Foreign Affairs

GP Koirala’s demise : End of a generation

┬áThe octogenarian leader and the architect of Nepali peace process, Girija Prasad Koirala popularly know as Girijababu or GP Koirala is no more amongst us. It’s definitely hurting we lost the physical presence of a charismatic leader but moreover along with his absence, apprehension about the peace process, constitution drafting and the politics of consensus has been raised. There has been no person in this generation who could take his position and height he made in political arena. The void that has been created with the demise of Girijababu is going to take many years to be filled up. The ceremonial figure whom the major parties including the former rebel CPN Maoist could believe and look at the time of crisis are not seen in Nepali horizon rather than Girija babu and so it’s a gospel truth that a lot more challenges lie ahead in Nepal’s path. Nepal’s nascent democracy and peace process as well as the determination of restructuring the nation are now in a very need of a strong leader with all the aforementioned qualities and hence nation will miss Girijababu. The figure whom the international community believe would also be missed. Also will be missed his daring decisions and straight forward quality along with his characteristics of crying foul. He owns maximum credit in establishing republic in the country as he mustered the political parties facing in different directions and with different ideologies, walk in the same path.

Despite these facts, bunch of both challenges and opportunities at the same time have stood up before the new generation. The way in which they handle the situation would figure out their far sightedness and future of the country. Soon after the demise of Girijababu, a general vibe of political leaders that the peace process and the promulgation of a new statute should be ushered to a logical end has been observed. Looking at the promises rendered by the leaders stunned after Girijababu’s demise, there is enough room to believe that new statute could be promulgated in the slated time and peace process reach a logical end. But still parties need to buckle down quickly to realize these promises into realities. Still a larger gauge of suspicions prevail as the parties have hardly proved their words. Political parties seem to saying ostensibly, they are ready for the consensus but in reality they are stepping backward in sacrificing for larger interest.