In textbook of science in high school, we used to read the scientific definition of ‘work': using a force to move an object to a certain distance. Or, using force is not enough to define work. It seems our leaders have been putting excessive force but no progress in distance front. Their efforts have failed to deliver any results and their relevance in the country’s politics has expired though they think that the country cannot move ahead without them.
UCPN Maoist chairman Prachanda roared at his party’s seventh General Convention in Hetauda: ‘I will come up with a formula’ to end current political stagnation that opposition parties cannot disagree with.’
He did it. He floated the idea of Chief Justice (CJ)-led government for holding elections. Top guns of other political parties admired his idea and followed him in a submissive manner. Leaders of so-called democratic parties even did not discuss the idea within party mechanism.
And, even after putting ‘tireless’ effort since the first week of February, they have failed to show the result. Accordingly, CJ Khil Raj Regmi denied to lead the election government citing possible unwarranted pressure from political parties.
Neither could they convince the chief justice to form an election government nor could they float any alternative idea to move the country ahead. In fact, top guns of political parties have created a situation of political stagnation putting citizens at the receiving end.
Peoples’ hope for political reforms have faced a severe obstacle due to and their decision to give Maoists a try (during Constituent Assembly election in 2008) have gone futile.
It has been proved that Maoists are good players of blame-game. During decade-long bloody insurgency, Maoists used to blame ‘expansionist’ and ‘feudalist’ forces including royal palace for wrongdoings and malpractices in politics. And, during CA election, they came down heavily on Nepali Congress (NC) and UML.
In rabble rousing speeches, they tried to persuade people saying peoples’ lifestyle would change if monarchy were abolished and a Maoist-led government was established in Nepal. People were told that they could be master of their own destiny and their dream of prosperous life would come true once the Maoists held power.
Maoists came into the power and have been holding absolute power for some time now. The question is: where are their promises now? Forgetting insurgency-era promises, all leaders in the party have been doing nothing more than creating an era of political stagnation.
First, they forgot the ‘Prachanda Path’ — the brain child of Prachanda — and they also forgot their own promises which were made during decade-long insurgency and they forgot their political consumers, that is, faces of ‘proletariat’. In sum, they forgot the entire political philosophy and ideology based on which they had started decade-long insurgency. They are now a deviated communist party clever enough to betray people.
Immediately after their entry into peaceful politics, deputy of UCPN (Maoist) Dr Baburam Bhattarai dubbed CPN (UML) ‘Hing Badheko Talo’ and had claimed that the relevance of CPN (UML) had expired since Maoist was real ‘Hing’. Comrade Bhattarai aka Laldhoj, can you claim your party ‘Hing’ at this point of time? If your party is still ‘Hing’, what about break away faction or Baidhya-led Maoist?
It has been proved that Maoists are far ahead in creating catchy jargon to persuade people. It is for sure that they will create dozens of jargon to be sustained in the politics. But, I know they will lead us into nothing than political stagnation and perennial vacuum.