17 January, 2021

'If The Leadership Has A Horse To Ride, All Cadres Cannot Expect To Have It'

The top Nepal Maoist on the problems revolutionary parties encounter in maintaining their ideological purity and India's role in Nepal

'If The Leadership Has A Horse To Ride, All Cadres Cannot Expect To Have It'
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In December 2007, Outlook featured a story on Prachanda (The Rado Maoist), chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist, detailing the remarkable change in his lifestyle after he emerged from the bush to join mainstream politics. We said he sports an expensive Rado watch, travels in an airconditioned Pajero, loves his daily two pegs of Johnnie Walker whisky, and has been accused of promoting his children in the party hierarchy. On a cold January morning this year, the Maoist supremo, dressed in a trendy tracksuit, met Outlook's Manoj Dahal and sportingly fielded questions on his new lifestyle, the problems revolutionary parties encounter in maintaining their ideological purity and India's role in Nepal. Excerpts:

From being an underground outfit to joining competitive mainstream politics, the Maoists have come a long way. What are the major challenges you have encountered in this switch?

We accepted multiparty competitive politics which is different...
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