Trainer and Facilitator M Com, Dip Adv Wks Study, Ex Member Services Selection Board. (Trained at Defence Institute of Psychological Research, DRDO in Psychology with special focus on Competency based Evaluation through Group Dynamics) Held numerous training and motivational programmes on Leadership and Team Building for over 20 years. He is former Mr. Kerala and an accomplished health fitness trainer.
NEPAL- A DOOMED DEMOCRACY
Nepal, the strategically located ‘Buffer State’ between India and China, is called by few today as a ‘Duffer State”. With China consolidating a strong foot-hold in Nepal ,India has lost the status of being the ‘most preferred neighbour nation’ to Nepal. It was the only ‘Hindu Nation’ in the world, till the Maoist movement, through a violent up-raising threw out the monarchy, dethroned the King, Gyanendra Shah and declared Nepal as a democratic nation. However the repeated efforts of all stakeholders and political parties, so far have miserably failed to frame a perfect Constitution which reflect the aspirations of all Nepalis from its diverse terrains, consisting of valleys and mountains. Every political actor and power centre seems to agree that the country needs to be rescued from the mess it is in. Each one has a prescription to remedy the problems, but nobody is ready to arrive at a national consensus.
Resentment against India
Narayankaji Shrestha, Vice Chairman of the ruling CPN( Maoist Centre), met several Indian leaders in Delhi- Ram Madhav (BJP) to Sitaram Yechury(CPM)- recently to warn them that ” Indian interference in Nepal’s politics must stop, and let Nepalis run their show”. Indirectly he blamed India for the prolonged transition of Nepal towards a constitutional republic and for all the misfortune happened to Nepal in the recent past. He aired his concern about the future of Nepal- further uncertainty in the state of affairs may bring the monarchy back. A major section of the people of Nepal believe that the agitation started by Madesh region against the lop- sided new Constitution of Nepal, was orchestrated by India.
Brewing Trouble by Maoists
The Communist Party of Nepal-Maoists, a splinter group of the Maoist movement which toppled the monarchy, led by Neta Bikram Chand aka ” Biplab” is currently holding it’s secret national convention ” in far-west Rolpa, which is likely to announce a ‘parallel’ government and renewed insurgency , something the Maoists did between 1996 and 2006 to topple the King. In the armed struggle over 17,000/- Nepalis died. The nation went through troubled times.
Revival of Hinduism
Parallel to Maoist up-rise, Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP), a unified alliance of different pro- Hindutva groups, held its first ‘Unity Conference’ and left it for a national meet to decide whether Nepal’s status as a Hindu Kingdom must be restored. In another similar move the dethroned King Gyanendra Shah, set out on a two- week trip to Madesh to assess the public mood and to gauge the possibility of monarchy’s return, giving credence to the fear expressed by Mr Shrestha in Delhi. The King exhorted the public- ” to make the political leaders accountable for things going wrong and save the country before it’s too late”.
Immediate amendments to the Constitution giving larger share of seats to Madhesh in local bodies, provincial and federal legislature as demanded, is being resented by the main opposition, the Communist Party of Nepal- Unified Marxist Leninist. The CPN- UML wants the local bodies poll to be held by the end of May, 2017, without amending the Constitution. Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ( popularly known as ‘Prachanda’) , will have to decide by another few days, whose side he wants to take.
In the meanwhile Ms Valerie Julluand, UN Residential coordinator, met PM and expressed her dissatisfaction over inadequate powers being given to the ‘Truth and Reconciliation Commission’ to investigate alleged human right excesses committed by the State and the Maoists during the conflict.
In the midst of all these political developments, Nepal’s economy is showing signs of unprecedented downside. A 400 Billion trade deficit in the first half of the financial year and the banking system is facing a liquidity crunch, which has forced the real estate business to plummet badly.Inspite of the massive aids offered by China for several infrastructural projects, the economy is in a dampened state.
People may not care whether there is an election, but they are fed up now, losing patience over their political leaders who are not ready to cooperate with each other to arrive at an amicable solution. A strong political will and a sincere effort are expected from the government to deal with this precarious situation. The pressure is building upon all stake holders- the public may not pardon them further. The current Constitution stipulates a mandatory provision which proclaims that the present federal parliament shall cease to exist on January 21, 2018, and a fresh house, provisional legislature and local bodies are to be reconstituted before the deadline. With so many disagreements and bad blood around, the chances of Nepal missing 2008 deadline seems real.