New Government Vs. Old Mechanisms
The Nepalis abolished the feudal monarchy through their long struggles. The armed insurgency led by the Communist Party of Nepal (CPN-Maoist), many believe, was instrumental in cutting off the rural roots of feudal monarchy. The 19-day curfew-defying mass uprising in April 2006 across the country with heavy national and, international media coverage was not less significant as regards the people’s success in abolishing the feudal monarchy.
Above all, the Nepalis, tremendous aspirations for political and socio-economic transformation coupled with their highly explosive frustrations played a vital role in delivering the most knock blow to the feudal rule.
A prominent media role in mobilizing millions of people against autocratic forces was noted during April uprising days.
However, no feudal structures were dismantled after the official feudal rulers were toppled by the people’s political torrents. No illegal properties, including billions of cash, amassed by the comp0rador-feudal ruling elites were seized by the interim government.
The major political parties remained divided as to what how and how to do to replace the feudal regime.
Indeed, the major political parities were in what-to-do position.
Needless to talk about other political parties, the Maoist leaderships themselves appeared to have no homework as to what to do after the abolition of monarchy. It meant that they had not imagined their ascending to power so soon.
As the Maoists lead the current coalition government, they will have to face many resistance struggles representing not only various small pressure groups but also various disguised counterrevolutionary forces that are disadvantaged due to changed contexts.
The greatest barriers to any transformation-oriented policy formulation and implementation will result the existing feudal state mechanisms that baffle the most revolutionary forces.
The major political parties have not changed the leaderships in the state mechanisms. They have been working with monarchist and status quoits state mechanisms.
Surprisingly, no changes have been made in judiciary and law application mechanisms.
Other constitutional mechanisms that were extremely favorable for the autocratic regime function even today the way they did before.
Many expect that the newly formed government led by Maoist Chairman Prachanda will precautiously think whether to maintain old mechanisms.
Meanwhile, influential Maoist leader Mohan Baidya (Kiran) has expressed his view that Maoists are not in power though Maoist Chairman is leading the government. He alluded to the existing feudal mechanisms to be replaced by democratic and progressive mechanisms.
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