Nepal Prez Dr. Ram Baran Yadav: A Cumbersome Step Ahead
Nepal’s President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav was doing his job really well until he was a constitutionally elected President.
It’s because of his firm insistence on national unity and sovereignity of the country that people accepted him as a President, although he’s not a directly elected President.
He used to be a staunch believer in ‘democracy’, national integrity and country’s sovereign identity. He’s travelled & trekked all over the country even before he was elected as a President and was also vociferous against federalism.
In the history of Nepal so far, Dr. Yadav will be especially remembered along with the then Nepal Army Chief Rukmangad Katwal for sabotaging Maoist Premeir Prachanda’s attempt of establishing his party’s supremacy over the National Army.
This blogger also used to admire Dr. Yadav for his down-to-earth approach and comparatively clean image.
With the dissolution of the first Constitution Assembly, Dr. Yadav no longer remains an elected President. Still, his role was necessary as the head of the state to avoid any void in the absence of other state structures.
However, with the functioning of the 2nd Constitution Assembly and the newly elected government, Dr. Yadav no longer commands people’s mandate.
And since Dr. Yadav no longer commands people’s mandate, his position and activities are now in question.
Either power seems to have corrupted the erstwhile ‘innocent’ Dr. Yadav, or a weak President is being manipulated by external & internal forces for their vested interests.
For, if Dr. Yadav was really a ‘democracy’ minded person, as he claims, he should have either resigned or asked to be reelected again by the Constitution Assembly-II.
Instead, he’s now relying on manipulative tactics and his source of power no longer lies in Nepali soil or on Nepali citizen.
Dr. Yadav now seems to be depending more on his personal links with the political leaders of neighboring Uttar Pradesh State of India.
Although Nepali politics & politicians have been guided by India since the promulagation of the Republic in 2008, the politicians used to derive their power from the Center in Delhi so far.
Now, Dr. Yadav is starting a new trend in Nepali politics.
Strangely, now with Dr. Yadav, Nepal’s political center seems to be shifting from Delhi to Lucknow.
And Dr. Yadav is now introducing even more dangerous tactics.
He’s now relying on caste-based politics of northern India.
He’s using his ‘caste’ identity of the Yadav clan to woo the ruling Yadavs of Uttar Pradesh.
The recent visit by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav along with hundreds others as a poltical muscle show-off and his insistence on “timely promulgation of the constitution” is an example.
Nepal’s President Dr. Yadav has a long time acquaintance and personal relations with Akhilesh Yadav’s father and politician Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Nepal’s Prez Dr. Yadav should not forget that since almost all political leaders as well as power centers in Nepal have their connections in India, the caste-based politics will undoubtedly increase social and political strife both in India and Nepal.
One more reason why the Indo-Nepal Border should be sealed except for the trading points between the two countries.
Or, Nepal should reclaim its territory lost to the British India.
Ironically, even Indian states themselves do not allow this much of interference from other states or Delhi.
The political mess and social strife since the promulgation of the Republic Nepal has heightened.
Nepali politicians these days are willing to do all sorts of compromises with the politicians from India for the Satta or power.
Similarly, Indian politicians’ desperation for their control over Nepal has heightened so much in the recent days that it has even alarmed the international community including Nepal’s northern neighbor China.
Recently, China expressed its solidarity with Nepali people and re-iterated that it would not allow any compromise or interference on Nepal’s sovereignty.