New Delhi: Racing against time to firm up a new constitution, Nepalese Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai on Saturday sought India's help in this regard with a caution that if the process failed, then there will be a "big question" on whether the chosen path of democracy is correct.

He said Nepal wants to create a "participatory democracy" catering to the needs of all sections of the society.

"We are very optimistic we can do that. But if we fail, then there will be a big question whether the constitutional path, democratic path, peaceful path is appropriate or not,"
Bhattarai, who held talks with the Indian leaders on Friday and Saturday, told a gathering here.

Bhattarai said that despite difficulties, his country would like to prove that the peaceful path is the "correct path".

"So, I would like to draw your attention and help us through different means to bring this peace and the constitution-making process to a successful conclusion," Bhattarai said at a tea party hosted by NDA convener and JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav at his residence.

The Nepalese leader said that instead of copying traditional democracy from the West, South Asia should follow the ideas of "original thinkers" like Mahatma Gandhi and Ram
Manohar Lohia.

Referring to his days in India, he said besides obtaining degrees, he also received "training" to struggle in this country.

"Degrees are important. But for me, degree of struggle in Delhi important," he said.

(Agencies)