B.P. KOIRALADrifting Followers

At a time when Nepal is passing through a critical phase of political uncertainty, B.P. Koirala’s national reconciliation policy rings to be more relevant than ever

Dec. 30, 2015, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol:09, No 11, December 11, 2015 (Mangsir 25, 2071

Despite the promulgation of the new constitution, Nepal has yet to see the much needed political stability return. As political forces are divided in a multitude of manners, political stability appears to be only a far cry.

Late B.P. Koirala returned to Nepal from his exile in India 38 years ago calling for national reconciliation with the King after he realized the danger lurking over the country then. Although Nepal has now turned from monarchy to a republic and late B.P.'s own brother ruled the country for almost a decade and led the movement to turn the nation into the republican setup, the much needed political stability has remained elusive.

BP Koirala held the view that the country’s sovereignty is of foremost importance, even above democracy. Thus, he came up with the idea of national reconciliation. When he returned from exile, small countries of South Asia were faced with the risk of losing their identity.

Visionary leader B.P Koirala saw this from the far horizon and came to Nepal ignoring his own life. Today, his party followers have got everything, including the power and pelf, but what they lack is a true vision and action for political stability and independence.

His younger brother GP Koirala died a few years ago. However, far fewer people remember him. Similarly, many of his party colleagues ruled the country, but nobody actually bothers to remember them.

B.P. Koirala remains at the top of politics even after 38 years of his death. His national reconciliation policy is still valid as it was in the past. Nepali Congress, however, which gave up B.P.'s national reconciliation policy, is proving itself as less relevant.

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