Maoists Quit Government. What Next?

On Tuesday, Nepal Communist Party (Maoists) quit government vowing to begin an agitation and to disrupt the Constituent Assembly election. It came after five months of Maoists joining the government. The latest turn-around of the Maoists, whose 13-year-long People’s War put the country into unprecedented trouble, has ignited the fear of them returning to from where they come.

Most Nepali who lived peacefully without news of killings everyday fear that this could be the end of the opportunity to once again bring a peaceful nation. Many see it as a step that will increase trouble of the country rather than solving it.

Talks are going on to reach an agreement with the Maoists and hopefully, it will turn out fruitful. In the condition where Maoists has vowed to continue alliance with seven other political parties and keeping their army in the UN monitored camps and going through peaceful agitation, it is largely unlikely that they will go back to war again.

Then, what is it? What next?

For me, their latest step is nothing more than their nervous attempt to regain the faith of the people before going into the elections. Since they have joined the mainstream politics, the political scenario has changed a lot. The Tarai Uprising has been the main factor that has swept away their base in Tarai region.

Their early conclusion of Tarai Uprising, when they said its only a mob, has boomeranged. With Tarai people and many other smaller groups attempting to get deserved equality and rights, the situation for the Maoists in government was unfavorable. If these groups reach agreements with the government, Nepali Congress (a party with Prime Minister who lead and Ram Chandra Poudel, who is responsible to talks and agreement as peace and reconstruction minister) takes the credit and Maoists are left with nothing!

Better than that for the Maoists is to assist these groups in their fight (or possibly lead them) so to regain faith and popularity.

Secondly, Maoists had already expressed their fear in facing the people. Their war has caused 10,000 deaths and millions were irked and if they go to election without addressing the problems of the victims, they are unlikely to get people’s favor. It would be the stunning punch for them if they fail to go shoulder-to-shoulder with Nepali Congress and Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist Lennists) which, many thinks, is unlikely in current situation.

So for them, fully proportional electoral system is the best choice rather than mixed one and if they succeed to make the interim parliament declare republic (their two demands for agreement is fully proportional electoral system and declaration of republic), it will be a big success for them to which they can take a credit and face people.

But if the election is now postponed and something happens in between, Nepali people won’t forgive the Maoists. And, in the condition when the political situation is not consolidated and many trying to play the game, postponement of the election will not be good for the country! So for me, the best option for the Maoists is face the election and before than build some image helping out agitating groups and in Tarai.

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Teej – My 22 Hour Fasting

I am writing these lines immediately after breaking my 22-hour fasting with two apples and a glass of sweetened hot water – in a particular fashion of how the Hindu women break their Teej fasting.

Teej [more info at NepalHomePage and Wikipedia] is a festival known for the fasting as the women fasts whole day without even drinking a drop of water in belief that it would bring fame, progress and money to their husbands. They dress in red, sing, dance in groups and worship Lord Shiva as the myth behind the festival talks about him and his beloved Goddess Parbati.

It is believed that Goddess Parbati kept a very difficult fasting, not even swallowing his saliva, to get Lord Shiva as her husband. Unmarried girls too keep the fasting hoping that their future husbands will be among the best.

I am not a female and the reason behind my fasting is not religious. I neither performed puja in the morning and evening as the women do nor visited any temple to worship god or goddess. Rather, I watched the Twenty20 World Cup cricket match between Sri Lanka and Kenya during the afternoon and went to office in the evening.

My reason behind fasting was two. The first to know how it feels like to stay without food or drink for a whole day and secondly, to satisfy my adventurous or, you can say lunatic, nature.

I am happy that I could do it though everyone who knew me won’t believe it. One of my friends at office had told me yesterday that if I could neither stay at a place for whole day nor fast. Some even wanted to have a bet. I didn’t know if I could do it because I can hardly resist hunger. But I did it and I learnt that well, if I have strong commitment, I can do things.

My experience of remaining hungry for 22 hours was that it is not that hard. I felt a little numb right now and a very, very little dizzy, but overall, I never felt like I should go and eat. At around 11 AM and 3 PM, something in me shouted food, but I resisted that and then I didn’t even feel like need to eat.

However, I must salute thousands of women who fast on the day because I know its not as easy for them as for me and their motive behind fasting is a kind of selflessness. You may like to call it ’male domination’ or something like that and I too personally DO NOT like women fasting for their men, but its a tradition and that’s won’t go away soon.

My 22 Hour Fasting was also my attempt to find out how much I can do for my beloved who was fasting for me!

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