By PR Pradhan
In recent two events, former king Gyanendra has expressed his utter dissatisfaction on the attitude of the political leaders. On the occasion of the greatest festival of the Nepali people having Hindu belief, the former King had put forward seven questions to the political actors of the day. Likewise, in an inaugural ceremony of the World Hindu Federation last week, the former king once again, warned the political actors of the day that the politics of rejection may lead the nation towards revolt by those who are oppressed.
Surely, if the present trend will continue, we agree, the nation may witness civil war resulting in a bloodbath and finally split of the nation.
It has already been ten plus years that Nepal has remained without any role of the institution of monarchy since May, 2008. The interim constitution suspended the King and introduced the provision of an elected President. The then prime minister Girija Prasad Koirala who was appointed by the King in accordance to the 1990 constitution after restoration of the dissolved parliament, started to act as an acting head of state. On 21 April 2006, after an agreement between the then eight political parties and the then King Gyanendra, the executive power was handed over to the agitating parties and Girija Prasad Koirala was appointed the prime minister and head of the government. Then after, the leaders of the three parties – NC, UML and CPN Maoist started to take one after another unconstitutional decisions in the name of political consensus. Through such type of consensus, the King was suspended and later the country was declared a secular republic. Furthermore, the leaders, without having fresh mandate or say the parliament of those nominated MPs started to act unconstitutionally.
Westerners and the Indians who felt that it would be easy to achieve their vested interests in the absence of the institution of monarchy, used their puppet leaders through which the country was declared a secular federal republic.
Nepal, a peaceful country, became a victim of terrorism which claimed above 17 thousand lives. If we look back to the pre-1990 era, one can say that era was the golden era for the nation from all angles — national sovereignty, independence, economic development, individuals’ prosperity and peace.
The post 1990 era gave birth to the Maoist rebellion and the post 2006 era is considered as the worst period where in the name of “loktantra’ anarchism exists. On the one hand, we are experiencing rampant corruption by those who are enjoying power, on the other, the daily life of the commoners has become very difficult. Our almost all youths, when they failed to get job opportunity within the country, have gone abroad for jobs and the corrupt government leaders are encouraging our youths to go abroad instead of creating opportunity for them to stay within the country.
The institution of monarchy is regarded as the symbol of unity and patron of the citizens and the nation as well. If compared, these years in the absence of the institution of monarchy, we have witnessed rampant foreign interferences and our sovereignty and independence are under serious threat.
Nepal is a historical country having rich religious, cultural and natural heritages. The political leaders of the day, in the course of serving their foreign bosses, are destroying our such heritages. The nation is in the course of losing its identity.
Now, the people have no hope that the political leaders would do anything better for the people as well as the nation. Therefore, they have welcomed the former king’s two messages with great appreciation. The political leaders are unable to react on the queries put forwarded by the former king on the occasion of the Dasain festival and on the former king’s concern about the future of the nation that he had expressed in his last week’s address.
Understandably, commoners are watching towards the former king to come to rescue the nation as they are convinced that this nation cannot exist in the absence of the king and the present agenda of secular, federal republic cannot be sustainable in Nepal.
The political leaders, if they truly love their motherland, should think on what they are doing and correct their mistakes on time before it is too late.
In absence of monarchy
By PR Pradhan