Global Development: Reasons behind the Region’s Instability

Nepal has gone through the political quagmire and uncertainty since a long. This is not only a case of specific country but also a notable problem of the homeland of more than half of the world’s population. Those countries and their hard working honest people are suffering from the by-products of global ‘aid, trade, security and governance’; as worded by Prof. Paul Collier. Here is an article to be shared as an example of how instability and poverty have been promoted for the sake of limited interest, this is also an example of the pain how innocence is punished:

“The fire of multi-nationalism may engulf India virtually, if it failed to put off in time in Nepal”

The political change heralded by the 1990’s popular uprising caused a euphoric belief among people about wider prospect of transformation in life—they viewed that the change would bring general welfare, economic growth, infrastructure development and abolition of corruption and nepotism within the governance system.

The same however, was pushed into a quagmire soon by a cliche of political elites in the service of neo-liberalism. The cause behind this was obscure but powerful—it was responsible for pushing Congress from the democratic socialism to the Thatcher-Regan vowed doctrine of neo-liberalism. This unbecoming event comprised of many secretly and meticulously adopted policies that thwarted the political process necessary for maturing infant democracy into a vibrant system of governance.

The game finally ended with ‘outsiders controlled or regulated political instability’. The dissolution of the House of Representatives was the first malevolent design.

 This defilement of democracy has never been an issue for the Nepalese democratic think-tank for inquiry, even if any such group exists. The undercurrents and goals of this design remains still a secret, at least uncovered because the Nepalese political intellect is generally un-free from greed of political benefit. Affiliated with a faction or cliché of political parties, political think tank of Nepal assumes a character of nefarious sycophants. Thus, true reasons behind dissolution of the House of Representatives are not yet unfolded.

The design had two-fold goals. The elimination of democratic socialist leadership within Congress was the prime agenda, nut to downsize the strength of the Communist Party of Nepal (UML) was equallyimportant scheme, thus ensuring a full grip of neo-liberalists, under camouflage of ‘Koirala Patronage’. The neo-liberalist programs such as privatization, open-market economy and disinvestment schemes would otherwise be impossible to implement.

In this wake of anti-national design, a big section of Nepalese leadership was destroyed. Leaders like Ganeshman were pushed into oblivion and Madan Bhandari got exterminated in a mysterious car accident. The engineers of the neo-liberalist design wrongly calculated, in absence of such leaders, that the mid-term poll would give a massive strength of popularity to them. This ‘calculation’ was farmedbased on opinions of the Euro-American think-tanks that was disguisedly functioning to contribute in sweeping implementation of neo-liberalist agenda of unlimited or unregulated privatization and open market economy in Nepal. This element also had two fold-objectives, i.e. to achieve sweeping end of the Chinese presence in Nepal, and to gain full control over the Nepalese economy.

Who benefited from this political quagmire? Of course, they were not the general people. Benefit went to three types of people. Firstly, they were the corrupt politicians who pushed the democracy into the ‘filthy hole of neo-liberalism’ … second category of beneficiary was some business people profiting from illegal and consumerist trade and business. The third category was a sizeable number of government employees who is indulged in shucking nation’s treasury… The political quagmire in Nepal is an outcome unleashed by elements who wanted to destabilise  Nepal’s politics for ‘their anti-China and India strategy’ with a view to block their emerging economic ties.

As this perspective suggests, the dissolution of the first HoR was conceived as an initial plan of conspiracy to derail Nepal’s democracy, which eventually paved the way for an unending crisis in democracy of Nepal. The mid-term election, however, resulted in catastrophic to neo-liberalists. INGOs and the cover-up intelligent agents operating in Nepal proved naive to grasp political psyche being uniquely unleashed in countryside, and thus were virtually fooled—the result of the mid-term election went disgracefully against the neo-liberalist cliché , and UML emerged victorious. The situation turned to be utterly confusing, and the players of neo-liberalism, who as of now demonstrated anti-China and anti-Indian attitude, were unable to prevent UML from inducting into power. This was a shocking outcome for the neo-liberalists and their advisers, who basically came from international organisations with rent-seeking attitude. The aftermath took treacherously nasty turn of political anarchy in Nepal—it has often been defined as ‘horse-trading’.

Some disguised effective strategies took momentum subsequent to the election. The UML’s government got dismantled by a coalition of the Congress with the supporters of the past regime. This resulted in UML’s attempt to go for mid-term election which was aborted by the Supreme Court, whereas similar attempt for revival of the HoR in the past was rejected by the court. The court in this course got politicized and came also under influence of funding agencies. UML wrongly realized, however, that India was controlling undercurrent of politics, so that it allowed itself to slide closer to the neo-liberalist western donor agencies, and, for this, its cadres, already heavily engaged in international and domestic non-governmental organisations with western donor funding, influenced the entire party structure. In a short span of time UML turned into a political party with communist ideology but gripped by cadres running non-governmental organizations. This brought a new phase of ‘defilement in democracy.

Who benefited from this quagmire? Of course, they were not the general people. Benefit went to three types of people. Firstly, they were the corrupt politicians who pushed the democracy into the ‘filthy hole of neo-liberalism’. The ‘auction of State-run public welfare enterprises’ was the result, thus depriving livelihood of workers and farmers. Farmers producing jute, sugarcane, tobacco and cotton in Tarai were deprived of income due to shut-down of several factories. This created a serious economic crisis in Terai and people assumed that ‘it was done by the Kathmandu controlled government’. This neo-liberalist conspiracy was calculated and hatched to ‘create a division between Hll and Terai people’. The second category of beneficiary was some business people profiting from illegal and consumerist trade and business. The third category was a sizeable number of government employees who is indulged in shucking nation’s treasury.

The political quagmire in Nepal is an outcome unleashed by elements who wanted to destabilize Nepal’s politics for ‘their anti-China and India strategy’ with a view to block their emerging economic ties. This quagmire is also a part of the bigger scheme of encircling China to prevent it from emerging as an Asian power, and as such it is well connected with such events as South China sea, US-Vietnam strategic partnership, deployment of army in South Korea, provocation of North Korea for war, and building a strategic political and religious base in trans-Himalayan region. Attempt to ethnic and regional division of the Nepalese population is one of the strategic actions of this bigger plan. While India considered this crisis in Nepal is beneficial, but a hoax. The concept of ‘multi-nationalism’ injected in Nepal is dangerously harmful to India also. The Indian plan to hold rein of Terai for greater hold of ‘Silliguri Corridor’ as boon for strength against perceived threat from China is a ‘greater hoax’ too. The political instability in Nepal is thus less beneficial to India.

What would follow in future if it continues to follow? Considering that China has been able to defend its security and sovereignty, it would be difficult for the anti-China elements to gain their goals. Moreover, the nationalist surge is thickening in Nepal. An independent nationalist think-tank is gaining strength in Nepal. However, there are some pernicious developments also taking place. India is tending to slide to the ‘rightist regime in the west’ and keeping aloof from the ‘Chinese initiative of belt and road’ that is potentially able to transform South Asia into a prosperous region. The inclination of India to have arms from America may divide Asia to the benefit of western classical strategy. Increasing tie of India with the present racist regime may induce more ‘game in Nepal to push it into further difficult political crisis’.

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