Telegraph Nepal, Editorials
We don’t subscribe to the opinions of an eminent political scientist who very authentically claims in his book on ‘Democracy and the System’ at best is run by the fools. It is his version to which we reject tooth and nail yet we would prefer to ponder over as to why this political scientist may have made such damaging opinions as regards a system which is taken by the world population as the finest and the best system available in the globe at the moment. Let’s presume that he must not have made such accusations for nothing.
We though do not possess any authority to make our personal opinions as to how other democracies in this part of the world have been functioning, however, the manner our own democratic system that functioned in Nepal beginning April 1990 does tell us that, and more so encourages us all, to conclude that the system though has been acclaimed worldwide for its inherent merits has summarily failed in Nepal. It has been made to fail. Demerits though follow.
Yet we would not put the entire blame onto the heads of the system itself, because the system is just a instrument which is to be run by political technicians. Here we mean the political animals when we talk of technicians. Any system in the world in itself doesn’t work. It is made to work for the betterment of the majority of the population at large and that is why they could be taken as, and expected, that the guarantors of the system to keep it going by being within the stipulated limits of the system.
Every system, as we have been told, has a boundary. Democracy doesn’t and shouldn’t mean that those who have been told to rule the nation after being duly elected, election is an integral part of the democratic system though, to define and redefine the system in a manner which suited to their personal or petty political parties’ interests. In fact the Nepali leaders have several times twisted and overly twisted the arms of the structure to the extent that even the Constitution now in force remains in a scared state as the latter has been amended to their preferences time and again much to the askance of the deaf and the dumb population. Impotent Nepalese that we have proved for ourselves. We have albeit potency in clashing with our own brethren under this or that pretext.
The Nation State has definitely become an orphan one and the country is in a guardian less situation ( like a motherless child) though the office of the Presidency is talked to be in place, however, the question hangs: the CA body which elected the President has itself embraced a natural death and thus how come the one who was elected by the same body which remains no longer in existence could establish its legitimacy? Can the President sack the PM? What if the PM pounces back?
Since we are not constitutional experts but yet as a lay men and an informed citizenry can collect the courage to ask whether this Office of the President that we have at the moment is a legitimate or an illegitimate one?
However, this doesn’t mean that we wish to see the country hanging in a state of political vacuum yet the question remains intact. Hope that the ones who have the expertise in interpreting these constitutional puzzles will come forward and provide the surprised population with the convincing answers that it demands forcefully.
Talking of Nepal’s democratic system, well as we have collected experience over these years what could be said easily is that politics has already become a money spinning profession and thus each and every single individual would prefer to join politics hoping that one fine morning he would be elevated to some ministerial posts which will open the gates for which this person in essence have had joined politics.
For Nepali politicians, lunch and dinners are free. The state pays under this or that pretext more so because the fairy tale sorts of dialogues are in progress in order to get the country out from the current political deadlock.
Medicine is free or at best the State pays the bills albeit inflated ones. If these leaders have loose stomach then they rush to New Delhi. In Delhi, thanks Dilli, everything is free for the Nepali leaders to the extent that Dr. Singh himself remains available with the Stethoscope, we have been told. So nice of you Dr. Singh. We will send such more patients.
Endless talks, Talks in progress. We are very close to a deal. By tomorrow evening, a new pact will be signed. We demand the PM resignation first. I will not resign simply because you have been demanding. RAW Chief in Kathmandu and meets all Nepal leaders. Former King Gyanendra throws a dinner in honor of visiting RAW men. President secretly invites RAW chief at his official secretariat. CA body will soon draft the constitution says Jayant Prasad. Prasad chairs the Nepal parties exclusive meet on May 2, 2012…and the CA died because of the Maoists arrogance and intra-party dispute…and Nepal President throws luncheon in honor of the Maoist’s new splinter and meets its Chief Baidya and his entire team…I will not resign, says Caretaker PM, and the likes are the media headlines these days.
Well, these were few news items which have been in the media, including ours own. However, nobody knows as to how much the State money is drained in the process which the Nepali media carries every morning for the benefit of those who want to learn “more” about Nepal’s dirty politics.
So should this mean that a democratic system is an expensive one? Or is it a burden for the countries of South Asia? Or is it that the South Asian leaders are themselves not matured leaders who could run this system in an effective manner?
We will go by the last one. System is not bad. At faults are, for example, Sushil Koirala, Chairman Dahal, Chairman Khanal, Oli, Madhav Kumar Nepal, Bhattarai, Deuba and the ilk ( better say the 12 point leaders) which were similar to these who have by this time ruined Nepal. The invisible foreign spies included who too act as if they were Nepali leaders. If the new generation doesn’t take the lead then what ever is left of Nepal as a nation-state will vanish sooner than later.
System is not at fault. The managers of the system are not only ugly but deserve hatred from the entire population for the entire ailments which has been plaguing the nation since, 2005, if one were to recall without having any prejudice or whatsoever.
The Telegraph Weekly editorial, June 27, 2012.