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Gujral, VP Singh create vision for S Asia

There is a growing ideological synthesis and emotional bonding taking place among the masses reports Satyen Mohapatra.

india Updated: Nov 19, 2006 19:38 IST

Flanked by two former Prime Ministers of India, Mr VP Singh and Mr IK Gujral top Nepalese Maoist leader Prachanda on Sunday outlined his vision for South Asian countries including Nepal and India in the twenty-first century. 
He said there is a growing ideological synthesis and emotional bonding taking place among the masses not only of India and Nepal but all over South Asia. 
Speaking at a lunch hosted by JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav, he said, "Gautam Buddha had given a message from here for the ideological synthesis of humanity, we now want to give a new ideological message for the new world."     
Dr Baburam Bhattarai chairman of Nepal's United Revolutionary Peoples Council said that they were experimenting with a new model of democracy as the present day democracy had become a "formal democracy" which did not change lives of people.

Communists had tried out peoples democracy in  Russia and China but it had also defects and by the end of the twentieth century the systems collapsed. 
"We do not know if we will succeed but we want to try out a new model which will incorporate ideas of Gandhi, Lohia, Marxism, Leninsm, and be a synthesis of all." 
Mr VP Singh said the major challenge for the public today was the growing influence of capitalists on money, on governments, on farmers, on labourers. With his success  Mr Prachanda had shown the way forward, he said. 
Mr IK Gujral said despite doubts Mr Prachanda was able to overthrow a dictatorial regime due to his foresightedness and overwhelming support of the masses. 
Earlier answering questions  at a  meet called by the Nepal Democracy Solidarity Committee Mr Prachanda who is the chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) called for review of all Treaties with India in view the new situation. 
He said they would give rights to backward castes and people on the basis of their economic status but would not go in for reservations in view of the problems India faced in this regard. 
Dr Baburam Bhattarai said that while monarchy in Nepal always played India against China they would be interested in both countries co operating with each other.