Political revolution not over: Baidya

Kathmandu, August 9:

CPN-Maoist leader Mohan Baidya ‘Kiran’ said today the political revolution would be complete only after bringing about desired political and economic transformation.

Addressing a programme organised by Progressive Writers’ Association in honour of progressive writers elected to the Constituent Assembly, Baidya said feudal mindset

was posing a challenge to political and economic transformation of the society.

“Some people say the political revolution is over and that we should go for economic revolution. But I think the political revolution is not over yet because we have not seen

any revolutionary changes,” Baidya, who is also known by his pen name ‘Chaitanya’, said.

Stressing the need to dismantle the roots of feudalism, he said, “There are small kings

in all parties — may be in our party as well.”

He urged writers to write against all kinds of discrimination and feudalism and foreign


“We need to achieve the goal of people’s democracy, better life for people and take strong action against all anti-national activities,” Baidya said.

UML leader Pradip Gyawali urged all stakeholders to pursue the path of reconciliation and unity since the peace process was not over.

“A polarisation between socialist forces and capitalist forces seems quite likely. But, at this stage, all major stakeholders need to move together. We should not abandon the stick that helped us cross the river,” Gyawali, who is also a progressive writer, said.

Saying that the state had marginalised the Madhesi community in the past, Gyawali said there existed a wrong tendency of holding the Pahade community accountable for the discrimination against the Madhesis.

Another UML CA member Gopal Thakur said the political parties should be cautious

of incidents that could flare up communal riots.

He said both the views that ‘there should be One Madhes, One Province’ and ‘there is no Madhes in Nepal’ were fanatic ones.

PRA chairperson Ninu Chapagain cautioned that the republican order might not sustain if efforts were not made to effect cultural transformation supportive of the republican political order.