Non-func­tional po­lit­i­cal sys­tem

People's Review - - FRONT PAGE - By Pushpa Raj Prad­han

It is im­pos­si­ble for a poor per­son to feed a white ele­phant. The po­lit­i­cal sys­tem that we are prac­tic­ing is none other than a white ele­phant. If we will con­tinue to walk on the path of the present con­sti­tu­tion, it will ob­vi­ously in­vite many prob­lems in­clud­ing the threat of divi­sion of the na­tion.

The Nepal Army, which claims that it ex­ists for safe­guard­ing the na­tion's sovereignty and in­de­pen­dence, is just a cer­e­mo­nial army, al­though, it is a pro­fes­sional force, as they claim. The po­lit­i­cal lead­ers, who are found serv­ing for­eign in­ter­ests in­stead of serv­ing the na­tion, have al­ways tried to make weak the na­tional se­cu­rity forces. An in­di­vid­ual like CK Raut are openly cam­paign­ing for split­ting the na­tion. The ac­tiv­i­ties of the lead­ers in the No 2 province are very much sus­pi­cious as they seem to have no sense of pa­tri­o­tism, like many other po­lit­i­cal lead­ers and bu­reau­crats. The de­mand for the amend­ment of the con­sti­tu­tion by en­sur­ing im­me­di­ate nat­u­ral­ized cit­i­zen­ship to the im­mi­grants with all rights in­clud­ing con­sti­tu­tional one, is an en­cour­age­ment for the In­di­ans to mi­grate to Nepal. This will ob­vi­ously lead the na­tion to­wards a divi­sion -- sooner or later. The present po­lit­i­cal sys­tem has de­vel­oped the mech­a­nism of giv­ing em­ploy­ment to a max­i­mum num­ber of po­lit­i­cal work­ers, but the govern­ment has no source to pro­vide them a monthly salary and other fa­cil­i­ties. In spite of the rec­om­men­da­tion of the restruc­tur­ing com­mis­sion, the po­lit­i­cal lead­ers have in­tro­duced a large num­ber of 753 mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and ru­ral mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties by fix­ing a salary from the mayor to ward chair­men and ward mem­bers along with the re­spon­si­bil­ity of a district. We had 75 dis­tricts in the old mech­a­nism. Now, two dis­tricts have been added but the district com­mit­tee is just a co­or­di­na­tion body and all the rights the district was en­joy­ing are be­ing handed-over to the lo­cal units. This means, we have added 753 lo­cal units hav­ing author­ity of 75 dis­tricts. This has added ad­min­is­tra­tive ex­penses by many folds com­pared to the pre­vi­ous sys­tem.

Nepal it­self is many times smaller than the In­dian states of Bi­har or UP or Ut­tarakhanda. In such a tiny na­tion, the po­lit­i­cal

lead­ers have in­tro­duced seven prov­inces, which is not prac­ti­cal. Be­sides, we have a fed­eral govern­ment on top that has much more ex­penses. The coun­try's to­tal do­mes­tic rev­enue is not enough to meet the ad­min­is­tra­tive ex­penses of these or­gans. If we con­tinue to fol­low the present sys­tem, very soon, the coun­try will be­come bank­rupt. To con­clude, the present sys­tem will not carry the na­tion and the peo­ple to­wards pros­per­ity. May be, the po­lit­i­cal ac­tivists will ben­e­fit, but not the en­tire peo­ple. Also, the present po­lit­i­cal sys­tem can­not safe­guard Nepali sovereignty and in­de­pen­dence. As the present sys­tem, al­though it is claimed that it holds the man­date of above 95 per­cent of the peo­ple, has been im­posed by those po­lit­i­cal lead­ers serv­ing for­eign in­ter­ests against the broad in­ter­ests of the Nepali peo­ple. The Nepali pop­u­la­tion had never de­manded fed­er­al­ism, sec­u­lar­ism and re­pub­li­can­ism, there­fore, very soon, yet an­other re­volt can be ex­pected.

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