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Geopolitics

Local wisdom now concurs Nepal is enmeshed in geopolitical competitions and is increasingly being made bereft of national capabilities to extricate itself from a growing tangle of international interests that threatens the state’s very survival. The divide between the current political establishment and a gradually reorganizing anti-establishment politics evidently stems from the fact that the establishment would seek political power emanating from serving the international interests within the country while the growing opposition sees national interest in extricating the country from this entanglement. The architects of republican, federal and secular Nepal see the current entanglement as a natural bi-product of globalization from which Nepal cannot remain in isolation. That this globalization should be made to serve national interest and not partisan interests in order for th nation to benefit has been ignored outright. As a result the international community sees in Nepali politics a highly dependent and corrupt jugglery floating unreliable partners that can compromise the state. The erosion in politics can no longer be masked from the public and so, push comes to shove, the state will be made to field partisan muscle, media and moneys on the plea of salvaging the ‘gains’ of federal, republican and secular Nepal.
As a matter of fact, the awareness outside of the immediate beneficiaries of that political change, namely, the political parties, is that the country’s national production has retarded and whatever money has been poured on grounds of the new internationalism that is professed has been squandered on uprooting preciously built national institutions and replacing them with corrupt ones. The public are now feeling the excessive burdens of a taxation system that must be expedited to demonstrate the domestic component of the national exchequer. No economics nor economist can justify bankruptcy but, goaded on by political masters, our politicians tend to justify the billions squandered as price of the change and assure us that it is only now that the system can attend to national production. All this has been done after having insured that the national production base has been wiped out. Since the lay public are now feeling the cost, the search for options is on. And Nepali intelligentsia long silent at the partisan debasement of intellectual sense must speak out for sake of credibility. The country has been wronged for too long by their partisan lure. After all international politics has been absent from the globe and globalization must be tempered by national interest in Nepal as everywhere else.
The other side of the coin is the recognition that the country is inviting doom if our politicians are allowed to encourage international players to compete in our country compromising our national interests. The concurrence is that they have invited such pressures on our country of which they are incapable of resisting anymore. There is no denying that global politics and competition and Nepal’s location no longer places the country in the peripheries of international relations. Concomitantly, Nepali politics may have widened its international reach, but it is politics that has reduced Nepali capabilities to cope. For advocates of globalization this was by design and the reduction of Nepali capabilities was also by design.

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