Sunil Babu Pant

May 5, 2008

We are honoured to send Pant as our representative to the constituent assembly. We hope it will improve and ensure the rights and lives of a people who are the most repressed in Nepal.

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It is easy to pass School Leaving Certificate, known as Iron Gate for Nepalese students, in the first division but the way of higher education seems dark. This is the real fact for those students who are suffering the poverty in Nepal.

Chandra Dev Malli, a Dom (low cast people in Nepalese Society) has passed S.L.C. with 71 percent of marks, but now struggling to join higher education due to the poverty. He is from the Malangwa, a headquarter of Sarlahi District, and probably the first Dom citizen to pass the S.L.C. The tragic doesn’t end here, he is even unable to get his certificate due to the lack of just NRS. 1500. He has still due of NRS. 1110 in his school. He may be the first Dom citizen to pass S.L.C. in Nepal.

15 Dom families are there in Malangwa and almost 595 Dom peoples in the district. They generate money for their food and living by clearing Public Toile, Roads and by managing the dead body of animals.

“I have done my best for his school study by doing such a low level work like toilet and road clearing”, he said in the sad mood, “I have already taken a loan of Rs. 40,000, then how can I manage the money for his further study?” He requests to manage his son’s study for the higher education.

The fight for democracy and civil rights has become the destiny of Nepal's people. Yet again, we are witnessing an uprising. The recklessand autocratic action of King Gyanandra on February 1, 2005 has spurred the agitation that aims to end his autocracy in the country,once and for all. With the support of a strong army, the king has won previous battles for power, but the common people of Nepal cannot allow him to win the war.

14 years ago, the Nepalese people brought forth a multi-party, parliamentary democracy established by the popular movement. The Nepalese people have tasted freedom and are no longer content to accept the military dictatorship of this king. For this reason, people from all walks of life from youths to professionals have united against the king for the common goal of democracy.

The king's way of governing has been to crush the peaceful and non-violent actions with batons and bullets. Kathmandu Valley has turned into a battlefield. Security forces have been firing indiscriminately in the peaceful processions held by students, doctors, lawyers, artists, and other professionals.

More than a dozen people have died, hundreds of others are gravely injured, and thousands of political activists are in police custody. The people's right to protest peacefully has been hijacked by the royal regime. Still, ordinary people such as apolitical housewives and senior citizens are carrying on the fight. They have taken to the streets crying out for the formation of a Republic of Nepal. They refuse to submit to the king's will.

The Nepalese people have chosen to defy the latest curfew imposed by the government. The message has reached far beyond the Kathmandu Valley. Thousands of common people from the remote villages of Nepal are raising their fists against a king who behaves like a dictator, and in favor of a Republic of Nepal.

We are appealing to all civilized communities of the world to extend their hands in support of Nepal's ongoing struggle for democracy. Civil societies, trade unions, and political parties are requested to lobby for the peaceful purpose of changing this Himalayan Kingdom into a republic state. Help grant the Nepali people the right to liberty from an autocratic regime.

The people of Nepal wish to join the world community and democratic ideals of the 21st century. The Nepali people are determined to reach this goal. With the aid of the world community, we believe that democracy can be achieved and bring an end to the casualties inflicted upon this region.

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