politics

AND THUS, I ANNOUNCE MY CANDIDACY FOR NEPAL PM

It’s official. I hereby announce that in the next few years, I will be running for the position of Prime Minister of Nepal. Do vote for me, you always-complaining-about-leaders-but-never-realizing-that-it-was-you-who-voted-them Nepalese compatriots.

Phew. Be cool. Deep breath.

Really, just three sentences were all that I needed? Writing about that eased the frustration that I had accumulated over the course of my life. Well, you never know the power of three sentences!

Nepal’s political scenario is something that I have written about often. Some are filled with anger, some with desperation and some with an attempt to make a genuine point. None of them are as promising as it must have been. I mean, look at us. All we care about is putting blame on those 70+-year-old leaders whom we should be giving more elderly respect. Sorry, should not have said that. But I just did. So, screw you.

Where was I?! Ah, announcing my candidacy. Seriously, I want to fulfill the prophecy of being the nice and handsome PM who steered the country to the new era just like Justin Trudeau is doing in Canada right now. Then, Nepalese will not have to complain about an uneducated person becoming the PM or elaborating about the history of UK PMs who had their education at Oxford College. Come on, people. I understand your sentimentality but that is not how things get sorted out. Nor it had ever been. Never. Someone needs to stand up and just declare his candidacy like I am doing right now.

What’s that? My spidey-senses are already active.

What is this author talking about? Is he stupid? Is he mocking the person who pushed PM Deuba too far in the ‘Sanjha Sawaal’ discussion? If you are so full of confidence, then why don’t you run for PM some day.

More blame. Poor us. Some habits never die. Something does not go our way. Find a person to put that blame on. And to answer your question. You bet, I did. I am mocking him. But not only him. You, me, the entire Nepali voters. We need to understand that pushing our PM to his limits is doing no good. The video will become an internet sensation in the Nepali diaspora. Maybe get retweeted a lot of times. Or commented on. Or find some bloggers, like me, to write about. The incident will be ephemeral. People will forget about it sooner than you think. That is the world we live in. The social media world. You only become famous for few seconds before others snatch the fame from you.

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This is serious stuff. (Image source: Buzzzle.com)

I hate that I have to do this. I love it, too. Finally, I don’t have to see my people sitting on their sofa and complaining about Nepal never getting properly developed or never getting freed from the chains of corruption. The sooner the prophecy turns true, the sooner the agony will vanish. Nepali will be able to focus on improving their business and divert their time to discussing intellectual matters. I don’t recall the last time we had meaningful discussions taking place or laid out the blueprints for a bright future. I don’t recall a time where we put together our list of strengths and used that to our advantage. Isn’t backbiting about others’ weaknesses one of the proud things we do when we have nothing else to do? This is one of the worst ways to waste our time. Nothing to gain unless the person we are backbiting about isn’t there because we are not giving that person a chance to improve on his weakness.

The biggest obstacle of our generation is that we fail to recognize that the promising candidates share the same ambitions and hopes as us. We refrain from voting for them because they just don’t have any experience in politics. We think that they are just a new breed who have lived in East Blue all their lives and not ventured into the Grand Line or even the dangerous New World. We forget that their aim is to reach Raftel, the furthest point in One Piece.

You know the greatest paradox of all time: You require experience to get a job. You seek a job to get the experience. Such a crazy world we live in. When I first voted in Nepal, I did not vote the promising candidates because I believed that would be a waste of my precious vote. I thought they showed good promises but lacked any political experience to do the job properly.  My amateur thoughts. Instead, I voted for the old parties’ candidates. I know some of you did the same. I am pretty sure if I run for PM, not many will vote for me because I am unknown in the Nepali diaspora. Just as was the case for Arsene Wenger when he was officially the manager for Arsenal FC; however, given the chance, he went on to become the greatest manager Arsenal FC has ever known.

So, just give the promising candidates a chance. Maybe they will fulfill our prophecy. Whatever happens, stay with them. Have faith. Have your parents and families believe in these candidates.  Don’t let selfish feelings cloud your rational judgment.

Stop complaining and putting the blame on someone else. Stop waiting for that Someone who will put this country out of misery. Stop hoping that someone brave enough will challenge to oppose the bandh. Stop hoping that someone will ask questions that will break the hopes of the leaders. Stop talking about all of your miseries. Stop this chain of events. How long have we been waiting for this miracle? It’s been years. No one has arrived or will arrive. We should all make our moves. Let’s do this together.

So, have I made you believe in me? I announce my candidacy once again. Now, will you vote for me?

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REALPOLITIK AND NEPAL

Wikipedia defines Realpolitik as “the politics or diplomacy based primarily on considerations of given circumstances and factors, rather than explicit ideological notions or moral or ethical premises”. In a nutshell, people who implement realpolitik are able to modify their ideologies as long as their plans focus on the vested interests of the nation. In 19th century, Otto von Bismarck used realpolitik to unify all German-speaking states into one nation. During his reign as a German Chancellor, he faced oppositions that had ideologies opposite to his; however, he would diplomatically align to their principles so that they would not be an obstacle to fulfilling his grand plan.

