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Nepal will decide what’s best for it, Prachanda says

KATHMANDU: Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist-Centre) chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal will next week return as Nepal’s prime minister for a second time in seven years. Better known as Prachanda (the fierce one), his nom de guerre during the 1996-2006 “People’s War” that cost more than 16,000 lives, the 61-year-old former revolutionary speaks to Keshav Pradhan.


There have been too many political ups and downs. Even now, we are in the middle of a new political process … a government formation process. We want to bring everything to a logical conclusion acceptable to everybody .

Implementing the Constitution (adopted last autumn). We will create a suitable atmosphere by evolving a national consensus on issues related to Madhesis, Tharus (terai dwellers) and the adivasi janjatis (Nepalis of hill origin). This’ll be followed by the settlement of problems of earthquake survivors, conclusion of the peace process (which began with the return of the Maoists to the mainstream+ in 2006) and a big leap in Nepal’s economic development.

Such non-serious analyses won’t help any side. They’ve been done without trying to understand the gravity and importance of issues and the situation here. It’s not a case of who wins and who loses.


We needed to do so for various reasons. Oli  had developed cold feet on all issues that we were supposed to address together. We thought we needed to put everything, from erratic diplomacy to the peace process to the Madhesi question+, on the right track. Late Girija Prasad Koirala used to say when one loses one’s way in the forest, one tries to come back to the place where the journey had started. Since things weren’t going all right with our experiment with Oli, we have returned to the point of trust and confidence (it was during Koirala’s tenure as PM that the Maoists ended their decade-long armed struggle). We will now work on the basis of the 12-point agreement signed between Maoists and democratic parties in Delhi in 2005 and the subsequent peace process. 

Nepal and the Nepali people will take final decisions on everything related to them. We do, of course, acknowledge India’s role in the 12-point agreement.

The interests of Nepal and the Nepali people are supreme. Nothing can move us away from this. We will have only those dealings with India, China and other countries that are in favour of the Nepali people. At the same time, we understand the uniqueness of our relationship with India.



source: Times Of India