Who is the culprit, Politicians or Power?

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Two centuries ago, an army Commander Bam Bahadur Thapa had said “Sak6au jagir nakhau, sakdainau jagir khau : Jhanda muni basa tara durbar napasa” in English: “If you can do not get employed (work under other esp. government), if you can’t then get employed : Remain under the flag, but don’t enter the palace”. This was the period when politics was concentrated in and around the palace and he got fade up from that. As the politics started to come out of palaces and to more then hundred parties and numerous number of leaders, politics has been becoming even worst and the number of people to blame it has rose abruptly.

Is politics really bad? Can the politics never be good? Or the way of politics has become bad ? If the way has been bad, why do we blame politics, which is just the victim of amoral politicians?

From my childhood, I used to believe the reason for this is bad people getting into politics and therefore good people should enter politics to reform it. But thus far I have seen Nepali politics, the people I believed to be good and hoped that s/he would change the bad pattern of the politics turned out to be even worse when they reach to the power. So, now I believe the present scenario of politics is not the outcome of bad people in politics, they became bad after they went there. And thus I don’t blame to the politicians, not even in my heart.

I tried to figure out what makes a good person bad after they get indulged in politics. And now I have the answer “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”. It not the people, the culprit is the power, – the power to have control over other people, the legal authority to think about the good and bad of other people, and the power to deviate people in the direction they want through the amendment of constitution, law and policies. And once they experience this power, the desire of more as a human nature, turns even the good ones to bad.

I therefore find, the power to change the life style of a large group of people, the power to direct people to the ideology they want leaving behind no alternative, the power to force people to sacrifice their rights in the name of common good and many other powers that make some people to be superior then others to impact as their desire is the culprit, that has made the current unpleasant political environment.

I dream of the society ruled be law and the law not to be changed by the desire of some countable intellectuals. I dream of a free society, where one does not have to compromise his/her rights in any moment of the life. I believe when the power of people in government and parties, over others people starts to be limited, the reform of politics gets started. Its a long way but not an unachievable target.

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