Nepal: Thinking Revolutions

Do Revolutions follow certain patterns? United We Blog! has a guest post by Dr Pramod Aryal who compares the current situation in Nepal to the one in France that led to the French Revolution.


  • Jan.28, 2006
    Revolutions like biscuits come in many wrappers and in many flavors.

    Revolutions may, or may not follow certian patterns. One can look at the “Revolution” in the United States, and the “Orange Revolution” in the Philippines, or the “Revolution” in the Former Soviet Georgia and see the Patterns-Fit-The-Needs-of-History.

    There are “Violent Revolutions” and “not so Violent Revolutions”.
    There are “Revolutions from Above” much like the American Revolution where the wealthy, well placed,land owners lead the masses,
    “Revolutions from Below” like the Democratic Revolution in Nepal led by the 7-Largest Political Parties and their Student Organizations against a Despot-Corrupt-King.

    In Nepal there in fact 2-Revolutions, both from Below, going on at the same time..
    A relative Non-Violent 7-Party Democratic Revolution and a Violent-Revolution lead by the Maoist, who in 1996 chose to engage in
    Armed-Struggle and started the Peoples War that has claimed 13,000 lives.

    The Democratic and Maoist Revolutions in Nepal have found
    common-ground in their struggle to establish a Republic, and even with the support of the US the days of the Monarchy are numbered.

    What remains to be seen is, will there be a 3-rd Revolution, this time from Above, led by the RNA(Royal Nepal Army) Generals. Will those Armed-Forces and Police, trained and armed by the US, join the People and support a Republic or will the Generals continue to serve the interest of the wealthy and powerful ?


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