In my last post I touched on the issue of limited government and Nepal; and why the concept could work in the country. It is not an elaborate theory, just a simple, straight forward proposition - limit Nepal's government into looking after defense and foreign policy and let the private sector take care of the rest.
For the last 60 years, after many failed experiments with democracy and socialism with limited capitalism, it has become abundantly clear that Nepal needs to make drastic change in its outlook. The people are so used to depending on the Government and the politicians for everything that they have given up their duty to be vigilant citizens.
If there is a problem in education, health care or economy, everyone wants the Government to step in and help. Common complaint among the public in Nepal is "why isn't the Government doing anything?". That attitude has pushed the country far back into economic and social oblivion. Compared to neighboring India and China, Nepal is a never ending misery.
Nepal's political culture is not a robust arena of ideas and principles. History proves that for the county's politicians, barring few, it has always been about power, influence and money. This has produced leaders in-capable of leading the country forward into 21st century. They are stuck in mindless squabbles and insider deals.
The people are not blind but so far they have allowed the Government to take the lead. The reason? because the Nepali public been fed the propaganda of a benevolent and all caring Government for so long that even if they see exactly opposite happening they are still holding on to their hope. One day we will have a good government.
But for how long? How can Nepal and its people wait in darkness while the neighbors are galloping away and achieving amazing success?
Now it is time to limit the Government and empower the people instead. Let the people take charge.
You may wonder, in a country where almost half of population lives in poverty and chronic unemployment and lack of educated mass is well known, will this idea work?
It will and the media can play a big role in convincing the people that they cannot depend on the Government and the officials for ever.
For starters, Nepali media should highlight positive stories of community groups and activist making an impact in their community - whatever area that may be. Perhaps they could open their editorial page and opinions sections to those who seek the challenge the establishment and stop the cycle of same old haggard ideas being spun around.
I am not advocating for an activist media but a fair media which shares varied ideas with the people and is not loyal to a set of principles.
Already the people are improving education and health care in Nepal. Compared to Government run Universities and Hospitals, the private sector provides far better service and is much more dependable. Yes, the prices are higher in private institutions but if we allow the market to be completely free the price will balance out on its own.
Now that Nepal has finally elected a Prime Minister after seven months of uncertainty, time is right to demand a more limited government and that the new Constitution guarantee that the people's supremacy.