KP Oli is at the helm of the ship of the state for a second tenure. As he assumed his office as the Prime Minister of country, a flurry of new plans and commitments are being swirled whereas his previous plans and vows have remained undelivered. Nepalese politics has a long tradition of selling cheap and imitated dream to gain political mileage rather than to obtain highly coveted prosperity. All Nepali politicians are accustomed with the tradition and marvelously adroit at spellbinding and deluding people.
PK Oli is described as one of the confidant of India and he used to seek political equation in India to short out Nepalese political crisis. He was only one leader from CPN UML who had stood firm for the ratification of Mahakali treaty. Lastly, he had sent Pradip Gyawali to India as an envoy to gain Indian backing just prior to his Prime Ministerial candidacy in Nepali parliament. Sometime he is condemned as an extremist or racist leader because of his controversial and outrageous expression to Madhesi and Adibasi Janajati. The magic is yet to be seen from him to convince the people from all walk of life including Adibasi Janajaties and Madhes based people. Ironically, unexpected and unusual blockade imposed by south, in2015 offered him a golden opportunity to be an anti-Indian national hero overnight. The intention of this writing is not vilify the honorable prime minister but just disclose the history and future potentiality. Finally, he succeeded to put on the crown of patriot leader then MP of Nepal for a second time. This is chance for him to wash all stigmas and fiascos of Nepali politics away and to become the real national hero of prosperous Nepal.
Whether KP. Oli has become a real anti-Indian nationalist or not, whether he really want self-reliance and prosperous Nepal or not, only time will tell. Nonetheless hunger for prosperity with anti-south sentiment in Nepali people are obviously soaring dramatically. To navigate country to prosperity by balancing such sentiment and upgrading cordial tie with neighbors are challenges of ahead.
Can’t we work hard in silence?
Generating electricity from breezes, installing gas pipeline in every house, tuin (a rope way overt a river)free country, waving Nepali flagged ship on the Pacific Ocean, bullet train and so on were his quite popular announcement in his last tenure. Alas these declaration being left and almost forgotten and being overlapped by new plans and declarations such as establishing technical academic institutions affiliated to CTEVT in every local units, increasing per capita income up to 5000 dollar, reduce the corruption and impunity to zero and so on. Sometime we feel as if he has been elected as the Prime Minister just to give speech nut not to take action. Albeit, some misters in his team, like Lal Babu Pandit, Janardan Sarma and Matrika Yadav who have good past record are radiance of hope. Five years is long span of time to make country better if we work with dogged compassion and effort. However, nothing can be done in this time if this mess and riot remain the same. Even though all his pronouncements deserve adoration, implementation side is rather worrisome. Does mere plan and declaration make any sense? To get the things done, capricious mentality and speeches should be minimized. People are waiting to witness the upheaval changes in this five years but it is easier said than done. So, devotion and spirit is the most important not to let people aspirations become a fairy tale like Prachanda’s Switzerland. We barely listen and read news regarding plans declaration of developed country but we always hit by surprise seeing their breathtaking achievements and result.
Where does development come from?
The term “development” was used for the first time in 20 Jan, 1949 by American President, Harry S. Truman in his presidential inauguration speech as a welfare process of upgrading people’s lives as well as achieving a justifiable and equitable society. Unfortunately, it took another turn. Noble and welfare concept of development was used as a tool to colonize under-developed countries by powerful developed one. And, this practice is still prevalent indirectly in front of us.
From where development should trickle in Nepal has been a matter of vigor discourse for century. Many scholars say that KP new PM is ready bring prosperity from North whereas others point to south. The most importantly, true development must be craved by people and germinated in their heart, envisioned in mind and followed by action because imported development is always accompanied by vested interred of dependency. Just the way, every seed has a quality to germinate in certain moisture and temperature, everybody and country has a potential to be well off. Just dogged determination is needed.
Once, Lee Kuan, the creator of modern Singapore said “What I fear is complacency. When things always become well, people tend to want more for less work.” Just as, our leaders seem to be contented with remittance and even people want more with less work. They ceaselessly desire development and prosperity but not determined. Nepal is the country which is resting on the golden bed being intoxicated by mantra of imported development. This imposed mantra has diluted our sense of self-esteem and deterred to realize our capacity, resources and potentiality. As a consequence, our leaders are on vigor dialogue where we need to dig a cannel to fetch development whereas we are already richer than our neighbors. Imported development never bring happiness and prosperity, in long run dependency and destitute is its repercussions that is well understood by our leaders. Nevertheless, still there is sheer negligence. According to Dor Bahadur Bista’s “fatalism and development”, God is expected to fulfill all needs of people. In its new version, donors are expected to be the next god. Many INGOs are working for Nepal spending billions of dollar but all efforts are just like pouring water in the sand, no donor can make us rich but our effort. Notwithstanding own native assiduousness, the system is making people lazy and less productive. This seem to be new version of fatalism.
Honesty and diligence are innate quality of Nepali which have been applauded and awarded across the world wherever they go and work. Bestowing Nepalese with Vitoria cross in British Gorkha regiment and rocketing demand of Nepali worker from South Korea and other countries is the probable best example. But unfortunately these quality is deteriorated by Nepali political system in their own homeland. The people who are making other countries powerful and prosperous, their own country is underdeveloped and vulnerable. Such a candid Nepalese are becoming lazy and deceitful in own home, why? Lee Kuan said that prosperity is reaped by people effort, government duty is just to give vision, enact and enforce comprehensive regulations. Here government is a parent of all citizens so, it must play its parental role. Like only self-disciplined parents get respect and obeyed by their children, only decent government can get obeyed by its citizen. It must not send its children to work its neighbor’s field to earn a square of meal but irrigate own land with sweat to harvest prosperity.
Henceforth, KP Oli led government must not act as paranoid parents but just to wake people up and motivate them to work hard for themselves. Along with creating job, making them industrious and sincere is indispensable factor which upsurge their productivity and efficiency and ultimately that is the major tool to achieve prosperity. Therefore, it would be better to create the best citizen rather than creating party’s horde because creating good citizen is making good bureaucrat and good leader, then it is ultimately eradication of corruption and assurance of prosperity. The newly government must motivate people to co-operate in mutual harmony rather than separating them based on their caste, class, religion, region and gender as well as ideology. When we build the ideal nation with our knowledge and effort, not only neighbor but also entire world will enjoy the cordial tie with Nepal with colossal investment.
Author is a sociologist associated Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Development Board,