Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Showdown in South Aisa

The people of Bhutan, the tiny Buddhist nation once known as the hermit kingdom of the Himalayas, they undertook a sort of fire drill for democracy. The king's call for elections, along with a Constitution that is introduced multiparty democracy in Bhutan. For the moment at least, Bhutan does not resemble a democracy, particularly not compared with other countries in the region. Barely two political parties have been formed. It is far from having a fractious free press or an active civil society.



Just before midnight on Wednesday May 28th, 2008 Nepal was declared a Federal Democratic Republic by the Constituent Assembly. The first meeting of newly elected Constituent Assembly ended 240-years long monarchy and for the first time in history of the nation, citizens have the power to decide Nepal’s destiny. Many welcomed the declaration and congratulated world’s youngest republic.

Mass resistance to the Zardari Peoples Party of Pakistan (PPP) government's attempt to suppress a massive people's movement for the restoration of deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudry appears to have triumphed after a massive showdown in the streets of Lahore yesterday. The Zardari government's backdown followed five days of mass protests, and vicious police repression, around the country which left it increasingly isolated.  Judiciary, media and civil society are acknowledged, placed their feet firmly.

India + Bangladesh + Sri lanka

All three countries are already practicing bourgeoisie democracy.

May be these all are not true social democracy at all, but recent situation in Bhutan , Nepal and Pakistan says some different story then usual and historically very significant for South Asian region. South Asia is moving toward to establish democracy with common characteristic categorically in the countries belong to it. This what mean as one step move forward in further struggles for socialist South Asia.

2 Earthling’s comments:

Renegade Eye said...

Cuba was a good example, of what happens when a country implements a democratic program. The program gets blocked by capitalists.

The democratic and socialist stage need to be combined. Capitalism is a world wide system. This is not an age, where the nation state is a new idea fighting feudalism. The world is divided up.

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