Thursday, 5 July 2012

An open letter to the future leaders of Nepal

Dear future leaders of Nepal,

Now is the hour. Your time has come. At this critical stage, the country and its people need you to step up, come forward and lead.

This appeal is directed to three groups of people, who represent their respective collective ideals. Firstly, to those who until now have been patiently and painfully waiting in their current political role to step up – the likes of Gagan Thapa. Secondly, to those who the people think would and should, for all good reasons, be their future leaders – the likes of Rabindra Mishra. Finally, to all those long-time dreamers who are itching to do something, and are more than willing to contribute according to their calibre to build this nation.

Today is the time to put your thoughts into action and spearhead our politics so that we all get an opportunity to play our part in building this nation. That is the only way we are going to change the political landscape of the country. Gagan, if not now when will you do justice to your charisma, calibre and sacrifice? Rabindra, why wait until your son grows up; it would have been too late by then. The unknown dreamers, do you want to continue dreaming alone or are you going to do something about it?

If those of you in the above three categories didn’t do anything today, not only your own self would not allow you to live in peace, but also the future generation would not for that long remember your names with fond memories, if they did so at all. You would be that part of the history that would be punctuated with those tragic vocabularies of “could have” and “should have”.

Photo: What can we expect from these leaders who are seen here in jolly festive mood on 28 May, one day after the failure of the CA (Photo courtesy: Nagariknews)

The days of sitting back and waiting are over. We just can’t afford it. There can’t be a better opportunity than this to step up to the job of national leaders. The reasons are everywhere. There is no need to dwell on them further and again. Let us not waste our time by dwelling on the past and engaging ourselves on blame games. We have no time for such unproductive matters. It has now been proven that mere criticism and concern is not going to result in anything. We all have tried, more than enough and for longer than required, to remind our politicians, some of who are seen in the photo above, about their responsibility and accountability. After their role in the astounding failure of the Constitution Assembly on the midnight of 27 May 2012, their names have already been written in the darkest of chapters in the book of history of this country. It is time to leave them and their past behind. It is time to act. Now is the time.

Please take the driver’s seat of our politics before its too late. Time is running out, fast. If people like you, Gagan and Rabindra, did not step up, someone else will. That someone else could be anyone from the scary past or some fanatic lunatic opportunist camp waiting to cash on people’s frustration and that on the recent complete failure of the political establishment. That is the last thing this country needs. And should such a tragic leadership take over now, what answer are we going to give to our future generations when they ask – Where were you? What were you doing when that happened? 

Please do not remain an elusive fictional leader that this country and its people have been dreaming for centuries. If we didn’t bring ourselves up to the game this time, it will leave us far behind. We may never have a second chance. Our time may not arrive again.

Postscript: This letter is a sequel to “an open letter to leaders of Nepal” published in (also posted in this blog here) on 26 May, a day before the D-day to promulgate constitution. That letter dwelled on the dark past. This is about the brighter future.

Monday, 28 May 2012

नेपाल का नेता हरु लाई खुल्ला पत्र

some of my readers requested a नेपाली translation of my article published in Here you go with some minor changes.

नेपाल का नेता हरु लाई  खुल्ला पत्र
- राज महर्जन

प्रिय राजनैतिक पार्टी तथा विभिन्न जात जाति का नेता जी हरु,

संबिधान सभा को हवागति तथा जात जातीय सहिस्रुता खल्बलाउन यहाँ हरु ले पुर्याउनु भएको योगदान को कदर गर्दै यहाँहरु लाई यो खुल्ला पत्र लेख्ने जमर्को गरेको छु।

संबिधान सभा को म्याद सकिने दिनमा देश संबिधान को प्रसव पिडा मा जल्दै गरेको परिस्थिति सुधार्न मेरो पत्र ले केहि पनि सकारात्मक भूमिका खेल्ने छैन भन्ने थाहा हुदा हुदै र यहाँहरुको उत्तरदाइत्व सम्झाउने यो गलत समय भन्ने थाहा हुदै हुदै यो पत्र कोर्दै छु।

