Social transformation via political revolution
Kundan Kumar Jha
Nepal has mostly suffered because of poor governance ever since its emergence as a state. The state-owned institutions which have not been able to provide services as per the requirements of society have become centres of corruption. After almost a decade of political transformation, Nepal is still uncertain about its future and this has widely opened gates for many political debates around the country. While the country still remains vulnerable to poverty and poor human development, its political ambition brings together both opportunities and challenges.
Development of any state has direct linkage with its social, cultural and political aspirations. Political leadership has failed to design structure as leaders involved in the development programmes are mostly guided by personal interests and benefits. Today when the nation is knocking the door of most awaited elections, foreign interventions and clashes of ideology have taken the driving seat instead of development strategies and agendas.
Lack of political awareness among common citizens will only add to misery of the nation as voters remain confused over political propaganda of major political parties. The commonality among all problems have a lot to do with cultural differences and moreover the lust for power. Political differences have halted the progress of nation as national interest is still to be identified and promoted. Social transformation is next to impossible unless shared destiny becomes common priority.
Political revolution is often misunderstood in developing and least developed states. It must be defined in terms of development goals in order to transform society in a positive way. The meaning of revolution does not merely support the idea of institutional growth of political parties if such revolutions do not promise stability within political territory.
Social transformation must be prioritised to institutionalise revolution in any society. National power defines national capacity and such capacity can only be accumulated through collective interest of politically active group.
Political change can help transform the entire system but for that social problems which remain embedded within social structure must be filtered. Civil society needs to play a vital role in recognising new political faces that can change the fate of the nation. Their role becomes even more important as they can help motivate people who lack political awareness.
Political campaign led by civil society leaders will help minimise negative influence among voters. The hierarchy of problems and their effects must meet research-based analysis so as to minimise its devastating effects within the society. Cultural and religious sentiment shall promote political stability for the overall development of the state.
The current political order has penetrated into social structure but has only manipulated social sentiments of people from diverse cultural backgrounds. Lack of education has slowed down the progress of the nation which in turn becomes strength of political parties during election campaigns. Non-state actors and pressure groups have failed to influence political changes which only add to the misery of the nation.
Media plays a critical role to help people recognise reality but for that it must remain neutral. The innovation in modern information sector has reached people even in the rural sector but for development and change such sector shall disseminate news that advocates development.
Revolution must back transformation in various sectors such as education, health and infrastructure development. University shall take a leading role in preparing report based on research to recognise potential sectors that can help bring economic and cultural stability in a longer run. The solution to every problem in Nepali social domain has been realised but unfortunately revolution has only promoted political personality rather than ideology. The collective social interest will not only ensure political security but will also promote national sentiment and interest.
Social transformation demands development but for that political and civic awareness remains the most vital element. The institutional growth of major state bodies is suffering at the hands of corruption and this has reflected in the outcome of development projects. The only way out for positive social change remains to be in the hand of national and regional political regime but for that majority government is a must.
The coalition regime has failed to deliver as government has changed over a small period of time constantly. However, political stability seems to be around the corner with polarisation of two ideologies in the nation. The right time for voters is now to decide their legitimate government so that one political ideology gets enough time to govern and develop the nation. Economic transformation can help society to develop but for that national interest shall be prioritised and connectivity must be given priority within and beyond the national border.
Social change is bound to bring political revolution but for that people must become conscious of social welfare and political stability. The dynamics of social change is one of the derivatives of political revolution. The revolution is all set to see major social changes but for that social agent for transformation must stand on their toes.