BY DIRGHA RAJ PRASAI : Let’s not forget, ‘Nepal’s nationalism and democracy is the result of the collective effort of the people and the king’. One cannot imagine Nepal as a sovereign and independent country without the existence of the monarchy. Nepal has been suffering the pains of foreign interference since the country was unified by, the King of Gorkha, Prithvi Narayan Shah (founder of greater Nepal).
It was because of connivance of foreigners and their conspiracies that Rana oligarchy was established in Nepal. In 1951, it was because of the collective effort of King Tribhuvan, who risked his throne, and martyrs like Sukraraj Shastri, Dharmabhakta, Dashrath Chand and Gangalal that democracy was established in Nepal. The King Tribhuvan is not a martyr, but he helped create martyrs and he has a great role in ushering democracy in Nepal. As soon as democracy was established in Nepal, Indian politician started cheating Nepal by taking advantage of their friendship with the leaders of Nepali Congress. The sovereignty of Nepal being in danger, King Mahendra dared to take the step of 1961. The King Mahendra used to say, ‘Irresponsible leaders of party not only divide the people but also the nation’. So, King Mahendra implemented the Party less system (Panchayat) and protected Nepal from foreign interference by maintaining a balance between India and China.
We all Nepalese, the king and the political parties wish to strengthen nationalism and establish democratic system in the country. The people of Nepal and India always have cordial relations, but it is the Indian government (Congress I), which instigated by some donors have been trying to create nuisance to Nepal’s effort to strengthen its nationalism and democracy. It’s neither good for India to make Nepal and Nepalese suspicious with them. Forgetting Nepal’s background of Hinduism and Buddhism, democratic country like India, should not work to create anarchy and establish terrorism in Nepal.
All leaders, after 1951 have only betrayed the people wearing the cloak of democracy, we don’t have yet come across any leader who can establish and institutionalize nationalism and democracy in the country. Nepal is in need of a dedicated, true and honest leader who is a patriot and who can save numbs and values of the country. The so-called leaders of the Nepali congress, UML, Maoists & Madesis are not responsible for the democracy and country. After the king restored the House of Representatives (2006), the leaders of the so called big parties, including the Maoists, should have focused on national interests. But no country can find a way by stifling the fundamental policy and principle? How can democracy survive when the leaders give only lips service but become despotic in practice and trample the democratic principles?
Now, Nepal, which is suffering from gamut of troubles and tribulations, cannot save its nationality and democracy, unless the king and the people join hands and stand strongly against foreign interference and the traitors of the country to follow a strict disciplinary policy. If the United Nations, United State of America and the European countries failed to realize this, unrest and terrorism will be institutionalize in Nepal.
The despotic leaders of Congress, UML, and Maoists talk a lot about Loktantra (democracy) but on the contrary they have institutionalized anarchy. Their government is mobilized by looters, murderers, kidnappers, commission mongers and foreign agents. And they work only for them. Once the political parties came to power, they were indulged in fight for posts and positions, which leads them into amassing incalculable wealth through ulterior means. So, how can a country solve its problem, when the party leaders served the interests of their kith and kin and sycophant? The parliamentarians, who are supposed to serve the people, got into robbing the national coffer in whatever way they can. Absolutism has become the common agenda of the so-called big party leaders and they want to ignite a civil war and fulfill their desires.
On May 28 2008, how & why the so-called big parties’ leaders declared republic? Was it constitutional? NO, IT WAS NOT! It would be against the principle of natural law to deprive him of the right to speak on his defense. The Nepalese people will not support the forceful systemization of illegitimate totalitarianism by depriving the king to defend himself. With the help of corrupt leaders, India had been investing to establish a republic. But, now the result has been just the opposite for India.
In communist countries, the nation runs as per the policy of the communist parties. But, there is neither communism nor parliamentary system in Nepal. A Nepalese scholar, Mr. Shashi Malla says- ‘The Maoists want to establish a totalitarian Stalinist state and isolate Nepal from the international arena in pursuit of their antiquated ideology. If nothing is done to stop them soon, our country will be thrown back decades. The Maoist conception of an ostensible federation based on ethnic communities will spell the death-knell of national unity.” Similarly, the editor of Peoples Review Mr. Puspha Raj Pradhan writes-‘The Maoists are doing the politics of caste which is in the interest of India to disintegrate Tarai region from Nepal. The Maoists have been used by India in this way. The Maoists are fooling the Nepali people by serving the Indian interests and, on the other hand, distributing the slogan of nationalism to the Nepali people.’ In such situation, can one find solution to a problem by throwing stones in the dark?
