Timely Course Correction or Boomerang

In the absence of timely corrections, policy of ‘controlled destabilization will boomerang, having devastating outcome, so will be the policy of ‘non-interference.’

By Deepak Gajurel

Deepak GajurelNepali politics took a full circle. Two adversaries used to fight to eliminate the other. With blessing and instructions from without, these rivals turned into partners, that too for ‘stability’ and ‘democracy’ in Nepal. But the terminus was foreordained, for reasons natural.

Bullet-loving Maoist and ballot-bearer alliance of parliamentary parties now have reached their natural places, with postures indicating more violent conflicts in the coming days among these ‘Loktantrik‘ forces.

Yes, there is a difference between the players of yesteryear’s destruction and the approaching one. Monarchy is missing this time round which used to play an effective role as referee. Absent the Royal Palace as a decisive force and second edition of the Constituent Assembly too inching towards failure, a conscious Nepali should keep his/her fingers crossed and wait for the looming storm.

One of the partners of the Delhi brokered 12-point agreement denies listening to the other’s, and vice-versa. Instead of ‘consensus’ noise of violence and fragmentation is going up in the ambience.

Senior journalist Yubaraj Ghimire, in one of his articles, correctly branded Nepal’s political leaders as foreign agents. But to be an agent of foreign power appears to be complicated job not so easy for our leaders, for, these powers have increased in numbers, with their own conflicting interests in/from Nepali soil.

Things appear to be going more and more complex with great powers entanglement in Nepali politics.

Things appear to be going more and more complex with great powers entanglement in Nepali politics. These powers have varied interests in Nepal with diehard contentions. One has been trying to lead Nepal to a ‘controlled destabilization’ thinking Nepal as its own ‘sphere of influence’ while the other sees security threat from its rival’s strategy.

A serious observant has noticed that one of Nepal’s giant neighbors has been reported to have ‘advised’ our major leaders not to go with federalism. This visibly does not fit with the other’s interest. This is one of many themes of contentions among puppet players in Nepali polity, since Nepal chose to follow the path of Loktantrik Gantantra carved by our southern neighbor.

Secularism is another point to fight for, which was brought in Nepal at the expense of a huge sum of foreign currency, which too is not liked by other rivals fearing this will have domino effects into their own.

Not only our immediate neighbors are competing in Kathmandu politics for ‘favorable’ regime, the West too has vigorously penetrated deep into, that is hard to do/wish away with. The net result, Nepal slowly but dangerously is engulfing into intricate mess.

This is where all the external factors wrestling in Nepal, especially the immediate ones, must ponder seriously, realize the past blunders and take course corrections. In the absence of timely corrections, policy of ‘controlled destabilization will boomerang, having devastating outcome, so will be the policy of ‘non-interference.’

Deepak Gajurel is the political scientist with Tribhuvan University, Nepal and editor of www.nepalpolity.com. He can be reached at: deepakgajurel@gmail.com

 

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