देशको हालको राजनैतिक अवास्था बर्तमान तथा इतिहास का देश भित्र र बाहिर का विभिन्न शक्ति हरुको परिणाम हो। नेताहरु मात्र यस स्थितिका लागि जिम्मेबार हुनुहुन्छ भन्नु गलत हुने छ। यसका लागि हामि जनता सहित सबैले उत्तरदाईत्व बोध गर्ने पर्छ। तर राजनैतिक दुरावस्था का लागि यदि कोहि दोषी छन् भने निरबिबाद तिनी चाही तपाई नेता हरु नै हुनुहुन्छ।

कृपया यो पत्रलाई यहाँहरुको कमजोरी, नालायकीपन र अनुत्तरदाइत्वको संकलन मात्र नठानीदिनु होला। पत्र मा उल्लेख गरिएका कुनै पनि यहाँहरुका चरित्र नयाँ अथवा बनि बनाबटी का होइनन्। यी त केवल अबलोकन तथा इतिहास मा आधारित छन्।

देश, आफ्नो राजनीति तथा पार्टी लाई सदाका लागि बिलिन हुन बाट जोगाउन चहनु हुन्छ भने यो पत्रमा उल्लेख गरिएका दस बुदें सुझावलाई कृपया गहिरिएर मनन् गरिदिनु होला। आफु र आफ्नो पार्टी खाल्डो मा पर्न लागेको यहाँहरु लाई चेतना छ कि छैन? यहाँहरु को जहाज दुर्घटना मा पर्न लागेको थाहा छ कि छैन? दुर्घटनाको समय, स्थान र बिधि तय नभई सके पनि एसको पृष्ठभूमि भने निकै अगाडी देखी नै बन्न सुरु भै सकेको हो। यहाँहरुको पाप अहिले सम्म धुरी बाट किन कराई सकेको छैन आश्चर्य  नै मान्न पर्छ। आफुलाई आफ्नो र पार्टी को भबिस्य रुपी जहाजको कप्तान ठान्नु हुन्छ भने आउने केहि दिन तथा हप्ता जहाजलाई सहि दिशामा लैजान यहाँहरुको लागि अन्तिम मौका साबित हुन सक्छ।

यहाँहरु लाई मेरो १० बुंदे सुझाब निन्म छन्।

१. जनमतको सम्मान गर्नुस्
यहाँहरुको राजनीति जनमत देखि धेरै नै भिन्न र टाढा भयो। यहाँहरु जनप्रतिनिधि हुनु हुन्छ, जनताको मत को प्रतिनिधित्व गर्नु हुन्छ। जनमत बिना यहाँहरु अरु जस्तै सामान्य जनतामा गनिनु हुन्छ। जनताको मत बाट नै यहाँहरु लाई जनप्रतिनिधिको अधिकार प्राप्त भएको हो। तसर्थ जनमत लाई नबिर्सिने मात्र होइन तिनलाई सम्मान गर्न तथा तिन माथि उत्तरदाई  बन्न सिक्नुहोस। संबिधान सभा मा जनताले यहाँ हरु लाई संबिधान जारी गर्न को लागि चुनेका हुन्। यहाँहरुलेत नौटंकी तथा सत्ताको लागि हानथापमै सम्पूर्ण समय खेर फाल्नु पो भयो।

२. अन्धो र बहिरो को नाटक नगर्नुहोस्
जनमत को बिषय मा यहाँहरु अन्धो र बहिरो जस्तो देखिनु भएको छ। नेपाली हरु विभाजित राष्ट्र चाहदैनन्। उनीहरु सिंगो नेपाल चाहन्छन जहाँ भय रहित जीवन जिउन र परिवार पालना सकियोस्। जातीयत का आधार मा संघियता को कुरा गर्नु दुर्घटनाको खिचडी पकाउनु सरह हो। यो सामाजिक सहिस्नुता खलबल गर्ने कुरा यहाँहरु किन गर्दै हुनु हुन्छ?

