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Bhattarai: Democracy has failed South Asia

Posted by D and I Consulting on October 23, 2011

The newly elected Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai

The following comes from the Times of India. Posting here does not imply endorsement of the views presented. 

Democracy has failed South Asia: Nepal PM

NEW DELHI: Nepalese Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai has warned that if the political dissensions in his country prevent successful drafting of the constitution, the path to democracy may have to be revisited.

Bhattarai, leader of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), said democracy in its traditional form had failed the people of South Asia by not being participatory enough.

Nepal’s peace process, which is expected to lead to drafting of the constitution, has been subjected to incessant delay because the political parties have failed to iron out their differences. Offering all possible assistance to Nepal, PM Manmohan Singh had complimented the Maoist leader in an official banquet on Friday for having joined Nepal political mainstream.

“We are optimistic about the constitution but if we fail, there is going to be the big question that whether or not the democratic path is appropriate,” said Bhattarai in the presence of top Congress leaders and leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj. He was speaking at a function organized in his honour by JD-U national president Sharad Yadav.

Bhattarai said people might have to take up arms again if the traditional form of democracy fails to address their concerns. “Democracy has to be made more participatory. If we fail to do it legally and constitutionally, people will be forced to take up arms again,” he said.

“The copied traditional democracy in South Asia serves only small sections of the society. It fails to take into account class and caste differences and also doesn’t accommodate the interests of minorities and tribals,” he added. Bhattarai’s remarks came towards the end of his four-day visit to India during which, as he said on Saturday, the two sides managed to foster the spirit of trust between them.

The visit also saw the countries signing an agreement for investment promotion. Bhattarai was slammed by the opposition parties in Kathmandu by a sell-out to India in signing the investment promotion agreement. Earlier in the day, Bhattarai described his visit to India as successful and emphasized that it had opened a new chapter in the bilateral relationship.

2 Responses to “Bhattarai: Democracy has failed South Asia”

  1. Simon Bolivar said

    Bourgeois democracy has indeed failed South Asia. It has allowed for the plundering of South Asia by imperialists and has allowed for the working class of South Asia to be both continually exploited by the international foreign bourgeois and the national bourgeois. The only answer to this problem is the creation of a nominally socialist system that empowers the working class and sets forth the condition of building a peoples republic in which trade unionists will hold the majority of power, this combined with the concept of workers self-management and the dictatorship of the proletariat are the only way forward. The party should be striving for this and using its ability to mass organize in order to lead forth the next revolutionary wave as opposed to accepting bourgeois democratic politics and revolutionary defeatism. The future belongs to the working class not the bourgeois.Today South Asia, tomorrow the world.

  2. siva said

    Dear Simon Boloivar
    I agree.
    But see from whom it is coming.

    The Nepali Maoists launched their People’s War precisely because bourgeois democracy failed.
    Did not Bhattarai know that all this time.
    What is he doing then as Prime Minister of a certain-to-fail bourgeois government in Nepal, with endorsement by India and the US.

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