Parliament Approval of MCC: Overcoming Polarization and Extremism, Victory for Realism – The Himalayan Times – Nepal’s No.1 English Daily Newspaper

For as long as anyone can remember, polarization has been the starting point for the beginning of cruel wars on the Indian subcontinent.

Accordingly, the war between Ram and Ravan was called a confrontation between good and evil.

In fact, it all started with Ravan kidnapping Sita, which was an immoral act and therefore bad. As a result, the monkey army led by King Sugriv fought for Ram with great devotion, ultimately leading to the victory of truth over untruth.

The Mahabharat War was fought because of the polarization between righteousness and sinfulness. The Pandavs lost everything, including their wife Draupadi, in a game of dice. After Duryodhan won the game, through treachery hatched by his maternal uncle, Sakuni, he attempted to strip Draupadi naked in public. As if this wasn’t enough, the Pandavs were sent on a 12-year exile in the forest, one of which was in disguise.

Upon her return, rejection of her legitimate claim to her kingdom culminated in the greatest war of all time. It has also been referred to as the war of right versus wrong.

During the Panchayat regime in Nepal, its opponents were labeled as anti-national elements.

Political parties were banned and they were forced to seek refuge in neighboring India for many years until they were reestablished after the 1990 popular movement.

Now the supporters of the MCC (Millennium Challenge Corporation) pact, including the Nepali Congress (NC), Janata and the Loktantrik Samajwadi Party, have been branded by left-wing political parties as anti-nationalists and tormentors of the nation. They have christened themselves with the self-serving badge of the nationalists.

Left-wing political parties have unnecessarily created extreme divisions among the people. After all, many of these parties, especially the larger ones, had processed the customer center forward at some point, which reflected their adoption. Such extremism is unfortunate in a country like ours, where Gautam Buddha was born.

He was the exponent of the middle way.

Gagan Thapa, Secretary General of the Nepalese Congress, emulated this philosophy by expressing his views that the MCC should be sent through Parliament, accompanied by a commitment proposal.

Although his proposal, like some innovative approaches at the beginning, was flatly rejected, he later showed the way, like the light on the other side of the tunnel.

Nevertheless, wisdom has finally prevailed among the coalition partners. You have opted for the MCC agreement, enclosing the “Declaration of Interpretation”. It made it abundantly clear that Nepal opposes being drawn under the umbrella of the Indo-Pacific strategy, nor will it tolerate the dominance of US rules over Nepalese law.

The other concerns that the land occupied by the transmission lines should not be owned by the MCA, that Nepal should be allowed to audit the MCC’s spending, and the like are also included in the note. It is noteworthy that failure to comply with this notice will automatically result in termination of the contract with a notice period of 30 days.

The NC had made a wise move in exploring the possibility of working with the UML to resolve the MCC due to unduly overt opposition from coalition partners. The coalition partners’ double standards prompted the NC to consider this alternative.

At one end of the spectrum, they remained in government while spontaneously mobilizing student wings to take part in protests.

If the NC had not taken this political step, the coalition partners would not have come to their senses.

Consequently, the coalition partners have understandably prioritized their continuity following the resolution of the MCC episode. Otherwise, the breakup of the coalition would have led to the resurgence of the political party, which had been defamed for taking one after another unconstitutional steps.

Parliament has indeed taken a very sensible decision. There were two diagonally opposite views. The first was to support the MCC agreement as it existed. The second was to reject it entirely. The result is an interim result that led to its acceptance, followed by an interpretative explanation.

A win-win situation for supporters and opponents.

How will the further process be? The movement against the MCC will continue, albeit without the participation of the political wings of the coalition partners. The nationwide closure has already been announced by the counterparties. Therefore, there will also be sporadic opposition events in the coming days.

MCC will be on the electoral agenda in the upcoming municipal, provincial and federal elections.

Your opponents should win people’s hearts by participating in these elections rather than indulging in violent activities or a possible boycott. It will demonstrate their commitment to democracy and peace.

One of the most striking features of this episode was Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba’s extraordinary display of statesmanship. Whether in the opposition or in the government, he has stood firmly behind the MCC from the start and has not wavered a bit. He also received incredible support from his party. After all, he enjoys an unprecedented majority that very few leaders have been blessed with in the past.

In the end, Deuba also saved the face of Prachanda and Madhav Nepal. But this episode also revealed the dual role of their parties, with some senior leaders and their political wings protesting in the streets while remaining in government.

Nor did the UML play the desirable role of responsible opposition by continuing to boycott the MCC debate even as it helped pass the agreement. The NC and its leader Deuba emerged as twin heroes after the MCC’s approval.

A version of this article will appear in the March 2, 2022 issue of The Himalayan Times.

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