Nepal | January 23, 2021

Political conundrum

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MAHENDRA P JOSHI
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Nepal is witnessing one of its worst political turmoils in history, yet it has not sparked much outrage among the citizens, as most of them are not sure how to retaliate.

The disgruntled leaders, in most of their innuendo-laced speeches, use the word ‘for the sake of citizens’, although the citizens take no interest in what the leaders say.

Being a lecturer, I just wanted to know what the younger generation thinks or knows about the current situation. For this, I conducted a virtual seminar with bachelor level students to hear their voice. I already had made up my mind that I wouldn’t be getting much information, only a little suggestion, and some analysis. My confidence, in this regard, backed by experience, tells me what politics is — a twisted conundrum.

Wherever there are conflicts, one has better odds over another, backed up by policies, laws or even constitutional values.

While listening to the agitating fractions, both take a stance with utter confidence; however, deeper inside, we all know that both are wrong, as no one has been able to serve the purpose even after winning a majority in the elections.

Coming towards the students’ opinion, some of them even said that they do not know what is really happening, as this has not affected their modus operandi. Most of them showed reluctance towards registering their names in the voters list even if the mid-term polls are to be conducted. One of them showed interest to be part of the election conducting team, as it can provide an opportunity to learn managerial skills.

The conundrum which I could not make students understand is: how could the ruling party members with almost a two-thirds majority in the Constituent Assembly fight? Also, the terminologies like impeachment motion, no-trust motion, caretaker government, House dissolution and coup were very difficult for me to make them understand, as the constitution suggests something, and the leaders provoke different opinions.

I was perpetually stressing on the fact that there is no way one can avoid politics from their lives as it affects them in various means — knowingly or unknowingly.

The reply was as expected, as they dug in on the fact that politics is very confusing, and they are unable to analyse who is right or wrong. They even suspected that power-wielders could easily influence institutions .

In the absence of one-on-one healthy debate on these matters, people are getting manipulated easily. So rather than getting confused, they emphasised concentrating on their studies as competition has become cut-throat. Till politics remains a conundrum, they opted not to pay any heed to it.

 


A version of this article appears in print on January 12, 2021 of The Himalayan Times.


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