RULE OF LAW OVERTURNED BY POLITICAL CORRUPTION

 

-Pratap Sharma

The hybrid Maoist/UML regime in power today seeks to keep the people uneducated and cut off from knowledge about the activities of those who exercise real power.  In doing so, an uneducated Nepali population does not know that they vote against their own self interest.  Because the people are cut off from knowledge about their government, corrupt politicians, who have infested the congress and parliament like rats in a trash heap, are free to engage in illegal activity whenever they want.  This rampant political crime goes unchecked and unpunished by the people, who are kept blind and deaf by these criminals so that they cannot understand how to wield their own democratic power or see corruption when it is right in front of them.

In Nepal, there are many people who win election after engaging in crime .  The Nepalese police issued a red corner notice on Resham Chaudhary for inciting ethnic conflicts that have led to the deaths of police officers in tikapur, Nabaraj Silwal for stealing official government documents to gain a position as the Chief of Police, and Rajib Gurung (Manage) for hiring goons to murder his enemies and steal property.  In response to this the legislature held final hearings against them, which lead to the arrest of Gurung and Chaudhary.  Silwal, who belongs to the hybrid CPN, however, did not face the consequences for his illegal activities, and treason against the government and the Nepalese people.  This is simply because the CPN holds the majority of seats in congress and in the parliament.  The government has also excused criminals like Balkrishna Dhungel, an accused murderer, because of thier high rank within the CPN, proving that these criminals live above the law.  Rule of Law has been overturned on the basis of political power, tragically common for an underdeveloped country like our own.

Nanda Prasad Adhikari is a Nepali citizen who sought justice after his son, Krishna Prasad Adhikari was killed. The boy was only fourteen years old when he was murdered by former Maoist rebels who believed he had been spying for the state.  Nanda Prasad Adhikari died after an eleven month hunger strike ,demanding that the Nepali government arrest the murderers of his son, however, his body has remained in the TU Teaching Hospital for three years.  His family refuses to move forward with a funeral ceremony until his son’s murderers are brought to justice.  After Nanda Prasad Adhikari’s death, his wife, Ganga Maya Adhikari continued his battle for the justice of their son’s murder.  She also staged a hunger strike, which recently ended with after the government of Nepal finally entered into a written agreement with her to bring her son’s murderers to justice, but only one of the accused murderers, Chabilal Poudel has seen the inside of a jail cell.

There is no true democracy where criminals are politicized and protected for the vested interest of the majority party.  If rule of law only applies to those who cannot afford to bribe their way out of it, or do not serve a monetary or political purpose to those in power, then the government does not serve the people.  The Nepalese Democracy is operating in the dark, while illiteracy, unemployment, corruption, and the black market thrive and spread like viruses.  Political mobs chant slogans of socialism, but there is no foundation to build on, and no realistic interest in human welfare or justice for the people.  For those in power, politics is just a tool to achieve personal wealth and power, and they will suppress anyone who tries to change it.  As a result Nepalese democracy remains in the trauma stage.

The clash between the rich and the poor is so excessive and exaggerated in our country that it dominates nearly every aspect of our culture.  There are few welfare programs to aid the poor, and most of the ones that do exist are poorly funded and organized, ran by corrupt leaders who embezzle funding, and/or those who are meant to benefit from such programs are not even aware of their existence.  While the rich can simply pay for their justice, the poor and victimized people of Nepal die begging for justice.  This is why, in a true democracy, freedom of expression must exist, and demonstrations should not be demonized or suppressed by the government.  The right of the people to protest must be respected, but in Nepal the police treat demonstrators brutally, and with great violence.  The protest launched by the Newar Community to save the Newar Valley and its cultural icons from destruction, has unfortunately lead to men, women, and youths being attacked and brutalized by police for their efforts.

Even now, headlines of Doctor Govinda KC and his hunger strike have dominated the news.  This is taking place because the ruling party of Nepal seeks to pass the National Medical Education Bill for their own selfish political gain.  However, the bill will increase quackery in Nepal and stands to lead to the deaths of thousands of Nepalese people.  Govinda KC is a peace loving man, and a medical education reformist who believes in medical care for all.  The pressure from demonstrators, doctors, nurses, medical students, human rights activists, and teachers has forced the government to reevaluated and take a step back from their decision to pass the bill.  At very least it has slowed down their efforts.  The Nepalese government has sent a helicopter to Jumla to forcefully remove Govinda KC and take him to Tu Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu, however he has continued his hung strike while he lies in his hospital bed. The doctor has made it clear that he did not want to come to Kathmandu until his demands were met by the Nepalese government, but the government went against his wishes in order to minimize negative press.

The victims of war still beg for justice against murderers, rapists, and kidnappers, while the government stands by and watches its citizens die from hunger strikes because they have no other way of ascertaining their rights peacefully.  The examples given in this article are only a few that I’ve used to shine a spotlight on the regular and systemic injustice carried out against the common Nepalese people.  This is not rare, but takes place every day, on small scales and large, in the name of the financial interests and political gains of criminal politicians who do not represent the people.  As a result there is no rule of law in Nepal.

 

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