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Talking about talks



The main problem today is not that who should rule the country, but how to compel the Maoists to come to the table for negotiations. Nobody should have illusions that a group indulging in activities like ambushing passenger buses, killing children, murdering former MPs would be willing to come to negotiations on its own. The Maoists are not likely to gain anything by taking part in the peace talks right now. They can't also hope of establishing a republic by holding talks with the government. All the Maoists want by repeatedly talking about talks is to cheat the peace-loving Nepali people and not to get boycotted from the world community. For them, talks or elections to the constituent assembly are nothing but a ladder to the success of their bloody revolution.

Everybody knows the Chand administration doesn't have the capability to protect either the common people or party leaders. The government must include all major political parties, that means the CPN (UML) and the Nepali Congress too.

The people are frustrated with the corrupt and comfort-seeking tendencies of our rulers. They don't really have any complaint towards the (multi-party) system. The king gained popularity when he relinquished his executive authority. Everybody now knows there are only two forces left in the country: those who believe in democracy with a constitutional monarchy and the republicans. There is no alternative for the king and parliamentary parties other than to work together. The political parties must join the government and the King must make room in the cabinet for them.


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