In an entirely unexpected turn of events, the Unified Communist Party of Nepal hasn’t exactly lived up to its class warfare promises. Oh it took from the rich… and gave to itself.
The Unified Communist Party of Nepal are Maoists and terrorists. So naturally the media welcomed their takeover of Nepal. In 2012, Obama’s State Department delisted it as a terrorist group, writing; “Today’s delisting does not seek to overlook or forget the party’s violent past, but rather looks ahead towards the party’s continued engagement in a peaceful, democratic political dialogue in Nepal.”
So how has all that worked out in Nepal?
Commentators and former rebels say the party’s leadership has swapped its revolutionary ideals for corruption-fuelled luxury, with the strongest criticism reserved for chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal, better known by the nom-de-guerre Prachanda.
The Maoists came to power promising social change, economic growth and lasting peace for a country devastated by a decade-long civil war.
Former guerrilla Bishnu Pariyar took up arms aged 14. By the time he was 22, he had survived gunshot wounds to become one of Prachanda’s personal aides.
“The rich used to treat us like dogs and I thought our war would liberate the poor,” Pariyar said.
Soon after he began working for the Maoist chief, he noticed Prachanda’s taste for luxury brands and imported whiskey — a fondness that has not escaped the attentions of local media.
“That family just loves to spend, whether it’s Prachanda blowing money on hair gel or Rolex watches, his wife buying saris all the time or his son Prakash, obsessed with changing his mobile phone every two weeks,” Pariyar told AFP.
Prachanda’s lifestyle first attracted criticism when news emerged in January 2012 that he had rented a 15-room mansion in Kathmandu, a property he still occupies, despite promises to vacate it.
The news rankled many in Nepal, one of the world’s most unequal and impoverished countries, where nearly 25 percent of the population lives on less than $1.25 a day, according to the World Bank.
Two months later, another scandal erupted when the Maoist-led government acknowledged offering $250,000 to Prachanda’s son Prakash Dahal to climb Mount Everest.
And, in April 2012, clashes broke out in a UN-monitored camp for former Maoist soldiers when troops accused the party of stealing funds owed to them.
Agni Sapkota, a spokesman for the party as well as an election candidate, said criticism of the party was part of a smear campaign and the Maoists remained true to their roots.
“The allegations that we have forgotten our ideals are wrong, they are spread by our enemies,” he said.
They do remain true to their roots. Just look at the ruling class in China. Or in North Korea.
The left doesn’t introduce equality. It loots the country and builds a new elite around its own ranks while impoverishing everyone else, except occasionally a handful of needed professionals.
Wealth redistribution mostly goes past the poor and into the Party.
History. No one learns from it.