In Nepal, realpolitik has the potential to transform its politics and build selfless leaders. Currently, Nepali politicians are so stubborn in sticking to their ideologies that they fail to acknowledge the wrong directions they often take Nepal into. The end result is that the citizens struggle to cope with the political instabilities.

In addition, the motive behind being a political leader in Nepal is to finally become the Prime Minister (PM). Interestingly, this job is the epitome of a successful political leader. It explains why there are a lot of incompetent applications for the single post and why there has always been two PMs every year. If a PM cannot deal with a major crisis, then it is certain that he will lose his position. The opposition parties will vote for no confidence in the parliament and the next day, newspapers will announce the resignation of the PM. Then, there will be no government for two-three months until another senior most political figure from the opposition party will be sworn in the office.

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“Shall we raise politicians who will practice realpolitik?”

Had Nepal’s politicians implemented realpolitik in their lives, Nepal would develop at an unprecedented pace. They would no longer bother adhering to the selfish motives put forward by their political parties; instead, they would take stringent measures to steer the country towards development.

For example, KP Oli led government has not been able to take any concrete measure to end the political stalemate and deal with the unofficial economic blockade imposed by India. Even after 100 days in his office, PM Oli cannot invite the agitating Madhes-based political parties and reach a consensus to end protests. Some analysts have even termed his tenure as a fiasco. Realpolitik persons would understand the subtle reasons behind Madhesis organizing protests without basing their decisions in preexisting stereotypes and take required actions. They would not hesitate to go against their parties’ decisions as long as their decisions solve such issues.

Nepalese need leaders who practice realpolitik. They need people who take decisions based on the situation the country is in. They want to be governed by politicians who change their moral ideologies according to the era they live in. They want to be followers of the government that places the interests of its citizens before the parties’ interests. They want laws that genuinely punish and not grant amnesty to corrupt leaders. They do not care if the government ultimately fulfills its selfish demands. As long as Nepal continues to progress in every possible sectors and, Nepalese can meet their daily needs without any political hassles, Nepalese may one day take the parties’ selfish motives into consideration. After all, history has taught that Bismarck fulfilled socialists’ demands and cancelled his plans to oppose Catholic Churches even though he viewed both of them as potential threats to his grand scheme of unifying Germany. Well, realpolitik ensured he remained in power and allowed him to accept differences so that when time came, Germans would unhesitatingly vote in favor of Bismarck’s dream.

One day, I hope to engrave Nepalese politicians as the next Bismarcks. One day…

 

NEPAL GOVERNMENT, PLEASE LIVE TELECAST YOUR TALKS

All is not well in Nepal. Beleaguered by poor leadership and unstable politics from time to time, it has not been able to steer towards development. On top of that, the growing stalemate between the agitating parties and the government regarding addressing the rights of Madhesis in the recently promulgated constitution has worsened the humanitarian crisis. Now, where am I leading this talk up to? Well, I have tried to understand the situation in Nepal from every perspective, but I have failed owing to the limited knowledge that comes out.

What is actually going on in Nepal? Who really imposed the economic blockade –India, Pahades, or Madhesis? Who is blaming who? Whose rights are we exactly talking about? Wherever I look, I find loose ends. Nor has any article in the newspapers or any person connected to the incident directly been able to clear out my dilemmas. I feel that all these self-proclamation of being a part of sub-groups is not valuable when talking about being a Nepali as the major group.

Madhesis are holding talks with the government to fulfill their demands. Sure enough, they have every right. On the other hand, the government says that they are holding talks with these agitators but in vain. Well, what did it say in order to convince Madhesi leaders to reach to a consensus? Getting authentic answers is the crucial link to understanding Nepal’s protests.

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For this purpose, is not it applicable for the government to publicly show the discussions it had with the agitating parties? Then, the rest of Nepal will be able to identify who is on the right side and who is on the wrong side. It is that easy. As our government makes the discussions in the parliament available, why does not it show what the talks with the Madhesis are really about? I am sure that most of us agree that we are on a neutral side because we don’t seem to understand the situation any better. We can decide who is doing what. Then, we can voice our support to the appropriate demands.

Please note that I am not voicing against any sides. What I want to know is the truth behind the protests that has been going on for more than hundred days. I want to analyze whether the decisions that the government is making authentic or just mere acts. I want to know how few Madhes groups justify the action to attack ambulances and then burn them knowing that there are victims inside.

We know that technology is accessible to most Nepalese, living in Nepal and abroad. Just once, please, please Nepal government, can you feed a live discussion about how you have been addressing Madhesis’ demands? You can at least do that to the people who nominated you, can’t you? Just for once, show what Nepali people have been missing from the news. Help us to analyze the crisis and reach to a decision. Improve our understanding and correct us if we have been blaming the wrong side.

You can do that. Please Nepal government. Only once. Then, we will never use our Right to Information Act again! We promise.

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!

KO SARKAAR, KO JANATA?

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.”

How should we make sense of the word "Janata" in this context?

How should we make sense of the word “Janata” in this context? Source:Nepalnews.com

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.