…a nation where witchburning, even if only of “lower caste women” who no doubt have been very offensive in their way, is probably not on the brink of successful democracy. From the Telegraph:
Dengani Mahato died after she was severely beaten, doused in kerosene and set alight for allegedly practising witchcraft, Gopal Bhandari, a superintendent of police in Chitwan district, said…Hundreds of lower-caste women are thought to suffer abuse at the hands of “witch hunters” every year in Nepal, where superstition and caste-based discrimination remain rife and where most communities still operate on strict patriarchal lines.
Human Rights Watch has more on the “backsliding on rights” in Nepal. Via Meadia doesn’t expect great progress in Nepal anytime soon; people who burn witches, entertain paranoid fantasies about elaborate Jewish plots to rule the world, or otherwise behave in ways that show a deadly combination of ignorance and weak reasoning powers are generally speaking not very good at electing good leaders.Sadly, this often means that the countries that need good leadership the most are the least likely to get it. Fortunately, Nepal is small and weak; bad government in Nepal does not threaten world peace. There are other places not much better prepared for effective self-governance whose political choices have a much wider effect.World peace is not at hand.