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JUSTICE DENIED

Pratyush Nath Upreti

On September 22, Nanda Prasad Adhikari, who had been on a hunger strike for more than 300 days demanding justice for his son who was killed during the Maoist insurgency, passed away. Once the news of his demise became public, there was flood of sympathy on Facebook and Twitter. Following this, most so-called human rights activists were preoccupied giving interviews and posting their comments on the incident online. Still, politicians and the state did not provide an immediate reaction to the episode. Although, in medical terms, Adhikari died because of his ill health, in reality, he had been lying on his death bed for a long time. So who are we to blame for his death—Nanda Prasad himself, the state, or civil society?

TRC and politicians

It has been over seven years since Janaandolan II. During this period, six different governments have been formed with the same political parties and politicians who were part of the Janaandolan. But when it comes to addressing i…

Justice denied | Opinion | Oped

Once the news of his demise became public, there was flood of sympathy on Facebook and Twitter. Following this, most so-called human rights activists were preoccupied giving interviews and posting their comments on the incident online. Still, politicians and the state did not provide an immediate reaction to the episode. Although, in medical terms, Adhikari died because of his ill health, in reality, he had been lying on his death bed for a long time. So who are we to blame for his death—Nanda Prasad himself, the state, or civil society?  

Nanda Prasad’s convinces me that I am from a country with no human values. In addition to the politicians, media and civil society, we as individual citizens also share the blame. Our support for causes is limited to liking pictures on Facebook. Even those who supported Adhikari did so out of sympathy rather than for the cause of justice. As citizens, had we been concerned about our duties, we would have fought this battle with the Adhikaris together…