Staff Writer, KATHMANDU: The Congress party is in a session. It’s in a session at a point of time when the nation is at the crossroads and the party in a state of transition. That too when the Communist parties are in the forefront.
To go back only by nine years, there have been eight governments in the interim and counting suggesting politics is dangerously in a state of flux. Not only that the state, too, is in a state of flux and, of course, at a dangerous crossroads. It’s an understatement in the case of the party, though.
And when one is at the crossroads one is at a serious risk of facing decimation in the absence of a strong rearguard action. But it is only those who care who keep tab and worry at what’s going on and take steps to arrest the trend.
For the rest, anarchy and state of flux is a job fair of sort and just in the event the job fair comes under the shadow of grand design, one can expect just about anyone as a candidate in a competition. Expect verily the ghosts to show up and knock titans down. Welcome to Nepal!
Speaking with the benefit of hindsight, the nation has been in a state of flux ever since 1951, the year Congress led a movement to put an end to Rana oligarchy. It has tended to get precariously risk prone from time to time.
The march continues to this day, albeit with change of cast and candidates. Ghosts as candidates have invariably gatecrashed with remarkable accuracy and walked with the cake in a country always under twilight. Party going under ghost leadership will push the nation under twilight condition.
Congress has had informed leadership at the top all along while it also had unwelcome guests lingering on. Of course, everything appears fine and dandy to the beholder while it everything is always part of universal conspiracy, bordering on tapestry.
There has been always someone working to cross-purposes. A strong under-current has kept brisk pace with what happens on the surface. B P Koirala to Sushil Koirala all lived with this helplessly trying to keep watch.
Given the stampede, it appears that the Congress party is in for a showdown time, with establishment coming on to face rivals who are tested for their lies than any promise.
Meanwhile one thing for which Nepal stands out is monkey faces come to the fore much more noticeably than deserving and those who do not rush largely because of the doubt. It’s rightly said perhaps that fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
This brings in Dr Shashank Koirala into the context. What he told one interviewer much before he stepped into the ring as deserving aspirant for the slot of general secretary should suffice to say what it takes to be on leadership.
When hit by the interviewer with a question “should politics run in the family?” he quietly said : anyone who can tell how the Congress party should deal with India and China can come up.
That indeed is the issue of the time and something that sheds light on political dexterity Dr Koirala has inherited from his illustrious father B P. It’s what is called originality of thought and it goes without saying that these qualities do not run in the blood of the fixers in the game of throne.
Now the game is in the final lap and just in case front runner — at least by the media speculation — Sher Bahadur Deuba sees sense in literally living up B P legacy something he says he carries on his head one can expect Dr Koirala returning as general secretary. That would imply Ram Chandra Paudel will get to head the government up next. And Krishna Prasad Sitaula certainly one of the Congress Vice Presidents. Hope the ghosts stay out while Deuba proves he really deserves to carry the Congress flag by dint of truly upholding BP legacy.
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