Spo­ken Like A King

People's Review - - LEADER -

It was hardly a speech. It was a care­fully worded sum­ma­riza­tion of Nepali pol­i­tics made live to a sec­tion of the me­dia cov­er­ing the former king's Bhai Tika cer­e­monies at his only sur­viv­ing sis­ter's, the rest hav­ing been swept away by the royal mas­sacre. It is enough that the former king said that, the pub­lic will­ing, it is per­haps time that he takes charge of the dis­ar­rayed scheme of af­fairs in the coun­try. Spo­radic and spon­ta­neous sup­port in ac­cord with the king has been seen all over the coun­try. While the me­dia did jus­tice to cover­age of the event, paucity in fol­low through on its ef­fects have at best been sparse. This in­di­cates that our politi­cal masters have de­cided to ig­nore the king's com­ments and make as if it is no diver­sion on their pre­oc­cu­pa­tion with the elec­tions. In­deed, it is pre­cisely the tim­ing of the king's speech that height­ens its im­por­tance. It comes at a time when our new kings are re­fresh­ing their stran­gle­hold over the votes through strength of their or­ga­ni­za­tional mo­nop­oly that the king of­fers his lead­er­ship at pop­u­lar be­hest. The al­ter­na­tive to the sched­uled elec­tion that the former royal has given at this junc­ture can­not be min­i­mized. The pub­lic are aware that they are vic­tims of the politi­cal par­ties that hold a mo­nop­oly of politi­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions who have im­posed their will on the peo­ple by rub­ber stamp­ing the vote. The work­ers of the politi­cal par­ties are aware also that their lead­er­ship has tai­lored the sys­tem such that the de­pen­dence of the peo­ple for goods and ser­vices have cre­ated a mo­nop­oly that can sup­press ac­tual pub­lic sen­ti­ments as demon­strated in the new con­sti­tu­tion. The con­sti­tu­tion it­self man­i­fests the im­pu­dent lev­els at which our lead­ers have placed them­selves above the law and con­sti­tu­tion­al­ism. It is thus that we heave a sigh of re­lief when a con­sti­tu­tional in­sti­tu­tion done away with un­con­sti­tu­tion­ally should in­ter­ject and of­fer it­self as a lead­er­ship al­ter­na­tive to the cur­rent malaise voic­ing pub­lic sen­ti­ments. It is this pub­lic sen­ti­ment that holds the key. If the diver­sion that is the elec­tion re­tains pub­lic at­ten­tion as willed by our politi­cal masters, the sup­port the former king asks of his peo­ple will re­main spo­radic. The spon­tane­ity of sup­port once com­pli­mented by more pub­lic aware­ness of the value of street and or­ga­nized demon­stra­tion will ef­fec­tively di­vert the masses from the elec­tion strat­egy. In this case, the lure of pos­si­ble elec­tion vic­to­ries that will give the king space in the post elec­tion scheme of things will prove re­dun­dant. Former King Gya­nen­dra has seen to it that he has spo­ken as a king at this elec­tion junc­ture pos­ing him­self and noth­ing else as a clear al­ter­na­tive. It is enough that he has spo­ken. It is for the peo­ple to re­spond. Yes, the then King's speech has cre­ated waves and its ef­fects are awaited.

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