ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Liberalism Betrayed?

Liberal democratic principles consider any form of mobilisation of the masses that is beyond the purview of the organs of the state to be illegal. Liberals also regard the masses as disinterested and "innocent"; it is claimed that radical parties such as the Nepali Maoists impose their will on the masses. Inevitably this conception of "innocent" masses and non-comprehension of radical mobilisation explain the surprise at the Maoist victory in Nepal. At the same time, does the participation of the Maoists in the liberal polity create the conditions for mass passivity and hence co-option within the same liberal framework?

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