“This is probably the first of its kind that is conducted here in this hall, within the Army premises. I don’t need to tell you in what kind of situation we are in this country. Situation today demands from all of us to exercise maximum restrain, perseverance and patience so that peace and stability will start taking a root in this country. “
From the Speech delivered by the COAS General Rookmangad Katawal at the Opening Ceremony of the Seminar on “Democratic Transition and Nepalese Army Reforms”, Organized by the Army Command and Staff College at Army Hqs , on 24 Aug 2007.
Nepal Army’s high alert during & after the CA election would certainly boost up public confidence among the general masses to participate in the electoral process fearlessly.
The security forces’ morale, motive, & alertness are one of the determiningfactors for the smooth transition of Nepal through Constituent Assembly polls.
Nepal’s security forces, especially both the Civillian & Armed Police, have been working under tremendous stress since the begining of Maoist insurgency in 1993.
The perennial portrayal as mere puppets of the regressive elements demoralized the forces into “a bunch of rapists, smugglers, & murderers”.
However, the undeniable positive role played after the reinstatement of Seven Party Alliance Govt has not only gained the security forces a people-friendly image, but also proved that a responsible & trasparent leadership shapes all the organs of the state.
The public faith, coupled with worldwide exposure as the UN’s fiercely neutral peace keeping troops, has certainly encouraged Nepal’s security forces to prove themselves in their own soil by contributing their part in early 21st century’s major socio-political revolution.