Your editorial last week ('Born-again democracy' #330) and Sheetal Kumar's column ('Draw the line', Eyes wide shut, #330) might be alarmist, but you have a point. What's the hurry for elections when people are legitimately questioning the very composition of who is voting and for what. The least these jokers in government and the scary clowns who gave us this 'revolution' can do is, have the courtesy to listen to doubts. If they weren't too busy feathering their own nests high above the ground, maybe they would see that though we Nepalis passively paid the price for what they did, it is still our country and our right to decide how we rule it.
. It would be fatal for the parties to form a government with Maoists without convincingly solving the issue of weapons. Party cadres will bear the brunt of the Maoists' ire if arms management is not pursued as the topmost priority. What catastrophe will occur if the constitutional assembly elections are postponed by a month? Maoists rationalise the use of arms and violence as a means that justifies the ends. For them it is logical to retain arms. But who will participate in the electoral process if it is conducted under the shadow of guns? Most Nepalis don't underestimate the power of the Maoists' underhand tactics and organisational skills. In history, rogue forces have never been reliable, especially not in coalition governments.
. Why won't people just accept that elections held in June will be a farce. But then almost everything in this country has become a wretched joke. To the leaders of the land: you've already squandered most of your chances in the last six months. Mess up one more time and it will be back to Mangal Man, you fools.