North American weather is the world’s most bizarre weather, which is most unpredictable and changes very often. An analyst likened the Nepalese politicians and leaders to North American weather as they change their stance and rhetoric too often portraying themselves as most undependable human breed. This may be true, to certain extent, but not absolutely because not all politicians are as bad as they are portrayed. Nepal did produce some good and visionary politicians in the past who were dedicated to the country and the people. But they became victim of national and international conspiracy.
At present, Nepalese politicians are of mixed breeds as there are both good and bad leaders in Nepalese political spectrum. But the bad and self-centered ones have overwhelming majority who have dominated the politics and power in the contemporary Nepal. This breed of politicians and leaders tend to make and have made their fortune from this vocation often deceiving the people. However, there are some leaders who are honest, hard-working and have integrity. Unfortunately, their number is far too less and they are outnumbered by fraud people. This is not the case of any particular party but applies to all parties and groups.
We intellectuals and analysts need to distinguish between the good and bad and we should not be swayed by the mob-perception of parties, leaders and politicians. They change their stance and position very often depending upon the situation and public mood like weather. Only a few politicians and leaders speak the truth and maintain consistency in what they say and what they do. It is perhaps this reason why Mark Twain once compared politicians with diapers. Mark Twain said, “politicians are like diapers and they should be changed often”. The nature and behaviors of politicians and leaders are identical everywhere in the world as they always try to lie people and manipulate truth. This is more so in Nepal’s case as politicians are rated the least reliable and credible.
It is this reason why politicians are often compared with diapers, which means they should be changed and thrown when their utility is over. It is said that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. When politicians go to power they corrupt because this is the very nature of power. Politicians become corrupt and the more powerful the politicians become they tend to be more corrupt. In today’s politics, the inherent intent of politicians is corruption through which they want to make their personal and political career safe. In Nepal it seems as though people enter into politics just to make fortune by means of corruption and wrong doing.
But that is not and should not be the motive of politics and politicians. Politics is a vocation to be pursued for common good and for the service to the people and society. Politicians promise to the people that they would represent their causes and concerns and raise them in the decision-making level so that people’s concerns are duly addressed. When they go to power, they seem to have forgotten the promises they make during the election. Politicians and political parties face the election in certain interval of time to pass the crucial test in the eyes of the people. The honest and competent ones pass this test and get elected while the dishonest people lose elections. If they work for the people, they are re-elected again. This is the general phenomenon of democratic polity.
However, this may always not be true as sometimes some dishonest people manage to get elected by means of false promises and indecent tactics. This is general phenomenon in the developing countries where democracies have not taken deep roots. In developing countries, elections are not contested on the basis of policies, programmes and ideology but based on money and muscle power. Those who have money and muscle power often win the elections where the honest and good-intentioned people are miserably defeated. In such a situation, elections do not genuinely reflect the people’s voice and sentiments. Votes are bought and elections are rigged through which bad goons and corrupt win and the good ones lose the election. This often makes mockery of election and democracy. As a result, many people have developed apathy towards politics, be it democratic or otherwise. Out of this situation, dictatorship emerges. That has exactly what happened in the past not only in the developing countries but also in the developed ones. Joseph Hitler of Germany and Ferdinand Marcos are some of its examples. This is the present political scenario in the world in general and Nepal in particular, which does not at all indicate good and positive future of democracy.
Now Nepal’s politics has been sharply polarized not on ideological basis but on some frivolous issues that have least concern with the general people. Three major parties namely the Nepali Congress, CPN-UML and UCPN-Maoist along with a few fringe parties are together at the moment on issue concerning the constitution writing. The rest of the political parties and forces are against this entire process and they are trying to fail the three major parties in their bid to deliver a constitution at the earliest. The discontent on the surface appears to be the federal model and the number of federal provinces. But problem lies somewhere else. Federalism issue is just an excuse to hoodwink the people but the real intent is to derail the entire political process and let uncertainty prevail in Nepal forever.
Terai is at the moment burning not because of Terai people. People in Terai know well that their fate is safe only in peace and harmony with other people. Some so-called Madhesi parties and their leaders, who claim to be the champions of the causes of Terai people, are trying to instigate people and incite violence and arson there. But only a few genuine Terai people are on the streets. If we look at the carnage of Tikapur (Kailali), it becomes clear that hired people from across the southern border were the real culprits who incited the violence. This was revealed by none other than the country’s deputy prime minister who also holds the charge of the home ministry.
The Tikapur incident is the clear instance of the nexus between the external powers and their domestic agents to divide Nepalese society and incite communal clash so that Nepal will continue to remain in perpetual conflict from which external power can reap its geo-political and security benefits. Against this background, our political parties and their leaders are required to be more responsible and serious rising above their personal and partisan interest to maintain our national unity, territorial integrity and independence. At the moment constitution is the priority and more priority is our national independence to which our leaders need to pay serious attention. The country is in critical period as external powers and their agents in Nepal are hitting at our geo-political and geo-strategic vulnerability. Time has now come for all Nepalese to be united to foil these ill designs and protect our national sovereignty, independence and unity. This is also time to test the integrity of our parties and their leaders.