I am very fond of Nepal’s politics. My earliest memories to getting inclined to its contemporary issues date back to when I was in grade seven. Over this period, I closely observed the 19 day People’s movement in 2063 BS. However, since the restoration of parliament, and dethronement of monarchy and declaration of Nepal as a federal state, I have seen more number of Nepali politicians messing up with the meanings of Sarkaar (government) and Janata (the people).
I have been intrigued that most of the newspapers revolve around what the politicians from the major parties think in terms of the needs that they wished would be granted to the citizens of Nepal. Headlines are mostly directed to these politicians’ definitions of government and the citizens. Now, who do they actually refer to when they lash out at The Government’s failed attempt to expedite the aviation traffic that caused an uproar among the Nepalese diaspora (the Turkish Airlines skidding off the runway of the only international airport) or when they constantly speak of Nepali Janata wanting this or wanting that?
“Janatale jaatiya raajya khojekai chhainan!” “Bipachhi partyle ajhai pani sochna baadhya bhachhainan ki janatale tiniharulai bharosa nagarerai kum vote diyeka hun bhanera.”
Now, if we scrutinize the choice of words that politicians alike have included in their daily lectures, we are in a dilemma to really sort out the exact audience that they so enthusiastically talk about. Do they authentically imply the thousands of voters who hoped to see the promulgation of new constitution or is it just a pretext to mix their own ideologies into their gaffe so that ultimately the general people’s faith molds into that of the politicians’? From what I have astutely observed, the latter is the answer.
Mostly the major parties make such blatant statements. The political leaders have been surprisingly stubborn to attest to the very fact that they are not speaking for the general people but for their own parties’ members and for their own sake. In other words, all we have been hearing on the media and the countless referrals to janata are all fake. We have been deceived from these elected leaders.
The leaders, to be exact, do not know what we desperately want. Had they known then we would have been blessed with a constitution from the first Constituent Assembly. Instead, their very ideology that they had embraced turned against them and despite the second election taking place and the leaders’ commitment to promulgate the constitution within one year, the leaders have been losing trust from the janata.
On the other side, I constantly hear that sarkaar is all responsible for whatever occurs/affects us in our daily lifves. Whatever! Most of the incidents that make headlines in national newspapers include excerpts from the victims who strongly condemn the sarkaar for not giving enough attention to the agony that they are experiencing. “Sarkaarle haamilai waastai garenan!” “Tapaile haamiharulai dosiko aarop nalagaaunu kinabhane sabai sarkaar ko nai dosh chha!” Now, what do you exactly make of these statements? Who is sarkaar (government) in your opinion? When you enter a tea shop, you can hear customers engaging in gaffe that mostly revolves around blaming the government. Does the definition of government limit to just the thirty or more ministers with their office secretaries who compromise the Executive? Or does it genuinely imply those employed in the government offices as well (all the employees who work in various government services)?
Maybe we should fix our perception of what we truly regard the government and its people. Maybe all we have been doing is playing the blame game and forcing our minds to narrow its definition of government and the people. Maybe it is all our fault that this discussion is taking place.
So, the next time any political discussion heats up and a political leader stands firm in the act referring to janata‘s ideologies that the discussion has progressed so far, remember to fully comprehend the statement. Because it may not be ours’ view but the leader’s stance to support his party members. And, when any disaster strikes our country do take a note of the misinterpreted word sarkaar anywhere in the news. Because as it stands, it would really mean PM Sushil Koirala’s Cabinet Ministers, including himself, did not give any damn attention to the disaster and its victims whatsoever.
We just have to make sure that these statements are contextual and not a fabrication of the general people’s opinions; for in a democratic country, people’s voices must be respected.