Wrong path

People's Review - - COMMENTARY - PR PRAD­HAN push­para­jprad­han@gmail.com

Read a news re­port stat­ing that the gov­ern­ment has de­cided to con­struct build­ings for all the lo­cal bod­ies. The re­port fur­ther states that thou­sands of earth­quake vic­tims are com­pelled to cel­e­brate their Da­sain fes­ti­val in tem­po­rary huts even af­ter two years of the dev­as­tat­ing earth­quake. As the vic­tims were un­able to re­ceive the aid com­mit­ted by the gov­ern­ment, they were un­able to con­struct their own house. Re­ports state, the main­stream po­lit­i­cal par­ties spent bil­lions of ru­pees in the lo­cal-level elec­tions. Also, the can­di­dates spent huge amounts of money to get vic­tory. Re­ports state that the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion spent bil­lions of ru­pees to hold the lo­cal elec­tions which were recorded as the high­est amount com­pared to the EC's ex­pen­di­ture in hold­ing elec­tions in the past. Re­ports state that the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion­ers are rid­ing ex­pen­sive ve­hi­cles worth 15 mil­lion ru­pees. Re­ports state that Nepal's for­eign trade is de­clin­ing since the in­tro­duc­tion of the mul­ti­party democ­racy and in re­cent years, the trade deficit is high­est by many folds com­pared to the past. Re­ports state that the spin­ning and tex­tile fac­to­ries es­tab­lished and op­er­ated dur­ing the Pan­chayat era were op­er­at­ing in full ca­pac­ity by pro­duc­ing qual­ity tex­tiles and pro­vid­ing em­ploy­ment to thou­sands of Nepalis. These fac­to­ries were closed down due to heavy politi­ciza­tion of the fac­tory man­age­ment. To­day, above 5 mil­lion youths are abroad do­ing dif­fer­ent jobs. They left the coun­try as the coun­try was un­able to pro­vide em­ploy­ment to them. The coun­try has been highly politi­cized in­stead of in­dus­tri­al­iza­tion be­ing de­vel­oped. The lead­ers are talk­ing about “lok­tantra” and mak­ing money for them­selves, for their fam­i­lies and for their rel­a­tives. They are not con­cerned about na­tion build­ing. Since the in­tro­duc­tion of mul­ti­party democ­racy, this scribe has seen that the po­lit­i­cal lead­ers who were wear­ing chap­pals be­came multi-bil­lion­aires overnight but the coun­try is be­com­ing poorer and poorer. The po­lit­i­cal lead­ers de­fine their pro­fes­sion as “pol­i­tics” with­out hes­i­ta­tion. When their pro­fes­sion is pol­i­tics, they have made pol­i­tics as tools for mak­ing money. If they had joined pol­i­tics for ser­vice or so­cial work, they would do some­thing for the na­tion and the Nepali peo­ple. As they are do­ing pol­i­tics, we are wit­ness­ing very worst eco­nomic sce­nario of the na­tion. If the present trend will con­tinue in pol­i­tics, it is ob­vi­ous that the coun­try will face a se­ri­ous cri­sis. To save the na­tion from such a pa­thetic sit­u­a­tion, the process of politi­ciza­tion in ev­ery sec­tor has to be ended soon and there should be sole con­cen­tra­tion on in­fras­truc­tural de­vel­op­ment.

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