Political turmoil in Nepal
Friday - October 6, 2017 6:31 am , Category : WTN SPECIAL
Political turmoil in Nepal
By Jaya Khare
The political scene in Nepal is topsy-turvy for the last eight years, to say the least. In these years, the country has seen nine governments come and go, without a single big development project worth its salt seeing the light of day.
The newly prepared constitution yet remains to be implemented. All the major parties want their piece of the action and none does anything for the welfare of the Himalayan kingdom. There is immense mutual bickering that is a regular feature of the political atmosphere there.
The immense potential for tourism development is being squandered away by the myopic political leaders. No big investor is willing to put his money in the country due to the perennial political uncertainty. No government stays in place for even a year, before some disruption happens.
It is also being said, though not definitively, that China has a major role to play in causing harm to Nepal because it sees its own economic interests in Nepal’s penury. China wants to extend its diplomatic influence too in the region and therefore tries to manipulate the political slugfest in the country to favour its own interests.
That is a highly possible strategic tactic. In reply, India too has to see her interests and counter China’s foray in the region by her diplomacy. These influences certainly have a role to play in changing colours of Nepal politics. Unfortunately, the common man has to bear the brunt in such situations.
Over 1,500 Nepali youth are leaving the country in search of job opportunities in other countries. Another big reason for the lack of unity among parties and their uncertain future at the helm is the Madhesi issue.
The Madhesh-based parties of south Nepal want greater autonomy and influence in some provinces which they dominate. Major parties are unable to concede that to them, fearing disintegration of the country. This bone of contention is the reason for a major rift between parties. The Madhesh groups often lead violent protests and jeopardise government functioning.
The political turmoil is going on in Nepal for the last over 10 years following the quirky end of the monarchy. Nepal had been under the king for long and leaders are new to the political setup. Hence they are unsure of their footing and feel insecure having tasted the throes of power.
They want to save their position at any cost and the country’s interests suffer. There is no possible solution to the crisis. Today it may be Deuba captaining the wrecking ship in high seas, tomorrow it may be Oli or Prachanda again. The implementation of the constitution may be the nearest short-term success the country can hope for.-Window To News