Thursday, 22 September 2016

Talk with Kamal Thapa

Posted by Anup Baral September 22, 2016 : Chairman of Rastriya Prajatantra Party - Nepal (RPP-N) and Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the erstwhile KP Oli government, Kamal Thapa is one of those few and far between Nepali politicians who openly speak about what they call India’s increasing ‘interference’ in Nepal. The support that Thapa had provided to the Oli government was no less than that of any leader or minister from Oli’s own party, the CPN (UML). The Nagarik Show team asked Thapa for some time for an interview while Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal was still in India on his four-day visit to the southern neighbor. He agreed. But Thapa who is one of the few politicians in Nepal who keep the ‘diplomatic decorum’ in mind, later called us and said, “It would not be appropriate for a responsible leader to talk negatively about the visit while the Prime Minister is still outside. So, let’s meet after the Prime Minister returns home.”
In an interview taken after PM Dahal returned home, Thapa not only termed the PM’s visit as “irrelevant and insignificant” but also went on to say that the visit has “increased the risks and has disturbed the balance [of India-Nepal relations].” Thapa who says he is still committed to the agenda of a Hindu state and constitutional monarchy claims that Indian interference in Nepal has increased after the restoration of multi-party democracy in Nepal in 1990. His conclusion is: The tendency of Nepali politicians seeking “Indian blessings to rise to power and remain there” has dramatically increased after the restoration of multi-party democracy. He calls it Nepali politicians’ and political parties’ “self-defeatism.” “Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal’s India visit is a result of the same surrendered attitude,” he said, “He had gone to India to say ‘I have made many mistakes, I beg to be forgiven.’” Thapa argues that though the British left India a long time ago, the remnants of ‘British expansionism’ are still in India.

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.