Last week, as part of the centenary celebrations of the Chinese Communist Party, a high-speed train was inaugurated from Lhasa to Nyingchi, just 17 kilometers from the border of Arunachal Pradesh state in India. There will be more such projects announced by China as it would like to take the opportunity to share its economic success story with the world.
At the start of the pandemic, as the world wondered how to deal with the pandemic, China simply pushed containment. And now, with the vaccination, he proudly claims he injected a billion doses into his home and exported around 400 million. It is therefore very strange that Nepal, which has experienced different forms of Communist government over the past three decades and is currently the only country ruled by a Communist Party in South Asia, is lagging so far behind.
In Liberate the VajraI’m talking about how the Communist Parties in Nepal were modeled around the Indian Communist Parties, especially with a strong influence from the West Bengal parties. It was about seeking rents out of poverty, talking about land rights, disrupting businesses through unions, seeing wealth as bad and the rich as inherently bad.
It was always hypocrisy, where we talk about the Red Book during the day and drink Red Label at night. Communist leaders and their children got richer by winning the elections by talking about poverty. Unlike China, where the goal was to become a global superpower, the Communists in Nepal and West Bengal ensured that they were exploiting and extracting, labeling the superpowers as imperialists and expansionists. If they were to become a superpower, then they would have fewer possibilities of extracting undeserved wealth; therefore, poverty has become a great weapon.
No institutional strengthening
One of the most admirable systems of the Chinese Communist Party has been the way it trains leaders from the local level and they evolve to manage different portfolios and then are promoted as in an efficiently run business or organization. A leader would have gone through many positions where he would have stood out before reaching the top.
In Nepal, as in India, the organization did not matter. Therefore, the chiefs either became members of the king’s party or transferred the locks and cannon to another party. When so many communist parties in Nepal were working for federalism and the new constitution, not a single party has so far created a structure where the grassroots leaders develop in stages to become national leaders like in China.
In the recent takeover perpetuated by Prime Minister KP Oli, it appears that “horse bargaining” (a very popular word used in the Indian democratic system) has become the means of managing communist factions rather than creating organizations. . Therefore, the Communist leaders in Nepal strongly disagree with the Chinese model of party building. As one Communist leader shared privately, there are too many Xi and no Xi doctrine in this country. The fact that the Nepalese Communist Parties have not demonstrated a leadership development process means that they have very low credibility in the face of some of the main thinkers of the Chinese Communist Party. Therefore, the Nepalese rulers do not have access to the main Chinese rulers.
Lack of global ambition
Apart from sending children abroad to study or settle, there have been no global ambitions of the Nepalese communist leaders, unlike their Chinese counterparts. When was the last time we heard of a Nepalese communist leader presenting documents on a credible international platform? Where do you see them on their trips abroad, other than being with their old executives in a country eating masu-bhaat?
China’s growth has been about setting global ambitions. Today, global companies are examining how Chinese companies operate and use that inspiration, whether in e-commerce or technology. Nepalese communist leaders believe that globalization and capitalism run counter to their political interests and equate everything they cannot achieve with them. For example, if we talk about the filth of Kathmandu or the poor quality of our urban planning, they quickly refer to cleanliness and good city plans as a capitalist concept and throw it away. They don’t want to compete with the world, and competing with those who are known to them is an easier way to stay in power.
The hundred years of the Chinese Communist Party will surely bring more news about the progress of our northern neighbor. At the same time, we will have the opportunity to hear views on what they did wrong. For the Nepalese Communist, it is just time to think and act like him rather than emulate the failed Indian Communist model around which he is continually modeled.