३. काम गर्न सक्नु हुन्न भने गर्न सक्ने लाई दिनु होस्
हाल सम्म पनि शेर बहादुर देउबा नेपाली कांग्रेस का युवा नेता भन्नु हास्यास्पद नै हो। शिर्ष नेता भनौदा यहाँहरुको date expire भै सक्यो; यहाँहरु बासि र थकित देखिनु तथा सुनिनु हुन्छ। तेसैले होला यहाँ हरुले निक्कै नै अबिबेक्पुर्ण गल्तिहरु गरि सक्नु भयो र गरि रहनु हुदै छ। यहाँहरुको आफ्नै पार्टी भित्र आफु भन्दा निकै सक्षम व्यक्तित्वहरु उदयमान भै सक्नु भयो। ज्वलन्त उदाहरण हुन् नेपाली काँग्रेस का गगन थापा। थापा एक व्यक्ति भन्दा पनि विचार का रुप मा यहाँ उल्लेख गर्न खोजिएको हो। उनि त्यो पुस्ताका प्रतिनिधि हुन् जसले भिन्न, नौलो तथा गौरबमय विचार र तर्क प्रस्तुत गर्छन। यहाँहरु भन्दा त केहि अब्बल स्कुले केटा हरु को पो विचार, ब्यबहार र तर्कशक्ति उत्तम देखिन्छन्। नया नेतृत्व लाई नासो हस्तान्तरण गर्ने समय भै सकेको छ अब। यहाँहरु पटक पटक विफल भै सक्नु भयो, दुवै आफ्नो राजनीति र देस को मामिला मा।

४. जनता लाई रैती को रुप मा हेर्न बन्द गर्नु होस्
बोलि र काम गराई मा जनता लाई वास्ता नगर्ने परिपाटीको अन्त्य गर्नुस्। आफैलाई मुर्ख र हास्य को पात्र नबनाउनुस्। जनतामा  कति चेतना आइसक्यो र उनीहरु कति सुसिक्षित भैसके भन्ने कुरा देखि यहाँहरु निक्कै नै पर देखिनु हुन्छ। चुप लगेर शान्त बस्नु भनेको यहाँहरुको नालायकीपन लाई स्वीकार गर्नु हो भनि नठान्नुस्। गत बुधबार को राजधानी मा शान्ति र सहिस्नुता का लागि जम्मा भएकाहरु लाई देखेर कुरा बुझ्नु भयो होला नि।

५. पहिले आफुलाई नियल्नुस्
आफ्नै पार्टी भित्र, अरु पार्टी र बिदेसी मित्र हरु लाई गाली गर्नु पूर्व एक पल्ट आफैलाई राम्ररी ऐना मा नियल्नुस्। यहाँहरुको अन्तरिक र पार्टीगत झैँ-झगडा देख्दा अंग्रेज राज्य को बेला प्रयोग मा आएको "divide and rule" ब्युतिये जस्तो लाग्छ। अंग्रेज त्यो मन्त्र आफ्ना राज्य विस्तार गर्न प्रयोग गर्थे भने यहाँहरु चाही आ-आफ्नै बीच बिभाजनकरी उक्त मात्र हान-थाप गर्नु हुन्छ। राष्ट्रिय स्वार्थका लागि कहिले पनि एकता प्रदर्शन गर्न असक्षम यहाँहरु किन जहिले पनि बिदेसी शक्तिमा दोस थप्नु हुन्छ?

