Saturday, July 11, 2009

Student Violence

The violent dispute between the NC-affiliated Nepal Student's Union and UML-affiliated All Nepal National Free Student Union over constructing a new building in Tri Chandra College, has highlighted the divisions between the two governing parties. It's a sign of the country's political turmoil that the students are demanding roles in issues other than education.

Political parties often quarrel, but they are not justified in burning down offices and using weapons inside college premises. The police have not yet captured the guilty, raising doubts about their competence and increasing suspicions that the culprits enjoy political patronage. Student leaders must understand that the politicisation of student unions has now degenerated into criminal activity.