Po­lit­i­cal Divides

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL -

Nepal’s po­lit­i­cal cri­sis re­minds me of Ge­orge Or­well’s fa­mous anal­o­gous novel ‘An­i­mal Farm’ in which the an­i­mals of a farm rid them­selves of hu­man rulers only to dis­solve in dis­sen­sion them­selves. Nepal may very well have been able to free it­self from the rule of the monar­chy, yet it still has a long way to go if it has any hopes of suc­cess­fully es­tab­lish­ing a democ­racy.

Is­sues re­gard­ing the rights of var­i­ous eth­nic groups in the coun­try are very real and there­fore must be ad­dressed in a sen­si­ble and ma­ture man­ner. De­ci­sions must be made while tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion the per­spec­tives of all po­lit­i­cal par­ties as well as the needs and sen­ti­ments of the public. Since demo­cratic rule in Nepal is still in its most nascent stages, the risk of opportunistic lead­ers dis­rupt­ing the whole process in or­der to sat­isfy their own vested in­ter­ests is very high.

Sid­dharth Bi­jukchhe Nepal

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