Friday, 5 August 2016

Maoist leader Krishna Bahadur Mahara finance minister

Posted by Anup Baral August 5th, 2016 :
Krishna Bahadur Mahara, born on July 1, 1958 in Liwang-7, Rolpa, plunged into politics in 1979. Leaving prolonged teaching profession in 1991, he contested the parliamentary election from Rolpa representing Unified Peoples' Front and was succeeded in his first participated election. A graduate in education faculty, Mahara became a central member of then CPN-Maoist in 1996, consequently serving as a politburo member and standing committee member, followed by the role of spokesperson of the party from 2003 till 2008, with underground life in 1995. After the comprehensive peace accord, he made himself public and elected in 2008 CA election from Dang 3 with 20,784 votes, defeating his closest rival NC's Anita Devkota, who bagged 10,812 votes. Another opponent CPN-UML's Chhabi Lal Oli received 4,879 votes, confining to the third. After the restoration of the parliament in 2006, he represented the party to the parliament, leading his 83 fellow comrades and was appointed, after a year, as a Minister for Information and Communication in the coalition cabinet headed by Girija Prasad Koirala. Likewise he was subsequently appointed as Minister of Information and Communication in the Cabinet headed by Puspa Kamal Dahal "Prachand" in 2008 and appointed with dual portfolio of as a Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs in the cabinet led by CPN-UML's chair Jhala Nath Khanal , for a brief period .
Mahara played a vital role as a then CPN-Maoist dialogue coordinator, formed to hold talks with the government during the armed conflict period. His students includes UCPN-Maoist leaders including Barsa Man Pun'Ananta', Nand Kishor Pun'Pasang', Netra Bikram Chand 'Biplav', Jokha Bahadur Mahara, Santosh Budha Magar. His political life deemed to an extent in 2010, when the controversial and explosive audio tape of his conversation with a Chinese official, demanding Rs. 500 million from China to influence 50 lawmakers to vote for the Maoist chairman in the upcoming election for a prime minister, was publicized by Nepali media.

Guide of the month: January 2018

Traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular life. You get to forget your problems/issues for a few weeks, it can also help you figure things out that you would not have understood without the distance traveling can give you. We all have crazy schedules, work and a family to take care of, going away alone or with some friends can give you distance and perhaps even make you realize how important these people are for you. Like the saying says: we never know what we have until we lose it.

Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. It’s nice to live life to its fullest and enjoy a stress free time with yourself. Going on vacation lets us recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life. When we come back we feel invigorated and we are happy to be back in our day to day routine. It’s a very good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.

Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, some cultures don’t have fries in their diet and they are all skinny, others use spices to give taste and not oils or fats. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is really interesting. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.