६. धमिलो पानिमा माछा मर्ने प्रवृति छोड्नुस्
 नौटंकी गर्न तुरुन्त बन्द गरि हाल्नुस्। जनमत र जनादेश को प्रमुख कार्य मा लाग्नुहोस्। अरुको आँखा मा धुलो छर्दै अदुरदर्शी र स्वार्थी मात्र निर्णय गर्न बन्द गर्नुस्। यत्तिको सत्ता लिप्सा किन भन्ने कुरा जनताले बुझेका छन्। सरकारी ढुकुटी को लागि नहुदो हो त प्रसासन चलाउने जिम्मेबारी बाट यहाँहरु कति कोश टाढा हुनु हुदो हो जनताले जानेका छन्। यहाँहरु बीच हालै का समय मा भएको भन्ने बुझिएको जातीयताका आधारमा नाम र सिमा नभएको प्रान्तहरूको संख्या को सहमति को आधार पनि आ-आफुमा रास्ट्रपति र प्रधानमत्री को पदीय लेन देन नै हो भन्ने हल्ला के साचो हो?

७. बोलि लाई लाई ब्यबहार मा पनि उतार्नुस्
यहाँहरुको बोलि र ब्यबहार मा यत्रो अन्तर किन? जहिलेपनि यत्ति सिधै झुटो कसरि र किन बोल्न हुन्छ? रात्री मा निद्र पनि कसरि आउछ होला? एक पल्ट त इमान्दार भएर हेर्नुस, अनि महसुस गर्नु हुने छ कत्ति आनन्दको हुन्छ त्यो बाटो भनेर।

८. एकता को प्रतिक बन्नुहोस न की बिभाजन को
अरु जात जति लाई खत्तम गर्छु भनि नेवार हरुको सभामा मल्ल के सुन्दर खुल्ला मन्चमा कड्किए जस्तै भड्किनु अगाडी एक पल्ट सोच्नुस् यदि त्यहि कुरा अरुले तपाई माथि गर्न खोजे कस्तो महसुस हुन्छ? जात जाति र धर्म का नाम मा गुजरात, बंगलादेश, अफगानिस्तान, भारत र पाकिस्तान मा बिगत मा के भयो र हाल सम्म पनि के हुदै छ भन्ने कुरा यहाँ लाई अवगत नै होला। यो जातीय साम्प्रदायकता खलबल हुने कुरा उठाउनु अगाडी यहांहरुले इतिहास जान्नु भएको हो? युरोप मा दितीय बिस्व युद्ध ताका साठी लाख यहुदीहरुको नाजीहरु द्वारा गरिएको बर्बर हत्या, रुवान्डा मा हुतु र तुत्सी बीच भएको झडपमा सय दिन भित्र भएको दस लाख को मृत्यु र बोस्निया मा सर्ब द्वारा आठ हजार मुसलमान हरु मारिएको त सुन्नु र बुझ्नु नै भएको होला।

९. सुसिक्षित हुनुहोस् र के गर्दै हुनु हुन्छ जान्नु होस्
गृहकार्य गर्ने बनि बसाल्नुस्। यो जातीयत का अधार मा हुने भनिएको संघियता को बारे यहाँहरु ले जनता लाई उति बुझाउने चासो गर्नु नभए जस्तो लग्यो। त्यस्तै यो जनता ले मतदान बाट चुन्ने रास्ट्रपति र सदन ले चुन्ने प्रधान मन्त्रि का बीच सत्ता बांडफांड कसरि सम्भब छ? संसार को कुन कुना मा यो सफलताका साथ लागु भएको छ? संघियता को उदाहरण मा यहाँ हरु स्विस मोडेल को कुरा गर्नु हुन्छ। स्विस मोडेल Switzerland मा सफलता का साथ प्रयोग मा आएको छ भन्दै मा त्यो नेपाल मा सम्भब होला र? यी दुइ देश बीच को फरक त यहाँ बताई रहन नपर्ला। सफा कुरा के हो भने यहाँहरु संग हाम्रो मौलिकता लाई सुहाउँदो व्यवस्था को बारे विचार गर्ने क्षमता नै छैन।

