From The Nepali Press
Former Foreign Minister Bhek Bahadur Thapa in Deshantar, 13 November
FROM ISSUE #273 (18 NOV 2005 - 24 NOV 2005) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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We need to strike a balance on our role and that of foreigners when it comes to dealing with our internal affairs. What we lack is self-confidence and unity. Being dependent on foreign powers can't be the solution. As if the solution does not lie within Nepal, some are going overseas while others are sending SOS to our neighbours. Before we cry foul about foreign intervention, we need to look at ourselves in the mirror. There has to be soul searching whether we have been running the state within the perimeters of our national interest. Are we for rule of the law? Do we have civil rights in the country? These are the parameters the world community uses to judge us. The situation of our country is open to everyone. The country is about to go off the edge. So the real need is unification among all internal powers. That is our prime responsibility. It is only natural to seek support of foreign powers. But, to believe that foreigners will be our saviours is not a rational thinking.