"The struggle of the Nepali people is a source of inspiration to democrats all over the world." Support the statement.
How has the struggle of the Nepali people become a source of inspiration to democrats all over the world? Explain.
Nepal witnessed an extraordinary popular movement in April 2006, which aimed at restoring democracy. This struggle is a source of inspiration to democrats all over the world because it served as a great example of peoples' power, unity and determination. It unified people from all walks of life including the Maoist insurgents and various other organisations to join hands in favour of restoration of democracy. People were determined and defied curfew and took to the streets. They demanded restoration of parliament, power to an all-party government and a new constituent assembly resisting all the restrictions that were imposed on them. As a result, on 24 April 2006, that is, the last day of the ultimatum, the king was forced to concede all the demands of people and democracy was restored.
Nepal’s second struggle for democracy has been a source of inspiration to all democrats all over the world. The events and the result of the movement are responsible for such an assertion. The following points will explain the movement:
Nepal won democracy in the year 1990 though the king remained the head of the State. The real power was exercised by popularly elected representatives. King Birendra accepted this transition from absolute monarchy to constitutional monarchy.
King Birendra was killed in a mysterious massacre of the royal family in 2001. King Gyanendra, the new king of Nepal was not prepared to accept democratic rule. As a result, in February 2005, the king dismissed the then Prime Minister and dissolved the popularly elected Parliament.
The movement of 2006 was aimed at regaining popular control over the government from the king. All the major political parties in Parliament (Seven Party Alliance of Nepal) called for a 4 day strike and this protest soon turned into indefinite strike in which many other organisations joined hands.
People defied curfews and took to the streets. Even the security forces could not subdue them as more than 1 lakh people gathered almost every day to demand the restoration of democracy.
They stuck to their demands of restoring the parliament, power to an all–party government and a new constituent assembly.
On the last day of this protest movement, the king was forced to meet all the demands of the people. As a result, SPA chose Girija Prasad Koirala as the Prime Minister and the restored parliament passed various laws taking away most of the powers from the king.
Thus, democracy was restored in Nepal