Telegraph Nepal, Editorials
Temptation to amass wealth while practicing politics is not at all a new phenomenon. It is even talked that one joins politics in order to befool the people and collect illegal money for his or her generations to come. In Nepal, some have practiced this game to the hilt.
It should be in this light, the present day corrupt leaders be taken.
We will verbatim support Upendra Yadav’s saying that Corruption is just corruption which has nothing to do either with the Pahadiya or for that matter the Madhesi agenda. Mr. Yadav made these references while making his views public on the imprisonment of Minister J. P. Gupta.
Embezzlement of State loot must not have any “color”.
But the question is that why only Gupta? There are scores of persons like Gupta or for that matter Chiranjibi Wagley’s ilk awaiting similar treatments from the Supreme Court? If Gupta’s imprisonment is just the beginning of the beginning then we have nothing to say in this regard because we may console our heart concluding that the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority will soon forward corruption cases for the perusal of the nation’s apex court demanding that the rest of the Nepali leaders be also penalized, if found guilty, much the same way as Wagley and Gupta have had their fate. And what about the blood suckers of the Sudan APC scam? Don’t forget Prince Rubel Choudhary-the Bangladeshi national but yet the in-Law of Nepal.
We understand that for the Supreme Court, neither one is Pahadiya nor the other one is a Madhesi. All that the SC takes into account is that whether this Nepali national, be he belong to the hills or from Madhesh, has engaged himself in acts of corruption while being in power or not?
Thus Gupta’s claim becomes redundant when he claims that he was sent behind the bars simply because the Supreme Court tried to abort his campaign that he was leading for the welfare of the Nepal’s Madhesi population. It could be his angle but many people in Nepal may not subscribe to his somewhat dangerous claims because laws of the land take its course as and when it becomes urgent and necessary. Gupta though is just a small fish. Sharks and Whales are yet to be trapped.
We understand that Madhesh has great many problems. We too understand this fact. However, linking acts of corruption with the welfare of Madhesi brothers and sisters is not at all a fair phenomenon to which learned and influential men like Gupta and his followers must understand. Law is blind. For the prevailing laws of the land, neither Madhesi nor Pahadeys were near and dear. Corruption is corruption. There can be no two separate definitions of corruption.
Moreover, it is in the news that Gupta is filing a reassessment of his case for the perusal of the Supreme Court once again and thus he should wait until the Supreme Court makes yet another decision or sticks to what it has already stated.
Gupta must also understand that he is not the lone Madhesi leader who has been imprisoned. Time permitting, many more Pahadiyas and Madhesis would be his jail partners. We have already been hinted that several petitions at time of the writing of this story remain in the hands of the CIAA which would be soon forwarded to the Supreme Court for taking lawful actions against the presumed corrupts which necessarily has the names from both the communities. Thus Gupta has nothing to panic. Nepali Madhesi problems are not his own alone. We the entire Nepalese are in favor of the welfare of the Madhesi brothers and sisters. We mean it.
We thus advise all and sundry not to suspect the very credentials and the intents of the nation’s apex judicial body. Any disrespect or dishonor of the Supreme Court will shake this nation from within which will eventually damage not only the prevailing Order but would also discourage the judicial independence of the Supreme Court.
Finally, any malicious attempts to disturb the communal harmony that exists in between the various communities of Nepal must not be tolerated. The Madhesis and the denizens from the Hills have lived together in harmony since ages. No one has thus the right to damage this amity.
Yet we sympathize with J. P. Gupta. We wish him a good health.