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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 79

Nepal at cross roads with the King and talking through media

[b]Nepal at cross roads with the King and talking through media[/b]

By Raghu Bir Bista

Nepal is truly at cross roads with all its innate pluralism in opinions, perspectives and ideas unable to break the latest logjam. Every Nepalese wants peace. If you ask how, they say dialogue between King and Seven Democratic parties will end the drift and find a solution to the Maoist problem.

But as of now, the action and reaction between King and Seven Democratic Parties through the media is leading the nation nowhere. It is like a tug of war with no winner and everyone a loser.

Across Nepal, pluralism in diverse forms is in full display even under present King’s direct rule. Its evidence can be found in many forms such as Kantipur Television, and Kantipur daily.

Everywhere meaningful statements against and for the Royal government, and pro-democracy parties can be heard and read. Can we say it is freedom to write, speech and rally? Is it a democratic exercise?

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