N. P. Upadhyaya
To err is human. Mistakes or say negligence do happen at times unknowingly. However, if things go wrong on a regular basis and the mistakes committed knowingly then the ultimate result is negative.
A group of people constitute the society. Several societies scattered here and there in a defined boundary comprising of various nationalities make a nation-state.
A nation-state is taken as the happiest one wherein the politicians remain honest to their promises and act according to the needs of their voters at the grass root levels.
In South Asia, cheat and deceit and draining the national exchequer has become a regular phenomenon for those who claim to represent the people. The word democracy has become tentatively synonymous to corruption wherein one particular political animal is free to squeeze the national coffer under this or that pretext. Flimsy pretexts are instantly made and that in “consensus”. The word “consensus” has already begun terrifying the Nepali population for this word in the recent past has already gulped some 16 billion rupees from the national coffer and very freshly yet another frightening “consensus” has been made to swallow one two to three more billion rupees.
The deaf and the dumb population is just watching the practice on how this qword consensus is becoming a national burden to all and sundry.
Let me presume that such phenomenon do occur in our neighboring countries as well. After all, more or less we are composed of the same traditional and cultural stuff.
Nevertheless, though the majority of the Nepali population is tired of listening to this special catchword Consensus, however, the intelligent Nepali media of late appears to have got the point that lay in a hidden manner inside the very word consensus.
The consensus is for loot. The consensus is for nation’s plunder. The consensus is for positions and perks and facilities. The consensus is being searched for elevating someone to the upper rank. The consensus is not for the welfare of the people instead it is for someone’s personal elevation.
For loot, the consensus is Okay. However, if it is for the elevation of someone to some higher posts then there is quarrel. The squabbling continues and perhaps will continue for long given the haughtiness being exhibited by Nepali politicians on both the sides. Both remain undeterred. Appears that some extraneous forces are backing both and thus the prolonged adamancy. This bodes ill for this already torn nation.
Nepali politicians have ruined this nation. Examples galore. The foot path dwellers or even say the erstwhile jungle settlers of the recent past can’t now live without a Pajero/Scorpio/Bolero and the rag-bag-bobby-tail of the not so distant past must enjoy the free foods at Kathmandu Five Star Hotel, preferably Radisson and Shangrila, to name a few. The government of the day pays the hefty Hotel bills in “consensus”.
At times even a small cartoon does miracle. It is said that hundred news equals to a meaning loaded cartoon. Cartoons speak for itself. Only we have to do is to read the message lying underneath the cartoon.
Without taking much of your time, I thus collect the courage to push this cartoon published by the Nagrik daily dated June 7, 2010. The Cartoonist deserves our deep appreciation who has in a very simple manner told the truth. How the Nepali politics is moving even after the one year CA extension is best illustrated in the cartoon. I must thank and hope that the editors of the Nagrik daily, our professional colleagues indeed, will not mind in having copied their cartoon in this paper and made a story based on that cartoon.
The principle of “fair use” of the cartoon perhaps should apply here as well which is aimed at “informing” the people to which we both-the Nagrik and this paper are committed.
No more comments from my side. Rest the cartoon speaks itself in an amazing manner. If something remains more then look at the “dogs”.