When I read Harlem, a poem by American poet Langston Hughes, it reminded me of plight of Nepalese people as the poet had seen in 1920s in the United States. ‘Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness’ was the American slogan during the build up to the independence but the post-independence era could not materialize liberty and happiness among the Afro-American people. Their dream of equality, prosperity and progress was deferred from time to time. The poet, hence, envisions for the possibility of future revolt.
Like them, the Nepalese people had a dream of peace, equality, justice and prosperity. So they went for great “Movements” and brought changes, too. However, the post-movement period could not justify the fulfillment of the dreams of the Nepalese people. Political parties and their leaders who are hungry for power and posts only, do not seem to be responsible. Those who are responsible for writing the future of the humble, tolerant and patient people are playing the cat and mouse game with each other. How happy the people would be when they know that they drafted the constitution in time without any dispute. However, it seems that the day may never come. People are dejected to be realizing that their dream has been deferred. The country is getting poorer, the government is yet to dress up with plans for the country’s prosperity and at least, to address the hand to mouth problems of the underprivileged people. Peace is proving to be elusive; and the political parties hardly have reached the level where consensus for national interest comes automatically.
The criminals and armed gangs know that the environment is conducive for them to reap. Killings and being killed have just become trivia. There is no hope for equality and justice - inequality looms over even in the capital itself, which can be seen in the streets. The law watch helplessly as injustice pours out in every nook and corner of the country. So isn’t the plight of the Nepali people similar to that of Afro-American people then.
What will happen if the Nepalese dream is perpetually deferred? It can be dangerous. Examples are scattered everywhere. The case of the Afro-American people is there as a reminder that the road ahead is not an easy one. Struggle will always have to there for the dream not to be deferred.