Democracy is a form of government in which power ultimately comes from the people who are governed, whether through direct voting or through elected representatives Democracy is the most widely admired political system, but perhaps the most difficult to maintain. Democracy begins with excellent objectives in human governance with participation of people themselves. It is characterised as a system in which expectations are raised because people identify themselves within the policy. Nepali democracy is in its embryonic stage which faces several challenges though nearly century has been reached practising democracy.

Nepali democracy is going though dramatic political changes. Democracy has undergone dramatic changes in its orientation, scope, and empirical approach over the last few years in Nepal. The overwhelming of multi-parties and the growing methodological political experiment in the name of youths or in the name of culture (ethnics) or a geography or religious group have led to a rapid grow of multi-parties in Nepal. Though in a democracy everyone can raise their voice and every voice should get that space of being heard but every voice cannot be the Nation voice. The political researchers have started politics of violence, such as genocide, ethnic cleansing, inter-state war or state independency but not for the people merely for the political distraction, insurgency like in civil war, and repression. However, the cost of this has increased sophistication in the people who are the foundation for the pillar of democracy. The question like democracy is for whom? has been started to be raised among people. The pseudo politics of fragmentation has fragmented the ordinary civilian itself. Now people started demanding their group, geography, or ethnic or religious group as a separate Nation and also no place for other. It in general has encouraged increasing violence in the society and hatred among citizen. The pseudo democracy one day itself will destroy politics itself.

Though few democratic alternative has been growing and raising their voice in peaceful manner but what we have learned and seen is violence has greater impact. But in a large picture the democracy has created violence – between citizens belonging to two disparate groups, classes, religions, castes or genders blossoms best within a geography that has deregulated its authority on its citizens. And violence – citizens versus state is the result of pseudo genocide democracy. What our democracy has given is sponsorship of violence against its own citizens misguided by certain ideology and perception of threat that is non-existential. Democracy now is reduced to the process of elections. People are needed just for the vote casting in the new democratic definition of our democracy.

One must understand, “what is the need of democracy? or why we choose a leader? and why the political parties are founded?”
Democracy is a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives. Leaders are the Representatives of people and political Parties are principle representatives of different leaders. Without people’s participation there is no democracy sameway in the context of Nepal there are no people in the foundation of democracy, People have no option in democratic exam i.e election. They have to die, either drowning in the dirty pond or clean pond, either way they have to drown. So I named Nepal’s Democracy as pseudo genocide.

A good democracy is that which brings strong checks and balances in place together such as educated citizens, independent institutions, strong civil society and strong laws. But in Nepal No such institutions or judiciary or Educational institutions none are Independent. Democracy is aiding both the individual and the ‘corrupt’ authority. Indeed our contextual democracy is Encouraging corruption and people are sighting everything silently.

Now for a good democracy, we need to change of mindset both of the people and politicians in their attitude towards development. people are witnessing the loot of our resources by the powerful few who are covertly supported by the democracy care taker. For this alternatives thoughts has to rise with the question of accountability, transparency, voices of corruption free state & Corruption free political practices within themselves. The need of independent institutions to act as check and balances on the government and make accountable people responsible for policy implementation.

These changes are not difficult to bring on. It is within the will of the people which is missing. And it is not that easy the will only cannot improvised the pseudo genocide Nepali Democracy, of course we have to fight but again the question is “whether with violence or peace?”

-bhisma Pokhrel
2017-06-02 (1:15 Am )


6 responses

  1. Well defined!! Nice if democracy is understood in its best means!! Than only any country can develop!!


  2. You write so well.. On democracy and mindset. I don’t think I can think so analytically forget writing… Superb


  3. Democracy is non existent in Nepal mostly because people do not understand that whereas true democracy brings democratic rights it also demands citizen obligations. Obligation is a forgotten concept in Nepal whether you are a minister taking large bribes, a district officer taking baksheesh to sign a document, a taxi driver fiddling your meter, a school teacher demanding bhatta to attend courses, the list goes on an on. Then there is the obligation to obey traffic lights, drive on the left, pay your taxes ….. all are obligations ignored in Nepal.
    Then there is the difference between Self Interest compared with Enlightened Self Interest something unheard of across the plethora of parties and cadre in Nepal. Part of the cause is the Foreign Aid system which until it is totally closed is propping up an undemocratic system which is rotten to the core.

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    1. Truely I agree with you boss.


      1. It’s just greeting to friend/colleague

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