A time to follow.. and, a time to lead..

The crisis, how to deal with leadership vacuum & traits such leader(s) require(s), notable leaders of the past/present
kazi
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A time to follow.. and, a time to lead..

Postby kazi » Mon Aug 23, 2010 7:45 am

No individual is divine, no individual is perfect.. in fact, it is our human tendency to err that is characteristic of being human. Is there a perfect human being? Let us ask ourselves honestly.. can we name anyone that has all the good qualities we desire? Maybe your neighbor has a big house and a shiny car, your boss has a pretty spouse, but it may also be that the neighbour's house is mortgaged, and your boss has diabetes. All this to make one single statement.. pobody is nerfect.. as a very close friend of mine had said to me 11 years ago.

Yes, we want a leader to be divine, but divinity means not human.. maybe super-human, but not human. Therefore, the only logical solution we have is to use collective power. Yes, I may be poor, but I am wise. My neighbour may be in debt, but he has the resources. My boss may be dying soon, but he has the influence. Why not aggregate all our positives and make a collective divine entity? Why not build a new Nepal?

Personally I think, we are very similar to the United States of America. We are are the United States of Nepal. We are made up of a very diverse culture, diverse ethnicity and diverse languages and yet we are proud to be Nepalis. Why not make this common pride our strength of solidarity? If we are so much similar to USA, why not try to find a solution to our current political imbroglio by emulating this highly successful nation? We have smart, dedicated and patriotic people in Nepal. The problem with Nepali politics is not the politicians but the *politics without principle* .. as Gandhi would have put it. Let us first come up with two parties, the East Party and the West Party. Then we tell the leaders, "You can do whatever you want to do, however you want to do, whenever you want to do. But you follow two basic guidelines: (1) Demonstrate accountability and transparency (2) align with one of these two parties."

Let this be the tenet for the political system and then we shall see if the situation does not become better. What each of these parties will stand for is a matter of refinement. Here the main motivation is to eliminate the chaos caused by almost 30 political parties with no agenda whatsoever and try to build solidarity by seeking common factors of ideologies and values. My challenge here is: is there anybody who can bring about this change of environment? He/she who can is my leader and I shall follow him/her to end of the world. Till then..
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Re: A time to follow.. and, a time to lead..

Postby kazi » Thu Sep 02, 2010 1:42 pm

Multiple news sources have reported that hordes of pro-royalists, rushed to see Paras Shah in Dhangadhi. At first thought this seems unlikely taking into account the reputation of the ex-crown prince. But more than a dozen people have been hurt, one seriously, during this rush. So we know that there is credibiloity in the story. But how this change in popularity came about is a matter of speculation. Rumors are that they were encouraged by external forces. But there no clear indication of who or what the external forces are... not that it is very difficult to imagine.
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Re: A time to follow.. and, a time to lead..

Postby Ganesha » Thu Sep 02, 2010 11:21 pm

With regards to media coverage of this issue that kazi has pointed, I see that Nagariknews has them all on the front page whenever it happens with a complete "photo feature". Ekantipur however, only has one picture of the event on the slideshow on its homepage. But what was most interesting to me was this poll on NepaliTimes where 42% of the total voters chose "long overdue" when asked "What do you make of Paras Shah's public comeback?". Other options in the poll here, "delusion" and "Hmm". Are the "intelligentsia" tired of Nepali politics already?! :)
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Re: A time to follow.. and, a time to lead..

Postby kazi » Fri Sep 03, 2010 5:45 am

All this crap is sensationalization. What part of gone with the wind do these anarchists not understand?

I think it is a time for political leaders to lead.. high time. Our leaders have always taken a follower attitude.. in governance, in economy, in almost aspect of society. I am not saying following is bad, I'm just saying knowing who to follow is important. That said, I think today is a time to lead.. our people are children of a new system called democracy. And as we all know, without proper guidance children are easily misled. We need our political leaders to lead.. take a stand.. make us matter.. make our values matter.. make our diversity the central point for the need for solidarity.. we need solidarity..

Without solidarity, no system is going to survive in Nepal, no economic prosperity is going to bring prosperity. I do not know what the politicians are looking for, but if they cannot bring solidarity, their existence does not add any value to society.
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Re: A time to follow.. and, a time to lead..

Postby Toraman » Sat Sep 04, 2010 1:30 am

I agree with Kazi in some views. People are seeking changes in others but not in themselves. Leaders are leading their parties and cadres only but not whole nation, because of their inabilities and lack of complete awareness of politics. Nepal is a diverse plate form made of multiple ethnicities, cultures, geographic lands, languages and religions. Instead of carrying them together to complement each other, leaders are playing dramas as if they are only award winning actors. People are watching their acts very closely with their own lenses. Some support, some oppose their roles. Do our political leaders have enough good merits to be our leaders?

I would support a system that bounds politicians to go through to be a good future leader. If to be a peon he/she needs to pass tests and interviews, to be a doctor requires a formal academic degree but these people involved in the nation's politics, why is it that a leader who decides a nation’s fates just chosen blatantly with one’s blessing?

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Re: A time to follow.. and, a time to lead..

Postby kazi » Sat Sep 04, 2010 5:47 pm

I agree with @Toraman wholeheartedly that we need some criteria for leaders to take leadership positions. But I doubt if there is some absolute measure of that qualification for two reasons: (i) every position of leadership demands unique challenges that cannot be predicted in advance, and, (ii) leadership is transient, in that, it demands dynamism.

