Which Party Do I Belong To?

Jorpati! Okay, I am kidding.

It’s been quite a while that I haven’t seen this site! Too busy with reporting for my newspaper, fixing and translating for international news organizations and following leaders in their campaign trails in Kathmandu and then keeping myself updated on the election results from around the country. After I returned from Karnali, I went to Gorkha for a day- as a translator for a foreign newspaper. So many things to write about: all those journeys, the personal experience, those fcking tired and exhausted moments. But where is the time? 24 is not enough, I need at least 35 hours in a day.

Anyway, this is a season of political activities and making a choice based on political ideology many other factors. A reader of UWB asked me about my political affiliation and I found that question very interesting. I am republishing the conversation below:

freedom writer, on April 14th, 2008 at 9:26 am Said:

Whose party are you in Dinesh? I was just wondering. Even after reading all your blogs, I still couldn’t figure it out that’s why. No need to answer it if you don’t want to.

D Wagle, on April 14th, 2008 at 10:19 pm Said:

freedom writer,

I am certainly not a communist, definitely not a monarchist, can’t imagine being the rightist, and surely don’t want to be portrayed as a leftist. I would like to describe myself as someone standing on the left of the center.

I was dismayed seeing Yogesh Bhattrai of UML defeated in the election. I would love to see folks like Gagan Thapa in the leading positing of the NC. I was happy to see the likes of Govinda Raj Joshi, Chiranjivi Wagle and Khum Bahadur Khadka and many other old faces of Nepali Congress and UML defeated in the polls. I am sad that Bijay Kumar Gachhedar and Hridiesh Tripathi won the election.

I agree with all points stated by Gaule_Hero above and want to say that the point number 2 applies with current leadership of UML as well. I want vibrant political parties with leadership that is refreshed in a regular interval.

I am glad that you couldn’t figure out my political party because I don’t want to be associated with any of the parties because I am in such a profession that demands neutrality and equal treatment to all parties. Yes, you can vote to only one party (or at most two in the recent polls) and you must make a choice. But that’s it and when I get out of the polling station I am back to my reporting. You never know when you have to interview a Maoist leader or a RPP Nepal activist. (Actually that was exactly what happened in the morning a day before the polls: I was talking to a Maoist leader in her campaign office at around 7 and translating the interview of a leader of RPP Nepal after two hours for an international news organization.)

I am strongly a pro-freedom of expression and for competitive multiparty democratic principles. If anyone tries to undermine those basic pillars (be it by Gyanendra or Girija or Prachanda or Madhav Nepal), I get agitated.

freedom writer, on April 15th, 2008 at 10:21 am Said:

Thanks for your reply Dinesh. Yeah, you being a journalist, have to be neutral. Media plays a big role in any kind of movements these days. If media starts being bias to one person or a party, then people may get misled. Keep up your work !!! (source)