The Seven Party Alliance (SPA) should be very careful of what they are getting into. The strike which they have started seems to have gone out of their hands. Activists have started going house to house asking for at least one participant from each family and have asked private businesses to close down forcefully. People have to participate by will, not by force. These tactics are definitely not democratic but rather resemble that of the Maoists.
The parties cannot forget poor people who have to live on daily wages to feed their kids. Small shop owners who barely have a daily profit to get keep their kitchens going should not be forced to shut down for days. Poor cab drivers who depend upon daily commuters to buy their dinners should not be ignored. Calling an indefinite Bandh is a mistake that SPA is doing due to a lack of confidence. This may create chaos, rioting, looting and killing in Kathmandu. It is a whole different story when someone’s three year old child cries and gets sick from lack of food. Angry parents will have no choice but to break local grocery stores and banks. I think that’s the kind of excuse that the King is looking for and the Maoists are dreaming of.
The SPA should never forget that it is the people that matters. They should be very sensitive to the people’s problem and should not take their participation as granted or try to force them. The day the Maoists come to power in Nepal as a communist regime will be the worst one in Nepal’s history. My requests to the SPA leaders would be to not get manipulated by the Maoist tactics and to not ignore helpless people in the name of fighting the King. If they continue this, it may very well back fire. That’s what the Maoists did for the last 10 years and now they are trying to involve the SPA in their dirty game. Their public support gradually declined and was almost non-existent when they used force against the poor people without any consideration.
The parties need to have a clear plan, and calling an indefinite strike is not a good one. It is the poor who will suffer. The King has shown no mercy or responsibility towards the poor, Maoists have been killing them left and right. They will have nowhere to go if the so called leaders start riding on the Maoists’ back and act foolishly. A small mistake changes the fate of a nation for centuries. Leaders need to act responsibly even when they are not in power. People from all walks of life need to be led. Leaders should be thinking of the consequences of the Maoists leading the people.
One should have no doubt about the intentions of the Maoists. They have merely changed their strategy, but they are still fighting for a communist state. In the past, they had waged war against both the King and the parties. However, upon realizing that they would never succeed, they used the age old method of creating conflict between the king and the parties. They succeeded in their ploy because the King was blinded by the greed for power. Now they have brought the parties to their side. They are attacking one enemy with the use of another. Once the King is defeated, they will fight the parties. History bears witness that the communists can never be brought to the negotiating table unless all anti-communists and democratic forces join hands. If the King is defeated, the RNA will have no choice but to join the Maoists. What will follow is carnage with the democratic leaders being executed, exiled or imprisoned. Remember – the communist have no mercy. They kill poor under the ideological cover of helping the poor.
If the current uprising continues the way it is now, we may all regret it. The leaders of the parties, if they have any wisdom, should immediately lead the uprising from the forefront and move forward responsibly. If that does not happen, we might end up being like Angola or Haiti. They will not make Girija, Deuba or Madhav Nepal the president of the new republic. American Ambassador Moriarty had warned the parties and the King on this. The King did not listen then. However, it still isn’t late for the King to pull his act together and forge a compromise with the parties. Let us be united for democracy and defeat the bad guys in the jungle who have started moving to the city. Let us not forget the adage:
भाई फुटे गॅवार लुटे