Infuriation after the failure to deliver the Constitution in Nepal

by Padmini Jha

The fear in the hearts of 26.5 million Nepalese people across the nation is increasing day by day. The failure to deliver the constitution in these four years has proved that Rs. 9 billion spent on the Constituent Assembly is to no avail but, a complete loss of all the Nepalese hard effort which was paid as tax in the name of Constitution. Moreover, what was once called as “Sajha Nepali” (United Nepali), after the unification of Nepal by late king Prithvi Narayan Shah, has now turned more divided as people through the differences of caste, culture, ethnicity, religious beliefs and political philosophies.

I express rue towards self and all other Nepalese to hand over this ambitious job to 601 CA members by voting for them who in return failed to deliver the Constitution. Nevertheless unsatisfied by their job to diminish the image of our country worldwide, political parties have already started playing the blame game and ready to fool us once again. The threat of the Black Night of Nepal’s history  (May 27,2012) is still to go along with us, as all of the political parties are standing up with their own demands and refusals for the formation of Constitution. There is no hope alive with the sun rise anymore: it is all a destitute and bemused by the political actions and reactions going on in the country right now.

The scenario today (June 9, 2012) is that the  Rastriya  Prajatantra Party–Nepal is holding a General Assembly at Khula Manch in the capital demanding the resurrection of Constitution -2046, incorporating constitutional monarchy. Likewise, the Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML, along with other 19 political parties at the Khula Manch in Kathmandu, again expressed their antagonism on Maoists and the current government. They accused them for their arbitrary declaration of another CA election in the late night on 27 May, 2012. Maoists were also blamed as unreliable and dishonest towards the welfare of the nation, trying to capture the state power with ‘unilateral and unconstitutional’ decision.

 All of the speakers were united in expressing their conviction that consensus among parties was the only solution for the current political problems in the country and primarily PM Baburam Bhattarai’s resignation was the first step to make way out of this scenario.

What we Nepalese people are surrounded by is peril, and they remind us again of the ferocities we have gone through in the past. Let us get back and see what we lack and how things doesn’t make any difference to we, Nepali society, because of which we all are facing the evils right now.  The manifestation of the major events that have happened in Nepali public life, to recollect is pathetic though we all are in our own caves waiting for some magic to happen.

The notion of taking the public for granted has become a trend for our political class who with no surprise makes deals and declaration in the middle of night. A round of applause must be given to the well played drama in the country by the leaders. But no matter how desperately we express our anger we will be in no place. Otherwise last week’s event held in Chitwan by Students Association would have not let political parties and we Nepalese people to sleep in peace. Taking the blood out of their body through syringe and painting the white clothes through that blood by number of students acted as a joke to all of us. Even though the event clearly showed the depression and aggressiveness towards the running situation and the govt. of the nation, we all failed to understand that those students were not a fool to act as such but they did so to hit back the failing government through such foolish and immature activities of improper decision making and not building consensus among each other.

 The major dispute on creating states in Nepal is going nowhere but creating more conflicts by the General Assemblies held from the political parties against one another, Once again we all should be prepared to see and bear the damage and loss besides the loss of Rs. 9 billion. In no time we might face strikes again, kidnapping, killing and all other hazardous activities we have been facing in past, “the fear and the terror”. It will once again pull Nepal and Nepalese towards ambiguity and hollow. It seems as if they are trying to distract us through the noise created by the blame game.

Although I am not trying to provide any solution but I would request to focus attention to promulgate our Constitution. It’s only possible if all of us understand “United we stand and divided we fall”. Nepal needs us more than ever, but not to point fingers and blame each other but come together and get involved in every possible way to ensure we do not repeat the mistakes of the past.

Where to go and how to perform is a big question to answer, though we need to look upon the current situation through economic perspective as well. All of these critical issues occurring in the country are damaging its economy as well. The root level of we Nepalese people are really unaware of the importance of economy as an important factor towards the sustainability and development of nation. Whereas, the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry ( FNCCI) has already taken the lead in moving the agenda forward in Nepal.

 America could be set as an example when talking about Nepal in the present situation. As America is struggling on the issue of next leader on the Economic Platform besides practicing democracy in its finest form then Nepal could be the next to follow the similar path. A healthy economy can only sustain and nurture future political system of Nepal. Hence, FNCCI should take the lead to bring this agenda right at the center of debate. It should make it a point to say it loud and clear: anything that is against economy is against Nepali as a whole (this will bring politicization of our educational institution, violence, insecurity, and various strikes etc. on the spotlight).

 It’s a time to say no to pay “multiple tax” to beef up the political class and draw the line on the sand. Indeed we all need a healthy economy, peace and harmony without any discrimination against ethnicity, gender and class. To succeed in all these it’s a must to have a new Constitution and for such it’s an obligation to build up a consensus among all political parties.

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5 comments

  1. In a situation when leaders do not stop saying the politics of consensus when they are in minority in constituent assembly and respective committees and voting as democratic norms when they have sufficient CA members on their behalf after CA election, two complete different ideologies without any of their two third majority, total distrust among political parties, new agenda old players in power, and so on. These are a few reasons that suffice that the project of constitution writing in Nepal was doomed to failure.

  2. Doing politics has become like drawing a watershed – between cultures, ethnicities, religions, or any other dimension – for “individual gains”.
    Politicians in Nepal lack the chaisma to bind the Nepalese or even falsely making them believe that a sound constitution could be delivered (like they do in India). I would have been much more satisfied if this would have been the result of Nepalese blocking the creation of this watershed. In fact, it is the lack of will amongst the politicians.

    • Sanjay, I agree that many politicians lack charisma and those who had after April 2006 got evaporated very soon. However, more than lack of will, lack of trust between the Maoists and other political parties with their separate ideology created such an impasse.

      • Every country with a multi-party political system has to make sure that different ideologies are stitched in a coherant framework. Can it be done in Nepal? Yes! It’s a country no different than any other country wanting a stable democracy.

  3. Multiparty political system was virtually absent in Nepal despite of being the most inclusive Constituent Assembly. We need to see whole process to have a fair idea about what actually happened which some says in Kathmandu that even surprised the major actors before and after beginning of formal peace process. I had privilege to interview some politicians representing all major political parties and senior journalists and political analysts which made me an impression that the Nepal’s peace process was damaged more than supported by international communities than Nepali politicians.
    A new book ‘Nepal in Transition’ clearly proves this.

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