With the CA failing for the second time, the decisions taken, and agreements signed, by political parties in the past eight years now seem to boomerang.
By Deepak Gajurel
‘Unsolicited advice’ from outside has always been counterproductive, even damaging, in the past, especially when it comes to encouraging against democratic norms or acting in violation of prevailing law of the land.
Nepali political course had taken U-turn, and you politicians, for that matter, rulers, have been marred whenever you listened to ‘outsiders’ than your own.
Have a look at a few devastating past experiences.
It was King Gyanendra in April 2006 who was compelled to act against the reigning constitutional provisions when he, through a Royal proclamation, reinstated the constitutionally dissolved parliament, the House of Representatives.
Janaandonlan-II was followed by New Delhi sponsored 12-point agreement between Maoist, terrorist declared by India itself, and Seven Party Alliance (SPA). The crowd in the Kathmandu streets had made the King yield to the wish of the Delhi directed coalition partners.
The House of Representatives thus restored against the basic norms of laws, curtailed the Monarch’s ruling power. Some even branded the restored House’s proclamation as ‘Magna Charta.’
It was not the end though. The ‘Loktantrik’ politicians ultimately abolished the Monarchy itself from this Himalayan Kingdom.
What would have happened if Aandolankaris themselves had, from the street with ‘people power’, restored the House and took further political course? Would Nepal have taken the present path or gone otherwise?
Other way round, had King Gyanendra further resisted not restoring the House of Representatives which was a clear violation of the constitution of 1990? Would Nepal Monarchy have not been abolished?
Since there is no room for ‘ifs and buts’ in history, one cannot be sure about the course Nepal would have taken in these hypotheses.
However, one thing is sure. And that is: whenever, and whoever in Nepal politics, goes, in accordance with the ‘advice’ or direction from beyond, and acts against universally accepted democratic norms, he/she is demolished. Several such examples can be found in Nepali history. One can also delve further back in the history when Shree 3 Maharaj Mohan Samsher signed 1950 treaty with India, by which, presumably, he dreamed of lengthening Rana Oligarchy. But he was not saved, rather 104-years Rana rule was done away.
And ‘some’ from among the Delhi-made alliance is going to face the fate of burial. Modus operandi is yet to be known for the layman, as who’s next.
The contemporary Nepali politics is full of failure and deceits. The second edition of Constituent Assembly (CA) too appears to be gutted like its predecessor, the first edition of CA. However, so called ‘major parties’ have not realized its failure, and have continued to deceit the people and the nation.
Politics has been clearly divided into two contradictory blocs, one having two-thirds majority in the CA and another bloc with less than one-thirds. One major partner of Delhi sponsored roadmap, Maoist, is leading the voice that the new constitution must be drafted with ‘consensus’, not through majority. The other side is not listening; and trying to push through the new constitution with two-thirds.
And here comes the real drama directed from the rear, with overt words though. All major foreign powers, interestingly all speak of love of ‘democracy,’ are taking the side of the minority, with Maoist and its coalition, including Madhesis, and encouraging this Morcha to be iron-fisted. The sole Super Power-the United States, United Nations, India and European Union all are giving out advice to Nepali political players that Nepal’s new constitution should be drafted with consensus, and not through ‘majority’ votes in the CA.
It’s interesting to note that with the CA failing for the second time, the decisions taken, and agreements signed, by political parties in the past eight years now seem to boomerang. And ‘some’ from among the Delhi-made alliance is going to face the fate of burial. Modus operandi is yet to be known for the layman, as who’s next.
Deepak Gajurel is Political Scientist with Tribhuvan University, Nepal, He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org