One jumps into politics for a variety of reasons. That could be a motive to pocket money or be in the service of the nation. No other option seems to be in sight at least in this part of the world. We are talking of our own South Asian region.
Though some Indian Political scientists even claim that a democracy is run by the fools. However, we do not subscribe to this dangerous view but yet what could be said safely that in Nepal, as far as our own experience that we have collected over these “democratic years”, some have definitely joined this sector and embraced this as a lucrative profession. They have already made the country’s politics a “milking cow”.
The milk no more remains. The cow is almost counting its last breathe and thus further milking the cow has definitely become a distant affair. Sorry mother cow. Some even from the prison wish to milk the cow.
It had rightly been said by Lee Kwan Yu that there were only two jobs in the world which demanded no qualification or say education as such. According to him, the first one was entering into the journalism profession or, the second, was certainly the joining the political domain. A cursory look at what Mr. Yu said some decades and decades back perhaps fits tightly in our own case media included. Yet we would prefer not to poke our nose into a profession wherein we are ourselves engaged for some four decades plus, however, we would prefer to direct our entire efforts in what we want to say through these columns. We too may not be that sacrosanct as we at times claim, to be honest.
Former Ministers, for example, like Shyan Sundar Gupta, Chiranjibi Wagley and J. P. Gupta are currently in prison and why they were there demands no elaborate explanations. Better ask the Jailors for which crime the Nepali “luminaries” have been arrested?
Kathmandu’s political circuit even claims that about ninety percent of the Nepali political leaders who were in the country’s politics today apparently must have joined politics in order to amass wealth for their generations and generations to come.
A rough statistics reveal that if a thorough investigation is made in order to assess and evaluate the “illegal earnings” of the present day Nepali buffoonery political animals then some hair-raising revelations will surely come to the fore. This perhaps should apply to some “high flying and sophisticated” media men as well. But who will bell the wild cats?
Rumor mill have also it that the current cabinet ministers, some only, have simply extended their helping hands to the JNU indoctrinated Nepal Prime Minister led government in order to squeeze State money through illegal means in which some have excelled and yet others are hopefully trying their luck in the remaining days.
Nepal PM Babu Ram Bhattarai after all is a human being. He too has the same weaknesses. He can’t be an exception to the Nepal’s established phenomenon.
In a fit of People’s War targeted objective-loaded emotion, PM Bhattarai has elevated the ranks of his near and dear ones, primarily from his own and his spouse family members. After all relatives must be special ones and thus he did all that what others have done it in the past? However, eye brows get raised when a born revolutionary of Bhattarai’s sort initiates “nepotism revolution” right from his own home then it becomes hard and unbelievable as well to guess whether Bhattarai had entered into the frightening Rolpa jungles for realizing these “nepotism and favoritism goals”? Net result of the People's War gains.
He may have elevated the ranks of his family members under excessive pressure, as could be guessed, yet how Bhattarai, the Nepali version of late Deng and a disciple of Manu yielded to such pressures? What is left with him now? What about his loud talks of grand societal transformation? Or is it that awarding lucrative posts to his in laws winds up the entire job of transformation of the “feudal” Nepali society? What for then was the fake People’s War?
Yes! The war was a fake one and guided by alien forces which sheltered them all in a safe place. The entire idea was to, one fine morning, grab the Prime Ministerial Chair and award the desired posts to his near and distant relatives. Ask the Maoists militias, who fought this war, as to what in return of their sacrifices at all yielded to them finally? Cipher.
The War definitely made some upper echelon militants rich and prosperous. But at what cost? Twenty thousand precious lives being sacrificed! Unnoticed deaths not included. Those who were killed could not even know as to why they were killed. For what a crime?
Perhaps Babu Ram has no answers now because he has already received to what he longed and desired for.
Thus the People’s War ended with a sad note yet Mohan Baidya prefers still a similar revolt. May be this panel too would wind up the war much the same way as Prachanda submitted. Back to square one.
( The Telegraph Weekly editorial, April 11, 2012).