Sense of Humor or Senseless Humor

[Once again, I am going to write about Prachanda, the Maoist supremo, and I am afraid this is not something his admirers will like to read. Actually, this is my feelings about him after listening to him for 15 minutes in a press conference organized at the Annapurna Hotel today.]

Prachanda (Puspa Kamal Dahal) Maoists Leader of Nepal

Prachanda’s press conference at Hotel Annapurna. I was curious to see the ‘first future president’ of Nepal (I had seen him in the past but never from very close), so I made my way to the five-star hotel, where I had to go through at least a dozen youngsters wearing Maoists election promotion t-shirts and standing on the way leading to the hall.

I was not stopped, or security-checked anywhere and within a few minutes I was a few steps away from him.

The first thing that amazed me was his smiles – sense of humor. But as the question-answer session went on, the sense of humor starting feeling like senseless humor. How can one of the top leaders of the country, who is hoping good to lead the nation, be so humorous (that too for nothing, and all the time)?

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That’s Why We Don’t Want King

I was invited for the Nepali adaption of George Bernard Shaw’s The Apple Cart by director Yubaraj Ghimire. I had once tried to read the drama itself, but couldn’t find enough energy to complete it so I just read a long summary of it and thought it was a Monarchist drama. I was surprised when Ghimire said Silpi, a theatre group he has co-founded, had staging the drama.

The long drama was shortened, I was informed beforehand, and I found I would have enjoyed it even if it was not shortened. I was amazed to see how the drama perfectly fitted to the present context of Nepal. And, then it changed my belief that The Apple Cart is an advocacy to monarchy.

Actually, the drama tells you why the King is always a threat to democracy; reminds us how he could be at a position to take decisions that may undermine people and sovereignty. And, for us, sadly, it also reminds on how the political parties are performing. Of course, there were a few lapses in drama (the thing I found most disturbing was the use of sleeping dress as national dress…).

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Nepal Election Fever: Prachanda Outcry

April 10 is the day! Nepal will see the historic election – for the Constituent Assembly. This will also, probably, end the long-running monarchy and formally end the Maoists’ people’s war.

Election fever is already gripping the nation. Door-to-door programs, mass meetings and election region visits by the candidates are keeping most of the leaders busy. And, there are of course speculations among the people of results. The most frequently asked question being how many seats Maoists will win.

And, the most interesting part of the election seems to be outcries of the leaders for this and that. The front-runner is of course Maoist supremo Prachanda – the ‘first future president of the new Nepal’ (according to Maoist graffiti/banners around the city).

Prachanda is candidate from Kathmandu Constituency No 10 and Rolpa No 2. There was an interesting article on The Kathmandu Post on why he chose the No 10 Contituenty of Kathmandu. It’s a well known that if the big parties do not work out on a plan to elect all big leaders, it would be very difficult for Prachanda to get elected from Kathmandu.

And when the alliance with the Communist Party of Nepal (UML) failed, the Maoists fear that difficulty has increased and Prachanda does not want the lose. For a man who has never faced election, even Rolpa – the Maoists’ biggest success during People’s War looks shaky (for what if fear). The fear has been reflected time and again in the speeches by Prachanda. Every time he speaks, he has venoms for UML.

Here are a few of things Prachanda has said in recent past about UML:

‘UML shield away from leftist alliance under US behest’
‘I’m president in people’s heart’ (in reply of UML general secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal’s ‘he is the wall president‘)
What do these parties think of the people? Nepali people are not fools. They know who are traitors

And, what if Prachanda loses in both constituencies? (well Prachanda himself fear he could also fall flat in Rolpa saying that there are conspiracies afoot to defeat him).

The answer is: ‘Peaceful War’ (that I am using out of context, as he said it if there is no Maoist majority). Well, I am still trying to figure out which among the two words in the phrase remains silent!

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