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Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Setback to Democracy.

Taking Niket's blog on The Kashmir Municipal Elections a step further, his statement that elections are just a beginning can't be more true. It can be exemplified by the recent ongoings in Nepal, where Nepal's King Gyanendra has dismissed Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba's coalition government. At the same time, the king has declared a state of emergency and ruled that he is taking over the country for the next three years.

Democracy means the government of the people, by the people and for the people. It is the sole right of the citizens of the country to keep the government under check. The suspension of all fundamental rights of the citizens can aptly be characterized as monarchy. Some analysts mention that this is not the first time democracy has been trampled upon, citing the example of Pakistan with President Musharraf taking over the country in recent years.

However, I doubt whether Nepal will get such an expansive coverage as Iraq got, simply because of vested interests in Iraq.


Blogger Nitin said...

Not just on democracy, I think King Gyanendra has done this with China's approval. Hence the closure of the Dalai Lama's offices a couple of days before imposing an emergency.

Only a strong and assertive response from India can retrieve the situation; otherwise you may see a China-leaning dictatorship (by the King) or a China-inspired communist state emerging there. Neither of these outcomes are favourable to India.

6:30 PM  
Blogger SBR said...

However, according to news reports, the Government of India seems to be at a loss to explain their immediate actions, considering that the GoI provided the Royal Nepal Army with support against the Maoists.

1:32 PM  

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