Nepal government paid a state honor to Nara Bahadur Karmacharya, one of the four founding members of the Communist Party of Nepal, who passed away on Wednesday morning at a local hospital in Kathmandu.
He had been suffering from a metastatic bile duct problem for several weeks and was being intensively treated at Model Hospital, Kathmandu.
Pushpa Lal Shrestha as the chairperson and Nara Bahadur Karmacharya, Niranjan Govinda Baidya and Narayan Bilas Joshi had established for the first time the Communist Party of Nepal (CPN) on 29 April 1949. Their party, along with the Nepali Congress led by B. P. Koirala, fought against the hereditary Rana regime.
After Karmacharya’s demise, there is no more living founding leader of the Communist Party of Nepal. Currently, there are about two dozen factions and sub-factions of the Communist Party of Nepal.
Unmarried Karmacharya, while alive, used to stress on a unified left movement geared against the deep-rooted feudalism, political compradorship and imperialism.
Different party heads and senior leaders paid tribute to his dead body during the final rites while they accepted that Karmacharya contributed to left and democratic movement in Nepal ‘s political history.
A local of Patan, Nepal’s historical city, Karmcharya was still a dynamic person until the time he got seriously ill a few months back. He served as the patron of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal Maoist (UCPNM), whose Chairperson Pushpa Kamal Dahal said that his party lost a bona fide guardian.
While we contextually remember Nara Bahadur Karmacharya as one of the most ethical leaders, it is extremely regrettable that many of Nepal’s leaders do not believe in ethical politics at all; as a result, many of them have reportedly deposited a huge amount of black money under the ownership of networked and armed dons.
- What to learn from Nara Bahadur Karmacharya
• He never sought any official position and official perks. He was free from greed while most of Nepal’s leaders have proved extremely greedy.
• He never followed Nepal’s cancerous psychological pattern of nepotism and favoritism.
• He never sought any publicity and glamor during his whole life.
• He followed the scientific Buddhist principles of truthfulness, ethical thought and behavior, and self-conscientiousness.
• He lived a simple and ethical life.
• He sacrificed most of his private life to pro-public politics—something beyond imagination for most of the leaders.