Nepal has shown new light for the World…When others would follow suit …?

15th of December 2006 was a golden day in the history of Asia. Nepal – a small land locked country under the shadow of Himalayas had shown democratic nations of Asia, Africa and Latin America, an unfailing courage in setting the examples for world community to re-think their engagement with military regime in Burma popularly known as SPDC (State Peace and Development Council). On this very august day, the House of Representatives in Nepal put forward a proposal for the immediate release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and restoration of democracy in Burma, while welcoming Burma’s exile democratic leader Tint Swe in the House.
The speaker of the Nepal’s House of Representatives’, Mr. Subas Nembang remembered Suu Kyi – as a symbol of Asian democracy. Through this act of solidarity with Burmese people, Nepal has become first parliament in the world to table a proposal seeking the release of Suu Kyi, who had already spent more than 4000 days in the house arrest. Later on members of the Ex-MPs’ Club and the South Asian Forum for People’s Initiatives (SAFPI) took out a rally from Maitighar and submitted a memorandum to the United Nations Security Council through the UN House in Kathmandu, requesting the world’s powerful body to strongly think about human rights violation in Burma and take immediate action.

Lessons for China: Moreover it is also a message for China and India to re-think their support to military junta for a few petro-dollars at the cost of more than 1,144 political prisoners, including 14 members of parliamentarian suffering in Burma’s infamous jail. One of the important lessons for China is that their comrade-in-arms, Nepal’s ultra-leftist group CPN (UML) leader Bijaya Subba’s support to Burmese people along with Nepal Congress vice-president Sushil Koirala. Chinese leaders knowingly failed to understand that present military regime’s leadership in Burma not only rejects AFPFL’ (Anti-Fascist People’s Freedom League) & PVO (People’s Volunteer Organization) contribution in making Burma independent from colonial rule but it also equally accuses Burma Communist Party & Red Flag Party for all the misdeeds in Burma, however actually committed by them. (Act of Destruction and Armed Insurrection No Democracy, The New Light of Myanmar, Monday, 3 March 2003). And if the present regime continues unabated in power, it would be not far that, father of Burmese Nation -Aung San would be re-written by military junta as equally destructive personality as they used to write about – Daw Aung San Suu Kyi?

Lessons for India: When Nepal was securing her red-letters day in modern world history by passing a landmark resolution for the restoration of democracy in Burma on December 15th 2006, her largest democratic neighbour – India was unfortunately signing a trade pact with military regime for the development of Sittwe port in Burma on that very day. Through this bilateral agreement, India would invest Rs. 4.5 billion for the multi-model port development project, which would start next month and would be completed in the next three years, according to the press release of Minister of State for Commerce, Jairam Ramesh (India to help restore Myanmar Port,, 16-12-2006). It was one of the great paradoxes of modern world history that, Nepal which has always sought lessons for her democratic future from India, is now showing the light & commitment towards democracy to India. Probably present Indian leaders has forgotten their rich role played in modern Asian history. Nepal might also paying her debt to India by setting a new example, when the flame of democracy in Himalayan kingdom was lit alive by the sacrifices made by India’s Jaiprakash Narayan, Ram Manohar Lohia and Aruna Asaf Ali. The contributions made by Jaiprakash Narayan and Ram Manohar Lohia to Nepal’s establishment of democracy are historic moments in realizing people’s right to choose governments in Asia. Earlier, Indian leaders like Biju Patnaik (former Chief Minister of Orissa State in India) had fought as a pilot for the Indonesian independence & democratic cause.
Probably, Indian Prime Minister and Congress leader, Dr. Man Mohan Singh has forgotten even the words of one of his great leaders of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, that, “We in India have been conditioned throughout our history in a peculiar way. Our greatest leader of modern times was neither a man of wealth nor of military power, nor of position; yet the millions of India bowed their heads before him and tried to follow his great lead. This is the type of man we shall always honour, even in the modern world.” (Jawaharlal Nehru, in his welcome speech to US President – Eisenhower, on a state visit to New Delhi in December 1959). It is for the Indian Prime Minister, Man Mohan Singh has to analyze that, by engaging with military junta in Burma on the pretext of Look East policy, whom he is honouring – Nehru or Gandhi ji (whom J.L. Nehru was referring) or brutal military power in Burma? Or, Does noble laureate Suu Kyi truly following the path of Nehru by accepting Gandhi as her political guide and guru?


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