FB   
 
Powered bysps
        Society for Policy Studies
 
 

 
Cowardly act
Posted:Dec 5, 2017
 
Print
Share
  
increase Font size decrease Font size
 
At least 11 people, including Nepali Congress leader Gagan Kumar Thapa, who is contesting the parliamentary election from Kathmandu Constituency-4 were injured when an explosive went off at Chapali where the NC candidate was canvassing before the 48 hour silence period that began on Monday midnight. There have been a series of bomb explosions across the country on the run up to the second phase of parliamentary election scheduled for December 7. Nobody has owned up the responsibility of such cowardly acts though the Home Ministry has claimed that it was the act of the Netra Bikram Chand-led CPN-Maoist which is the only political outfit that has boycotted the parliamentary election. The Home Ministry has said that the law enforcement agency has arrested a number of people involved in violent acts which have so far claimed the life of a temporary policeman in Dang a week ago and even a NC candidate in Udaypur was seriously wounded. The Home Ministry’s claim that all security arrangements have been kept in place to ensure peaceful election seems to be far from reality as such explosions have occurred even in the Kathmandu Valley where presence of the security personnel is very thick.
 
On the other hand, Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhi Prasad Yadav has claimed that the security arrangements made by the government is satisfactory, and he has called upon the voters to exercise their franchise “without any fear”. How can the voters and general people be assured that the elections will be held in a peaceful manner when the security agencies have not been able to display their institutional capacity when it comes to dealing with the security threats on the run up to the elections? Security experts, including the retired police officials, have blamed Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba for security lapses as he himself handled the home portfolio, and he could not give enough time to oversee the Home Ministry. He should have appointed someone else as Home Minister during the election time. Even though he did not do so, the Home Ministry and its security wings should have worked effectively to alley any fears that have gripped the public.
 
The second phase of parliamentary and provincial elections is being held in 45 districts to elect 128 members of the House of Representatives and 256 members of the provincial assemblies. All these districts are considered to be easily accessible by air or land routes and a large number of security personnel, including Nepali Army, have been mobilized in every nook and corner of all constituencies. But the dastardly act of violence has taken place to deter the people from taking part in the election process which will help implement the new constitution adopted on September 20, 2015. The government must tell the public why the security agencies have not been able to control such violence. It should also assure the public, by action, that the December 7 election will pass off peacefully. Peaceful election is the only way to strengthen democracy. Any election held amidst fear, intimidation or threats will lose its credibility. To alley all these fears the government must act promptly.
 
The Himalayan Times, December 6, 2017
 
 
 
 
Print
Share
  
increase Font size decrease Font size
 

Disclaimer: South Asia Monitor does not accept responsibility for the views or ideology expressed in any article, signed or unsigned, which appears on its site. What it does accept is responsibility for giving it a chance to appear and enter the public discourse.
Comments (Total Comments 0) Post Comments Post Comment
Review
 
 
 
 
spotlight image Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri, is a former top diplomat who retired as India's Permanent Representative at the United Nations. In his new political avatar, as an important minister in the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Puri told INDIA REVIEW & ANALYSIS that
 
read-more
Aimed at consolidating cooperation between the armed forces of India and Saudi Arabia and explore new avenues of defence cooperation, Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee and Naval Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba, visited Saudi Arabia on from 4-8 February 2018, writes Anil Bhat
 
read-more
Campus placement season is here and the news is that graduates from the top campuses in India, especially the IITs, have received six figure pay packets and job offers in the US. However, looking beyond the top 200 engineering schools in India, pay packets are not looking too promising. The reason is the emergence of new engineering sc
 
read-more
Representatives from ten Asia Pacific governments, parliaments, civil society organisations (CSOs) and international institutions - including from six South Asian countries - gathered in Bangkok to reflect and share knowledge and learnings on climate change finance and gender-inclusion as part of the Regional Dialogue on Climate Resili
 
read-more
Maldives President Abdulla Yameen “conveyed that mediation was not wanted at this stage” when UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres spoke to him last week, Guterres's spokesperson Stephane Dujrric confirmed Thursday, writes Arul Louis
 
read-more
Srinivasan leaves his office in Bengaluru where the lights and air-conditioners are switched off when sensors planted inside notice that he is leaving. He is prompted on his e-watch as to how much time it would take for the elevator to arrive on his floor, based on movement-recognition, writes Rajendra Shende
 
read-more

The Indian government is undertaking a project to enhance and install infrastructures related to trade and customs along its northeastern frontier, that include trading points with Bhutan.

 
read-more

Society for Policy Studies in association with India Habitat Centre held a lecture in the “China's Belt and Road Initiative: Nature, Implications and India's Response”

 
read-more
Column-image

What is history? How does a land become a homeland? How are cultural identities formed? The Making of Early Kashmir explores these questions in relation to the birth of Kashmir and the discursive and material practices that shaped it up to the ...

 
Column-image

A group of teenagers in a Karachi high school puts on a production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible— and one goes missing. The incident sets off ripples through their already fraught education in lust and witches, and over the years ...

 
Column-image

Title: Do We Not Bleed?: Reflections of a 21-st Century Pakistani; Author: Mehr Tarar; Publisher: Aleph Book Company; Pages: 240; Price: Rs 599

 
Column-image

From antiquity, the Muslim faith has been plagued by the portrayal of Muslim men regularly misusing this perceived “right” to divorce their wives instantly by simply uttering “talaq” thrice.

 
Column-image

'Another South Asia!' edited by Dev Nath Pathak makes a critical engagement with the questions about South Asia: What is South Asia? How can one pin down the idea of regionalism in South Asia wherein inter-state relations are often char...