When serious crisis of democracy in Nepal began to appear from 2001, a small group of political science students from different colleges in Kathmandu started pro-democratic forums and awareness raising meetings with college students, political parties’ youths, trade union youths, media persons and political leaders. In the early days of the APSS in the last quarter of 2001, the APSS held its activities inside college classrooms and other like-minded interest groups’ offices. This crisis of democracy arose due to the negative impacts of many reasons. To mention some, there by and large lacked a good political culture, lacked inclusive definition of national interests, state-negligence to making grassroots issues heard and midst the rise of Maoist ‘civil-war’ and failure to address the genuine issues raised. Democracy works with democratic political framework, but only democracy in name can’t produce good sense among people. The then state mechanism with hardly policy-driven governments and political leaders failed to socialize the basic principles of democracy in favour of real national interests.
To contribute the politics in a meaningful and constructive way, to encourage young generation to re-shaping a Nepalese model of political socialization, and to create critical mass for sustaining democracy in Nepal, the Association of Political Science Students (APSS) was established in October 2001 in Kathmandu. The APSS was meant as an umbrella uniting diverse intellectual community, young generation and students by granting them access to a constant information flow of current matters in the field of politics, economics and national and international political affairs. Furthermore, APSS should provide a platform for the exchange of ideas and for help on research/studies. Before and after the April 2006 uprising: Before April 2006 political uprising led by major political parties which had full support from the CPN (Maoist) also, the APSS was rejected to be registered at local administrative authority as the government registration was compulsory to hold activities out of colleges and universities. During these periods the APSS had moral support and informal recognition from different colleges and universities, to conduct its activities. After 2001 and before 2006 April the then head of the government (King Gyanendra) had imposed emergency and banned pro-democratic political activities across the country. In that situation the authorities rejected to run any process to register it legally and finally sent the issue to Ministry of Home, still there was an Act which was for registering the social welfare institutions and had regulating mandate. The Ministry never called the APSS authority to discuss on the issue. However the APSS continued its activities with number of security personnel’s obstructions and threats. The national level media widely covered APSS activities and backed to get political support from political parties and general people and other discipline students. After the success of April 2006 uprising and formation of new government as mandated by the Jana-andolan II (people’s movement II), when again the APSS members asked the Ministry officials to restart the registration process they informed that the documents submitted by the APSS was misplaced and dismissed by the then authorities. Then the APSS started completely fresh process for government registration and affiliation with the Social Welfare
APSS as facilitating role in reshaping the country’s new democracy with sustained peace process:
As a well-aware group of young student of politics the APSS continued its operation to defend democratic values and principles in the nation. For this it joined hand with rights activists, media activists, pressure groups, academic institutions and political parties to organise public meetings and debates of new kinds of democracy. The APSS constantly provided an academic platform for them to discuss on important issues that would reshape the concept of genesis of Nepal state and define politics of inclusion and good governance. For this the APSS released regularly press statements for democracy and ensuring human rights, and always condemned any kinds of impunity and political insecurity, on many relevant and irrelevant occasions, supported Government, political parties and civil society to define important issues for Government-CPN (Maoist) talks in 2006, asked the CPN (Maoist) to continue unilateral ceasefire that had been considered precondition for starting peace-talks between Government and the Maoist, and facilitated major political parties to define common agenda which could have heavy support from every stratum of society to lunching fresh pro-democratic movement. APSS members were involved in the 2006-movements in Kathmandu and nationwide, and some of them were seriously beaten by the security personnel, and hospitalized for a long treatment. History always makes a sense of justice, it is believed. Dishonesty to keeping the history alive doesn’t make any difference; generations will exist in one day who will search and research the history and find a quest for the complete welfare of next and next generation.