Nepalese society is doubly affected by present political stagnation. Volatile by nature, people and politicians of Nepal are suddenly locked into unnerving inertia. From once hyper activity of raising awareness, voicing concerns, and shaping constitution drafting and their "own" state delineation they are now suffering from a withdrawal syndrome. You can term it as a sort of socio-political "regression." As if we are trying to carry home scarce water in a sieve (chalnuma pani boknu). It is not like that the dear daughter has eloped with some unassuming broke but that she came one wee hour conceived (chhori poil gaee bhanda pani dojiya bhaer aee). What is the way out, then?
What led to the situation, by the way? Hitting at the root cause will probably pave some way to grapple with this problem. As the title suggests, there are two clear stakeholders of and in this crisis: politicians (so-called leaders) and people (self-styled, fragmented followers of dwindling parties and their muddling ideologies). Politicians, therefore, should honestly rise above their ulterior motives of gaining and sticking to power by all means. They should deliver fully what they commit or have committed during recent elections or door-to-door campaigns. They should follow and fulfill their manifestoes in true spirit. Above all, they should be ready to quit reign, go back to their respective constituencies, and re- and co-work with electorates, and give the latter a sense that the former do have a right capacity for development. They should also be daring enough to show their topnotch or high command what is ailing and telling their political mission of uplifting society and the state in their way. And if possible, they should be ready to modify their line of leadership as well as political agenda. Nothing should go against and beyond social welfare in which alone is manifested their welfare.
For example, all the parties have their elected heads and rows of senior leaders who take as granted that their cadres and supporters and even neutral masses will play pranks and somersault at their instance. The latter, ironically, do the same. This cuts deeper into the already injured and bruised status of the party, philosophy, and ‘primos.’
True, Nepalese society is again undergoing a period of transition while it is ridden with unending conflict. It is witnessing, as never before, rampant use and accumulation of arms and ammunition by almost everyone and every group, like almost every household is staking its hard earned money in a deceiving game of dhukuti. The State seems to have lost hold of them, and in certain cases, seems to be conniving, rather promoting, this trend of gaining ‘right’ by wrong means of violence.
Seizing and prolonging power, as Prachanda trumpeted amidst the applause of the audience of Adiwasi Janjati meet post CA dissolution, is a clear motto. On the other hand, the diehard monarchist Kamal Thapa has challenged the Interim Constitution and warned that he, his party, and infinite number of royalists will reinstate king along with the constitution of 1990 (2047 BS) that provisions for a Constitutional King, that is "King in the Parliament." That is alarmed against in an almost paranoiac fashion by a seasoned journalist and new editor of a renowned daily, Kishor Nepal. Not only that but even the diplomats and consular-generals have been active holding parleys while people, whose mandate has been disgraced and yet re-sought through fresh elections, have fallen in an apparent nightmare. Once again they have been crippled by a prominent national characteristic—passiveness and parasitism that all will be done, and done only, by their elected representatives of a new Constituent Assembly or Legislative Parliament. I wonder as I wondered on Day One of last year’s extension of CA tenure: Sunday, Jyestha 15, 2068 (May 29, 2011).
kahan gae janata jo nachthe,
kahan gae prahari jo latthi bhanchthe,
kahan gae neta jo samwidhan sanchthe?
(Where have been the people who danced on the streets?
Where have been the people who lanced lathis for their treat?
Where have been the politicians who breathed constitution even when they made a retreat?)
Meanwhile, legal authorities like Attorney-General and party intellectuals and think tanks are playing pimps to the government and related party by provoking these organs to violate good norms and promote only partisan ideals. They even cite bad examples of India and France of yore where statute writing took a long time, or those of Latin American or South African countries where ethnicities and nationalities were given their identity irrespective of their capability. Else, these bodies do not pay heed to genuine counsels of their high profile appointees. To illustrate, former premier Girija Prasad Koirala flaunted the advice given by his councilor, Sardar Yadunath Khanal who virtually remained like a "sponge" in the corridor of power (Singh Durbar)—a fear that was long expressed by his colleague Prof. Kamal Prakash Malla. He, instead, followed either his own intuition, or the directives of diplomats staying put at Baluwatar from dawn to dusk, or false propagandas of his close coterie that sneaked into bedroom.
Nothing is changed in the present scenario. The parties that bickered among themselves for petty matters are now frequenting Shital Niwas, the official residence of President. Unfortunately, the navagopal (the modern Yaduwamshi) does not have enough cunning or courage to take any step. How can he stop the now acting government from passing a financial ordinance when it allowed the same government only last month to provide tempting perks to former or outgoing authorities including himself? Sadly, Dr. President has no sure cure for the political and social malady. It is further complicating as the politicos do not cooperate with the essential pathological test. As a consequence, the twin wheels of the country—politicians and populace—cannot pace together. Still the society can survive, to some extent, without politics and politicians, but the latter cannot move a whit sans society. And if there is no Nepal, there will be no gopals or other pals pining for their own identity, state, and sovereignty.