In the way that the King loves Nepal, the political leaders never have and never will. The testimony to this is the 2046 (1990) people’s movement-1. Then 57 Nepali people died and the leaders could get democracy. Today’s political leaders like GP Koirala, Sher Bahadur Deuba, Madhav Kumar Nepal, Jhala Nath Khanal, Bav Dev Gautam are few of them who made people sacrifice their lives but these leaders enjoyed democracy for their own sake. When the Late King Birendra was informed that 57 people had lost their lives during the movement, he immediately wished to abrogate party-less panchayat system. He saw that people’s lives are more valuable than his direct rule. He easily agreed to reestablish the multi-party democracy without hesitation.
Following the advent of democracy, the Late King Birendra thought people will be delivered with what they deserved, food, shelter, education, peace and happiness. Unfortunately, King Birendra had to lose his life and could not see people’s happiness delivered by the political parties and the leaders.
Ironically, people got what they have never wished for, crime, corruption that strikes on a daily basis, insecurity, killings, and so on. No change has been witnessed at all during the rule of the political parties. The incumbent Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala has to take the major share for this blame because he ruled more than combined of all leaders.
Definitely, leaders of Nepali Congress like Sher Bahadur Deuba, Ram Chandra Poudel, RPP leaders Lokendra Bahadur Chand, Surya Bahadur Thapa, Pashupati SJB Rana, UML leaders Madhav Kumar Nepal, Jhala Nath Khanal and Bam Dev Gautam are also responsible for destroying democratic norms and values. These leaders besides emptying national treasuries encouraged nepotism and opened the avenues for the foreigners to encroach in the internal affairs of Nepal.
At the other end, in the name of revolution, the Maoists completely destroyed Nepal’s economic infrastructures, basically tourism and other foreign currency earning industries. The Maoists at the same time attacked upon Nepal’s unique reservations of traditions and cultures, not to mention the extortion, kidnapping and killings. All these compelled King Gyanendra to risk his throne.
King Gyanendra gave up his direct rule to avoid further destruction of economic development infrastructures, sacrifices of Nepali citizens and the negative international image of Nepal. To remind all, less than 20 people have been recorded for giving their lives during the Jana Andolan II. People have witnessed many times more deaths of their fellow citizens after the Seven Party Alliance and when the Maoists ruled Nepal. Now, who cares more about the Nepali people’s lives, economic development, international image of Nepal, independence and sovereignty of a country? Is it the King or the immoral leaders?
Never in the history of Nepal, the patriots, intellectuals, the great writers like Laxmi Prasad Devkota, Bhupi Sherchand, Parijat, Madhav Prasad Ghimire, Hari Bhakta Katuwal, Chhetra Pratap Adhikari, artists and great singers like Nati Kaji, Narayan Gopal, Prem Dhoj, Tara Devi, Shambhujit Baskota have ever blasted against the Kings’ small mistakes. It is because they all knew that Nepal without Monarchy has completely no meaning. Like they, we all know, Monarchy is the symbol of national unity, guardian of Nepali identity, cultures, traditions and religions practiced in Nepal.
Nepal becomes more intimate when you are very far away from Nepal. As a Diaspora, we can feel every beat of our motherland. We are really worried about the future of Nepal. We always want Nepal to be a peaceful and peace loving nation like it used to be several years ago. All Nepal friendly foreigners also wish to see Nepal, a peaceful, developed, democratic, culture and tradition friendly nation.
Jai Matribhumi Nepal,
On behalf of Nepali Women Diaspora,
President, N & J Entertainment Inc., USA.
Organizations of various Nepali Women Diaspora around the world.