Returning back to the same old story

The present political crisis in Nepal seems to have become somewhat like the never-ending soap operas on Hindi television channels. Even if you return to view them after a long break you would find that nothing much has changed in the past months.

When I left for India three weeks ago for my annual break, I was worried that some major changes might occur while I was away, robbing me of the chance to report them. The elusive consensus among parties could have materialised paving way for a new government.

Nepali Congress stalwart Girija Prasad Koirala had passed away while I was on my way to Guwahati three years ago and all ministers of the Baburam Bhattarai government had resigned en masse to pave way for a national unity government during my last year’s India visit.

I need not have worried this time. Nothing much has changed. Bhattarai is still holding on to his seat and the opposition still baying for his resignation. No decision has yet been taken on holding elections in May and consensus and a unity government remain elusive as ever.

Lack of regular access to internet during my vacation made me worry that I might have missed out on some major development. I was relieved to find on return that nothing of that sort happened.

While I am comforted for not having missed any significant news story while I was away, there’s no such comfort for the common Nepali who’s experiencing another bitter winter with 14 hour daily power cuts.

The process to draft the new constitution is still in limbo and may remain in that state for some more months unless something dramatic happens – not that it can be ruled out in Nepal.

Wishing for better days in the coming weeks and months and hopefully the plot would change remarkably the next time you read about the ongoing political and constitutional crisis in Kathmandu.

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