Congratulations to the Nepalese nation on their joining the modern democracies voluntarily. Congratulations on declaring themselves a republic, one in which the promise is held for a better and more inclusive way of life.
239 years under absolute monarchist rule came to an end yesterday and Nepal became yet another of the Himalayan countries to eschew monarchist rule to one of the people. Even the last country which prides itself by measuring their success by happiness rather than the more usual product has instigated democratic rule by parliament.
If these are not indications that due to the whole world opening up and for people to realise that windows of opportunities are passing them by as they are beholden to undemocratic and despotic rule, and for those despots also to realise that their days are numbered regardless of the futile machinations they adopt to subjugate their people, the better it will be for everyone concerned and the more peaceful the transition will be.
We in the Gulf – and the larger Arab world too – constitute the last bastion of absolute rule. I predict that within this generation we shall see intrinsic changes to how our countries are governed by the sustained introduction of democratic systems in which the populace will have the ultimate say in how our countries are run. If the current rulers do not make plans themselves to inaugurate that change, I am fairly sure that plans will be made for them to exit the scene of power, instituted not only by their very own people, but by world opinion and pressure too.
It is the cusp of a new era, one with its own dynamic which is unwitnessed in human history. If not handled properly, there will be a lot of chaos which will whittle away our energies needlessly.
It’s time for responsible governance.
Will our people rise to the challenge and grasp at this opportunity, or will we continue to descend into the nothingness we have so far existed in? Or should we just wait for yet another promised saviour who will remove our shackles and lead us to nirvana, while we ourselves make further excuses to condone our continued incarceration.
Congratulations to the people of the Democratic Republic of Nepal. May you live for ever.
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