For­mer Maoist leader Bhat­tarai taken to task in USA

People's Review - - OP-ED - BY NIRAJ ARYAL

More than a decade af­ter the con­clu­sion of Maoist led "peo­ples' re­volt", fear largely re­mains in Nepal among me­dia men and com­mon peo­ple to write and speak against the Maoist atroc­i­ties. How­ever, some coura­geous Nepalis liv­ing far from home in the United States of Amer­ica found it op­por­tune to ex­press their anger the mo­ment they knew that Babu­ram was leav­ing Wash­ing­ton D. C for a small trip to the state of Texas. Babu­ram, for­mer ide­o­logue of "peo­ple's war" and the sec­ond man in com­mand of Maoists led the "war", would have per­haps thought that his past crimes would have been for­got­ten by the Nepali pop­u­la­tion. Not at all, it lives still in the minds of Nepali peo­ple who had to leave their coun­try, fear­ing their lives. Hi­lar­i­ously, Babu­ram used to be taken at par with those of Marx and En­gels. As pol­i­tics un­folded later Nepalis were con­vinced that it was not a "peo­ple's war" - spear­headed by Babu­ram but an In­dian gov­ern­ment spon­sored war to grab power in Kath­mandu. Bhat­tarai in the re­cent months has trav­eled to some prom­i­nent Euro­pean cap­i­tals to­gether with his con­sort, Hisila Yami. His mis­sion abroad is not clear though, an­a­lysts guess he could well be seek­ing spon­sors for fresh con­spir­acy that he could be plot­ting against his coun­try of birth. Re­ports ap­pear­ing in so­cial me­dia sug­gests that as Babu­ram was about to en­ter one of the Air­ports in the Wash­ing­ton DC area a small group of Nepalis chanted slo­gans such as “Mur­derer Go Back… Go back… You are a war crim­i­nal…you are not wel­come here…Go back!”. Babu­ram who mostly resided in In­dian Gov­ern­ment's guest houses in New Delhi dur­ing the so-called re­volt had the dis­tinc­tion of mas­ter­mind­ing killing of thou­sands of in­no­cent Nepali lives. Those who lost their rel­a­tives dur­ing the said "war" and had to leave the coun­try un­der dan­ger­ous cir­cum­stances, un­der­stand the pain of los­ing their rel­a­tives bet­ter than those who for­tu­nately re­mained un­touched. The Delhi based "peo­ple's war" in 2005 came to an abrupt end when the In­dian for­eign sec­re­tary Shyam Saran in par­tic­u­lar, took a “Nepal dam­ag­ing” tricky stance and im­posed a 12 point agree­ment un­der the cover of a “peace agree­ment” in be­tween the Maoists and the seven ag­i­tat­ing Nepali par­ties. Un­fold­ing po­lit­i­cal events proved later that Maoists had al­ready be­come a bur­den to the In­dian gov­ern­ment and it was in the in­ter­est of the In­dian rulers to force Maoist lead­ers to go back home. In­ter­est­ingly the agree­ment later paved way for the Maoists not only en­ter Nepal but also cap­ture the State al­most through the kind cour­tesy of a power mon­ger politi­cian Gir­ija Prasad Koirala. Koirala later died and is hardly re­mem­bered by his own party cadres and the coun­try­men. Se­nior jour­nal­ist Yub Raj Ghimirey has per­haps writ­ten in de­tails on how the pol­i­tics un­folded then in 2005-2006 and also bril­liantly re­vealed how King Gya­nen­dra was un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously forced to quit the Palace and make his way to the Na­gar­jun Jun­gles. Cur­rently, Babu­ram is the chair­man of a party which is not very pop­u­lar among the com­mon men back in Nepal. Ma­jor­ity of the Nepali pop­u­la­tion un­for­tu­nately takes him as an In­dia man. Frankly speak­ing, com­mon peo­ple to­gether with the me­dia men even as of now fear writ­ing news on or about the for­mer Maoists for ex­plain­able rea­sons. It could be be­cause peo­ple and me­dia men have tasted in the past as to what means when one writes about the Maoists. Risk is there but yet as a me­dia man, it should be our bounden duty to in­form the peo­ple about the hap­pen­ings.

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