Make A Fresh Start

Nepal is home to the world’s tallest mountain, Sagarmatha, and the birthplace of Gautam Buddha. These two icons give a distinct identity to Nepal all over the world. Added to this, it is the land of the brave Gorkhalis, whose valour was well recognised by the world powers during World War I and World War II. More than this, Nepal is a civilisational state with a glorious tradition of enlightenment. It was a holy place where ancient knowledge and wisdom had flourished and was incorporated in the Vedas, the most pious Script of the Hindus. Nepal is one of the 17 oldest nations. It is older than the USA and India. It has been successful to keep its independence intact throughout history even when its two giant neghbours were colonised for centuries. Endowed with immense natural resources and strategically located, Nepal has no reason to feel an inferiority complex and fall behind in economic development. But the country’s image is often portrayed in negative light, and its potential is always undermined. Its poverty, backwardness, conflict, corruption, instability and political bickering often make the headlines in the national and international media.

Yes, it is owing to the lack of a visionary and committed political leadership that the nation has lagged behind other nations that were once poorer than it. The prolonged transition has taken its toll on it, hurting its yearning to achieve peace, prosperity and happiness. Now the country stands to tap historic opportunities offered by the political stability and emergence of a strong government. It has now witnessed a golden moment for economic reconstruction and nation building. The other day Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli noted that the country had entered a new era of rule by the people. While inaugurating the Armed Police Force Academy at Matatirtha of Chandragiri Municipality here, Premier Oli rightly said that it was time to leave the bitter past behind and make a fresh start. He said focus should be on the present and future, not on the turbulent past when the parties wasted their valuable time in fighting and quarrelling with each other.

The PM’s observation carries historic significance. The nation failed to make strides on key fronts of socio-economic life because the bulk of the time was spent in political movements and agitations over what kind of political system it should adopt. Now it has become a federal democratic republic. The question of which political dispensation suits the nation has been resolved. The new Constitution has effectively settled many other substantial discords that roiled the nation since the middle of the past century. Oli urged all to forget the acrimonious bygone years and stand united for the nation-building drive. No one will disagree with the PM when he said: “Everyone wants our roads to be blacktopped, land not to remain barren, paddy and wheat swaying on our farms and the classes to run smoothly in our schools six days a week.” Oli’s altruistic feelings certainly animate the hearts of the people eager to see rapid inclusive economic growth and job creation. The PM, who enjoys a sweeping mandate from the three-tier elections, should now translate the people’s faith into meaningful action. They expect the PM to engage in creative and constructive campaigns to live up to the people genuine aspirations without further delay.

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