१०. यदि नेता हु भनेर गर्ब गर्नु हुन्छा भने, नेतृत्व गर्ने साहस गर्नुस्
उपहास होइन, उदाहरण बन्नुहोस्। जहिले पनि खाली आफु, स्वजन र आफ्ना भरौटे को मात्र हित मा नभई जनताको हित र जनमत को कदर गर्दै काम गर्नुस्। विभाजनकारी जातीयताको फोहोरी राजनीति गर्नुको साटो तपाईं सामु एकता र सहिस्नुताको प्रतिक बन्ने सुनौलो अवसर थियो। त्येसो गर्नु भएको भए अरु जन जातिलाई पनि फरक तरिकाले प्रस्तुत हुन प्रोत्साहन गर्ने थियो।   दुर्भाग्य, त्यो अवसर यहांहरुले देख्नै सक्नु भएन र गुमाउनु भयो। उक्त अवसर को बदला यहाँहरु जनता र देश टुक्र्याउने विभाजनकारी जातियता को गधा चढ्न पो तछाड मछाड गर्नु भयो। यहाँहरुलाई सायद थाहा नै भएन कि त्यो आफैले जन्माएको गधा ले एक दिन तपाइ आफैलाई नाराम्रोरी लात मार्ने छ। यहाँहरु अब एस्तो दलदल मा फस्नु भयो कि अब अगाडी केहि गरे पनि न गरे पनि तपाई बिस्तारै पाताल मा धसिदै जानु हुने छ।

मेरा नमागीकनै दिईएका सुझाब का कथा गाथा यत्ति नै। यहाँ लाई १० मा १० अंक प्राप्त गरि उतिर्ण हुन मेरो शुभकामना। लगातार मेरा ई माथि एल्लेख गरिए जस्तै सुझाब हरु नजरअन्दाज गर्दा गर्दै यहाँहरुले आफु र देशलाई जुन अवस्थामा पुर्याउनु भयो, त्यो देखेर मलाई तपाईहरु माथि दया जागेर आउछ। यहाँहरु आफै ले आफैलाई फर्कनै नसकिने तर्नै नसकिने अवस्थामा पुर्याउनु भयो। तर नेपाली जनता ले अझै माफ गर्न सक्छन्। सोधी हेर्नुस्। समय यहाँहरुको साथमा भए जस्तो लाग्दैन तै पनि प्रयास गरि हेरनुस्।

बिगत का सबै पाप पखाली बैकुण्ठ जाने अब यो अन्तिम अवसर हो। स्मरणीय रहोस् यहाँहरुको पाप महापाप नै हो। मैले यो पत्रमा यहाँ हरु आफैले मनन् गर्नु पर्ने र निक्कै अगाडी विचार गर्नु पर्ने कुरा हरु लेखि दिएको मात्रै हो। अब भबिस्यमा के गर्ने भन्ने यहाँहरुकै हातमा छ। जनता हेरी रहेका छन्। अगे यहाँहरुकै मर्जी।

अन्त्य मा एउटा सुझाब एस देसका जनता लाई पनि। हामि जनता हौँ, न कि रैती। नेता हरु बाट सहि आचरण र परिपाटीको माग गर्नुहोस् र त्येसो नगरेको खण्ड मा प्रस्न गर्नुहोस्। सहि तरिका ले सहि प्रस्न सोध्नु भयो भने मात्रै यहाँहरुलाई सहि जवाफ मिल्ने छ।


(लेखकले यो लेख नेपाली युनिकोड प्रयोग गरि लेखेको हुनाले ब्याकरण सच्याएर पढिदिनु होला। लेखक राजनीति कर्मी होइनन् सर्बसाधारण हुन्, सहरी विकास को बिषय मा काम गर्छन्। उनि नेपाली भनि चिनिन रुचाउछन्।)

Saturday, 26 May 2012

An open letter to the political leaders of Nepal

(A version of this article published in on 26 May 2012)

May 26, 2012 

Dear leaders of all the political parties and ethnicities of Nepal,

I am writing this letter in the context of the most likely event of failing to promulgate an acceptable constitution by the deadline of tomorrow May 27, 2012, and that of your contribution towards the recent escalation of ethnic tensions.

