Po­lit­i­cal stag­na­tion

Southasia - - EDITOR'S MAIL - Su­mir Pandey Kath­mandu, Nepal

While the ar­ti­cle ‘Whither progress?’ ba­si­cally fo­cused on the Nepali Congress and its leader, Prime Min­is­ter Sushil Koirala, the sit­u­a­tion in the other ma­jor po­lit­i­cal party of Nepal, the United Com­mu­nist Party of Nepal (Maoist), is not hunky-dory ei­ther. In fact, the party that led the rev­o­lu­tion­ary move­ment, and was con­sid­ered an em­blem of people’s rights, is now di­vided into var­i­ous fac­tions, each go­ing its own way. In­stead of work­ing to­gether with other po­lit­i­cal par­ties to achieve its goal of the bet­ter­ment and wel­fare of the Nepalese people, the party is wast­ing all its en­ergy and re­sources in in­fight­ing.

What hap­pened at the UCPN-M an­nual con­ven­tion was sim­ply shame­ful. While Pushpa Ka­mal Da­hal was re-elected as the party chair­per­son, a se­nior leader, Babu­ram Bhat­tarai walked out of the con­ven­tion mid­way be­cause of dif­fer­ences with Da­hal. The fact that Da­hal was made the party’s chair­man for the 23rd con­sec­u­tive year does not say much about the way the party is func­tion­ing. Doesn’t it have other able lead­ers? De­spite my sup­port for the UCPN-M, I am forced to say that it has be­come stag­nant mainly be­cause of the lack of change in the faces that rule its up­per ech­e­lons.

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