Is the Maoist backed presidential proposition a time-matured vision elicited of irresistible altruistic desire to lead the country towards development and prosperity? Or, is it merely a bid of long suppressed fantasy of the Maoist Supremo? Or, is it serendipity for the Maoist leadership?
The newly broached issue of presidential proposition of Maoist chairman Prachada disorientated both the domestic parties and international community. Political parties in the country took the proposition before winning CA election as intimidation indicating that the imminent CA polls are not going to be free and fair. It also worried the international community because it is still unclear whether people will free and fairly elect the presidential candidate in first- past- the post election.
The issue became a subject of wider public debate after the Maoist Supremo, organizing a press meet on March 6, urged one and all to take the proposition seriously, because he meant it.
Earlier, People and political parties took the life-size hoarding boards at conspicuous places in Kathamandu proposing Prachanda for the post of president, and rampant reference of him as the first president of future Republic of Nepal by its party cadres as their way of election campaign for CA polls.
The proposition itself was too early and too hasty for anyone to take seriously before the election to the constituent assembly, long before the new constitution was written, and long before on what people would decide on the monarchy-culture in the country.
Now, whether or not the Moist proposition for future presidency as serious is over, we move to analyzing whether or not the Maoist presidency, and similar impulsive claim by some others, will make a better president in the future Republic of Nepal.
Nepal as it is or with republican structure, desperately requires an executive head that has a tangible, empirical, foolproof, and farsighted vision to rescue the country from chaos to coherence. The country requires a systematic planning, committed implementation, and monitoring aspects to ensure the transformation towards prosperity.
Nepal needs lot of support and investments in development and industrial sector from international community to make the country produce goods and services to cater its growing population.
Nepal has virtually nothing to export to balance its huge payment for the goods and services it imports at higher cost from the third counties. To begin with developing those infrastructures needs billions of rupees.
To maintain harmonious coexistence in today’s world demands prolific skills for diplomacy with down-to-earth reality of dependency to neighboring countries.
It means not anyone with majority support alone, but tasted and trusted prodigy only can build confidence in the heart of people for desired change.
Fight against poverty and terrorism are another top most challenges facing the globe and the country. Trust on the leadership is first requirement for the international community to accept the country as partner in the fight against poverty and terrorism.
The most important of all aspects is development of the country. Road to development is slower. Although it is the first step towards bigger leap, blueprint of dreams alone, however, does not take the country anywhere. Planning are sweet dreams. One can have some sweet dreams if one falls asleep even under the open sky. Nepali people still remember many sweet dreams National Planning Commission doled out in its every long and short-term planning corroborated with scientific explanations in achieving the target.
The most challenging of all is to make people satisfied. People need and deserve sustainable peace, freedom, prosperity, and security (not protection) in society as a precondition to be content. Robbing John to pay Tom does not come anywhere under egalitarian justice. And, intimidation and coercion put into effect in any form and means cannot distribute the people what they are longing for.
So, any one or any party willing to claim the most responsible position in the country should first examine himself. Has he the democratic culture in him? Does he have a benevolent heart and altruistic morale in him? Is he equally tested and trusted by the people? And, is he the most eclectic candidate who has all the virtues to serve the country and not to rein (ruin) it?
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