– KP Sharma Oli –
Prime Minister & Chairman, Nepal Communist Party
Shubha Shankar Kandel, a renowned journalist, analyst, a successful media entrepreneur , the editor in-chief and the chairman of ABC news Television has provided us an opportunity to read an informative, research based book, with new and latest vision on Nepali politics . I would like to Congratulate Subhaji for this opportunity and would like to thank and wish for his success in writing more books like this in the days to come. I hope new books on nationalism, prosperity, new political development with social analysis will come before us. The book is research based and fundamentally has focused on the issues of the Maoist movement of the past, its ups and downs, its safe landing , and the destination of CPN formed with the merger of the then UML and Maoist Center. The book has signaled few issues and pointed some of the challenges as well as opportunities before us. We must face the challenges.
People express their worry regarding the originality and sustainability of party unification. The title of the book itself carries a significant meaning in the political spectrum of Nepal and, as Shubhaji has mentioned in the book, it is the landing of many political, social and economic issues. It is the landing of the system of autocratic monarchy into the system of republic, the landing of our confusion, landing of unity among diversity that is our progress and prosperity and national unity into the point of our unity. Despite many efforts to obstruct our unity by those friends who did not prefer our unity, all issues got landed. Obviously it moves ahead. I would like to thank the writer for his help from background and such a valuable book on our front.
Very often we can see the effort of resolving the domestic issues pointing the problems with other country. Such tendency can be found in Nepalese politics. Settling the domestic problem showing the problem with other country. These days Nepal’s nationalism and nationality has landed concretely with a clear policy, clear direction, clear acknowledgement. I trust for that too another book will be written and obviously that will be beneficial for us. What is democracy? We have defined it as a comprehensive democracy that is not only political freedom, not limited on political freedom.
We have concretely landed people’s overall life, life style, standard of life, social management, political management, cultural to international management, rights to have health facility, civil rights, rights related to security, rights of self dignity, rights to be honored. We have defined it in terms of the destination towards’ Prosperous Nepal, prosperous Nepali’ and we have legalized it and the nation has landed on it too.
We have stood for the comprehensive democracy with its definition and practice. It is not only political freedom, not confined within only political freedom, the overall lives of our people, their life style, their standard of life in terms of social arrangement. Efforts were made to obstruct the current unification between two communist parties that were ready to land all the misunderstandings and inconsistencies of the past and they are still active in its mission. However, we landed successfully. Subhaji, the author, extended help to his level best from the backdrop to materialize our dream. I thank him for that as well.
What is nationalism? Sometimes, it is used as a tool to sort out internal quarrel by pointing out conflict with others. It can be seen in Nepal’s politics as well. There is effort to solve internal problems by pointing to other direction. It appears that when there is problem inside the country, a problem with others is pointed out. A little of nationalism is shown on the periphery. Sometimes we see false nationalism, sometimes narrow nationalism, and sometimes nationalism for the interest of others. Sometimes nationalism or good of the country cannot be uttered. What really is nationalism? What really is Nepalese nationalism in a concrete sense? At present, it has taken a tangible shape, a clear policy, clear direction and clear awareness.
What is democracy, its definition, and conduct? We have spoken of complete and comprehensive democracy. It is not only political liberty or limited to it. Rather it contains the entire life of people, their comprehensive lifestyle, their quality of living, their social management, political management, cultural management, international management, right to health, fundamental rights, “Sanatan” (eternal) rights, right to self-esteem a right to dignity. We have done tangible “Awataran” of all those liberties and defined them as a national goal and economic goal of “Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepalese”. We have accepted them. What is conflict? We had conflict but this book discusses this subject a bit more.
Conflict has been managed. We also had conflict in our country. It has been settled. Similarly, many issues have been landed now. The people have become sovereign. Social awakening and transformation are “Awataran” to real ground. Precisely that has happened in Nepal today. People have questions about nationalism, democracy, social justice, equality, fundamental rights, equal rights, equal opportunities, security, and social management of dignity. That social justice and equality also have been politically landed. I feel Kandelji’s book has correctly dealt with these things.
Conflict also has been managed and politically landed along the path of peace in a democratic set-up, and we are moving on the corridor of stability. I would like to extend Subhaji my thanks for this as well. It was not possible to describe in detail all aspects in one book. Certain subjects have been emphasized in this book and referred to as “Awataran”. There are similar stories of landing of other subjects. People do raise many questions. Will this happen or be feasible? Some people complain about so many things. I express thanks for criticism and suggestions. All things cannot instantly happen in democracy. We have arranged certain things in the meantime.
In the context of implementation of the constitution of the democratic system, all structures have been created in these last seven months. It is not an easy task. In all seven provinces, the offices of the provincial chiefs and the chief ministers, their residences and meeting halls had to be constructed. Democracy is a strong polity. It yields right results if exercised rightly with honesty. I frequently say I will yield to force and will not fight with truth. Truth is itself strong. Truth does not need to be armed. Brahmastra is a precise weapon. It never misses the target. Rather, wherever it is fired, the target is annihilated. A baby in the womb has only truth. He does not have untruth. Democracy is a strong polity. It yields right results if governed rightly with honesty. I frequently say ‘I ignore force and do not fight against truth.
Truth is itself strong. Truth does not need to be armed. Brahmashtra is a precise weapon that never misses the target. Rather, once it is discharged, the target is annihilated. Eklavya discharged “Brahmashtra” against a baby in the womb. The baby had no Brahmashtra to defend Eklavya but truth. The baby does not have untruth. That was why the truth repelled Brahmashtra that hit Eklavya.
He had only truth. That “Brahmashtra” of truth hit his own forehead. It is a story. The truth is so powerful that he thinks he has fired a “Brahmashtra” but it hits his own forehead. The truth is so potent.
My country’s people and voters have given majority votes for a stable government. I cannot betray that “guardian”. I am committed to the country, the people, and their rights. The rights includes not only the right of expression but also eating, wearing (clothes), sending kids to school, and medicine for health, and protection of such rights. I have been given the responsibility of good governance and livelihood.
I will fulfill these responsibilities. I extend profuse thanks to Subhaji for this work. The book “Awataran” is a priceless treasure for the people who would like to understand contemporary Nepalese politics and the unification between the two parties.