As claimed peaceful, free and largely participated Constitutional Assembly Elections in Nepal on April 10 immediately inducted many naïve and self-effacing persons to power. Their accession to Power was only hope left, with the hope that enigmatic talent of the rustic would provide better inputs in drafting constitution. Who knows? Or, was it so because though rustic and naïve they may be, they are only available party staunches? Who knows?
Hailed form different topography and lowest tiers of society, from different rudimentary professions and proficiencies, the country is assured of better constitution soon. Or, is it merely a spurious drama of constitutional assembly (CA) for nothing at all? Or, a collusion of the key parties to delude the country for some decades more? Because independent, experienced and prudent cluster in the society at home and abroad have expressed dismay over drafting better and sustainable constitution continent upon the naïve nominated CA members is unlikely.
Their presence in a giant six hundred and one-member assembly is likely insignificant and feared of a political encumber for ushering the country towards right direction or precluding situations that can slice off country into many pieces.
I do not see any sloppy in the nominated ones. They are apparent contingent of our society. They are in dire need of uplifted and economic, political, and social gaps bridged and approach of inclusiveness be exercised. If there is some, it is in the heads of those who visualized the meaning of embracing inclusiveness stands for inducting all sorts of brick-a-brac in policy level and claim that spirit of inclusiveness is thus accomplished.
In the country where literacy rate, opportunity for external exposure, socialization process, and predilection for the enterprise and progress is either poor or overshadowed by political and personal ambitions, need of long-term vision and proper inputs for sustainable peace and progress by the rustic party staunch does not simply corroborate with the ambition of conjuring impossible possible.
Even if the need is felt, ways to achieve the desired goal is beyond their expertise. Even the so-called consummate and prolific leaders lack the right vision and expertise of out sourcing to bring the poor and conflict torn country back to normal.
It is why our self-esteemed leaders always articulate higher of the need but remain silent on how the stark need can be resolved. They articulate at the top of their voice, "…There is nothing we can not achieve if we unite together and starve solely for our goal." Whilst articulating such an impossible conditional approach, they imply to confuse the people that multiparty political system and culture does not prescribe such stern unanimity from the party and people of all sect, cult, and tier of civilization. But helplessly they keep on continuing the same thing again and again. What else do they have to do? They do not know what other innumerable approaches are there to transform a country towards prosperity and peace. I do not blame them for their ignorance as well. They are also a contingent in our dress circle-social-theatre. However, I hold them accountable on two grounds. Firstly, for not being honest to the people for what they are and, secondly, confusing the people deliberately. As if, leaders must be capricious.
If this is what they are doing for long and will continue doing so in the future as well, based on what they have learnt and trained so far. What exactly are they trying to do?
If you mull over them as an analyst and not as a staunch, you can see it. they are just trying to confuse the people and rule. People in power circle do not like to see people start thinking genuinely and intelligently. If people start thinking intelligently, they start rationalizing the means with the goals. They question their need and the means employed to achieve the need. People in power circle do not want questions. They want total obedience. However, they will never pronounce the word obedience even if they mean it.
They will rather term it as discipline. Leaders in different level with different capacity in different position have been misusing the word deliberately. They know that the essence of the word discipline stands for learning process, and not obedience. However, they misuse the word discipline for obedience, to confuse the people. The word disciple denotes the meaning of student who learns. The root of the word derives from Latin root discipulus, means learner – reinforced by
disciple- a student.
Before the election, Election to the constitution was taken as panacea. Now the election is over. I do not see or listen any staunch asking question to his/her leaders about it. Is the CA anywhere near to the word now?
A disciple may question the rational of his Guru, the leader. The leader may not have right answer for himself. And leadership has become his profession. Can he neither quit it nor can satisfy his disciple with right answer, nor lead him to right path. What shall he do? Only alternative left for the leaders is to confuse the people.
Allot them with dreams, ambitions, promises, and bigger and still bigger promises every time they look at the leaders with a question note. Leaders are guilty of lacking honesty and confusing people.
Gone are the days of Divide and Rule. This is the age of Confuse and Rule. And, no one but the leader knows it better.
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