­vail­ing in Bhutan’s po­lit­i­cal par­ties af­ter the elec­tions. “Look­ing out­wards to the rest of the world, there is a sense that they (Bhutan’s po­lit­i­cal par­ties) are sup­posed to con­trib­ute to so­cial dis­course and also have some say in for­eign and eco­nomic pol­icy,” writes Ms Ali. I want to ask her how are po­lit­i­cal par­ties in South Asian coun­tries (es­pe­cially those which are out of power) con­tribut­ing to ‘so­cial dis­course’ etc? In Bangladesh, for in­stance, the po­lit­i­cal par­ties are en­tan­gled in a bloody fight – which has claimed sev­eral lives and caused much harm to the coun­try’s econ­omy – just to get into power. The re­cent elec­tions in Nepal were marked by in­ci­dents of vi­o­lence and ugly fights among po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

Per­haps fan­ci­ful no­tions such as ‘hav­ing some say in for­eign and eco­nomic af­fairs’ are not ap­pli­ca­ble to our part of the world where the sole aim of po­lit­i­cal par­ties seems to be get­ting into power by hook or by crook.

Nirupma Thap­par

Thim­phu, Bhutan

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