Archive for January 15th, 2007

Fruits of a Revolution

Today, Nepalese Maoists were sworn in to parliamentary positions, so far making good on their word to stand back and let the political gears grind:

The historic move is one of a series of measures to bring the Maoists into the fold after last year’s peace deal. The 10-year insurgency cost 13,000 lives.  The United Nations will begin monitoring Maoist troops and weapons on Tuesday, which has been declared a public holiday to mark the introduction of the interim constitution.

Watching the situation in Nepal shift from a tyrannical monarchy to its current state has been a kind of white-knuckle experience – every new step I wonder if it will all break down into a power grab, but the progress is really inspiring, seemingly involved democracy at its peak.

Now, if we could only depose our tyrannical leader.

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