Signs Of Transformation

Kushal Pokharel

 

The past week in Nepal’s politics has sparked much hope and enthusiasm about the nation taking a right course. In fact, after the formation of the Oli government, the overall scenario has looked decent due to the manner of his selection of the ministers. With the election mandate in favour of the left alliance, the new government also marks the end of the extending political stalemate under Deuba’s premiership.
Rising above petty political interests, the new Prime Minister has exhibited statesmanship by inducting some already successful ministers and also a competent but a new face in the government. Moreover, the focus on good governance and creation of a corruption free nation has gained top priority in the speeches of the main leaders of the leftist alliance. While such pledges are not new, there are some valid reasons that the public can give a benefit of doubt to these leaders this time.

Willingness
Addressing the first meeting of the newly elected House of Representatives, the top leaders of the major political parties- mainly the two supremos of the leftist alliance- Pushpa Kamal Dahal and KP Sharma Oli have expressed the desire of pursuing transformational politics. Analysing the contents of the speech from the UCPN-Maoist Chairman Dahal, one could clearly sense his willingness to change for the betterment of the nation.
Reminding all the parties of the collaborative efforts resulting in the current situation where there is a new federal governance structure in the country, he ruled out the idea of any single party claiming the reasons for the current state. It can also be inferred that Dahal is keen to join hands with Nepali Congress- the opposition party in the parliament. With the unofficial statement of the one of the ministers in the present cabinet of the negotiation going on to induct ministers from Nepali Congress, the spirit of Dahal’s collaborative politics has become evident.
Dahal also reiterated the significance of collaborative politics in the future ahead. Expressing his strong commitment to curb corruption in the country, he reiterated that ethical malpractices will be uprooted from the nation through a strict administrative and governance system. Realising the mistakes made in the past, he called on the leadership to march ahead with a strong determination and commitment to build a prosperous Nepal.
Echoing Dahal’s view, Prime Minister KP Oli also mentioned that none of the corrupt officials will be spared. He has already stated that the government will act as a facilitator to smoothen the functions of the different state machineries. Making it clear that the system of reward and punishment will be enforced, the new government has also decided to strengthen the Prime Minister’s Office by bringing important departments like Revenue Investigation Department and Anti-Money Laundering Department under its ambit. It is learnt that several rounds of intense meetings are going on among the secretaries of the various government ministries to define the work and responsibilities of the 17 ministries that will function in the federal Nepal. Formation of a separate professional team of experts on security, national planning and other important facets of national sectors is also being mulled.
Not only in the executive, transformation has also occurred in the legislative system as well. From now onwards, the lawmakers can’t enter the House without turning off their cell phones. Similarly, they have to demonstrate professional etiquettes in the House proceedings. Failure to do so will result in various forms of punishment. This is a very welcome decision which will help to enhance the dignity of parliament and project a good image among the public about the parliamentarians.
In this context, there are a lot of things to be hopeful about for a better Nepal in the future ahead. Particularly the desire of the key leaders to transform themselves is remarkable as it will have trickle down effects on the entire spectrum of the respective political parties including the society and the nation.

Meritocracy
Similarly, the commitment of these leaders to maintain a politically neutral bureaucracy will have positive impacts on the execution of the state policies for the welfare of the citizens. And the desire to promote meritocracy in every possible way and discourage the nepotism and favouritism culture will herald a new political culture. Even from the political point of view, this will be extremely important for the left alliance when they face the next election after five years.
Hence, these five years will be the litmus test for the left alliance of its promise to deliver in the larger interests of the public. With no excuses of any sort on offer, it is a Hobson’s Choice for the new government to solely focus on the development and prosperity of the nation. Nurturing a democratic culture to debunk the myths associated with the communist alliance is also of great importance to eliminate a range of suspicions prevalent in the society.

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