Telegraph Nepal, Editorials
Two months back the long cherished Nepal’s Constituent Assembly embraced a calculated death. Critics claim that those who championed the very existence of the CA body were the ones who themselves made it to die. We have nothing to oppose such claims nor do we possess any compassion for its sad demise simply because, needless to say, the constitutionally approved body had already been in a deformed state and the people in general had developed some sort of allergy because the political entity tentatively had by time of its sure shot death became a money spinning tool for those who were veterans in State loot practices. Many thrived out of this body which had housed six hundred looters, save a few kind souls, but the loot as such, honestly speaking, was an inclusive one in that each and every member of the society having its representation of the body (though nobody knew as to what for this body had been given a political shape after all and for what purpose?) had a share in this State Loot campaign which was a free for all affair for almost four years plus. It was thus inclusive State loot. The CA accounts department, if approached, could tell many more bizarre stories on how the department was squeezed by the “inclusive” political entity. Inflated medicine bills excluding and Red passport selling as well.
Well that was just the opening paragraph. Now let’s come to some more serious and adventurous paragraphs below.
A section of constitutional experts have made it known that both the offices of the Nepal Prime Minister and the Nepal Presidency too died immediately after the death of the CA body which had elected them both. Now the same President, a caretaker and at best a ceremonial one that he is, has been told to remain in the same seat as the nation can’t remain in a state of political vacuum and that is why Dr. Ram Baran Yadav is there enjoying all the national facilities and perks. He is occupying the post as of now must be taken as the general population’s magnanimity or else question could have also been asked of the legitimacy of his office as well albeit from the streets.
Okay let him enjoy the facilities and create traffic jams as he does it all at times when his “inner intuition” tells him to take a free ride of some of the noted spots under this or that pretexts. Yet we have failed to understand, and we presume many also do not know and may be interested to know if told, as to how a ceremonial President can exceed his constitutional limits that he has exceeded many times in the past? For example, the reinstatement of Rukmangad Katwal which he did under the special forceful orders from Poltu Dada-Mr. Pranav Mukherjee as revealed by the Naya Patrika daily very freshly. Which authority, let’s come to the point, allowed him to bring into use of his official Letter pad to invite one ordinary Indian national who once upon a time served the Indian Union as a minister and accord him with all of the Nepal’s State facilities to which he did not deserve? How could a simple former Minister be accorded the status of a State guest? Every third man loitering in the Indian streets once used to be a minister, we have been told. Should Dr. Yadav invite them all? Nepali media revealed this event only recently.
Can a ceremonial President whose office at the moment itself remains under the periphery of heated constitutional debate invite any tom-dick and harry from India and be treated as the national guest? Was he the guest of Nepal? Is the person thus invited by the Nepal President using illegal method which he did without informing and seeking the needed clearance from the government which is a must for him in all circumstances, so important for him and even if he was very important a person from neighboring India then what transpired in between Yaswant Sinha and President Yadav in private? Mr. Sinha is a man from the fundamentalist Hindu party and mind it that Nepal is a secular state at the moment. So were the talks held in between the two centered on reviving Nepal as a Hindu State once again? Or the talks were focused on how to bring in more Indian interference in Nepali affairs, signing of India drafted extradition treaty for example, as if what we have already were not enough? Moreover, why only Sinha? Why not Laloo or Mulayam Singh Yadav or a Bollywood film star, for example, Amitabh Bacchan or even a Bengali film actor from Kolkatta from where our honorable President obtained the MBBS degree? A national from West Bengal would have been an appropriate choice for inviting to Nepal as such an invitation to a Bengali national would have provided both a chance and opportunity to speak in Bangla?
Why not a Chinese leader from the North? Question could also be asked.
Understandably, the President, albeit a titular one, misused the high office of Nepal Presidency when his own nation has been undergoing through a very difficult political period. And mind it that he has exceeded his lawful limits at a time when he should have kept himself engaged with the intensive dialogues with his own country’s party leaders separate or collectively in order to free the nation from the current stalemate. Albeit he did this with a State paid lavish luncheon but it was a delayed affair which he perhaps did under the “instructions” of the ordinary Indian national whom he invited.
Why not a breakfast or just a cup of tea? Why the expensive luncheon? This exposes Dr. Yadav’s financial sincerity towards the nation.
As a matured and talked to be the modest of all now in the Nepali political paraphernalia, Dr. Ram Baran Yadav committed a grave legal blunder which demands the attention of the nation’s Apex Court. The Court should summon him and tell him in person straight that he can’t exceed his ceremonial limits or else PM Babu Ram could well be encouraged by the laymen to accomplish the tasks which the general people would wish to observe. Dr. Yadav, Nepal’s honorable President, definitely deserves a national penal action, if he really has misused his official status, that he now deserves in that he has invited a simple man from across the border without informing the government in place and accorded the treatment of a State guest to what this alien national did not deserve by any Nepali standards.
Moreover, to think that the alien national could have offered his wise counsels to Nepal President which may have been in the overall interest of Nepal will be a self defeating exercise as none in the Indian political spectrum wish the prosperity of Nepal including the modest appearing Atal Bihari Bajpayee who had encouraged the Nepal Maoists through Brajesh Mishra to pounce upon Nepal which is what our distinguished nationals did beamingly. And mind it that the man who was the State guest of Nepal belongs to Bajpayee’s party-the BJP.
The Nepal President is thus answerable to the national population as to why he dared to do such a national crime? Why not to keep our own President then under the ambit of suspicion? What could have been his motive in inviting Mr. Sinha to Nepal in the present day troubled times? Transparency is demanded. Attention Honorable Chief Justice! The issue must be investigated.