People's Review - - LEADER -

Nepali po­lit­i­cal an­a­lysts are near ob­ses­sively lo­cat­ing Nepali pol­i­tics at cen­ter stage of global strat­egy. The fact is oth­er­wise. It is at the pe­riph­eries of the cen­ters of the fast paced global strate­gies be­ing evolved by ma­jor pow­ers. For global strate­gists to take upon them­selves the roles of the cen­ter is as nat­u­ral per­haps as Nepali an­a­lysts to as­sume for their coun­try the cen­ter of global strat­egy since the pe­riph­eries mat­ter. The dif­fer­ence is that the global strate­gists ap­pear to have so lit­tle to count on Nepali strate­gists since a na­tional strat­egy for Nepal for the scheme of things de­ter­mined glob­ally has yet to emerge. Nepali pol­i­tics is not re­flect­ing its own na­tional strat­egy but ap­pears openly to be merely echo­ing global ones. This is the prob­lem. For the coun­try, demo­cratic pro­cesses have fa­cil­i­tated this end for global strate­gists. When an or­ga­ni­za­tion of Chris­tian or­ga­niz­ers in the coun­try bla­tantly tells its church go­ers to vote UML the in­com­pat­i­bil­ity of such in­junc­tions with sec­u­lar Chris­tian val­ues is hardly pointed out by global strate­gists. The anom­aly lies in the vir­tual lack of of­fi­cial Nepali re­sponse. That Nepali re­sponse would mean a Nepali strat­egy is lost on Nepali strate­gists. This is not the first time that we and many oth­ers have doubted whether there is a Nepali strat­egy af­ter all. Sug­ges­tions are that there are none. Nepal, all too fa­mil­iar with Bri­tish colo­nial strat­egy to en­ter Ti­bet and Afghanistan be­cause of the ‘Rus­sian bear' bore the brunt of our spe­cial re­la­tions with Ti­bet af­ter Chan­dra Shumsher, in con­tra­dic­tion to our treaty with Ti­bet over­seen by the Chi­nese ac­ceded to Bri­tish de­mands for the Younghus­band ex­pe­di­tion to Ti­bet. Mrs Indira Gandhi of In­dia lost for her coun­try its non-aligned lead­er­ship po­si­tion when her re­gional am­bi­tions fa­cil­i­tated the en­try of the now de­funct Soviet em­pire into Afghanistan which fa­cil­i­tated, in turn the pres­ence of Amer­i­can forces in that South Asian coun­try. If there were a na­tional strat­egy for Nepal to meet global chal­lenges, the coun­try would have dropped the idea of a con­stituent as­sem­bly like a hot potato, as it had pre­vi­ously, given the fact that elec­tions to such in neigh­bor­ing In­dia cre­ated Pak­istan and also that such elec­tions cham­pi­oned by In­dia in Kash­mir is at the roots of what is still the ‘Kash­mir Prob­lem'. At this par­tic­u­lar junc­ture in Nepal, the past decade of somber soul search­ing has al­lowed most po­lit­i­cal an­a­lysts to con­clude that the com­ing elec­tions will only en­trench the mal-ef­fects on the coun­try of our politi­cians serv­ing the causes floated by global strate­gists. This en­trench­ment of for­eign in­ter­ests, lu­cra­tive as it is, can only be re­versed by cir­cum­stances com­pelling the lone ben­e­fi­cia­ries which hold the peo­ple at ran­som. It is not for noth­ing now that even In­dia is dis­cussing the ad­van­tages of sep­a­rate strate­gies for sep­a­rate re­la­tions.

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