Print Edition - 2017-09-12 | Oped
- Voice Of The People
Sep 12, 2017-In his fifth strategic chess move, Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has expanded the cabinet to 54 members. This move will bear heavily on Nepali tax payers (‘PM Deuba set to expand Cabinet for fifth time today’, September 11, Page 1). Given its large size, the Nepali people and international community would expect to see a smart, well-coordinated and accessible Cabinet with concrete work plans that serve the poorest of Nepalis. Cabinet members should think beyond their own vision, and build North-South neighbourly rapport while also focusing on the synergistic economic development of the Pahad and the Madhes. Nepal must continue to evolve democratically. Deuba has been given a good opportunity to put his name in the Nepali history books not as a sweet Nepali Congress deal maker, but as a good and caring Prime Minister willing to accommodate all people and address their needs.
The article on the ‘American Pivot’ is a perfect analysis of things to come in the not too distant future. It is absolutely clear that whether Nepali policymakers are prepared or not, as mentioned by the writer, external forces will exert their will and influence upon the country to attain their geopolitical interest (‘American pivot’, September 1, Page 4’). For now, we can only pray that we do not become the next hot spot for conflict. We do not seem to be the bridge of prosperity, hope, peace and friendship anymore, but a fertile ground for regional and international intrigue. When things get hot, there is very little the parties or anybody else can do.
- Manohar Shrestha, via email
Published: 12-09-2017 08:21