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TOPICS: Political abstractions

  

GAURAV OJHA

Though I am not an expert on political matters, after internalizing much of political

discourses and discussions that deal with our current political predicaments, I have at

least come to realize why our political condition is radically different from other politically stable nations.

The difference is not just about commitments and actions, but it is also related to our political thinking and analysis. The main problem with our political thinking right now is that it is vastly limited to fault findings, conspiracy theories, polarizations and political blame games. After all, it is always easier to blame others and tell them what to do and it is a luxury when you don’t have to do it.

And, in Nepal, we don’t have any shortage of politicians, political experts and even intellectual public indulging in such nonsense through various forms of public expressions. The worst part is that everyone is playing the blame game on everybody else.

While listening to our politicians, I find most of them really get energetic whenever they

get an opportunity to put the burden of blame on someone else’s shoulders — on fellow politicians, bureaucrats or on the media.

Similarly, I find even our political analysts and their political thoughts either limited to

pessimistic narratives of fault finding. They invent conspiracy theories or give sermons or

write articles and expect the public to believe them as they make out that they are right and others are wrong.

Now, what are we supposed to make out of it? The most amusing part is when they use analogies and concepts taken as examples from the political context and historical conditions that are radically alien to ours. The irony is that we neither have political consciousness, nor are we in a position to take them at face value.

Here, I want to bring philosopher Aristotle and his argument On Politics that each nation state has its own unique political landscape and distinct features and as conscious political animals we need to adjust and adapt our political thinking with our political regimes, leadership and cultures before we start making intellectual assessments.

Moreover, it is necessary for political thinkers to accept and engage with our political reality and understand the conditions of political thoughts first before making any intellectual assertions.

Unless we do that, all our political analyses would be nothing more than the same old repeated abstractions of frustrations, failures, faults, conspiracy theories and complaints.

Comments1

Its the reality based article. We Nepalese know others job better than of self. SO blaming others with out pointing out the solution is a easy job. Rajan Kaphle, Bhaktapur

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