Bijaya Thapa / VIRGINIA: Noted human rights defenders of Nepal took part in an interaction program held at Arlington Library and discussed about the current political situation of the country and other contemporary situation of Nepal.
Speaking at the interaction program Economist Dr. Sukadev Shah, who has been working in the US for more than three decades, shared his sorrow over the pathetic situation of the country. He expressed his opinion about the economic situation of Nepal and political situation while expressing regret over the activities of the leaders of political parties and the government.
Following his presentation the human rights defenders, who have also served as peace negotiator, also answered some queries of the participants. In his speech Tuladhar informed that he had made initiatives for peace since 2001 and the then authorities blamed him for being Maoist while trying to maintain peace in the country. He also informed that the peace process has completed and people have been able to establish democratic set-up in the country without any blood-shed. He also claimed that removal of 240-year-old institution of monarchy without blood-shed was not possible anywhere in the world.
He also informed that Nepali people are facing problem as the leaders of political parties are not serious about the implementation side of these achievements. He also alleged that the political parties have been wasting their time while blaming each other rather than concentrating on the constituent assembly.
Similarly, Dhungana mentioned that they brought Maoist to the talks for restoring peace in the society and added that they fulfilled all the responsibility entrusted to them by the state. Presenting the example of the United States he however said that there is no situation for being pessimistic. Mentioning the name of Martin Luther King and Barrack Obama, Dhungana underscored the need of such visionary and good leadership in the country. He also added that there is silver line in every cloud and urged all to be optimistic. “The country is in the peace process and the war has already stopped otherwise the country could have faced the fate of Sri-Lanka and Afghanistan.”
Presenting various incidents human rights violations in the country during the decade long Maoist insurgency, Dhungana stressed the need of treating such incidents as per the international norms. He also urged all the participants to take the issue as a campaign.
Tuladhar also claimed that completion of the peace process, establishment of federal democratic republic and disarmament are some of the achievements of their initiatives. Speaking at the same program Nepalese Ambassador to the US Dr. Shankar Prasad Koirala informed that he had also worked out on some economic agendas of the constitution before coming to the US as an ambassador.
The program was attended by social worker Khilendra Neupane, Poet and Social Worker Basanta Shrestha, Social Worker Ram Chandra Bhattarai, former chairperson of the American Nepalese Society Khem Bhattachan, and other renowned personalities of different organizations and staff of Nepalese Embassy to the US.
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