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Integration or lack of it may expose youth to listlessness and crime

N24, KATHMANDU: The integration of the armies has thrown results that expose how the youth were driven into a state of mind from where they are finding it difficult to cope with.

Youths who joined the Maoist “people’s war” and fought the army to drive the state against the wall have now found they have nowhere to go. Their only qualification being carrying the gun and hectoring villagers into submission.

Now with many of them not finding place in the national army, there are at a crossroad, with nowhere to go. The consolation has been a paltry sum of Rs. 2.5 lakh.

“We have been sold for paltry sum ”, Dil Maya Rawat has been quoted to have told Surya Nepal. She hails from the district of Mugu and has been in the thick of things.

She recalls she was just 16 years of age when she join the Maoist bandwagon.

“In the year 2003 I was in standard eight at a local school. I fought for three years and stayed in the cantonment for five years,” she tells her sorry tale to highlight the pain.

She asks, “Had there been in advance any inkling of the situation we are currently in, I would have never joined the party. I have no idea why we were forced into the war in the name of the people.”

“We left school, took weapons, fought for liberating the people. The situation has changed. The only question is how to liberate myself first”, she tells her inner feelings and adds, “I am now full of total guilt. I have plans to go in for foreign employment borrowing some money.”

Majority of the former PLA at the sixth division cantonment in Dashrathpur are very much concerned over their fate.

Company commander Chandra Bahadur Gharti claims, “We have been left in the lurch by the party. We have nowhere to go.”

“Our party has destroyed the future of Nepali youth by making fake assurances to them”, also claimed Gharti.


Published Date: Sunday, April 15th, 2012 | 01:28 AM

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