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Scattered mess: Nepal surely needs a new generation of leadership

Ishwar Dev Khanal

September 30, 2021

6 MIN READ

Scattered mess: Nepal surely needs a new generation of leadership
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No offense. The country definitely needs a leader with the courage of conviction, who can rise to the challenges of the modern generation, a leadership that can connect to the soul of the common people, and a leader who can give everything sacrificially for the sake of the country.

The question is: Do we have a leadership that can entrench the peoples’ desires, sustainable growth and development? Let me ransack my brainbox! The answer is “No”. Again, no offense!

Ask a common man/woman, and they would undoubtedly say Nepal is in dire need of an adept, dynamic and competent leadership that values people’s voices, and ensure the country’s socio-economic transformation and political stability.

The narratives and jargon, particularly used by communist leaders most of the time, present the most compelling argument for Nepal’s development.

Take for instance the “communist-shouldered” Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba-led government, which took more than two months to expand his cabinet, seems to be crippled, and never connected to the people, and their woes.

Therefore, why should I hesitate to say that if there is anything that is missing or absent in Nepal, it is definitely a capable, visionary and dynamic leadership?

To recall the last three years, Oli had always been obsessed with fudging blames on him, defending his aides, and claiming glory – meaning self-praising, which didn’t work though.

(Sorry, dear cadres). I reiterate: There is a complete failure of leadership in the country since the political class or the ruling elites have become disastrously unsuccessful to align themselves to the new realities.

With apologies to the leadership and its cadres or yes-men, I echo my own views that we lack the type of politics and the leaders that enable the government to be responsive to the peoples’ needs.

I was listening to Nepali Congress Spokesperson Bishwa Prakash Sharma a couple of days ago, who said Nepal definitely has to undergo a “reformation in politics”.

I agree Mr. Sharma. Yes, Nepal lacks leaders who can coalesce around an understanding to bail the country out from the mess, and are able to harness the country’s resources and endowments. What a fate of the Nepalis?

A question often creeps into my mind: Why does our leadership forget that Nepal — the land of Mt Everest and the birthplace of Buddha — has many mesmerizing stories to tell the world? Why can’t the country’s leadership talk about Nepal’s cultural creativity?

I, therefore, would not hesitate to reaffirm my views that this country has been like an aircraft that is being flown by pilots who never went to flying school or the captains of the ship who never saw the ocean.

In simple words, this is incompetence on the part of the leadership. The problem is that not good people occupy good positions. Do I need to remind my readers about the ambassadorial appointments, or the appointments in the constitutional bodies, or other key positions? Perhaps not!

To clean up the current corrupt leadership, the country needs ethical leadership that is deep-rooted in service, respect, honesty, and justice, and young leaders who believe in fairness and the people’s interest.

Remember that after eighteen months, Nepali citizens will elect their “new” and “visionary” leaders yet again. Sorry for using the word “new” instead of “old” faces since we are accustomed to electing the same old, tired, shortsighted leaders for decades.

Yes, we elect leaders who do not serve the people; leaders who are not accountable to the people; leaders who lack the vision to resolve the crisis; and the leaders who fail to reflect on uplifting the people’s living standard; and leaders who do not prioritize the country’s pressing needs.

Like former Prime Minister KP Oli, who wasted precious time with false assurances, PM Deuba, too, seems to be treading on the same path, though he is not as voluble as Oli.

To recall the last three years, Oli had always been obsessed with fudging blames on him, defending his aides, and claiming glory – meaning self-praising, which didn’t work though.

Therefore, it is indisputably crucial to bring a new generation of visionary and dynamic leaders who have the values and self-respect.

Nepal definitely needs a new and generation of leadership that can drive the country’s economy to a new height, and leaders who are educated and capable to face and address the challenges, and not those leaders who (mis)use power to channel economic resources to benefit him/her and their close ones.

To clean up the current corrupt leadership, the country needs ethical leadership that is deep-rooted in service, respect, honesty, justice, and young leaders who believe in fairness and the people’s interest.

To end, dear leaders and readers, I suggest you spared some time to go through the book “Why Nations Fail” by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson.

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