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PRAVIN RANA
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What intervention?


PRAVIN RANA


The word 'intervention' has lost all meaning in Nepal's current political landscape. The Maoists consider Ambassador Moriarty's recent skepticism of the 12-point agreement as yet another example of an ongoing pattern of American imperial intervention.

The political parties welcome Indian facilitation of democracy on Indian soil as diplomatic goodwill yet consider those that question the naivet? of this agreement as 'foreigners who don't understand the situation in Nepal'.

Our intelligentsia, mainstream media, some rights groups who are increasingly demonstrating themselves as ideologues of the first order rather than dispassionate analysts, consider ambassadors who express opinions contrary to their own as being out of touch with the 'people'. Yet, they have almost a religious belief in any third-party willing to broker peace.

With so many hegemons around, intervention comes in many flavours. We look to history and the weight of evidence since 1996 and a complete lack of connectivity between what that the Maoists say and their actions as our compass.

First, one of the core elements of Marxist ideology bears repeating even when volumes have been written on this subject. The end-game is the defeat and control of state army. Altruism isn't the underlying motive nor are the Maoists interested in making a prospective national army more transparent, subordinate to civilian leadership and representative (even as the RNA's recruits and senior officers are becoming ever more diverse and professional).

The Maoist goal rather is to wield the very power of the state in the name of the proletariat, with predictable disastrous results. Such 'people's liberation armies' have more blood on their hands than all of the kings since the earliest civilisations.

Second, the Maoists have shredded the fabric of Nepali society since they took up arms in 1996. Everyone hates feudalism, poverty and oppression and when the Maoists first began their movement, we all scratched our heads and thought that maybe they were justified in bringing to attention the state of affairs in the villages. But their sudden and massive attempts at re-engineering have brought more misery than anyone bargained for.

Despite all their rhetoric against royal and imperial armies and autocracies, theirs has not turned out to be an army of liberation. They do not leave free people in the wake of their battles but even more oppressed, destitute, displaced and terrorised victims. They say they bleed for the Nepali that is faced with the tough demands of working as a servant in the Middle East, while they extort two months pay from this same cohort on their return from duty. Despite endless double-speak, debate and intellectual inquiry and a respect for logic, so necessary for democracy, are alien concepts in their culture.

Ambassador Moriarty's position offers clarity not seen in the 12-point agreement or in the generally naive deportment of the parties or intellectual leaders in adding the Maoists to the alliance. Security in the villages, as he further points out, is a critical issue and one barometer of success against this insurgency.

Inability to speak parlour English isn't the problem with the parties. Their demonstrated failings in running parliament, shutting down commerce and educational institutions through bandas, failures to deal effectively with the Maoists, and now an obsessive indulgence in viewing the 237 years of rule as the root cause of everything weigh heavily on their credibility.

No one is asking for a groveling apology-just actions that demonstrate that they can lead and compromise and make the right choices. The choices faced by leaders and statesmen, especially in such times, are always among bad, worse and much worse. Exigencies in such situations favour practical solutions. Utopia is not an option. The choice, though difficult, should be obvious and it entails reconciliation with the current government (and vice versa).

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