Trib­ute to Mano­jbabu Mishra

People's Review - - COMMENTARY - PR PRAD­HAN push­para­jprad­han@gmail.com

Se­nior artist and lit­er­ate Mano­jbabu Mishra is no more. Late Mishra was one among the re­spected he­roes for me. He was pop­u­lar for his fine arts and other tal­ents. Be­sides, he was a pa­tri­otic per­son who was al­ways con­scious on the na­tion's sovereignty and in­de­pen­dence. May be to­day there are very few peo­ple who re­mem­ber the beauty of the Pan­chayat sys­tem, yet, Mishra was one among those few peo­ple who ad­mired the Panchyat sys­tem and King Ma­hen­dra's step on 17 Pous, 2017. Mishra had the be­lief that if King Ma­hen­dra had not taken a bold step on that day, Nepal's ex­is­tence as a sovereign and in­de­pen­dent na­tion would have al­ready been dis­ap­peared. Ear­lier, be­fore in­tro­duc­tion of the the Pan­chayat days, he saw In­dian se­cu­rity force march­ing in front of his house. Af­ter the dawn of the Pan­chayat sys­tem, the In­dian forces were re­moved from Nepal, he be­lieved. He was bold enough to say that he was a pro-- monarch for­ever as he saw the mon­archs only could pro­tect Nepal's sovereignty and in­de­pen­dence. He didn't take any po­lit­i­cal ben­e­fit even be­ing a monar­chist even dur­ing the hey days of the Kings. He al­ways stood for the in­sti­tu­tion of monar­chy not to serve his per­sonal in­ter­ests but for a greater cause of the na­tion. In 1989, he saw the peo­ple's move­ment spon­sored by the In­di­ans. Af­ter the suc­cess of the peo­ple's move­ment, he lim­ited him­self in­side the com­pound wall of his house in Tinchule, Ma­hankal. He didn't take part in any pub­lic func­tion and didn't move around the city since then. It was his own per­sonal re­volt against the for­eign di­rect in­ter­ven­tion in Nepal. Of course, he de­voted him­self to fine arts un­til his last breath and cre­ated many pop­u­lar arts stay­ing alone at his home. Yes, some or­ga­ni­za­tions/groups hon­oured him for his cre­ative works but the pro­gramme was or­gan­ised in­side his com­pound as he de­nied to go out of his com­pound wall. He had a strong dis­sat­is­fac­tion about the per­for­mance of the po­lit­i­cal lead­ers/po­lit­i­cal par­ties who were danc­ing to the tune of for­eign­ers. Since 1989, ex­press­ing his dis­sat­is­fac­tion, he stayed aloof from the so­ci­ety. I be­lieve, he was a true pa­triot. I have seen many po­lit­i­cal lead­ers who were walk­ing in the streets, who overnight be­came multi­bil­lion­aires. Al­though they give long speeches on moral­ity and ethics, they talk about "peo­ple's supremacy" and de­scribe "beauty of democ­racy", but ul­ti­mately, they are found run­ning be­hind for­eign em­bassies for schol­ar­ship for their kids, elec­tion ex­pen­di­ture for them­selves, med­i­cal ex­pen­di­tures, etc. They give long speeches on na­tion­al­ism but run be­hind for­eign pow­ers to en­joy power within their own moth­er­land. In­deed, they are the real traitors. Mishra was true in an­a­lyz­ing the char­ac­ter­is­tic and be­hav­ior of our po­lit­i­cal lead­ers. In my eyes, he was a true na­tion­al­ist, al­though, he wished to fight alone against the traitors. On this back­ground, Mishra's demise is a great loss to the na­tion. The na­tion has not only lost a cre­ative fine artist but also a true na­tion­al­ist. On this sad oc­ca­sion, I pray to the Almighty for eter­nal peace of the de­parted soul and ex­tend heart­felt con­do­lences to all the mem­bers of the be­reaved fam­ily!

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