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King Birendra for national sovereignty, peace and development

By PR Pradhan
The Nepali people observed the birth anniversary of late King Birendra on 14 Pous (29 December). Nepal is republic nation now and the government doesn’t observe any event recalling King Birendra, yet, patriotic Nepali people remember the contributions made by King Birendra for safeguarding national sovereignty and making Nepal peaceful and prosperous.
Immediately after becoming the King of Nepal, King Birendra proposed Nepal to be declared as a Zone of Peace (ZoP). This was the strategy for safeguarding Nepal’s sovereignty as the then Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi was conspiring for annexation of the Nepali territory in the Tarai region. After the annexation of Sikkim, Gandhi had assigned the then RAW chief on this mission. The ZoP proposal was recognized by 116 nations in the globe, except India. The Indian intention is clear to understand. So it is not odd to know that our “revolutionary” leaders of the day, don’t want to listen to this proposal, nevertheless, they have played the role to remove the ZoP proposal from the constitution promulgated in 1990. This makes clear how far our “revolutionary” leaders are committed for safeguarding national sovereignty and independence!
The other thing to remember King Birendra is that when our political leaders wished to reward migrated Indian nationals with Nepali citizenship certificates, the King, although playing a constitutional king’s role, dumped the Bill on the base of the Supreme Court decision. To please their Indian bosses, both political parties in the government and in opposition had passed the Bill related to amendment of the citizenship law and had sent to the Palace for Royal assent. The constitutional monarch, who believed that such an anti-national decision would bring down the Nepali community into minority in the long-run by granting Nepali citizenship certificates to the migrated Indian nationals it would be unwise. It is thus speculated that this decision could be the plot behind the Royal Palace bloodbath in 2001.
King Birendra could prolong the partylessPanchayat rule for decades if he had accepted the Indian proposal for Nepal to remain under the Indian security umbrella. When King Birendra denied the Indian proposal, the 1989 people’s movement was intensified. The King, instead of surrendering to India, wished to safeguard national sovereignty and independence by compromising with the then agitating leaders.
India was not happy from the performance of Nepali monarchs – King Mahendra, King Birendra as well as King Gyanendra. Therefore, always, the Royal institution became a target of the Indian rulers. The Indians, as well as, the Westerners saw Nepali monarchs as the enemy to serve their interests in Nepal. Therefore, finally, the Indians and Westerners joined hands to abolish the Royal institution. In the past 13 years of absence of the institution of monarchy, all the important organs needed to function the country have been destroyed. Currently, the nation is under the strong grip of the foreign powers and mafias. The political system we have adopted is not for prosperity of the nation but to destroy the nation. Elections have become very expensive and there is no chance to become a political leader for those who are honest. Therefore, those corrupt people, who can spend money in elections, are elected as the people’s representatives and their first goal is to make money by exploiting the government funds. The present scenario from the federal government to the local bodies, the people’s representatives intend to misuse of the government funds ether this way or that way. Creating employment opportunity to the youths within the country should be the prime goal of the government but the ministers are found negotiating with the foreign countries for supply of local manpower to such countries. They feel proud as if they have become successful to create jobs for thousands of people. Just recently, Japan has decided to receive manpower from foreign countries including Nepal. Our ministers are claiming that due to their efforts Japan has become ready to assign Nepali labourers towork there! Our ministers are happy to claim that India has decided to import electricity produced in Nepal without any restriction. They never think about producing electricity at low cost and supporting Nepali industries by supplying low-priced electricity to the local industries. Sure, India will buy electricity at very low price as like she is importing electricity from Bhutan. To mention here, the Bhutan government is now reviewing on its electricity tariff and reached to the conclusion that Bhutan would have benefited a lot if the electricity could be consumed by the local industries rather than supplying it to India. Has Nepal conducted any such study? Sure, such low priced electricity will be used in Indian industries making their products competitive in the market and finally, Nepal will be importing the Indian products forever!
The Indian government is providing subsidy to the farmers. In Nepal, our farmers don’t enjoy such facilities but they face fertilizer problems every time. The government even cannot manage to supply fertilizers for the farmers. By producing electricity at very low price, Nepal could establish its own fertilizer factory but the government is not interested in establishing such an industry and instead spending billions of rupees worth foreign currency for the import of fertilizer every year, that too not in time. Therefore, Nepali agro-products are unable to compete with the Indian government subsidized agro-products in the market. This is the reason that Nepal from an agro-products exporting agricultural nation, has become as an importer of agro-products. Having such a vision from those who are in power, Nepal cannot become a prosperous nation.

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