Break up songIt’s sad to hear that Bibeksheel Sajha (BS) Party folks have decided to split up. Our political parties are good at breaking up and then making up and breaking up again to fulfill the interest of a bunch of so-called leaders and I guess Bibeksheel Sajha has met the same fate. So that means we can actually call the BS wallahs a true political party from now onwards.
It’s sad to hear that Bibeksheel Sajha (BS) Party folks have decided to split up. Our political parties are good at breaking up and then making up and breaking up again to fulfill the interest of a bunch of so-called leaders and I guess Bibeksheel Sajha has met the same fate. So that means we can actually call the BS wallahs a true political party from now onwards.
Rabindra Mishra dai decided to quit his job with BBC and not make six lakhs a month, so that he could start a political party and help Nepal finally become peaceful and prosperous. It is rare for someone like Mishra, who holds a lucrative professional job, to quit and join politics. The majority of our politicians have either never worked in their lives or have only worked for a few years before deciding that politics is better than a 9-to-5 job.
When you have a 9-to-5 job, you get a decent salary at the end of the month. It’s not enough to buy everything, only enough for dal bhat and sometimes a kilo of maasu or two. But in politics, you tend to suffer a lot at first, maybe for decades as you go hungry because you have no money and you have to go into hiding because the police wallahs are looking for you. But if you are lucky, then you get to be a millionaire, even a billionaire, overnight if you hit the jackpot. Look at Oli. He spent 14 years in jail and after decades and decades of suffering, he is now enjoying his time in Baluwatar.
Look at our Emperor today. A decade-long insurgency, thousands of lives lost and the man hid in India most of the time. Today, we blame him for everything. We accuse him of amassing billions of rupees in ill-gotten wealth with investments in media, marts, hydro, cooking gas and other stuff. But we should not be jealous of this man. He is just one lucky person who made it big and has managed to make a quick buck in such a short period of time that he makes the Shree Tin Rana uncles, the Pancheys and even the so-called Congressis look like small-time pickpockets.
Ujwal Thapa and his friends started the Bibeksheel thing so that young folks in the country could finally come together and be politically active and make Nepal peaceful and prosperous. But what Thapa and his friends must understand is that just Facebooking and standing on Bagmati Bridge, Maitighar or in front of the PM’s residence is not going to change things in this country. Yes, they decided to be involved politically but when it comes to elections, winning thousands of votes and coming in second or third or last is the same as losing.
Look at our comrades, they won left and right and today, they have a two-thirds majority after getting some of our Madhesi parties on board and they still can’t get it right. Yes, politics is not only a dirty game but it’s a tough one as well. Things won’t change overnight and just because you have the mandate to rule for the next five years doesn’t mean you can do whatever you like. Our comrades should read some history books. Even the powerful Rana clan had to close down shop and leave the building. Even the Pancheys had to move aside for multi-party democracy. Today, even folks like Oli, who actually opposed Nepal becoming a federal republic, are running the show.
So if Mishra and his Sajha Party and Thapa and his Bibeksheel Party want to run this country someday then they must understand that they need money and muscles. So my best advice to anyone who wants to form a new political party and take us to the promised land is: please be patient. Learn from our Emperor and Oli. It took our Maoists a decade to get where they are today. It took Oli two. So it takes time, most probably a decade before your political party can win seats and be a national party. Of course, people like Mishra and Thapa are not going to the jungle and do not have the courage to extort from byaparis like Biplab dai.
So a new political party should first get as many folks as possible to become a paid up members of the party and then go on a fundraising drive by visiting all the byapari sanghs in all the districts in the country. You cannot fight a national election unless you have at least a hundred crore in your party’s bank account. Yes, forget the provinces because our bureaucrats and those in power have made it so that our Chief Ministers have less than power than a CDO of a district. National is the way to go and if you can win big in the federal parliament then you get to run the show like Oli and Prachanda gets to do it for now.
And for now and maybe until another decade or two, you also need muscles to sometimes show your strength. But that doesn’t mean you need to hire mundreys but your paid up members need to be experts in martial arts so that when you are carrying out andolans, your cadres have the skills to protect themselves from cadres of other parties and our cops as well. When they come down with laathis and boots then you need some skills to defend yourself. Why not ask the Israeli Embassy for a few hundred Krav Maga specialists. During the Panchey days, most of the muscles were provided by those involved in martial arts sports in the national level. After that, we had mostly toley gundas turning into mundrey gundas who were politically affiliated with our netas. But folks like Bibeksheel and Sajha should organise self-defense workshops for their own cadres because the national political scene is filled with criminals who would not hesitate to use force to scare others.
Anyways, let us hope that both Bibeksheel and Sajha will do their best to win the hearts and minds of the young and old, progressive and experienced, and make it big in national politics someday, and finally get to run the show and make our land peaceful and prosperous for real. Jai hos!
- Guffadi is a grumpy old man who blogs at guffadi.blogspot.com. You may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org