No ordinary fools they were.
Frankly speaking, they were the fools of the highest order whose match could not be found in the entire globe. After all they were Nepali fools and thus to find their “equivalent” was just next to impossible.
To come to the point, we have seven fools. One issue confronted them and they were told to entangle the knot underneath the problem that was more of an issue in nature and content both.
Seven fools sat together. They had in front of them a curved structure which could be taken as a ROTI-bread practically in a rounded shape. Now the problem confronting them was to ascertain as to which the beginning was or for that matter the end of the said rounded structure.
Since all were fools, thus certainly seven different brains interpreted the beginning or the end of the Roti-the bread.
In fact, no body knows neither the beginning nor the end of such a structure and more so it was definitely a arduous task for our fools to ascertain the hard task assigned to them and thus a variety of interpretations, seven different propositions for example, cropped up in the process of locating the beginning or the end of the said ROTI.
The first fool said it must be the part that faced him.
The second who was bit smart enough, similarly told the gathering of “birds of the same feather” that the beginning of the bread should be the face of the bread that faced southward.
The third one who was bit lazy claimed to convince his friends in the community that the face that the bread faced northward must be the beginning of the said bread.
The fourth one, a clever one compared to the rest, said in a bold voice that the face of the bread that faced him should be taken as the beginning of the bread.
It was the turn of the fifth who also pushed his own idea and said that there was no point in quarrelling for locating the beginning or the end of the bread and thus as per the Hindu tradition, the part of the bread that faced Lord Surya-the Sun God-must be taken as the beginning.
Others differed which made the last interpretation null and void.
Now enters the sixth fool who had just returned from a pilgrimage from the South, emphatically said that the face of the bread that is southward must be the beginning.
Others ignored his comments and thus the last fool enters the scene. He says why these varied interpretations are! Let’s all invite one more fool from alien land. All agreed to invite the eighth fool to sort out their current crisis as regards the rounded bread.
The alien fool comes with a big bang, meets practically all the fools to solve the bread crisis. While meeting all the Nepali fools, he Okays the interpretations of all the fools in order to keep them all in good stead.
Finally when he was told to entangle the crisis, he too failed.
Since he was himself an acclaimed number one fool in his own land and thus to expect from a fool to solve the “internal” crisis created by the rounded structure of the bread was in itself an act of sheer foolishness.
Some even said that good or bad, the Nepali fools belonged to this soil and time permitting will have sorted out their own issues and problems and thus there was no need to invite yet another fool from an alien land.
The “guest” fool thus returned to his homeland adding more confusion in the minds of the Nepalese fools.
However, two “clever” ones-not taking part in any decisions but watching the foolhardy acts of the fools had been smiling. This smile was meaningful politically.
The first clever one saw it from the nearby jungles. The second one saw the entire event being some where in Baluatar and lamented over the “bankruptcy” of the minds that are a common phenomenon in fools who attain maturity over time.
We are told the debate yet continues with no solution in sight.
Here enters the ninth fool. The one who penned these comments on fools must himself be a fool of the highest order or else how could have written so much on a topic that may appear redundant to many.
With these, we at the editorial board of this paper extend to you all, our readers, sympathizers and well wishers a very very Happy Vijaya greetings.
May this occasion bring us all together and unite us for a common cause: to build a New Nepal wherein no section of the society remains out from the mainstream of the country’s politics. It is time that the Terai embraces the Hill and vice versa. After all we are the sons of the same soil. We must live like brothers come what may.