The sudden spurt of relief activities in districts that were affected by the tragic thunderstorm in two sudden districts becomes both an opportunity and a handicap for government. The system having failed its delivery system during the previous disaster, the earthquake and the previous year’s floods has had to encounter tragic death and destruction this pre-monsoon. Inevitably, national resources are stretched. But even more dangerous is the schism that widens between national performance and the public belief on national performance. The more visible of the schism is in the much hyped international investment meet which is being touted once again as a national success. The saner public would merely question why investments are not forthcoming from national capitalists when bankers are complaining of stringent loan systems and capital seekers are complain of lack of loans. The crunch of course is being cushioned by the influx of donor capital and the burgeoning remittance sector while the realization remains that even this windfall is not being productively managed. Public attention then must focus on the gap between promises and performance and somehow the conclusion narrows down on corruption as the root of all evil. Political as corruption is, there is widespread ignorance on the fact that, in its ultimate remedy, corruption is legal.
One thing is for sure, widespread corruption becomes the fundamental issue in what is now deemed the coming agitation. The conclusion is that the current system has failed because of the corruption. There are just too many examples of its all pervasiveness. An agitation opposing the corruption will have widespread support no doubt. However, the opposition not withstanding, the agitators must provide the alternative for the success of the such public movement. The alternative has not yet emerged fully. If the streets are inevitable now, the alternative is begrudgingly un-spelled. It is being shaped. Firstly, the conclusion that the current system merely fronts non-national interests that prompt corrupt politicians to monopolize the country is deemed the basis of a national agitation against it. Secondly, Secondly, there is growing awareness that. for a leadership to emerge that keeps corruption at bay, one must look outside the system. It is not for nothing therefore that the crowds that throng King Gyanendra’s nationwide trip is being deemed political. It is this conclusion perhaps that finally lures former pancha parties such as the RPP to now conclude that constitutional monarchy and not just the Hindu state is an agenda for public agitation. So when Prakash Chandra Lohani and Pashupati Shumshere promise of an agitation for constitutional monarchy and a Hindu state, it creates not mere ripples. Kamal Thapa, already on the streets with the promise of an agitation for the same, must be outdone in this public race. The potency lies in not the number of parties or politicians that lead them but in the number of workers that their prevarications have withheld from the streets. Restful workers voicing public search for alternatives when demonstrated on the streets may now be allowed to spearhead an agitation that can attract workers in other parties withheld by their leaders who share the spoils of the current system. The objectives of course have to be clearer still. Also, to be made clear is the fact that this system has no room for monarchs and a Hindu state. Nevertheless, the drift, long overdue, has begun. And, also, that the choice for leadership is beyond the system but within the state.