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editThe discerning watcher cannot but be bewildered by the remarkable absence of marksmanship among those who have taken to subversion of the current spate of elections. While by no means condoning these violent incidents, the blasts by themselves force Nepali voters to recall that actual targeting of hapless Nepali people flagrantly encouraged by our current political masters served much to subvert legitimate elections conducted by the government chaired by the then king Gyanendra over a decade ago. Those elections were vital for the restoration of the constitutional process disrupted both by Maoist terror and the self-serving political one-upmanship demonstrated by the political parties who were the actual stakeholders of the parliamentary system that they themselves hailed as the ‘best constitution in the world’. What is remarkable is that global advocates of constitutionalism and democracy turned blind to these nefarious activities and actually welcomed terror into the country by failing the king’s desperate efforts to preserve that constitution in order to serve their own interests in Nepal by mans of the change. What has differed since then in the country is the rule of law and democracy the absence of which encourages violence as a deterrent to the actual exploitation of the country and the people through brute organized perversions of democratic processes such as the vote.
The concern against resort to political violence, however, is genuine among the masses. Among other things, the knowledge that violence can win and the winners can be blessed internationally fuels the heightened fear of the shape of things to come. Political conflict is here to stay despite the elections since international interests can so readily fuel and take advantage of the instability that ensues. Going back to the beginning, the calculated emasculation of our security organizations on plea of partisan interests is one prime reason for repetitive use of violence in the country. The other is the repeated use of security organizations to serve partisan interests. Recall the ‘Kilo Sera’s of the Nineties launched by G.P. Koirala which in fact served more to alienate the country side much less thwart the Maoist terror. Much was made at that time of the Army’s nexus with the palace which served well to make as if the police were the actual tools of the ruling party to subvert subversion. That the constitutional role of the National Security Agency was ignored thoroughly by simply the government not constituting it and a call attention option by the constitutional monarch was dismissed at that time as undue interference. It was only after the Maoists overran an army barrack that the then parliament saw the need for parliamentary consensus to tackle what by then became a genuine threat to the system. As it is, the Agency is seemingly dormant again to the extent that the prime minister is caught on the wrong foot ordering the security organs personally. Among other things, one would suggest that his opponent in elections but still partner in government, the Maoist Center, particularly its chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal who has just been bereaved of his son, can perhaps from experience point out what is going wrong. Indeed, for us mere concerned watchers it is time perhaps also for the advantaged international community to point out the anomaly of the Maoist Center and the CPN/UML blaming the government for the violence while one of the two remains in government although contesting as the opposition party.

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