There are degrees in political sciences and leadership training workshops, etc. but I do not think they are enough for us to determine if he/she is a suitable leader for Nepal. A leader must have vision and be able to share it with the public.. this quality.. I doubt if any academic degree or workshop can give..

A leader may be highly successful today, but evolution is a universal mechanism. A leader must be able to adapt to changing times and broaden his horizon and keep in touch with the public... without perpetual leadership, today's leader must cede to tomorrow.
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Re: A time to follow.. and, a time to lead..

Postby kazi » Wed Sep 08, 2010 9:42 am

Why can't a simple majority be reached in the parliament? It may be amusing to by-standers but it is a very serious issue for Nepal and Nepalis. Failing six times has certain implications on the system of governance. Does this indicate a dysfunctional political climate? Clearly the elected representatives are not doing their jobs.

And issue I see is that a democratic system employs representatives to work on behalf of the demography, but apparently the representatives are not doing a very good job. Either they should get the system moving and complete drafting the constitution or resign from their position. One solution is to enforce a rule that says a no-show more than two times means the representative forfeits his position in the parliament.

Another issue is that there are too many parties and too few principles. If you give too many choices to an adolescent, he/she will not be able to make the right decision due to information overload. Similarly, I think a solution to our system is to totally re-structure the parties and focus on principles and ideology rather than petty self-interests.
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Youth Must come Forward to take the REINS from corrupt Vultu

Postby micronomics » Wed Sep 08, 2010 10:57 am

Democracy is best described by Lincoln's belief that it is a form of government which is meant for the people, it is a government by the people and it is a government that is OF the people. However, experiences with the developing nations have altogether a different story to tell. We have governments in the developing nations that are NOT OF the people, they are NOT by the people, and they are NOT FOR the people!

I know many of you will question my knowledge about democracy, and you may not necessarily be without a reason! I shall explain you this in context with the neighboring countries. Let us take India. How many governments in that country has lasted for all five years of its tenure? There are some in the beginning when India liberated herself from foreign rule and split into two. However, after that with the exception of some FULL tenure governments we have had general elections after a gap of 2 years, one year, 3 years and at times even after one year! In the process of this, Election was called and again there was an endeavor to form, once again, a government which could rule the nation and provide services to the people! But the political parties put more effort on the formation of the governments rather than putting provide amenities to the people enmasse! Now although they were able to form government by dubious means(horse trading) yet they could not really live up to the basic understanding of the concept of democracy which says that it is a government which is OF, For , BY the people.

I do not find a single government, including that of Late Prime Minister Rajeev Gandhi, which was not found in neck deep corruption. there were cases when the Defense Minister took bribe for buying coffins for the Laid soldiers=who died for the nation.
Thus, from the above perspective i would like to exhort the people of Nepal that this form of democracy that we are witnessing in Nepal is not at all a true democracy! Even after so many attempts , Nepal has not been able to select a candidate to run the show as prime minister of the country and bring peace and prosperity to its people (majority of whom are very poor). I think at times that is Nepal that weak that its prime minister will have to be appointed by OTHER nations?

Although the selection/election of a prime ministerial candidate is a national issue yet i have found that everybody except the Nepalis themselves are so engaged in the process that selection is meeting with a failure! The so called Capitalists want to ensure that no one with a red shirt heads the government and for that they can go to any extent - and they have succeeded in that as well. On the other hand the so called socialists have left no stone unturned to make sure that someone who is close to Beijing comes to the helm of affairs in Kathmandu!

The Nepali people must understand why are these " outsiders" so much interested in the domestic politics of Nepal? Is it without any reason and interest? Definitely not my friend! They will surely have their " Pound of FLESH" at an appropriate time. Hence is not it high time that the Nepali intellectuals come together and rise above the petty politics to save the nations from becoming a banana state.

Through this column i will exhort the youth to come forward and take responsibility to deliver goodies to the pole of Nepal who are suffering at the hands of the "politicians who are more faithful to their masters outside Nepal than to the common men and women of Nepal who have elected them by making use of the resources of the nation" which could have been used for social causes.

I remember Akbar the Great was just 13 years old when he became the emperor of India. Did he not deliver? if he did what stops the Nepali youth to come forward and save the nation from the vultures who are out to eat on the share of the dead resources which has been 'killed' by the very wolves who are masters of these vultures! LET the YOUTH of Nepal Rise before the nation is in RUINS! I have but just the good wishes to them!
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Re: A time to follow.. and, a time to lead..

Postby kazi » Wed Sep 08, 2010 12:47 pm

This article provides the beautiful climax that this thread really deserves. This call to the youth of the nation is one of the most important steps to be taken to drive Nepal forward against all odds. Indeed, if any investments were to be made in Nepal, it should be in the future and the future is among the youth.

Democracy in India is merely a little more than 5 decades old.. not a good illustration of the system of democracy. But this is not to say that democracy is the only way to go. But we can go so far to say that it provides a basis on which to base our own Nepali system. For example, Panchayat was an excellent system that was prevalent in the Indian subcontinent long before any of the modern foreigners came to do business with Asia. Why did a system so logical fail us? The broadest possible reason is change, which is only natural, might I add.

I agree fully with you, @micronomics, in that this is not the time to squabble about right and left, but it is time to rise above petty issues and move forward towards a united vision... a vision of the (better) future.. a vision for the future (children).. a vision by the future (youth).
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Is this the new Gandhi?

Postby kazi » Thu Sep 09, 2010 5:51 am

Is this the new Gandhi in Nepal?

(Thanks @Ganesha for informing me of the dead link.. I have updated it. Here is the Nepali version.)
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