I have tried to make meticulous efforts to arrange the sequences of events in a lucid way, so that the facts speak for themselves. The collected materials also depict the dynamics of Nepal's relations with the rest of the world, particularly UN, India, China, the US and the EU during the course of the peace process. How the cooperation as well as the conflicting interests of primarily these powerful nations influenced the fundamentals of the politics of this geo-strategically vulnerable Himalayan nation has also been assessed.
No doubt, the 20th century was fully dominated by the West. However, the 21st century has gradually seen a paradigmatic shift especially in the transfer of world economic power from the West back to Asia. Today, our northern neighbour is rising not only rapidly but also gracefully in the global stage. China, which has emerged as the second largest economy in the world, is also now the centre of global manufacturing. Likewise, India, which has become the international hub for global service industries, is also fast developing as a regional power. Being sandwiched between these two largest markets of the world, Nepal can well play a role of transit state between China and other SAARC nations through the permanent restoration of peace and a robust political stability.
Nevertheless, the ceaseless failure on the part of the country in this regard will not only stultify it from sustaining the historic political gains made during the period 2006 but also continue to turn it into a fertile battle ground for global and regional power centers to serve their own hedonistic interests.
In this light, this book has tried to shed light on how external forces have been prompted towards treating Nepal as their private fiefdom due to myopically meek tendencies on the part of Nepali politicos. Similarly, the book demonstrates how some Kathmandu-based diplomats have enjoyed an extreme leeway to capitalize upon the chronic political and economic disarray of the country emanated primarily from the frantic fixation of our leaders with power and privileges.
Not to be undermined, the book also consists of brief reports on various economical, social and other issues, which are seamlessly interconnected with effective functioning of the state.
Covering a span of 5 years, the book delves into those areas which witnessed many historic, political, and diplomatic ups and downs during this period. It is based on personal journalistic experiences of my active observance of this developing drama.
This book, undeniably, combines an analysis of diplomatic strategic, political and economic developments and its impact on the lives of ordinary Nepalese people as well as intellectuals alike. It gives accounts of hopes and aspirations, setbacks, difficulties and disappointments of the ordinary citizens as well as intellectuals. Being an active journalist, I had a unique opportunity to actively analyse and watch the vicissitudes Nepal's peace process saw in this period. I don't want to claim this book to be scholarly .But I have attempted to create and arouse wider interest among the general readers in the fascinating political developments of Nepal within this five years' span and its impact on the lives, hopes and aspirations of the general people. It is written in all humility and frankness to help politicians to understand general people and improve their style to take the people as granted.
It is also a simple reporting of the sufferings of the nation and her people due to the political actors' power-hankering mentality and the self-gratifying modus operandi adopted by them. Moreover, it describes a journalist's inner feelings and reactions to the events around, as they occurred after the 12-point peace framework agreed between the seven parties and the Maoists in New Delhi. Being a journalist, I had the opportunity to observe and analyse them closely and sometimes sympathetically and objectively.
On a superficial level, the book may sound pessimistic regarding the country's future. However, its deeper scanning, of course, strikes a sanguine tone as its latent message is: Though the historic political upheavals might not have been enough to enlighten the parties, the masses have certainly grown more mature politically, and they can take care of their nation if political leaders fail to do so.
I have made every attempt to avoid extraneousness and bigotry with the anticipation that the collection of this nature would be useful to the research scholars interested in Nepal and to the officials dealing with South Asia.
I have tried to gauge the feelings of the common people, the reactions of the intelligentsia and diplomatic circles through personal contacts as well as open and friendly discussions to the extent possible.
I would also like to take this opportunity for expressing my heartfelt and sincere gratitude to all those whose unwavering cooperation, assistance and sympathy have impelled me to proceed with my mission of disseminating the truths for the greater good of the nation.
To sum up, this is a small effort born out of my aspirations towards doing something, albeit minor, to consolidate the nationhood of the nation. After all, the better future of all Nepalis rests on the overall well-being of our nation.
Prem Kumari Pant