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Ram Sharan Mahat, Ph.D.: The crown must confine itself constitutionally. The political parties will support a genuine constitutional monarchy. Pradip Nepal: Political extremists are surfacing now because mistakes in governing the country after 1990. Unhealthy rivalries between the ruling and the opposition parties, distrust, and totalitarianism were the political refuse that prevailed during democracy in Nepal while accountability deteriorated. Pashupati Shamsher Rana: The way out lies in negotiations toward a thoroughly transformed, fully inclusive Nepal, in which the political parties, the King, and the Maoists can peacefully co-exist. Minendra Rijal, Ph.D.: The political parties should learn from their mistakes and develop a common minimum program for the political, social and economic transformation of the country. This could serve as a roadmap that they can offer to both the King and the Maoists as a way out of the current crisis. Pari Thapa: The Peoples Front Nepal knows the true nature of the Maoist insurgency as they splintered from our party. Unless they correct the error of their extremism they will continue resorting to violence. But we also cannot lose sight of the fact that the political parties manipulated the Maoist insurgency as a means of cornering the opposition. The King has also taken advantage of it.'


Nepal Study Center, University of New Mexico, USA