I admire your magazine’s coverage of elections in all South Asian countries. I find both the pre and post-election analyses published by SouthAsia quite thorough. And it is after reading many such analyses that I have reached the sad conclusion that perhaps democracy does not suit most South Asian nations. It really pains me to see all the bloodshed and violence that has become the hallmark of elections in South Asian countries. Take Bangladesh’s case.. More than 50 people died there in electionrelated violence in one month alone. The situation in Nepal was not much different where the electoral exercise there was marred by boycotts, sporadic violence and clashes between rival parties. The same was the case in Pakistan and the Maldives and I’m afraid we are going to see more of the same in India and Afghanistan too.
This makes me wonder why South Asian countries cannot have a smooth and peaceful transition of power. We don’t see violent incidents in western democracies where election campaigns are perhaps run more rigorously but sans much violence. Is it the lack of education in our part of the world or is it that we are not worthy of democracy?