On Friday, a photo of former chief justice Gopal Prasad Parajuli going down on both knees to receive tika from President Bidya Devi Bhandari became the internet darling on social media.
Many criticized the president and her secretariat for lining up the event in such way. Many conjured up it as the arrangement of the royals.
Although the country became a Republic but still the practices and lifestyles adopted by our leaders give a cue to monarchy. Many politicians, ministers and others holding top positions have adopted a ‘VIP culture’.
Leaders are representative of the people. To all the leaders who use perks like security through traffic unnecessarily: Why do you fear the people so much?
Once Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, when he was the president of Iran, was asked by Fox News what he saw in the mirror every morning, and he had replied: “I see a person in the mirror and tell him, ‘Remember, you’re nothing more than a small servant, a day ahead of you filled with heavy responsibilities, namely to serve the Iranian nation.’”
He also denounced the VIP culture. He even refused to use the presidential airplane and changed into a cargo airplane to reduce the cost. The British Prime Minister walks on the road with hardly any security. He spends time on the beach among common people with decency and dignity. We can take inspiration from the Uruguayan President, José Mujica, who lives on a ramshackle farm and donates 90 percent of his earnings to charity. We have seen the American President enjoying his holiday and doing his work by himself. On the contrary, we have seen many of our leaders who use assistants even to hold the umbrella while delivering a speech.
Leaders of Nepal should always bear in mind that they are the representatives of people. Regarding the photo mentioned above, people would have respected our President more if she too had been on the floor to put tika. Beauty always lie in simplicity. Respect earned in such a way is paradisaical