WE NEPALI CITIZENS HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY

Well, congratulations to the four major political parties for teaching us that greed must not come in the way of development. Although you guys realized it late, the step that you took yesterday to break the political deadlock was praiseworthy. Now, stay on course and deliver us a new constitution within a month. Yup, within a month!

As much as the news comes as a relief to the citizens, we fear that you guys have still not heard our voices. All those talks of reaching an agreement on the issues pertaining to political administration and the required number of states that our motherland needs to be divided seem nothing but a random decision made by just four or so people. The very folks who couldn’t stay on the government for more than a year for reasons we still can’t fathom.

Look, I understand the importance of adopting a federal state for the developments to flourish. I also realize that the recent earthquake has taught us that decentralization is indeed the answer to our dream Nepal. We all do. But it is absolutely crucial to take into account that there are not just four or five people but over 20 million whose decisions carry equal weight. I want to imply that decisions must be made by hearing out from those 20 million people as well. Simply put, WE NEED A NATIONAL REFERENDUM.

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I have been analyzing the political stalemate for years and every time I watch the major political parties fighting to get their ideologies imprinted in the constitution and subsequently failing in the process, I ask myself-Why don’t they ever leave it up to the citizens to decide for themselves? After all, the constitution has to benefit the denizens in the long run! Surely, the political factions would argue that since they were elected by the Nepalese themselves, the idea of conducting a referendum is out of the question. That is never the case for us as we have experienced countless events that depicted ‘the chosen ones’ forgot the reason we voted for them. Their selfish desires continues to live on as a legacy and a foundation to cease the very existence of sending them as country’s representatives.

Now that we have already conducted two Constituent Assembly Elections and are still quarreling over division of states on the basis of caste, we are left to question if, indeed, development ever came as a major political agenda for our elected gentlemen. Referendum is hence necessary. Had the politicians conducted a national referendum four years back and asked us on what basis we wanted to divide our country, we would have given out our opinions. Then they could easily bring the constitution. But they were too stubborn to hear our opinions. And they are still deciding how to damage more chairs inside the Constituent Assembly instead of making blueprints for a prosperous first world Nepal.

Referendum is the pivotal step if we are to avoid civil war inside the country. Because the way our four political parties have stood firm in just discussing their own ideologies and thereby avoided to hear opinions from experts implies that the new constitution is only for them and their relatives, not for the common Nepalese. Common people can lead the country and seek the development that they discuss during tea breaks. We will make it easy for the political parties without conducting any strikes and without coming out of the meeting hall disappointed from the opposition parties.

Please, Nepal government, hold a referendum and we will clarify all the issues hindering the writing of a new constitution. You have seen the unity of Nepali inclusive of all races, castes, sub castes, gender, geographical regions and so on when they helped each other in the aftermath of the Great earthquake. We don’t care which group the affected people belong as it is tiny compared to our ideology that first and foremost, THEY ARE NEPALI-OUR VERY BROTHERS AND SISTERS!

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