(Photo taken from elsewhere on the Web)
Good comes with bad. Flower blooms from within thorns.
The early political fallout of the beautiful movement has surfaced on it’s very first day. The sober and controlled demonstration has not only shaken the ruling elites in Kathmandu, but it’s also spewing the adversities against them. In an instance of some of the early repercussions of the movement, we saw a serious disagreement within ruling UML.
I’d talked about KP Oli in one of my entries, terming him ‘a congressman in the UML’. KP Oli, one of the worst villains of current Nepali politics, has been one of the props to incompetent, loser Madhav Nepal. He’s a man with no formal post and position (neither in his party nor in government), but he’s been a prominent figure of ruling Kathmandu elites thanks in large part to his subservience to his ‘master’ India.
But here, there’s another senior figure from UML, who in a bizarre attempt tried to better the situation but in vain. Bamdev Gautam — he’s often termed as ‘a Maoist in UML’ — along with other dozens of UML leaders handed today a memorandum to their party president Jhalanath Khanal asking him to interfere to make Madhav Nepal resign. But things went haywire. His action backfired. He was chewed out by the top echelons of his party and faced charges of going against the party rules. His backers who previously helped him prepare the letter then ruled out their consent to him.
I like none of the leaders including him. But, lately, he has emerged as a leader who knows the ground. Being ‘bad’ among the crowd of ‘worse’ and ‘worsts’ is a thing of some good.
But what Bamdev did is actually a wise proposition to resolve the current deadlock. But his good- intended move to prevent the situation from going worse furthermore was unheard and left snubbed among the legions of corrupt and unrest-mongering oligarchs. MKN has no legitimacy to remain stuck to power. Sooner or later, even if he doesn’t resign now, the pressure of mass movement would force him to step down and that would be a thing of gross shame for himself. Maybe it’s true: mind cracks up when doom is near.
Abhisit Vejjajiva and Madhav Nepal, indisputably two of the worst leaders in the world. They both are refusing to step down and are instead talking about crackdown on the protesters disregarding the future consequences of their criminal acts on themselves.
Jhalanath Khanal, a ‘titular’ president of UML who actually has no real grab over the party, I don’t think can make MKN resign. He and his allies are outplayed by the coterie of cunning KP Oli and MKN who — though not having any real executive position — have a real grab over the entire party levels. Reluctantly, Khanal told Bamdev off. If Khanal himself was capable enough to negate and outdo KP Oli and his cunning acts, he would have had MKN already removed from the post of prime minister and had himself installed in Baluwataar. Maoists had been saying that they can consider Khanal as next prime minister.
There’s been restiveness growing in the circle of oligarchs and elites in Kathmandu because of the movement and more fallout of it will keep surfacing in coming days. Possibility of fierce confrontation cannot be denied if the oligarchs keep shying away from the peaceful demonstration and insist on using force to crack down. I see no reconciliation between the parties anytime soon in coming days — for at least some more days — and the indefinite general strike would keep going on.
Anyway, whatever the things are, this movement (which has been termed as ‘mass movement-3’) must not be halted before it culminates with a concrete and desired result. I fear, some of the top Maoists echelons could compromise with the elites because there’s a long history of never-ending betrayals from the leaders against the people and their movement. Moreover, Maoists leaders are abandoning their simple lifestyle for luxurious urban life and as we’ve seen in recent days, their lifestyle have skyrocketed.
Let’s hope, Maoists wouldn’t repeat the mistake.
My best wishes for the great movement. I salute those revolutionary people.