Prachanda & Bush – BTW. Who’s the Terrorist?
“Like America itself, I didn’t find anything exceptional about Mr. Bush either” said Nepal’s Prime Minister Prachanda about his short tête-à-tête with President George Bush. Within a month of his election as the world’s newest republic’s first prime minister, Comrade Pranchanda had already made official visits to China and India before he embarked for the United Nations’ Assembly in New York.
“Naturally, everyone there were curious to learn about me as a former revolutionary turned elected prime minister” beamed a buoyant Prachanda talking to the media persons in Kathmandu back from New York. Chairman Prachanda seemed narcissistically proud over his image as the U.S. State Department’s Terrorist enlisted Maoist Party Chief attending a reception hosted by the proponent of War Against Terror Prez Bush himself.
Within a month of accessing to the power through the ballot by putting aside his bullets under UN supervision, Prachanda has paid tributes to the three giants who influenced much of the political upheavals in the 20th century – Mao Zedong in Beijing, Mahatma Gandhi in Delhi, and Karl Marx in Germany. “No one like Marx has been born in the last 1,000 years” claimed Prachanda during his stop-over in Germany.
However, Prachanda’s dialogue delivery according the audience he faces has earned him an image of the “chameleon” politician. While he was desperately seeking for terror tag removal and international support for his party and repeatedly vowed his party’s commitment to peace, competitive democracy and market economy in New York meetings, even quipping that Lenin himself would have adopted a market economy had he lived a few more years, Prachanda and his party member’s have been repeatedly toying with their agenda of “New Democracy” back home.
“Be assured that the Nepali people will not allow you to completely sidestep the issues of freedoms, liberties, democracy and political process in the name of developmentalism” a Nepali professor Dr. Alok Bohara from New Mexico University warns Prachanda suspecting the latter’s recent coinage of “new model of democracy” to replace the present Westminster model of Nepal’s legislature.