Sunday, May 06, 2007

Champions of Nepal - On Paper!

Look at any successful runner – Carl Lewis, Michael Johnson, or our own Baikuntha Manandhar. In their primes, they were virtually unbeatable. Carl and Michael were international powerhouses; while Baikuntha was a regional champion (doesn't he still hold the South Asian record?). However, all three (and many other champions) had one characteristic in common; they came to their races prepared. If they won, it was to their credit, and if they lost they took responsibility.

Never once did I hear Carl, Michael or Baikuntha complain about their opponents or blame their losses on their competitors. If they lost once, they prepared harder for the next race and excelled. The result was magnificent—every time they ran, it was usually them who made the headlines, not their opponents.

Why am I singing praises of these runners? For one, I always admired their courage, work ethic and hunger for success. And, more importantly, they provide tremendous learning opportunities.

In Nepal, we saw SPAM score a big win last April. Good! They had something great to build on and win the hearts and minds of the Nepali people. But no, they had their own agendas. They seem to believe that winning is about one of two things—ban their opponents from participating in the contest or not holding the contest at all. If the IAAF had stopped organizing 100 meter competitions after the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, guess who would be today's 100-meter champion? Yes, Carl Lewis!

In democracy, the biggest contest is elections. It is the root of all legitimate democratic practices. Any major issues are decided either by the people (through a referendum) or by a body of elected representatives. When was the last time our "parliamentarians" were elected? Well, some of them about 10 years ago and others, NEVER!

And these pseudo parliamentarians are roaring about "declaring republic" as if it is their birth right. But no one can clearly explain what gives them the right to decide on a 238-year-old institution. Now, if they were true champions (or even wanna-be champions), they would focus all their attention towards holding the CA elections—on time and on a free and fair setting. After all, isn't it prudent to run with your eyes focused on the destination rather than looking back at the starting line? As someone wisely put it "you don't run life by looking at the rearview mirror, you run it through the windshield."

These guardians of democracy have run Nepal for a year now. And their successes so far have been limited to words only, not deeds. The partnership between the seven party alliance and the Maoists, that was supposed to liberate Nepal from autocracy, is now mired in infighting and power tussle. To them, it is not about Nepal any more; it's all about sharing power, it's all about bombarding the airwaves with stale rhetoric.

Accountability is a word that is laughed upon. Preparation is an unnecessary chore. Focus is counterproductive. What matters to the builders of a new Nepal are hollow talk, threats and accusations.

When was the last time anyone won a race with this kind of attitude?


Anonymous said...

Sure, you stay in your own world of carl lewis, johnson and baikuntha. Running a country is different than running a race. Things don't happen overnight, more so when conspiracies are hatched from all quarters. It's easy to blame the people in power and forget how they got there.

Nepali Blogger said...

I never said running the country is the same as running a race. However, no matter what we do, we can always learn from other fields. Or else, how are we going to learn and grow?

My intention was to merely point out the hard work, preparation and responsibility that goes on in training for a race and actually running it. When times are tough and the competition is strong, the only way to success is preparedness, effort and execution.

Blame games, deflection of responsibilities and hollow talks will not produce results and will be counterproductive in the long run.

Anonymous said...

You're absolutely right. These people have never prepared for anything, and have never thought anything out say five or ten years out. All they seem to worry about is now. This is ok, but in the absence of any thoughts or planning for the future, where are they going to lead us to? If I want my young son to visualize Nepal after five years, what picture should I draw for him?

On one hand we have Mahara defending his comrades' atrocities agains the press and on the other we have the feared one who is screaming his lungs out to declare republic. What the hell is going on?

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Salik said...

only if our politicians were taught in good schools by good teachers- perhaps, we should blame their parents for their foul plays? aakhir Nepali sanskaar ma hurkeka hun yi bajyaharu... I wonder how their children being taught in foreign countries might be?