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2064 B.S.: A New Year Editorial

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Let’s not just hope and wish. Let’s do something little more about things at this critical juncture in Nepal's history.

Spring is a time of renewal and rebirth not only for mother nature but also generally for our social calendars. It is that time of the year when many countries and cultures mark the beginning of their new year.

happy2064.jpgFor Nepalis, today (14 April, 2007) is the first day of 2064 Bikrama Sambat (B.S.). It is, once again, time to wish the happiest of moments and many more in the next twelve months. And as far as current developments indicate, this one is going to be an extraordinary year for Nepalis— a year to answer many questions, a year to redefine the very notion of “Nepal” as a country, “Nepalis” as citizens, and their rights and obligations.

Perhaps more resounding questions: Who are going to find the answers in a way that is acceptable to most people? What surprises are in store for us?

So far the general consensus is this: A free and fair election to the Constituent Assembly (CA) is the first important step toward answering many such questions. But then there is also a bigger question: What if?

What if the Maoists will ignore the CA elections? What if the King makes an attempt at another comeback? What if we see the rise of an army official just like in Pakistan?

Those are plausible questions and keep us alert of the probabilities we like to hate. But to get going smoothly at this transitional stage, let’s focus on “what is” and not “what if.”

Let’s not just hope and wish. Let’s do something little more about things at this critical juncture in our history. Rather than only whining and complaining about the state of affairs and our conventionally dithering political leadership, let’s learn something about the role of good citizenship in a democracy. Let’s enrich public discourse with reasonable demands and non-violent means. Let’s take personal responsibility for both our good and bad decisions. One at a time.

It may be quick and easy to get angry and scare our neighbors and intimidate our foes. It may be quick and easy to riotously dismantle an old structure. But it can take much more time and resources to build a new one in its place. In the end, a sustainable peace or a real social and economic revolution (the bottom-line) is not possible without working together in amity.

We at Nepal Monitor are striving to do our part. We will continue to cover Nepali issues from a more humane perspective, without any vested interests or political agenda. We will continue to examine human impact and processes behind events, and not just events.

Let peace and happiness prevail in Nepal. And beyond (including Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, Sri Lanka, and others).

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Brihát Śhānti Sámjhautā, 2006
(Comprehensive Peace Agreement)

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