Bishta makes a strong argument that the Nepal Army should never be politicized in the name of Loktantrikaran. He has a striking question: if the Maoists achieved so much with some 3400 crummy weapons, cannot the Nepal Army which has 95,000 trained soldiers equipped with all modern ammunitions revolt it the Maoists try to politicize it on their will?
BY ARJUN BISHTA
Integration and other 'reforms' in the national army may be understandable and justified at the logical end of a political process. In other words, if we were a hundred percent clear that the Maoists have come into the democratic political mainstream and no longer harbor any further designs for seizing unchallenged power, almost any measure, including the integration of all 19,000 UNMIN-verified Maoist combatants into the army, would have been justified. However, in
Indeed, the Maoists have not even tried to disguise their unchanged objective of eventually establishing a communist republic. The problem in
Without a doubt, the peace process must come to a logical conclusion with
Today, it has become common practice, even in backward
Is it that difficult for the politicians and the international community to realize that what is happening, in essence, is that those in power are taking the army for granted simply because it is disciplined, cohesive and intact--the very values that the Maoists now seek to destroy?
It does not take the brains of a rocket scientist to figure out that, in
Till date, the army has obeyed the orders of the legitimate government mandated by the people. However, it is unlikely that it will take its own destruction and the compromise of