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Security is important for Freedom
Kamala Sarup

"The message of the United States is clear: one cannot have ballots and bullets in a democratic process. Intimidation and violence have no roles whatsoever in the democratic process of any country." said US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Barry Lowenkron, while in Nepal.

At the end of a four-day visit, he asked government to draft and pass election laws and provide security across the country. He said he admitted that choosing security over democracy involves values, which cannot logically be deduced from facts.

What people want is based on facts and personal values, but I never could understand the abstractions of violence. Can't they (violent groups) think of anything or anyone new, as they are still locked into obsolete thinking about the people and, what is worse, promulgating their views.

Reason doesn't help when people are utterly convinced that a system must be accepted without thinking further. Peace with security can point out the consequences, but that is all, as I said above. Is unthinking acceptance what the violent groups want?

As for myself, I don't want any armed militias or groups to interfere with people's freedom, human rights, and their peaceful pursuit of a system that doesn't discriminate against people and their families.

I do want any armed violent groups out of people's life.

I do want people to fight for their security.

I do expect people, and women to have access to equal opportunities for employment.

Violence is very difficult to eradicate. Because one violent political system would be like saying Stalin is better than the Czar, or Hitler is better than the Kaiser. Violent groups activities are going on with impunity, and this fact is slowly penetrating the brains of the people. Like everything, time, conditions, capacities are required.

What should be the role of the people? I say focus on "what can or could be" would be more realistic. The question of the role of the people is valid.  So what form of political system should be adopted?

Some important reasons to support security with peace are follows: It must be based on the will of the people. Or it should be made to practice what it implies in words.

What roles and powers should the legislature, the executive and the judiciary be given in security? Specifying roles and powers is not an issue, ensuring the independence of these three parts of the government and insuring checks and balance is the need. Thus, people want a real democracy, human rights, permanent peace with security to protect their future.

Journalist and Story Writer Kamala Sarup is associated and writes for She is specialising in in-depth reporting and writing on Peace, Anti War, Women, Terrorism, Democracy,and
Development. Some of her publicationsare:Empowerment in South Asia, Nepal. Prevention of trafficking in women through media,(Book) Efforts to Prevent Trafficking in for Media Activism(Media research). Two
Stories collections. Her interests include international conflict resolution,cultural communication,philosophy, feminism, political, socio-economic and literature.Her current plans are to move on to humanitarian work in conflict areas in the near future. She also is experienced in community development.A meeting of jury members held in Geneva attributed Kamala Sarup,with an Honurable Mention of International Award for Women"s Issues.

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