Applauding the Nepali politicians

Nepal’s politicians refuse to make common cause with the Maoists

King Gyanendra has placed severe restrictions on political parties. Yet when Maoist rebels sought to form an alliance against the King, the Nepali Congress Party refused, on the grounds that the rebels have to stop violence first.

But the Nepali Congress party said it could not support the violent methods of the guerrillas, who want to set up a single party communist state in the world’s only Hindu kingdom.

“We are completely opposed to the dictatorship of the military (under the king) and the dictatorship of the proletariat,” Congress spokesman Arjun Narsingh K.C. told Reuters.

“We can’t really associate with violence. The Maoists must first accept basic human rights, and the principle of competitive multi-party politics,” he said. [Reuters]

Nepali politicians may be a fractious, even incompetent lot — but they’ve got some things straight.

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  2. This is even greater reason for India to act as a responsible neighbour and intervene. With the king asking help, the “internal matter” complaint won’t stand ground. We should honor the treaty to provide military intervention, make it absolutely clear to the king that this does not mean a support of his anti-democratic act, simultaneously open up dialogue with political parties and start taking positive steps towards helping restore democracy in Nepal. That is the rational thing to do, both for the people of Nepal and for our own security.

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