आइतबार, कार्तिक ९ २०७७
काठमाडौं १३:३४
वासिङटन डिसी 03:49


इनेप्लिज २०७४ फागुन ९ गते २:२८ मा प्रकाशित

After a long deliberately protracted delay, you finally became the first priminister of the federal democratic republic of Nepal. You inspired people’s hopes, dreams and optimism during the election and people expressed their verdict overwhelmingly giving left alliance nearly two-third majority in the parliament. The credit, indeed, goes to you singularly for this overwhelming support of the people.

I have borrowed a famous quote from John Quincy Adams that “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” You invoked the dreams of prosperity, national dignity and self-reliance and people saw a light at the end of a tunnel of the political instability that had strangulated the country for the last 27 years.

As a priminister, you are going to face insurmountable challenges during your tenure. The financing of the federal and provincial governments, rampant corruption in the bureaucracy, judiciary, tax evasion, steep trade deficit, shortage of development funds, challenges in foreign policy, challenges stemming from your left alliance partner and people’s high expectation are just a few among many challenges that you have to deal with.

The picture certainly does not look rosy but such challenges also bear the seed of new possibilities and opportunities. The visionary leaders have turned around such adverse situation and have leaped forward achieving new milestones. This is a test for your vision, mission and the capability. I would like to give you a few tips and advice that, I think, you may have already carefully thought about:

1. Take your left alliance partner (MC) into confidence to ensure political stability that is a precondition for anything you want to do for the country and people.

2. Issue white paper and inform Nepali people about the mismanagement of the national treasury and the unethical actions and deeds Sher Bahadur government had undertaken before the transfer of power.

3. Pursue a pragmatic foreign policy protecting Nepal’s national interest based on the principles of “Panchasil”. Nepal must pursue a balanced foreign policy pertaining to India and China.

4. Nepal needs to evolve a concrete concept and definition of what constitute the fundamental elements of Nepal’s national interests. Political consensus on the concept of the national interest should be the basis for conducting the foreign policy.

5. Expedite the roads, railway roads, transportation and connectivity infrastructures that can physically link Nepal to China through Kerung. Nepal cannot remain India locked in the 21st century.

6. Create an enabling environment for foreign investment especially in water resource development, tourism and possible manufacturing sectors.

7. Seek India’s commitment to Mahakali Pancheswor treaty signed 22 years ago and nothing has transpired so far except India’s verbal commitment. If it can not be pursued with bilateral understanding for a given timeline, the best thing to do would be to nullify this treaty.

8. Transparency and good governance has always become the slogan of every government but in reality, Nepal has always spiraled down in the vicious cycle of corruption and mismanagement. If you can bring some perceptible changes, history will certainly remember you.

Right honorable priminister, political determination, and selfishlessness are two traits that can make you great. Nelson Mandela is the example of our time. History has given you a chance to write a new chapter in the prosperity of Nepali people, I wish you every success in your noble endeavor !!!

An old friend of yours