The pain of the death of more than 20 people has not gone down but the parties seem to be back on their original agendas about the functioning of the society. The reforms wanted by different parties are different. The major issue is of course the fate of monarchy. Most communist blocks obviously press for a republican set up but Congress, one of the major alliance seems to have distanced itself from the republican idea. Hindustan Times writes:
Insisting that he was not a republican, Koirala on Wednesday said Gyanendra could be a ceremonial king like the British queen. At a meeting with a delegation of the South Asian Free Media Association, Koirala asked: “What is the harm if he stays as Lord Pashupati?”
Is he ditching the general people? Is this for what we agreed him to be the primeminister? I have always been sceptical about the ideas of Girija. He seems to cling to the idea of monarchy despite the catastrophic actions that have come forth from the monarch in the last couple of years. However, he agrees that he will accept the fate of monarchy as decided by the people. But, look at his haughtiness. Hindustan Times further writes:
Forever a centrist, Koirala defined the ceremonial monarchy-multi-party democracy combination as “borderline” to the republican system. “I’ve nothing to say if the people want to cross that,” he said. “I’m expected to lead rather than being led by popular opinion.”
What does this guy think of himself? Look at the last sentence. Agreed, leaders should lead but they are elected to lead based on the popular opinion. We are not their slaves. We decide what should be done and he should be the one to execute.
However, on a positive note, Communist parties have been respecting and capitalizing on the sprit of the people. They are for a republican set up, clearly appreciating the sentiments of millions of Nepalese. Hindustan Times writes:
To a poser on the NC’s stand, UML’s Madhav Nepal said: “People are above the Nepali Congress, in fact, above all parties, who have to respect their views.Nepal doesn’t need monarchy. We are for a democratic republic.”
So, what will be our future? And what do you want to see?
(ps: based on article by Vinod Sharma,Hindustan Times, May 10,06)