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From The Nepali Press
Lack leadership

Multiparty democracy depends largely on the leadership of political parties. Leadership can't be strong unless party leaders have the commitment for sacrifice and service. It is not possible for all political parties to find great leaders like BP Koirala and Madan Bhandari. Great leaders are born, not made or trained. It is perhaps not fair to blame Madhab Nepal and Girija Prasad Koirala for lacking qualities of their forebears. They too must have led their parties with their best ability, wisdom and capacity because nobody wants to be weak and face criticism from all quarters. But they can never be freed from some of the qualities they have been born with. That is why party workers should either say they can't accept their leaders because they lack special qualities or stop criticising them.

It will be more sensible for party workers to censure themselves instead of blaming others for the lack of foresight and inability to make prompt decisions. After all, the cadre are to blame for choosing such people to lead them. Party workers can openly criticise their leaders for not showing exemplary sacrifice or not being punctual at office or functions. It is not fair to criticise them for not displaying the qualities of a real leader. The public, on the other hand, is free to condemn the leaders on any grounds but it is apparent that even public criticism does not affect these leaders. Koirala was constantly advised to be more liberal and keep Sher Bahadur Deuba in the party for the sake of unity. But he refused. Madhab Nepal is still stuck with a stereotype attitude. He was often told that showing off his intellect does not help in politics. Truth and practicality would work better but both have not changed with the times. Lately, Nepal has been criticised for weak leadership. He was the subject of public scorn when he stated being unaware of the price hike decision made by a member of his own party, Minister Ishwar Pokhrel. Even his own comrades are disappointed with the way Nepal lied as soon as the anti-fuel price demos began. If Madhab Nepal has any dignity left he should confess to lying about his lack of knowledge on the price hike issue and ask his comrades to withdraw from the government.

(11 JAN 2013 - 17 JAN 2013)