Nepal’s highly partisan Human Rights’ activists and Civil Society members, as they are taken, have heavily criticized Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal of Unified Maoists Party for provoking the ethnic communities to heat the streets against those who opposed identity based federalism.
However, it was this civil society members, save a few, who were the fan of Comrade Prachanda while the latter was safely hiding in New Delhi through the kind courtesy of Ambassador Shyam saran. This should speak so many things unspoken.
Rather than urging people to exhibit restraint Chairman Dahal, May 13, 2012, making a provocative speech had told the members of ethnic community to retaliate against those who have stood against identity based federalism.
Prem Kumar Khadka, Kedar Narsingh K.C., Tara Nath Dahal, Charan Prasai, Sudip Pathak, Subodh Pyakurel, Baburam Giri, Hirendra Man Pradhan, Keshav Prasad Bhattarai, Yadu Nath Khanal, Mohan Gyanwali, Dinesh Tripathi, Bhupendra Basnet, Sitaram K.C., Dharmendra Jha, Amuda Shrestha, Indira Sapkota, Posan K.C., Madhusudan Pun, Bin Kumar Biswakarma, Kamal Rai, Anjani Kumar Jha, Sakina Khan, Chunni Saran Yadav, Sher Bahadur K.C., and Kiran Pokharel have jointly issued a statement deploring Dahal’s remarks.
Majority of the so-called members of Civil Society either belong to Nepali Congress or the United Marxist Leninist parties and some find themselves close to the European Countries.
“Remarks made by a person who had been the Prime Minister of a country and who presently chairs the largest party are highly objectionable”, the joint statement reads.
The statement adds further, “We also express our worry over the possible adverse impact the country will have to bear due to such an irresponsible remarks”.
They have also called Prachanda’s remarks as being unconstitutional and against national unity. Delayed realization indeed.
In the meantime, the student affiliate of Nepali Congress Party took to the streets in Kathmandu on Monday, May 14, 2012 against identity-based federalism.
The students made demands against identity based federalism and urged people to maintain communal harmony.
Similarly, in Biratnagar of Morang district, members of Chhetri-Brahmin community hanged an effigy of Chairman Dahal on a tree.
It has also been reported that Chairman Dahal in a rare encounter with the members of Chhetri-Brahmin community had also urged them to continue protest for their rights. Flimsy politician, if he is at all.