The current political situation of the country is a function of many different forces from the past and the present as well as within and outside this nation’s border. You, in the capacity of political leaders, are not the sole culprit. To imply that will be a gross exaggerating of the truth, and is unfair on you. Everyone involved, including us the people, should share the responsibility for this sorry state of affairs. However, if anyone is to be held accountable for the political mismanagement side of the story the fingers unmistakably points exclusively towards you, the political leaders.

Please do not take this letter only as a list of your incompetence, irresponsibility and stupidity. Nothing described here about your character and behaviour is new or made up. They are merely based on observation and recollection over the years.

This letter gives you a list of ten short and sweet advices if you want to save this nation, your political career, and your parties from being extinct from the face of the planet. They are by  no means an exhaustive list. Have you realized yet or not but you have already driven yourself and your institutions almost to the brink of no return. Your ship is about to tip over; crashing is imminent upon you. The timing, location and modus operandi of such a crash are anyone’s guess but the recipe for disaster has been brewing for a long…long time now. It is, as a matter of fact, a surprise why apocalypse has not yet been damned upon you for your sins. If you think you are the captains of your and the respective political parties’ destiny, the coming few weeks or months could be your last chance to navigate into the right direction. While you have time save yourselves from being perished into the bottomless nadir.

In non-hierarchical order, here are the numbers one to ten of my advice:

1. Respect your electorate. Your politics is so pathetically disconnected from your electorate. You are a representative of the electorate. Without the votes, you are a commoner like any one. It is the electorate that trusts and elevates you to the role of their representative. Thus treat your electorate with some respect and be accountable to them. Remember who voted you and what is your mandate. People voted you as the members of the Constitution Assembly to ratify the constitution. Instead, despite the numerous extensions of the office you have done very less of your main responsibility. You have been busy bickering over the sideshows and secondary role, mainly over running the administrative office.

2. Keep your eyes and ears open. You seem not only deaf over people’s wish but also blind about what is happening around you. Nepalis do not want a divided Nepal. They want a unified Nepal where they can safely live and raise their families. Restructuring based on ethnicities is a recipe for disaster. Why on earth would you want to pursue an option that disturbs the societal harmony?

3. If you can’t do the job, hand it to capable hands. It is a joke that even at his age Sher B Deuba is still considered a youth leader of Nepali Congress. The so-called top leaders seem like you have already exceeded your use by date. They look and sound stale and tired. No wonder they have made uncountable number of error of judgments. Within your parties there are more capable emerging young leaders. Talking again about Nepali Congress, you have a charismatic leader like Gagan Thapa. Gagan Thapa is mentioned here in the capacity of more than an individual here. He represents a generation whose ideas are fresh, bold and different. Some smart teenagers still at school think, analyse and behave more sensibly than most party leaders. The time has now come to pass the baton to a different leadership to run the show. You have already failed, time and again, yourself and the nation.

4. Stop treating people like your subjects. Stop treating people for granted whenever you speak or act. You are actually making a joke and fool of yourself. It seems you are unaware how much watchful and educated people are today of what is going around them and what you guys are up to. Just because the majority of them are silent so often does not necessarily mean they condone your political mismanagement. Last Wednesday’s peace rally is a good hint. You should have got the message of the silent majority – loud and clear.

Photo Courtesy: Ranjit Nagarik Nepali via Facebook page of Rabindra Mishra

5. Look in the mirror first. Look at yourself before you bicker and moan about others within and outside your own party, and the neighboring countries. Your intra and inter party squabbles over petty matters is a living example of the colonial legacy “divide and rule”. The difference between your and the colonial version though is in your case the seeds of division are nourished by yourself. Why do you blame overseas interference when you can never unite for our national interests? The outsiders are acting to merely and rightly protect their own borders and people’s interest.

