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The Leadership Crisis in Nepali Politics

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 29/03/2016 Rajan Thapaliya
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Nepal is a democratic country. But often there is not enough democracy for the average people to have equality and to all have their voices heard. The country is poor but some people are very rich, leading to a severe disparity between socioeconomic groups. There is also a strict caste system that still prevents some people from having as many rights as others. There is no checks and balances system, like in the USA. Nepal's political system has "fissures," according to a Washington Post article by Ishaan Tharoor, and these fissures leave great problems in Nepali society.
The framework of Nepali politics is a multi-party democratic system, led by a prime minister. Elections are often corrupt and all about finding the prime minister, not fixing the country's many issues. Especially in the wake of the 2015 earthquake, more effort is needed to help the thousands of displaced Nepalese people in the country. Focusing on a prime minister and playing fierce political games is simply not in the best interest of Nepal.
Nepali politics are still very much concerned with race and caste. People often struggle to be heard because they were born into lower castes. In some villages, there have not been elections for up to two decades, leaving many rural people without a voice in the political affairs of the nation. There are three Nepali regions, Himal, Pahad, and Terai, which are fighting each other to obtain a good politics platform. This political unrest is just opposite of what Nepal needs: a unified approach to improving the fairness and function of the country's political system.
Many people do not realize that Nepal is indirectly ruled by India. The political leadership of Nepal simply a sham. It's great to seek the help of a neighboring country, but it is not beneficial to follow all that another country says. Recently Nepal wrote a new constitution and Nepal people were overjoyed, but India still was able to control the country by blocking the border to prevent food, medicine, and clothes from being exported to Nepal. India did this to regain control of Nepal, knowing that blocking the border would create a provisions crisis.
Thanks to the big earthquake of 2015, Nepali peoples' lifestyles are in critical situation. Still so many villages have never received aid. They are under poverty and without homes, food, or clean water. Many people are still homeless, seeking refuge in other villages which do not have the infrastructure to sustain so many people. Leaders are silent about this issue. They are not doing what they can. When election comes, they buy people in order to capture votes. What kinds of politics are they are doing? They are doing politics for themselves, not for the people.
Even college students are doing great harm to Nepali politics with their protests on the streets of Kathmandu. Without a good agenda, they are deluded about leaders, because political leaders are giving them small amounts of money to cloud their judgment.
Leaders like Dr. Baburam Bhattrai, Prachanda, Sherbahadur Deuba, and KP Oli served as prime minister and were unable to achieve their visions of betterment for the nation because of dirty politics. Soon money convinced them to rule for the wealthy classes and businessmen, not the average Nepali citizen. New future star leaders like Gagan Thapa and Ram kumari Jhakri are following the precedent of the old leaders, so that change still does not appear likely. Even they don't listen to the voice of new generation.
One way Nepal can improve their development and bring in more prosperity is by opening the border with China for trade and ceasing their reliance on India. A railway to China can help expand trade. This would allow Nepal to become a well-developed nation and help do away with poverty and the need for dirty politics.
Because of this leadership crisis, Nepal currently exists in a nightmare condition. People's lives are in a critical situation. The Nepali economy is down. All of these problems can be rectified by better, more solid leadership and more independence from India.

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