Ram Saran Mahat of Nepali Congress claimed that Prime Minister Baburam possess no moral right to continue sticking in power after claiming that ‘Key to the present government’ is not with him. Where is it then? Lainchour! Mahat however, did not mention this out of fear perhaps.
“His remarks were irresponsible and immoral”, said Mahat and added, “A prime minister who makes such a remark has no moral right to continue to stick to State authority.”
Mahat also said, “Nationalism is not a boundary (Mato). It is rather a feeling of a group of people.”
Interesting, the NC men too have begun talking on Nepali nationalism. Great departure from the old practices but yet not bad.
Does that mean people who do not share the same feeling have the right to separate?
He however urged all to safeguard nationalism and added in a non-democratic society nationalism cannot be safeguarded.
“B.P. Koirala did not care about five murder charges put on him by the state. He returned home fearlessly propounding the theory of national reconciliation.”
Late BP must have laughed. (RIP).
He was speaking at a program organized to celebrate the 99th birth anniversary of B.P. Koirala in Bhaktapur, September 9, 2012.
Late B.P. Koirala- who is taken as a visionary leader by Nepali Congress men had returned to his homeland from the Indian exile when King Birendra was Nepal sovereign.
B.P., as claimed by congress men, had propounded the policy of national reconciliation which in effect meant that Nepal as a nation state could exist only if democratic forces and Nepali royalty joined hands.
In the post-republican phase of Nepali politics, Congress leaders interpret the same reconciliation theory from a different perspective, let’s call it NOIDA perspective. .
Royalists on the other hand claim that in reality it was King Birendra Shah who had mooted the reconciliation theory and had asked B.P. Koirala who was then living a hellish life in India during the dictatorial rule of Late Indira Gandhi, to come back to his own motherland by adhering to the said policy..
The middle man who convinced B.P. Koirala of King Birendra’s proposal was none less than B.P’s own close relative, late Dirgharaj Koirala. Late Dirgaraj was very close to King Mahendra and his son Birendra.
The theory came into existence only when India swallowed Sikkim- an independent Himalayan nation, it is also believed. B.P thus got the point and landed in Kathmandu. Prior to his Nepal arrival, B.P told point blank to Mrs. Indira Gandhi that it would be better to die in Nepal than to live in a land run by a dictator that Madame Gandhi was by all political standards.
BP was definitely a great nationalist, claim analysts.