October 30, 2007

External recognition is the Nepal policy

External recognition, it seems, is a much more important factor in Nepal's politics than internal legitimacy. In October 2002, the international community including India endorsed King Gyanendra when he sacked an elected prime minister for his failure to hold elections to Parliament on schedule. But in April 2006, the international community decisively rejected King Gyanendra's complete takeover bid. In fact, this turned into a major morale booster for the demoralised political parties that came together and mobilised people against the king. G.P. Koirala, who became prime minister after April 2006 following the success of that mass movement, is now fast losing crucial international support as he has missed two deadlines to hold elections to the Constituent Assembly (CA). Besides, the country's law and order situation is in a shambles.

In the absence of an election in the near future, international support has become all the more crucial for Koirala's survival. So long as key international players — India, US, China, European Union and United Nations — were agreed about assisting in charting out Nepal's future political course (through the CA elections), things seemed to be moving in the right direction. But there are visible differences in the approach of international players towards Koirala's failure to hold elections, though they are all clear that a fair and fearless election is urgent.

No comments: