He proved himself to be a man of substance with immense love and honor for his motherland-Nepal. He kept on repeating on the aspect of Nepali nationalism and reminded the academic luminaries who had come to listen to his maiden speech (perhaps) not to abandon or even ignore the aspect of Nepali nationalism.
One has to admire his courage with which he explained the contemporary Nepali politics and the aberrations being observed in the constitution drafting process et.al.
Dr. Shashank Koirala has attained political maturity in abundance.
He did not mince words to lodge complaints against his own party-the Nepali Congress yet as a disciplined parliamentarian of the party, he however, did collect the courage to pronounce that NC in the past had gone wrong since 1990, to be more precise.
He instead suggested his audience to read in between the lines of what he was saying.
“As a party man, I should restrain myself for several political reasons”, Dr. Shashank appealed the intellectual gathering.
Perhaps his Nepal Council of World Affairs speech, October 30, 2014, will go a long way to establish Dr. Shashank Koirala as an emerging leader of Nepal’s oldest party and thus one can presume that Dr. Koirala’s straight forwards comments made at the NCWA congregation needs to be considered and reconsidered not only by his own party men but should be followed by the political personalities of other parties.
This should apply to all the nationalists, if there are some, and Nepali academia, the media sector and others.
“Let’s think of the nation first and then only of the parties we were affiliated with”, is what Dr. Shashank said.
Dr. Shashank is the youngest son of late BP Koirala.
While he was ventilating his views, it appeared to many that late BP Koirala was amidst them who was convincing the audience that what Nepal should do now to get rid of the present day ailments–some imposed and the rest self manufactured ones.
In the process of his illuminating lecture at the NCWA, one had to believe that a medical practitioner can easily become an honest political man but a political man, the fact is that, can’t become a medical doctor.
He made several tantalizing revelations but with some desired and required reservations and suggested his academic audience understand his political compulsions.
Dr. Shashank Koirala said, among others:
- One should have clarity of thoughts and determination in politics.
- Only Late BP Koirala possessed these two elements side by side. He had both clarity in his thoughts and determination.
- Tell me how we have come to this stage and tell me who were those actors who brought us all here?
- India is not a federal state instead it is a quasi one.
- we can’t go federal in a day or two.
- First ascertain which federal model suits to Nepali interests.
- Lack of clarity and determination among the Nepali leaders is what has plagued the national politics.
- I would say that the revolution of 1950 was a real one which brought the entire population together. It was a Nepali revolution by all means.
- The revolutions that followed were sponsored ones.
- My own party exploited the Indian economic blockade on Nepal during 1990.
- Revolution in essence must bring in some substantial changes in the lives of the people.
- The NC practiced virtual dictatorship with GP, KP and GM-the troika while awarding election tickets. Could it be called a democracy?
- Extractive politics and economy spoils the nation altogether and this is what we practiced in the past.
- Politics should start from the villages and thus devolution of power must begin with the grass roots.
- We all missed and the NC missed much in the past.
- We are ourselves not clear about what sort of federal model we want to have for Nepal.
- I will go for three federal states. Six, as is being talked, is neither viable nor sustainable. Let’s start with a few.
- Nepal’s existence depends much on China and India.
- If India and China clash, per chance, Nepal is the real victim.
- How the Nepal Maoists got established in 2052? Perhaps we all understand it better.
- Some domestic and external forces were involved then.
- Will Indian PM Narendra Modi gets the needed support from his own “bureaucracy” in making Nepal-India relations a vibrant one as Modi desires?
- One Madhesh-One Province was a non-issue which smelt of Western Air.
- Why late BP talked of nationalism? He used to say at times that the Nepalese were easily saleable.
- Nepal has collapsed due to the whims of “elitist groups”.
- Single identity based federal order is simply impossible in Nepal.
- Who went wrong? The King and the NC. We went, the NC, wrong since 2046.
- Most unfortunate for Nepal was signing of the 12 point agreement.
- GP Koirala may have had his compulsions in accepting a secular Nepal.
- The votes garnered by COW can’t Die.
- The Marginalized groups must get support from the State.
- 1990 revolution was a sponsored one and so was the last movement which had been encouraged by……forces.
- 12 point agreement was a compulsion then.
- The federal states should be North-South so that Nepal has access to both of her giant neighbors. Stick to equi-distance theory between India and China.
Thus Dr. Shashank Koirala ended his lecture and later he answered volley of questions from the floor.