End of tran­si­tional phase?

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

Lead­ers are con­tin­u­ously say­ing that elec­tions of the pro­vin­cial par­lia­ment and fed­eral par­lia­ment elec­tions, the con­sti­tu­tion will com­plete its course and "lok­tantra" is go­ing to be in­sti­tu­tion­al­ized. The lead­ers are say­ing that the elec­tions will end the era of chaos and the era of economic de­vel­op­ment will start. If one goes through the elec­tion man­i­festos of the po­lit­i­cal par­ties, within ten years, the coun­try is go­ing to be trans­formed from a least de­vel­oped coun­try to a pros­per­ous na­tion. Should we be­lieve on these dreams dis­trib­uted by the po­lit­i­cal par­ties? One noted satirist, Chatyang­mas­ter has re­cently penned a poem, "These are the peo­ple who are de­stroy­ing Nepal and Nepalis". "These are the very faces rul­ing the na­tion, whether there will be elec­tions or not, it makes no dif­fer­ence; yes­ter­day, they were here, to­day, they are here and to­mor­row, they will be here", Chatyang­mas­ter has beau­ti­fully ex­plained the po­lit­i­cal re­al­ity of the na­tion. The same faces, Sher Ba­hadur Deuba, Ram­chan­dra Poudel, KP Oli, JN Khanal, Mad­hav Nepal, Push­paka­mal Da­hal, Bar­shaman Pun, Kr­ishna Ba­hadur Ma­hara will again bag fresh man­date of the peo­ple and rule on us. These lead­ers are iden­ti­fied as most cor­rupt peo­ple but they are al­ways above the law. We have al­ready ex­pe­ri­enced their style of gov­er­nance – rul­ing the na­tion turn by turn by de­vel­op­ing a po­lit­i­cal syn­di­cate and tak­ing part in day­light rob­bery. Be­sides, they have rec­og­nized nepo­tism, fa­voritism, syco­phancy as es­sen­tial char­ac­ter­is­tics of this "lok­tantra". While se­lect­ing the can­di­dates for the up­com­ing elec­tions, first pri­or­ity was given to wives, sons, brothers-in-law, mafias, gang­sters, com­mis­sion bro­kers by sidelin­ing ded­i­cated party work­ers. This "lok­tantra" has es­tab­lished the as­sump­tion that those who have no money but strong de­ter­mi­na­tion to serve the na­tion, can­not con­test the elec­tions as they have be­come very, very ex­pen­sive. The roadmap of the lead­ers is not guided by any of the po­lit­i­cal ide­ol­ogy but guided by the the­ory of spend­ing money to get elected and earn­ing money once elected by abus­ing power. Look at the coun­try's economic sce­nario. Our ex­ports are over­whelmed fife times more by im­ports; re­mit­tance has be­come ma­jor source of earn­ing for­eign cur­rency, which are not pos­i­tive economic in­di­ca­tors. The govern­ment or­gans have failed to spend de­vel­op­ment bud­get as per the plan. The govern­ment has not been able to meet the tar­get of in­vest­ment on in­fras­truc­tural projects. There­fore, we can­not see any mea­sures to res­cue our econ­omy in the near fu­ture. On the other hand, to run the po­lit­i­cal or­gans, just for in­fras­truc­tural man­age­ment, there is the need of min­i­mum 15 bil­lion ru­pees – apart from al­lowances, salaries and other fa­cil­i­ties given to the peo­ple's rep­re­sen­ta­tives in lo­cal bod­ies, prov­inces and fed­eral par­lia­ments. It seems, the govern­ment has to seek for­eign sup­port to in­sti­tu­tion­al­ize this "lok­tantra" as in­ter­nal re­sources can­not man­age such a huge fund. Al­though, there were many im­por­tant is­sues to be ad­dressed by the par­lia­ment, it was in a hurry to pro­vide life­long al­lowances to the for­mer VIPs ex-pres­i­dents, ex-prime min­is­ters. Even the MPs were de­mand­ing for pen­sion af­ter their re­tire­ment, how­ever, due to strong crit­i­cism from the pub­lic, the par­lia­ment had to stop this idea. In other words, pol­i­tics has be­come money mak­ing ma­chine rather than the ser­vice ren­der­ing mech­a­nism to the na­tion and the cit­i­zens. Un­for­tu­nately, the na­tion is needed to feed the lo­cal body rep­re­sen­ta­tives, prov­ince gov­ern­ments and par­lia­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives and cen­tral govern­ment and fed­eral par­lia­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives, which is ad­di­tional bur­den for the na­tion. To con­clude, af­ter the fed­eral par­lia­ment elec­tions and pro­vin­cial par­lia­ment elec­tions, in­stead of in­sti­tu­tion­al­iza­tion of the present "lok­tantra" the na­tion is go­ing to face se­ri­ous economic crisis as it is be­yond the na­tion's ca­pac­ity to feed a white ele­phant. In other words, the na­tion has adopted such a po­lit­i­cal sys­tem which is run by for­eign ac­tors and it would surely spoil the na­tion.

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