Await­ing Tan­gi­bles

People's Review - - LEADER -

While the po­lit­i­cal main­stream and its me­dia part­ners are all out to con­vince the peo­ple that the elec­tions to the fed­eral and na­tional leg­is­la­tures will take place as sched­uled, the peo­ple are re­signed to the fact; this time too, there is a catch. When the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion be­lat­edly bows down to Supreme Court de­mands for sep­a­rate bal­lot pa­pers for the sep­a­rate units the peo­ple are to cast bal­lots for, it comes with the lo­gis­ti­cal rider at this stage and this is not lost on the peo­ple. The fast track symp­tom has al­ready been her­alded once again. And, so. The peo­ple must be­gin ask­ing why. Al­ready machi­na­tions are afoot in the le­gal sec­tor to ques­tion the le­gal­ism be­hind the poll ac­tions that, when dug deeper, boil down to the con­sti­tu­tion­al­ity of it all. But, then, this could be wish­ful think­ing since it is not quite pos­si­ble for any cur­rent mas­ters of state func­tions to take up the onus for de­lays in the elec­tions. At least, this is what comes clear from the re­peated as­sur­ances that the polls will take place as sched­uled- as if there is any­thing keep­ing it from hap­pen­ing. Un­for­tu­nately, there are many such be­hind the scenes fac­tors that can take place and the peo­ple are aware of this. The most out­stand­ing is the con­sti­tu­tion­al­ity of it all and the peo­ple’s aware­ness that the main­stream has slammed the lid on this ques­tion by the very act of fast track elec­tions. They can­not but harp on the the­ory that the polls are to le­git­imize the con­sti­tu­tion and this the peo­ple are aware of. What is left un­said but in the minds of the silent ma­jor­ity is how con­sti­tu­tional is a con­sti­tu­tion that forgets con­sti­tu­tion­al­ism but is merely rub­ber stamped by the polls. Un­wit­tingly, or de­lib­er­ately for that mat­ter, it is the very po­lit­i­cal par­ties that want the peo­ple to con­cen­trate on the polls which have served to di­vert this pub­lic at­ten­tion by their fond zeal for novel po­lit­i­cal machi­na­tions such as strange po­lit­i­cal align­ments not only for pre-poll pur­poses but also, re­mark­ably, post-poll. For the peo­ple at large, and not just the po­lit­i­cal cadre, UML’s largesse in shar­ing sure seats with the Maoist Cen­tre and the Congress will­ing to turn the party into an­other Praja Par­ishad is hardly a ges­ture to di­gest on elec­tion grounds. Quite def­i­nitely then eyes must be cast on other fac­tors than just that. The over­all con­clu­sion that ex­tra-na­tional gods have func­tioned to yield such mar­riages can­not thus be with­out sub­stance. The gen­eral hope was that even our own gods are in coun­cil. And then comes the sur­prise pack­age un­fold­ing in the wake of king Gya­nen­dra’s pub­lic state­ment that it is per­haps time he in­ter­ject, the pub­lic will­ing. The pub­lic, by and large pack­aged for elec­tion pur­poses, spo­rad­i­cally show their sup­port for the for­mer kings state­ment. The or­ga­nized sec­tor would pre­fer to ig­nore it no doubt. But they are there and they have been seen in demon­stra­tion and talk­ing when al­lowed the op­por­tu­nity. Clearly this is not enough. But this is just what the dis­or­ga­nized masses can do spon­ta­neously. And, so, un­less more tan­gi­bles are forth­com­ing, the un­sure sit­u­a­tion will pre­vail which ever way—elec­tions or no elec­tions. What­ever hap­pens, though, the surety will be in its fast track na­ture.

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