The 12th Convention of Nepali Congress has held -2010 Sep17t-22. Actually, the Nepali Congress’s Convention showed as a
sea of humanity with flags of NC. But, without ideology what can do the party and their followers for the country? NC party has give-up its political ideology of the founder of NC BP Koirala, Ganeshman Singha and Krishna Prasad Bhattarai.
On 24, April, 2006, the people’s uprising came to a stop after an agreement was reached between the monarchy, NC and UML and Maoist included. The agitators were pleading for monarchy as an alternative force in times of crisis. An agreement was reached to reinstate the House of Representatives, which was dissolved under NC recommendation four years ago, although the monarchy did not posses the right to reinstate it. The monarchy reinstated the parliament and appointed Girija Prasad Koirala to the post of premiership. The oath of office ceremony of Prime Minister was given by the king himself in the royal palace premises.
Gradually, the agreement reached with the king was broken and the royal institution attacked, which is a work of huge betrayal. A political agreement 24 April, 2006-a political betrayal. So, nobody can think the good future of Nepali Congress. Yes, Congress has a long history to establish democracy with the king. But now, due to their great mistake, NC has got fizzle out. Nepali Congress deceived not only the monarchial system but also the life of congress.
But, the founder of NC BP Koirala used to say: ‘The state of Nepal cannot remain without monarchy and even socialism can co-exist with monarchy in Nepal.’
One of the founder leader of Nepali Congress Krishna Prasad Bhattarai has said –’the country has been facing a series of problems due to the mistake of abolishing the royal institution’. The uncertainty in the country will only end after the reinstatement of monarchy. A lawyer Balkrishna Naupane says- They (traitors) are talking about the people had stood (2005-2006) against the King. But, the Nepalese political parties in close collaboration with the Indian regime had then lured/seduced the Nepalese even by spreading false rumors which worked to a greater extent.
Similarly, on the discussion about republic in Nepal, senior leader of Bharatiya Janata Party Lalkrishna Advani had said: ‘The framework for constitutional monarchy in Nepal should be consolidated because monarchy is the symbol of Nepal’s identity and sovereignty. Nepal should have an active and dynamic multi-party democracy’. But we in Nepal are trying to dig up a well when there already is water in our rivers. Nepali Congress cannot run like this carrying the flag and the showing the mass, any party and institution can move without ideology.
Now NC is running carrying the agendas of Communist not the democratic. So, it is the matter of sadness that BP’s own brother Girija has ditched BP’s ideology. Hindu and Buddhist state, national language Nepali and Royal Institution can be the network that would keep the national unity intact.
We know- Republic=Fragmentation, Secularism=Terrorism, Federalism= Feudalism. So, the concern of Nepalese people is how to get rid of the real issues. Republic is not a way out of the problems. Terrorism would take over the nation in absence of the royal institution. Now, the nation is in danger. Without monarchy (the alternative force) Nepal can’t save.
If NC declares choose a political path, which would be a coordination and balance between Mahendra’s nationality and BP’s democratic socialism after 1976.
So, it is now clear that democracy cannot sustain without the principle of tolerance and coordination. For this, all the parties and others should think with a cool mind. Nepalese monarchy is the pillar of Nepalese identity and sovereignty. The Royal institution of Nepal is for its people and a force that fought against the imperialists. So, as things have gone terribly wrong, there is no alternative other than, all the forces coming together in the mediation of the king. Nor, Nepali Congress should join the Hands with Maoist
This country would have become a prosperous if the king, political parties and the people have worked together. The mandate of the people’s uprising is to establish a full democracy, not a republic or authoritarian rule and communism. The corrupt leaders of NC, UML, Maoist & some Madeshi are continuing to seek Indian support to rob the nation of its sovereignty. The Nepali Congress is in danger of peril after opting for republic to take revenge with the King. If we Nepalese want to save Nepal’s sovereignty and identity, all the political parties and the nationalists should realize that the country can move ahead only with the concerted effort of the political parties, king and the people. It is now clear that democracy cannot sustain without the principle of tolerance and coordination. For this, all the parties and others should think with a cool mind. Nepalese monarchy is the pillar of Nepalese identity and sovereignty. The Royal institution of Nepal is for its people and a force that fought against the imperialists. So, as things have gone terribly wrong, there is no alternative other than, all the forces coming together in the mediation of the king.