Democ­racy and Com­mu­nism

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL -

In the his­tory of com­mu­nism, 2018 has emerged as the most sig­nif­i­cant pe­riod, par­tic­u­larly in the 21st cen­tury. This year the num­ber of coun­tries be­ing ruled by com­mu­nist par­ties has in­creased from one to six, with Nepal be­ing the lat­est ex­am­ple. Other com­mu­nist-ruled na­tions are China, Viet­nam, Cuba, North Korea and Laos. How­ever, Nepal is an ex­cep­tion be­cause it is the only coun­try in the world where the com­mu­nist govern­ment has been demo­crat­i­cally elected through pop­u­lar vote. This shows com­mu­nism is gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity as the most vi­able eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal sys­tem, which is more ben­e­fi­cial to the masses than the other pop­u­lar ide­olo­gies. This also sug­gests that com­mu­nism is not a dy­ing ide­ol­ogy and can eas­ily co­ex­ist with democ­racy.

R. F. Dhar­malal,

Lal­it­pur, Nepal.

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