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Change is good?

  • It really doesn’t matter who becomes our next Prime Monster. Our politicians do not want to change the system. They are happy with the ‘share-the-loot’ culture
- Guffadi

May 7, 2016-

It seems that we, the people, have over the years, participated in many peoples’ movement; not to bring change in this country but to change the previous regime with a new one. And the biggest irony is that the new players turn out to be more corrupt and useless than the previous chors.

We did not like the Ranas having all the fun. While, we lived in huts, they lived in palaces. While we ate chuira, they ate chicken. While we drank local moonshine, they had wine from foreign lands. We got rid of them, but what did we get? We got the House of Shahs and the Mandaleys. Even the Pancheys managed to have fun for 30 years.

We managed to make our King just another ceremonial figurehead. What did we get? We got our Kangaroos and the United Mundrey Loafers. We thought these buffoons would bring change to this country. After all, they spent decades hiding in India, eating one meal a day and having just a shirt and two pants in their closet. But when they came to power, we slowly came to realise that they had forgotten all the sacrifices they had made to fight the system. 

They got into power and started to loot everything in sight. Our trolley buses became extinct; Nepal Airlines lost billions thanks to the first daughter. Our state enterprises all incurred billions of rupees in losses. Instead of promoting meritocracy, our new leaders stuck with the same old nepotism natak and only recruited their cadres and near ones. 

The Kangaroos should accept the fact that they are the ones who are the most responsible for looting the state treasury in the 90s. The Maoist insurgency began and everyone thinks we went downhill because of them, but we should not forget the looting spree by our Kangaroos before them. 

Yes, we had the UML sarkar for barely a year but they just turned out to be fake communists who were actually closet capitalists. Let us thank our two circus companies for introducing trade unions in civil service and introducing the culture of ‘Nepal Banda’ as well. Today, we have unions everywhere. Most of our industries have shut down. And when it comes to shutting down the highway, you don’t need any excuse. Folks shut down our highways even when a chicken fails to cross the road.

Then we had the so-called civil war where thousands lost their lives. Be it our comrades or the security personnel, only common folks died either fighting for their cause or defending the state. But it seems that our netas were always on the same page, making deals and trying to figure out how to share the loot while common folks were just used for their political games. 

We gave the Maoists a chance. What did we get? Well, we got rebels without a cause. I guess they were taken by the results of the first CA elections. But instead of capitalising on it and delivering us a constitution, they became just another corrupt political party. 

We saw Madhesi netas winning the seats and they went on with the usual business of looting the state. We have seen the Mandaleys making a comeback. They did it in the 90s and even today, they are still part of the ruling coalition and having some fun.

And now it’s the same old natak of musical chairs where our Emperor is the kingmaker. Our Kangaroos and Madhesi netas are ready to support our Emperor as the new organic farmer in Baluwatar. Yes, dole out ministries to your coalition partners and enjoy the loot. I think our Emperor should change the mantris from his party. 

Top Bahadur has done nothing to deal with the load shedding crisis. The former YCL head has done nothing to help the people get adequate cooking gas. And wildfires run amok across the country while our Forest Minister is busy having BBQ in his backyard. And yes, we had a Kangaroo stooge as the CEO of NRA then we had a UML sycophant and why not have a Maoist comrade to head the NRA? We all know that nothing will be rebuilt in this country anyway.

It really doesn’t matter who becomes our next Prime Monster. Our politicians do not want to change the system. They are happy with the ‘share-the-loot’ culture. They do not want to reform the bureaucracy because they are happy making millions from promotions and transfers of civil servants. They talk about democracy while their own political parties are not democratic at all. They are not here to change this country and bring change to our lives.  

At the end of the day, our Desi bhais decide what’s best for our country. Our netas are just here to please their masters across the border. If Delhi really wants to help the common folks then please deliver us cooking gas like you hand out ambulances and school buses to our incompetent government. We all know that you hold the magic formula to settle all political deadlocks in this country. 

 We don’t want the King back and we don’t want the current lot of Mini-Maharajas either. We want honest, competent people to run the show. 

Guffadi is a grumpy old man who blogs at guffadi.blogspot.com. You may contact him at maguffadi@gmail.com

Published: 07-05-2016 08:43

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