Talking to media, both print and electronic, for airing one’s professed ideologies at times is not bad at all.
However, if the process continues for long then it is said that the media-mania ultimately boomerangs and does irreparable damage not only to the person airing his views but also to the ideology he or she adheres to.
In effect, analysts say, excessive use of the media even exposes the persona in media while providing answers. Understandably, the media men generally ask questions that are aimed more at exposing or even extracting the untold or even unexposed matters from the person being interviewed.
In the process, the political persona not only commits blunders or utters the matters that the party would like not to reveal for the public consumption. The lapses thus seen or uttered by the person in question ultimately decreases the very political credibility if he or she continues to remain as a media-mania.
Thus the media possesses both: elevation of a political persona and concurrently knows how to damage the said political leader.
To come to the point, let’s take, for example, the recent interview of comrade Prachanda by an Indian TV channel.
A close look at what Prachanda said to the TV channel reveal that the Maoist leader is excessively ambitious but then he does not hide his ambitions. His lust for power now remains exposed. Look what he says of him, “I am the first President of this country after two years time”.
Elaborating his plans further he goes on to predict that the next general elections will bring a thumping majority for his party and in that eventuality who else other than himself would lead the country as President.
Analysts see in Prachanda’s statement not only the lust for power, but also his designs to occupy, reign and rule the country as President.
“In the next general election our party will win by majority, thus I will be the first president of
However, Prachanda does not mention as to the steps that lay ahead for the realization of his ambitious plans.
Firstly, the CA polls are yet to be held. The fresh dates have just been announced. This is the first step.
Second, no body on earth is sure as to whether the said and much publicized CA polls would be held on time. This is the second step.
Thirdly, given the defunct security machinery prevailing at the moment, even home minister Sitaula, the Maoists’ most loyal chum in effect, himself should have been in doubt whether he could provide adequate and the needed security at time of the polls. This is the third step.
Fourthly, let’s presume for a fraction of a second, what is the guarantee that the CA polls would go in favor of the Maoists? This could be the fourth step.
Fifthly, what is the guarantee that the CA elected bodies at their first meet decide the country to go in for a republic? This should be the fifth step that the ambitious Maoists leader has to take into proper account.
Sixthly, what if the first meet of the elected CA representatives vote for monarchy? If politics is considered to be the art of the possible then how can Prachanda predict that the first meet of the CA body would vote in his party’s favor by summarily sidelining the second option that is there for the monarchy? This should be the sixth step through which Prachanda has yet to go.
Seventhly, how Prachanda in an implied manner predicts that the days of the monarchy are gone? What is the basis for his some what awkward looking presumption? This should be the seventh step for Prachanda. He has to wait for some time, years in the process for the realization of his dream. This should be taken as the seventh step that Prachanda has to go through.
Eighthly, Prachanda’s lust for the country’s presidency must have alerted the Congress men and other liberal forces who would by no means allow Prachanda to realize his go-getting plans. This hurdle coming as it would be from the liberal democratic quarters would be the eighth step for him, speaking on political terms. In effect, in disclosing his future plans Prachanda has damaged his own career in many more ways than one. Even his staunch followers would now, at least in private, dub him as a man full of unthinkable ambitions. The probability is that he would be now taken to task by his strong critics for having exhibiting his lust for power. This would the eighth step wherein he would be taken to task by his own party men.
Nevertheless, Prachanda is honest when he declares that “I’ll not occupy the presidential seat for my life time, it will be for five years that’s all”.
During the course of the said interview, Prachanda does see the connection in between the King and the CoAS Katuwal as a danger which could shatter his sky-rocketing future plans.
If he thinks so then it is automatically the ninth step that Prachanda has to endure in the realization of his highly determined and loved post of the presidency.
All in all, analysts see in Prachanda a politico who wants to rule and reign perhaps even forgetting for what purpose he and his band entered into the jungles. He prefers his personal transformation but not of those for whom he had declared that he would manage a welfare society for all who had been neglected by the previous “old-regimes”.
All in all, the said interview will damage more the Maoist leader than he could have imagined of. Excessive media craze this. That’s all.