Dashain, often regarded as a festival of happiness, doesn’t bring about the same happy vibes for everyone.
In the economy, entertainment, and other financial areas, you may find a lot of optimism, but in politics, it’s the other way round. This is due to the political culture we have established over the years.
For a long time, even since the days of the Ranas, we have lacked political discipline. We have witnessed various political changes and a new bunch of leaders emerge. But nobody is bothered about the feelings of citizens. If they were, we would not be in a perpetual political crisis. If they were serious about bringing people some festive joy, nobody would have to worry about how to cope with and celebrate Dashain.
Let’s not take this as a matter of pessimism. This is something forced upon us. So, I don’t think Nepalis ever expect anything good to emerge in politics during Dashain. They know nothing will change, and no one will try to change the status quo. I don’t foresee any new political turning point this Dashain as well.
Rather than delivering joy and happiness, Dashain brings corruption, inflation, and social disturbance. This is the worst reality we are forced to live in. For me, Dashain increases the economic burden as there is no productivity. Moreover, we are in the middle of a pandemic and for sure, people will move in and out during Dashain, which will again increase Covid-19 infections. There is no positivity.
Dashain has almost begun, but has anyone seen anything positive in politics? I may sound harsh, but it is what it is. I don’t remember any Dashain that has brought political joy. It might have brought joy to some political cadres, but never to the public.
We all noticed recent activities in parliament. Do they look like they care about the people? Will they bring consensus and stability? I don’t believe they will. I must say, Dashain should have a relation to politics and it should bring more happiness but here in our country, it won’t.
I request everyone to enjoy the festival on their own; don’t expect anything productive on the political front.