6. Stop fishing in murky waters. Stop mudding in sideshows. Get on to your main job and the mandate the electorate gave you. Stop going tangents and throwing tantrums. Stop making short sighted and selfish deals while distracting everyone over your sideshows. We always see you bitterly bickering over power sharing. People understand why you are so much power hungry. We understand that if not for the state coffers you would be light years away from taking the responsibility of running the administration. Is it true that your last minute agreement few weeks ago on eleven name-less and boundary-less federal states came about only after a deal was struck among yourselves on power sharing over who gets the portfolios of the president and the prime minister?

7. Practice what you preach. Why is there a galaxy between your speech and action? How can you lie outright? Not once or twice but almost every time? You behave like a compulsive liar. How do you sleep in the night? Do yourself a favour – be honest and see how it feels when you come clean.

8. Be a symbol of harmony, not harbinger of division. Before you talk about finishing people from other ethnicities (in reference to Malla K Sundar’s recent address in Khulla Manch to a gathering of the Newar community), think how you would feel if others said that to you or did that to your own people. Don’t you know what happened in the past in Gujarat, Bangaladesh, Afganistan, India and Pakistan due to ethnic and religious tensions? Aren’t your bones chilled by the horrors of the holocaust (six million state-sponsored systematic slaughter of the jews by the Nazis and their supporters), the Rawandan genocide (one million slain within hundred days over the ethnic conflict of the majority Hutus and the minority Tutsis), and the Bosnian ethnic cleansing (eight thousand Bosnian muslims killed by Serbs)?

9. Educate yourself and know what you are up to. Do your homework. You have not well explained us what this ethnic federalism truly means. By the way, do you actually know what this beast is? Also, can you explain how the so-called dual model of power sharing between a direct-elect president and a parliament-elect prime minister going to function? Where on earth is it practiced? It is learned that you refer this to the Swiss model. For your information, the Swiss president is a ceremonial one. The model works for them because the Swiss have checks and balances, and they respect and abide by the rule of the game. Swiss model works for Switzerland does not necessarily mean it will work for us. The political, social, economic and cultural context is completely different between Switzerland and Nepal. Obviously you have no capability to come up with a workable model made in Nepal for Nepal.

10. If you call yourself a leader, dare to become one. Lead by example. Do the right thing for the people not what is beneficial merely to you, your in-laws and your comrades. Instead of fuelling the ethnic tension, you had opportunity to lead your people to practice tolerance and to promote pluralism by saying no to this business of dividing the country. That would have put moral pressure on other ethnicities to think differently, and would have helped to calm down the tension to a greater extent. None of you stood up to that role. You unfortunately did not have the vision to see the larger than life possibility in that role. You denied yourself the glory; you lost the opportunity of your lifetime. Instead, you could not resist the impulse of being a hero by riding the lame ethnic donkey. Did you not realize that this breed of ethnic card is full of risk? The donkey may soon badly kick you and stamp on you big time. Now you are left in a situation where chances are you will be doomed regardless of whether or not if you did or said anything further on this matter.

So much for my unsolicited ten point advice. I wish you luck to score ten out of ten. I feel so sorry for you that by persistently going against your duties and responsibilities, you have already committed huge crime against the humanity. Unfortunately you have taken yourself to a point of no return. However, the people of this great nation may still forgive you and give you one last chance. This time, take my advice, do the right thing. Time is running out, fast.

This is your last chance to seek salvation of the crimes you have committed. Make no mistake; your crimes are of an epic proportion. The ten points above have spelled out for you, in black and white, some of what you should have figured out yourself. Now it is up to you. We, the people, are watching and waiting to see what you do next. Rest is up to you.

Finally, one piece of advice also to the citizens of this great nation. Let us live like true citizens, not a subject. Awake, and demand the right answers from your politicians. You will get the right answers only if you ask the right questions.