• Wednesday 21st August 2019

It’s the ‘System’

  • Published on: January 31, 2019

  • Let’s face it. Dr. Govinda KC is much more than a pin prick to the political establishment. He was a headache to the previous administrations under the current political establishment attesting to the numerous agreements he arrived at with them. His latest adventure into suicidal agitation is proving an embarrassment still. A source of that embarrassment is the fact that he is an educated professional with professorial credentials in as critical a field as medicine and his agitation as yet appears non-partisan. This grows against all grains of agitation politics in the country. When Dr K.C. launches his hunger strike, his sixteenth this time, he shakes the world of medicine in the country as he does also the teaching community and, as a consequence, he shakes the core monopoly of political agitation where political parties find the base of their organizations in the new Nepali world of professionals spearheading agitations. When as crucial a sector as health closes down government delivery it adds to public difficulties often begun by student strikes that spear heads agitations in the country. That this closure easily seeps over to the teaching community makes the intended earthquake severe still and when this allows the country’s growing professional community enfolded in the agitation only naturally shakes up governments who have been flipped into positions of power by the success of just this strategy since 1990’s historic agitation to restore the multiparty system. The problem with Dr. K.C. is that he so far appears non-partisan and there is no political party to talk to for a solution but Dr. K,C.
    And that is where the problem begins. Dr. K.C. hails from the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital which was at the forefront of political agitation since the 1990 movement. His institution riled up not only the health sector political but also the university teaching community in politics and by doing so insured the spread of political agitation to other professional sectors. As a result, such agitations insured the politicization of almost the complete delivery system of what was modern Nepal. Such a politicization was taken to extremes where professionalization was overtaken by politicization to the extent that overall national performance was affected radically. We now bemoan that partisan interests are overwhelming professional interests. Dr. K.C.’s attraction lies here. By his near-fatal protests, he is drawing the professional’s nation-wide concern to the virtual destruction of professionalism by the political sector which has subverted almost every institution in the country to its political interest. That political interests are partisan is, in theory, inapplicable to the K.C. movement and that is why each political party is befuddled at handling this movement. Obviously, Dr. K.C.’s movement is backed by professionals of all hues previously recruited by the political parties themselves. K.C. obviously fronts previously recruited partisan workers who want professional interests to thrive for national performance. Of course, it would seem only natural that other political interests take advantage also. Not surprisingly, government must resort to protesting against the unconstitutionality of all this since government cannot but be convinced that it is the political parties that are the source of change and legislation. It is this mind-set that both exposes the system and undermines it.


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