Addressing a special session of the European parliament in Brussles, October 16, 2012, Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal alias Prachanda of Unified Maoists party in a hilarious manner claimed that ‘Nepali politics today has become a role model for the world’.
Is it a negative or a positive one?
Known locally as a chameleon leader who primarily shoulder responsibility for the current sorry state of the country, inviting Prachanda to deliver a speech in Brussels does raise a serious question mark on the policy adopted by the members of the European Parliament towards Nepal, claims Dahal’s detractors back home.
Yet, Prachanda is presently the most powerful figure in Nepali politics, claim analysts.
Undoubtedly but by default.
“In order to institutionalize peace, democracy and justice national effort is focused on drafting and promulgating the constitution through democratic means and in an inclusive manner,” said Dahal.
“In Nepal, changes are taking place at a rapid pace which has imparted a new message the world over. The Republican, Federal and Secular order have been founded with peoples’ direct support and thus no force can do away with these changes. The ongoing peace process has become the role model for the world”, said a beaming Dahal.
“The country is making a determined move along the path towards peace, democracy and social justice consistently and in an accelerated manner. Political process that followed the Comprehensive Peace Agreement has been instrumental in creating a conducive atmosphere for the protection and promotion of human rights in the country", Dahal continued.
While putting blames on to the heads of Nepali Congress and United Marxist Leninist for the dissolution of the constituent assembly, Dahal pointedly claimed, “The CA was dissolved because of the unwillingness of the traditional parliamentary parties to part with the power and privileges hitherto enjoyed by them at the expense of the legitimate aspirations and rights of the downtrodden and marginalized people”.
Dahal hit the nail right on the heads of the NC and the UML.
Protecting and promoting our larger national interests constitute the core objective of our foreign policy, he said referring to what he called ‘fundamental principles of Nepal's foreign policy’.
Perhaps he was referring to Maoists-India June 2002 Treaty along with the freshly inked BIPPA?
The listening EU parliamentarians must have been jolted from within.Yet a rare gesture awaraded by the EU to a Nepali leader. Admit this fact.