Spoken Like A King
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.