Friday, October 4, 2013

Security and Justice in Nepal

Seven years ago, millions of Nepalis participated in a non-violent protest against their government structure at the time. The protest lasted for 19 days and was meant to not only resolve conflict within the nation, but also lead the country in transition to a more democratic style of government. The hope for this movement was to create a more stable and long-lasting authority and allow for more advancement in Nepal. I have mixed feelings about this shift because it seems that although many nations have decided that democratic forms of government are most beneficial and effective for a society, there are also societies that take opposing stances to democracy.
Seven years after this movement, the Constituent Assembly dwindled down to ultimately nonexistence and the democratic election style looks to be volatile as well. Although improvements have been made to Nepal, there is more work do in terms of political organization and citizen involvement. More than anything, a nation needs a stable authority to guide and govern them. There is some debate though as to the freedoms and rights that should be granted to citizens and how large a role those that are governed should have in their government. It seems just to create a government by the people and for the people, but interpreting and implementing that may be different to individuals.
The transition to a different style of government in Nepal is taking a toll on its citizens. The temporary arrangement seems unstable, as it is not meant to last, which doesn’t help to provide the citizens with a sense of security. Hopefully a more lasting arrangement can be made to create a more stable and secure government.


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