In Tahrir Square, reminiscence of Nepal

The spring uprising in Egypt has passed through a rough summer and now a harsh winter.

In what has been termed as the country’s second revolution since President Hosni Mubarak stepped down, Egyptians are still fighting for a change that they believe hasn’t materalised.

Over the past five days, 35 people have been killed and hundreds injured in Egypt, according to the BBC. This has intensified and also fuelled to the protests over the ruling military council’s version of the country’s constitution that would govern its future.

In the post-Mubarak era, months after the February revolt, Egyptians are angry, dissatisfied and frustrated. The change they wanted hasn’t come yet.

The parliamentary elections expected next week, though shows some hope, the Egyptians aren’t ready to accept that it’s a first step toward change.

As I watch the political drama unfold in Egypt, it takes me back to 2007 in Nepal.

After the then-King Gyanendra dissolved the parliament and got absolute power in 2005, the protests started to brew finally reaching a boiling point in the spring of 2007.

Known as the country’s second biggest political revolution, and also Nepal’s April Uprising, thousands of Nepalis from all over Nepal occupied the streets and alleys of the capital.

Life halted in the capital, and the country, literally. Though I wasn’t in the country then and there, I was following each and every development carefully.

Almost after two weeks of massive protests, clashes between the security forces and the revolutionaries, the monarch surrendered. It was a victory for the people.

It was a revolution that ended 240 years of monarchy in Nepal establishing the country as a new republic.

But it’s been four years since the revolution. Nepalis who dreamed of a new Nepal are still dreaming.

Leaders have come and gone. There’s been five governments during these years and the country is struggling to draft its new constitution (It’s still functioning in an interim constitution).

After the king was ousted, there was a parliamentary elections, a historic one for that matter. 601 members were elected and held responsible for drafting a new constitution and for building a new Nepal.

But unfortunately, the struggle is still on.

For countries like Nepal and also Egypt, transition seems more difficult than achieving that change people rigorously revolted for.

People’s power did prove victorious, both for Nepal and Egypt. The Himalayan kingdom transformed into a republic and Egypt was freed from 30 years of Mubarak in power.

But the question that now lingers is: what next? How easy will the transition be and more importantly how sustainable is it going to be?

In a televised message, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi has said the parliamentary elections will take place as planned. He also mentioned that the presidential elections will take place by July 2012.

The Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s largest opposition party, believed to sweet most of the seats, supports the election. But most of the ones gathered at Tahrir Square oppose that this would change the existing scenario. They’re demanding for a presidential election, a civilian rule.

But Egyptians don’t want to wait until then.

For now, as frustrations are fresh in Egypt from its spring revolution, thousands of people are ready to revolt again.

What they planted in the spring, the Egyptians want it harvested soon.

 

 

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