By N24 Correspondent, KATHMANDU:- When the violent Maoist activities dubbed as the so-called people’s war (1996-2006) was looking for a safe landing as a face-saving way for the Maoist chieftain Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda”, some of his comrades were already disenchanted with the way Prachanda was behaving throughout the peace process and beyond that point, too.
After joining the peace process, Prachanda’s erratic behaviors made his long-time comrades including Mohan Baidya and Netra Bikram Chanda “Biplab” chart out their own ways by breaking up with Prachanda and his political outlet – the then Nepal Communist Party (Maoist).
Baidya remained a critic of Prachanda setting up his own political party and remaining in the mainstream of politics, but Biplab went a bit far by resorting to the same old days of violence declaring himself and his party as being underground.
Biplab’s illegal activities including murder, abduction, extortion, and the training and grooming of militia with weapons started posing serious threats to Nepal’s internal security. It was a wake-up call for Nepal Army, Nepal Police, Nepal’s intelligence community, and all the security bodies.
As a consequence, the government under the leadership of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli decided to initiate a highly confidential peace process and political dialogue with the Biplab group.
In appearance, the government and Biplab group signing the three-point peace agreement looks like a sudden step. But in essence, it was cautiously planned for months so as to reach out to this point of understanding.
Biplab’s announcement of shunning violence has significantly reduced Nepal’s internal threat, as it paves way for the disenchanted former Maoists for claiming some important spot in the mainstream of politics.
It also shows the government’s commitment that it is dedicated to the peaceful solution of any political problem. The government, meanwhile, needs to make sure that Biplab and his comrades’ all illegal weapons are collected and submitted to the nation before releasing their party members from various jails of Nepal.
Even those, who are or will be released, should be strictly monitored by the government’s security bodies.
If everything goes right, regardless of which political party Biplab joins in the future, it is for sure he would contribute to the nation-building process of Nepal as an experienced leader, who witnessed the national consequences of violence in the past.
In this regard, it is a laudable step for Biplab and his comrades and they deserve a big congratulation and a warm welcome in the national politics of Nepal.
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