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Am I a neutral factor or a social factor ?

Nepal especially Kathmandu has become the centre for protest for the few last years. We hear news of so and so political parties protesting for certain rights, students organisation, and the party which tops the list in the protesting field would be the Maoist Party. Protests, strikes, fights going on everywhere, everyday... What we don’t understand is the "Reason" for their protests. I doubt if the protesters themselves know the reason behind their protests. What they find valid is we the civilian or lets say the neutral factor in this scenario find it completely absurd. We don’t find a reason to their protests except hampering the lives of the neutral factors. The neutral factors neither they can support the government completely nor they can raise their voice along with the active social factors which here is the protestors. We belong to the same country and we would also like to raise our voice against social injustice but not for the advantage of a certain person or for a certain party. Is it only me or is it only me? I question this thought because I find many protestors and few neutral factors nowadays.

Regarding the protesting scenario, I would like to recount an article I read few days before -- On the outskirts of Kathmandu some students protested against the local police and stopped the transport circulation in that area for 24 hours, the reason for the protest was some of the students as there were no seats available inside the bus they were traveling on the roof of the bus when the local police saw that he asked those people to get off the roof for obvious reasons. This action of the police made the students furious and they thought it was violation to their rights and stopped the transportation of that area for one day. Even God doesn’t know what violations they were talking about, were they saying that they would be responsible for their lives and the police doesn’t need to worry about their safety if they happen to fall off the bus while the bus was taking one of their twisted turns? Or they wanted to prove they too were equally conscious of their rights and can raise their voice against injustice? I wonder if those people the active social factors when they went back to their home at night lying on their bed, did they find their act justifiable? Were they content with their deeds or actually silently did they thank the policeman. This only God knows.

I remember few years back, driving on the roads of Kathmandu a French diplomat telling me: In a country where there are no rules, following rules is a crime! At times I wonder if he is true.


Maria Cuellar's picture

Profound idea

Dear Cweta,

I think that rules have to be made according to what most people in the community believe in. Democracy really helps rules be fair and then people will want to follow them. It is when most people don't agree with the rules, because they were created by a small group of powerful politicians, that there are revolts and misery.

So when you say "In a country where there are no rules, following rules is a crime!" I don't think that rules shouldn't be followed, I think that people can create change by following their own moral views and beliefs. It is a very profound comment, however, and I'll have to think about it for a while.

Thanks for bringing that up!

Cweta's picture

Dear Maria, Thank you for

Dear Maria,

Thank you for your lovely comment.

Yes I completely agree to you saying that rules should be followed not every rules but at least some rules which is made for general advantage of the people but most of the rules especially in the developing country are made for the advantage of handful ruling people. Since our early education we are taught to follow rules without ever questioning them. I believe it’s high time we question the motives behind some rules if it is indeed altruistic or has some self centered motives to it. What Sunita has said below is absolutely true; when the law makers don’t follow the law, we can barely expect the people to follow them. And trust me Maria, we are trying to create positive change in the society through our own beliefs and moral views but it indeed is a very tough job but we shall keep trying.

In loving friendship

sunita.basnet's picture

I do agree with you

Dear Cweta,
I do agree with you becuase last month I went Nepal in our vacation tomeet my parents. While I was in kathmandu, I was unable to meet all my friends and relatives there because of protesting and strike. August 3rd 2009, I have to go UNIFEm office for my personal reason and it was in thapathali. From Chakrapath to thapathali it took me 5 hours to reached the office where it is only 45 minutes.

I also agree with maria "Democracy really helps rules be fair and then people will want to follow them. It is when most people don't agree with the rules, because they were created by a small group of powerful politicians, that there are revolts and misery." But honestly in our country though the powerful political leaders create the rules for them and others, they themselves hesistate to follow how will the other follow? If the ruler didn't follow the own created rule then what will the other do?

Not oly the maoist party but also many other unknown parties and students organizations are aaranging protesting and strike in kathmandu whiuchmade the life more complicated and misery.
Thank you so much Cweta for bringing this out.
With love and regards
Sunita Basnet

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

philo Ikonya Gacheri's picture

It is true

Dear Cweta,

It is indeed true that rules and laws can lose their moral authority to oblige us to follow them in many ways. One of these ways can be if only a part of our community is expected to follow the difficult rules. For instance, that Members of Parliament do not pay taxes in many parts of the world.. this lead to the question why.. and citizens could then refuse to pay taxes as a way of leveling the playing field...I agree. But also i see the need for us to then follow our beliefs and convictions and principles as Maria says and also as Gandhi did as a form of protest.

By the way Cweta have you sent a cry out for Aung San Suu Kyi? If not, please read a plea I have sent out and comment or act!!

Together we can do anything. nothing is impossible to a few convinced women! what about many? and joined by men who dare and care?

with love and appreciation,
Philo Ikonya

"Communication is the real work of leadership" Nitin Nohria

Cweta's picture

Dear Philo, Thank you for

Dear Philo,

Thank you for your beautiful encouraging words.

I have recently joined this site and I have realized I finally found a home where there are plenty of friends like me who think alike whom I can trust to share my feelings and being understood. I am with you everything is possible with few convinced women.

With love

Cweta's picture

I agree with you too

Dear Sunita,

I can understand what you went through and thanks for identifying my article. Yes you are absolutely right! Nowadays, we don’t need a certain political party to arise a “bandh” handful of people can do it and no one will ever question them the reason behind their protest. Such is the situation!

Hoping to be in more contact with you

Jatra Thamel's picture

Hey there, A good piece.

Hey there,

A good piece. However here's my view on the issue (feel free to disagree:-)

Nepal made a mistake and that is, we became a demoracy without really strengthening the institutions to sustain democracy. So what we have is, to borrow Fareed Zakaria's phrase, iliberal democracy. Its iliberal because none of the institutions to safeguard democracy are in place (or even if they are, they are subject to the whims of political leaders). In the absence of a check-balance mechanism, the leaders are violating the very principles of democracy. You have corruption, nepotism and all the social evils you can think of and you hardly hear any leader taking any effective action to get rid off of these. Instead they are encouraging it, and when that happens, when the democratically elected leaders who are supposed to safeguared the people's intersts only [ONLY] safeguard their own interests, people get angry. And Nepal being a country that has 50 %(maybe less) lteracy rate, and where the media is guided by political ideologies, where the civil society affiliates itself with different political parties.. what do you expect the common folks to do? the only way then that's left to them is defy the state. By defying the state, by challening its authority, the protestors are demanding for good governance [no, not democracy.].

ahile lai yettinai.. as if I haven't bored you already with my rants in person. :-)

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