Noth­ing Wrong!

People's Review - - LEADER -

‘For forms of gov­ern­ment let fools con­test. What­ever ad­min­is­tered best is best is best.’ Alexan­der Pope must have been liv­ing in tu­mul­tuous English times in the turn of sev­en­teenth cen­tury Eng­land when his po­etic skills of one of the most quoted poet in Eng­land was poured on the sys­temic strug­gles of his times. The new in­tel­lec­tu­al­ism that blos­somed those days must have clashed equally vo­cif­er­ously with old worldly thoughts as we see in Nepal to­day. It is the em­pir­i­cal wis­dom of old heads such as Pope that must have nur­tured British democ­racy to to­wards evo­lu­tion­ary change re­gard­less of the fact that the British too could not es­cape the ef­fects of hot­heads bent on im­me­di­ate change. Change af­ter all need not re­sult in all good and the British learnt that, too and not with­out con­comi­tant dam­ages as well. For us denizens in Nepal, that seem to ut­terly lack eggheads of the type, we marked a con­sti­tu­tion day with man­u­fac­tured of­fi­cial en­thu­si­asm amidst wor­ries of im­pend­ing in­evitable change; yet an­other change that is hope­fully yet an­other cure-all for the all round na­tional sham­ble that not even the blind can­not but see. In an­other part of the demo­cratic world, the United States of Amer­ica, their eggheads are wor­ried that a mere sev­en­teen per­cent of the to­tal pop­u­la­tion ex­press their trust in pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions. Their per­ma­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tive at the United Na­tions ex­presses anger at a U.N. poverty re­port that states that nearly a mil­lion and a half in the United States were found be­low the poverty line. For those of us who are aware that the word ‘na­tion­al­ism’ was con­spic­u­ous in its ab­sence in their Dic­tionary of Amer­i­can Po­lit­i­cal Science and was merely men­tioned in its con­text of’ xeno­pho­bic na­tion­al­ism’ to­day ex­press be­wil­der­ment at the ease with which the Amer­i­can Pres­i­dent uses the term in jus­ti­fy­ing his poli­cies aimed at Amer­i­can wel­fare. In­deed, highly charged aca­demics in Nepal were a mere three decades ago were, hereto, dis­miss­ing the term out­right as old hat in the fresh days of glob­al­iza­tion and Fran­cis Fuku­maya’s ‘ Demise of State’. Look­ing back, there is grow­ing con­sen­sus that these pop­u­lar tau­to­log­i­cal new wis­doms at that time proved sem­i­nal to the de­struc­tion of our painstak­ingly built in­fra­struc­tures which were fur­ther ag­gra­vated by the pur­suit of a repub­li­can, fed­eral and sec­u­lar con­sti­tu­tion for which the Maoist move­ment was later deemed util­i­tar­ian as per the seem­ing pub­lic am­bi­tions de­nied the pop­u­la­tion by the old state. By this thought process thus, there is noth­ing wrong in cel­e­brat­ing the new con­sti­tu­tion. The peo­ple have fi­nally won. Whether or not it serves its peo­ple, an elected con­stituent assem­bly has served its pur­pose in draft­ing the con­sti­tu­tion. The con­sti­tu­tion is in its im­ple­men­ta­tion phase and all elec­tions have been con­cluded un­der that con­sti­tu­tion. If not the peo­ple, the of­fi­cials in and out of gov­ern­ment who con­trib­uted to the mak­ing of the con­sti­tu­tion need cel­e­brate. For those per­pet­u­ally grip­ing about to­day’s mal­func­tions, dia­lec­tic ma­te­ri­al­ism be­comes util­i­tar­ian. ‘The­sis, an­tithe­sis, syn­the­sis.’ To­day will in­evitably yield to­mor­row. The strug­gle must con­tinue for the bet­ter. This suits the two thirds ma­jor­ity who sub­scribe to this in­tel­lec­tu­al­ism. But, for the peo­ple that do not, they could per­haps be bet­ter off to see noth­ing wrong and cel­e­brate the con­sti­tu­tion; and how.

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