Telegraph Nepal, Editorials
The longest surviving Nepal’s democratic party as is being claimed by the Nepali Congress leaders of late have begun talking rather say expressing their serious concerns as regards the nation’s waning nationalism. Funny as it may sound for a variety of political grounds.
Sounds comical in that the NC rarely talks on Nepali nationalism for some mysterious but well explainable reasons. NC can fool the population but not those who have been closely observing its lopsided policy on Nepali nationalism beginning its inception some six decades plus. Basically, the NC has no solid policy as such as regards the preservation of Nepali nationalism, yet the party comes up with brilliant rhetoric as and when the party is in the foot path and prefers to control the command of Singh Durbar secretariat.
NC is a proven power lust party. Despite these visible shortcoming, the party has a strong contingent of nationalists and the party also houses senior members who believe in the overall development of the nation by remaining in a united state and the communal harmony that exists in between various communities, and various ethnic tribes to continue ad infinitum so that Nepal as a nation-state can remain ever sovereign. Benign idea indeed.
NC minus excessive India bend is a vibrating democratic party. Let’s admit this fact but also understand the party’s compulsions that are aplenty.
Yet this party has a strange and equally dangerous habit of sending its leaders to the seat of the former British Colony for seeking instructions and blessings wherein the uninvited Nepali leaders are taught lessons by defunct political science professors, perhaps the degree is a bought one from the Daryaganj book and laser print market. This is not all, the party boss or the second and third men in NC hierarchy at times, more than one could expect, travel to New Delhi much to the chagrin of the New Delhi Nepal rulers yet they, utilize such meets to the hilt in order to keep Nepal under its firm grip as we are even as of today. His Majesty Jayant Prasad is now the in charge of this India torn nation. Who says Nepal sans a King?
Sorry to say yet the fact is that late visionary leader B.P. Koirala too took a long time to understand as to what Indian Union meant for Nepal?
Thanks that his love for his own nation erupted and the late great soul preferred his own soil (from Indian exile) and entered mother Nepal braving all the formidable challenges that were in the pipeline for him from the then Panchayati rulers. Kind and sensible soul that he was.
His brother, late Girija Prasad Koirala not only damaged the entire nation for his personal elevation as the first President of Nepal but also has the credit to have inked several exposed/unexposed treaties with the regime he preferred most-more than his own country Nepal. He was, (peace be upon him), a ruthless NC leader who ruled the nation and the party which he headed in a most dictatorial manner but yet, thanks his party cadres and senior leaders even, did not wish to stage a high voltage revolt against his hardhearted steering of the party. May have been the party’s discipline factor. We sympathize all those who braved the Girija brunt and ruthless rule for at least two decades and a half.
But yet the Nepali Congress men talk sense at times, for example, very freshly Dr. Shashank Koirala while talking to a broad sheet daily said that Nepali nationalism has touched a new low and that Nepal, if she were to remain a sovereign nation for all time to come, must convince her both of the immediate neighbors and assure them both that their prime security interests would be well taken care of from this soil. Notably, this junior Koirala apparently prefers not to visit Delhi. May have his own private aversion. It is his business and thus no more comments in this regard.
Strikingly, Dr. Koirala perhaps is the first Nepali Congress leader ( after his late father BP) who has talked sympathetically in favor of Nepal’s northern neighbor or else for the NC men, on an average, the outside world begins right in New Delhi and ends in the seat of former British India Company.
Dr. Shashank has made very sensible remarks wherein he emphasizes that on so many issues confronting this nation at the moment, China too must be taken into proper confidence. A pragmatic and highly matured idea that it has been floated by junior Koirala who happens to be the youngest son of visionary late BP Koirala. Like father like son.
It would thus be advisable to the rest of the NC men, sensible only, to get the inner meaning of what Dr. Koirala has said in his fresh interview that is loaded with meaning. The fact is also that if we ignore India and China both and take on a course on our own ignoring their genuine interests then we are sure to land in an endless conflict of frightening dimension.
If we continue to allow Indian dadagiri to prevail in our matters internal then that is for sure to annoy China which may use her own machinations to foil the Indian designs. For China, its underbelly Tibet must remain secure and problem free as China believes that any disturbances in Tibet may have its origin in the Nepali soil. China is not that fool not to understand even this simple phenomenon.
Finally, Dr. Koirala in making his views clear, which partially could be taken as the NC feelings, has perhaps set the ball rolling which now needs its real implementation, both in words and deeds, if Nepal as a nation state were to remain ever sovereign. This leads us to think that Dr. Shashank has the potential that the NC and the entire nation demands from him for the national cause. But will he? That’s all.
Published in the Telegraph Weekly, September 26, 2012.