Nepal | July 08, 2020

Role of civil society: Revitalization need

Dipendra Gautam
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Voices of sovereignty will attenuate every time and Nepal would be a playground of
giants though public awareness would never go up with the conventional parties continuously elected. Contemporary issues are never in the minds of fresh breeds

Civil Society

Discussions are now heightened for a new government in Nepal with unprecedented but obvious failure of the so coined left-democratic coalition.

Meanwhile this overturn leaves a couple of quests buoyed on surface for Nepal’s sustainability and prosperity which is truly apolitical but a national agenda. After the spring revolution of 2006, the existing parties in Nepal are allied together to rule in every dimension of the country.

At the grassroots level they have “7/8 parties’ mechanism” that is ruling in the absence of local representatives. The mechanism also exists in central, regional, student and bureaucrat levels. Seemingly, they are bargaining and virtually quarreling.

However, although everyone benefits, their superficial crocodile’s tears are no more than bullying the minds of ordinary folks.

The road maestros during the spring revolution were the civil society members [primarily] and thereafter paralyzed by the political honeycombing through an intruder.

The general definition should incorporate all the professionals including engineers, doctors and others and should represent the civil society and act like a watchdog so as to track the government and bureaucracy.

This contention seems fallacious for Nepalese society as the leaders of civil society and professional society have already put on “sale” their watchword and run behind political recruitment.

It should be clear by seeing some heads of academies and acts of neo-natal self-proclaimed civil society members. Shamelessly they are running behind persons deviating from the major issues and being political cadres mortgaging their dignity.

This is crucial and needs to be brainstormed by everyone. Primarily, the first culprit is the civil society and secondly, the public.

Indeed this anticipation needs clarification; however it is a lucidly whistle-blown fact that the civil society members [majority] raise the issues according to the benefit of their political affiliation, not for public benefit.

Secondly, the public is dangerously over-educated shooting through the air in unwarranted assumptions, so they are over-informed but still misinformed and do not rely on civil society interpretations.

Amidst such hiatus, parties benefit exponentially so that their mechanism could fix issues and absorb benefits irrespective of national interests.

In addition, majority of civil society members have canoes capable of bi-directional navigation and well camouflaged to persuade people and the parties. This led to the weakest civil society in Nepal amongst the countries that follow democratic system.

Otherwise, how could the suppressor of spring revolution rule us shamelessly and drive vital commissions, security agencies and others? Now, it would not be wrong to conclude, Nepal’s current system is not a democracy but an oligarchy and everything is fixed behind the curtain except for some buoyed bargains.

Newspapers and analysts seldom cover such issues even if they are the fourth estate. Praises and critics could be seen but the civil society opinions are seldom prioritized and people never get information on what experts say on particular issues.

It is nonsense to read and watch the views of charlatans rather than the confined experts in any social, cultural and technological aspects. Noticeably, the people are ridiculously commenting with their marginal knowledge and and are divided.

This is due to the overreaction of charlatans and suppression of related personas.

Nepal’s education curriculum rejoices more on status quo rather than development, change and opening horizon of broad analytical spectrum for fresh breeds of students who could contribute effectively to nation building through of late updated skills and interpretations.

Someone who is well informed never speaks in Nepal and someone who is outspoken knows less.

Virtually Nepalese society is in a state of prolapse. This doesn’t mean a state of failure but a state of complication wherein we see, but we never recognize what is going to happen and where we are going.

Voices of sovereignty will attenuate every time and Nepal would be a playground of giants though public awareness would never go up with the conventional parties continuously elected.

Contemporary issues are never in the minds of fresh breeds.

Undoubtedly over and under participation are no participation either and overlooking the visa for Australia, Canada and the United States seems to be the resolution of state volatility, though it is high time to re-think if the youngsters are lured by weekend parties or should sacrifice for homeland by loosening hermetic lips?

Hedonistic life may put forth happiness but joy lies in small changes in nation, so change is inevitable in Nepal if the informed speak out.

The verdant future of Nepal is in the hands of informed but apolitical people [civil society] who could interpret every dimension of social upliftment with an apolitical looking glass and become the strongest force to govern the policies and practices, overly politicized and hermetically hedonistic attitudes which are ruling nowadays and are threats to Nepal’s prosperity and sovereignty.

Revitalization of civil society and trust in it is what the nation is eagerly waiting for.


A version of this article appears in print on July 25, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.


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