Kamal Thapa, the chairman of the only recognized royalist party of Nepal, the ‘Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal’ won ‘Senior Tennis Championship’ recently held in New Delhi.
I have been taking part in the tournament for the last four years. I have come here mainly to take part in the event, replies Thapa while talking to Annapurna Post, October 12, 2012. Thapa was interviewed right in New Delhi. This has some intrinsic meaning.
“I had won the tournament in 2012. I was runner-up last year”.
“I did not meet any political leaders. Yet, I managed time to take part at an interaction program organized by Observer Research Foundation. I presented my views on Nepal-India relations and Nepali politics at the program. Present at the program was Indian academics and knowledgeable persons”, Thapa continued.
“In the last six decades, India had been maintaining its’ two pillar theory of democracy and monarchy for the stability of Nepal. But, beginning later part of 90’s India gradually began shifting away from its chartered policy. I tried to explain to the attendants at the program that India’s changed stand on Nepal’s matters played vital role for the situation prevailing in the country as did roles played Nepali political leaders and some other forces.”
When asked what response he received from the program participants replies Thapa, “They basically said that it was not the failure of the Indian government but those who charted the policies have been a failure. They were not clear whether the government should revise or rethink over the existing policy. They nevertheless acknowledged weaknesses on India’s part”.
Thapa appears to have jolted India’s Nepal policy makers.
Congrats for winning the Trophy Mr. Thapa. Tennis and politics go together.