When Nepal's Maoist leaders talked of Buddha's message to humanity and a new model that would incorporate the ideals of Gandhi and Marx, it showed that the revolutionaries were well on the path to democracy.
Speaking at a lunch hosted by JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav on Sunday, Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) chairman Prachanda outlined his vision for south Asian countries in the 21st century. He said there was a growing ideological synthesis and emotional bonding among the masses of not just India and Nepal but all over south Asia. "Gautam Buddha had given a call from here for the ideological synthesis of humanity, we now want to give a new ideological message for the new world."
Baburam Bhattarai, chairman of Nepal's United Revolutionary Peoples Council, said they were experimenting with a new model of democracy since the present system was only a "formal democracy" that did not change the lives of people. The Communists had tried out people's democracy in Russia and China but it too had defects and by the end of the 20th century, the system collapsed. "We do not know if we will succeed, but we want to try out a new model which will incorporate the ideas of Gandhi, Lohia, Marx, Lenin, and be a synthesis of all," Bhattarai said
VP Singh said the major challenge today was the growing influence of capitalists on money, on governments, on farmers, on labourers. With his success, Prachanda had shown the way forward, he said. IK Gujral said Prachanda had been 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, Prachanda called for review of all treaties with India in view of the new situation in his country.
He said the new Nepalese government 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.