The Musical Chairs of Nepalese Politics

The traditional musical chairs of Nepalese politics is self-evident just a day after K P Oli was elected the 38th Prime Minister of Nepal. It is being predicted that his cabinet of ministers will be the most non-inclusive cabinet in the history of Nepal, comprising of largely Brahmin-Chhetri feudal elites.

Just to complete the horse-trading, the PM has appointed two Deputy Prime Ministers. It is especially intolerable that Kamal Thapa, a phony royalist has been appointed as one of the Deputy Prime Ministers of the first cabinet that will institutionalize the new constitution.

These are not the only concerns. The Donald Trump of Nepal took the oath of the position in a slightly different rhetoric and diction, which may subtly point to his arrogance. While he criticized the ex-PM Baburam Bhattarai referring to the Nepalese Mustang car that the latter drove, he himself was seen using the imported Mercedes car. Such pompous and affluent taste may not suit the Prime Minister of a least developed nation.

It will not be an exaggeration to assert that the CPN-UML has always been an opportunist party that seconded the royal regime through most of its history

The CPN-UML might be celebrating its political victory that can be attributed to unfair coalition, but it has hugely lost its support in the Madhesh. This will actually cause a huge loss to the CPN-UML in a long-run. The Nepal Congress Party has also sunk to a historical depth of doom.

In the musical chairs of Nepalese politics, it is however satisfying to see that nepotism is gone, especially when talking of Sushil Koirala and Sujata Koirala. But, it will be unpleasant to see the communist Maoists get lost into the dungeons of fake Marxist Leninist. Even more unpleasant will be to see the Madhesis find themselves isolated from the political front-line.

The victorious leaders and parties are bound in a circle of demagogues. If they fail to meet the people’s expectations, the civilians will hardly trust them in the future. The irony is that even the ex-Prime Ministers have lost their popularity for the same reason.

We will not have to wait long to see the division and doom of the UCPN-Maoist. With the departure of Baburam Bhattarai, the UCPN-Maoist will become a political party just like the others that neglect the demands of the minorities and disadvantaged. The ex-jungle party will soon succumb to its immoral and selfish coalitions.

On the other side, the Madhesh leaders are receiving popular support in the Madhesh. There are actually enough evidences to claim that the protests are getting more well-organized and is in the conscious control of the Madhesh leaders. Bijay Kumar Gachhadar, however, will be infamous as a traitor in the Madhesh, especially in the Tharu community. His party, the Madheshi People’s Right Forum (Democratic) will also loose support in the Madhesh significantly. 

All in all, the current musical chairs of Nepalese politics will be a deadly mistake for all of the parties and leaders involved. 

Now that all major political parties have failed to put the national interests before their collective self-interests, the civilians are agitated. Sooner or later, a new revolutionary political front is going to replace these opportunist and populist parties. Probably, it is the time capable Nepalese civilians, political experts, think-tanks, academics and intellectuals should think of leaving footprints in the national politics.

Written by Roshan Adhikari

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