Monday, January 29, 2007

Wishful Thinking or Pitiful Excuse?

There we go again! Instead of sitting down and focusing on solving the problem, our politicians with “exceptional democratic principles” are once again blaming others and trying to shrug off responsibility.

I’m talking about the Terai unrest. From what I understand, the issue at the table was the interim constitution not adequately addressing the problems of the Madhesi community. The way the interim constitution was hastily pushed through probably lends credibility to the Madhesi people’s complaints.

Instead of analyzing the problem and trying to solve it, the politicians in Nepal are once again blaming the whole issue on phantom “regressive forces.” However, if we look at the motive, the group that benefits the most from this chaos is the current leaders in power.

On one hand we have a very rigid—almost autocratic—interim constitution. On the other hand, we have activities going on that threatens the holding of the elections which will pave way for a new and, hopefully, more sane constitution. So one could argue that the current leadership is behind the chaos because they want to cling to the tremendous power that they are currently enjoying. How’s that for an argument?

If the regressive forces—assuming that they are the “royalists”—are instigating the Terai violence, then they are far more stupid than I thought. To reestablish credibility through chaos is nothing more than wishful thinking. However, if blaming the regressive forces is simply a ploy of the politicians to deflect blame (and oh yes, they have done it in the past and will do it again), then it’s pitiful.


Anonymous said...

Why don't you go take part in terai violence on the order of gyane. People like you have no idea what royalists have done. We are begining peace in nepal and this violent is done to disturb peace. All involved will be unmasked and put to justice. Gyane lai desh nikala garnai parcha. Natra tyasle jhan badmasi garcha.

Nepali Blogger said...

Well, when the solution is so apparent to you, what's the point of discussing the problem? If peace is the goal regardless of how many people die in the process, is it really peace?

If Kamal Thapa, Badri Mandal and Salim Ansari are guilty of making hay while the sun shines by fanning the terai violence, then they should indeed be punished harshly. However, if it is just a ploy to deflect blame and give a sensational jolt to the whole issue, then forget about sustainable peace. You cannot hope to achieve an ultimate right by doing wrongs along the way.