Surya Bahadur Thapa possessed several traits common to many successful people in politics and business. He was cunning and charismatic, but he was also persistent, relentlessly pursuing power till the last days of his life. He could be shrewd but he was also flexible. He was opportunistic and corrupt. An astute political player, he was connected well enough to be trusted by all political quarters.
It is quite a feat for anyone to rise to the highest position available to citizens. Late Thapa accomplished this five times. Three kings, four different political systems, and an active public life that spanned more than five decades- Thapa had seen so much and adapted to each situation so well that his claim to success did not demand any remarkable contribution from him. He was already successful by just being there. For someone who was at the center of Nepalese power and politics for…
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I tribute the late Surya Bahadur Thapa as a former PM of Nepal. I had very closed with him from 2024 BS. I knew him as a opportunist and corrupt Pancha. You know- we should have to evaluate the personality after death about his past activities. Actually, the Panchas sucked this nation by turning into a jackal when king Mahendra attempted to lift this nation during the Panchayat Era. I am not a supporter of BP Koirala but do not like to tolerate injustice. It is a matter of remembrance that Surya Bahadur Thapa in a district meeting at Dhankuta said- ‘BP should be hanged’.
Surya Bahadur Thapa is responsible for subsiding the Panchayat into undemocratic system and corruption and the Congress leader Girija Prasad Koirala drowned the multiparty system with maximum corruptions. Surya Bahadur and his relatives earned too much money during Panchayat era. During the time of referendum-1969, Surya Bahadur did not keep an account by embezzling Rs where 42.5 million worth cube-feet of woods which I had spoken in the parliament also-1980. The pillage was done by lying seize to import and export. Commodity items were given to Arun Emporium and gulped down millions. There are many examples as such. Girija Prasad has already been revealed, how much shall I say? He sold every organization which were built by China as a good friendship gift. Girija is responsible for bankruptcy of the one and only airlines of this nation which was in profit. He forwarded people like Lokman Karki to capture customs and pillaged. Girija Prasad came to power time and again and he did not do anything good rather than destroy this nation. Nepal’s retrogression started from 1991 when Girija reigned. After 2006, he became the Lendup to drown this nation.
The patriots belief is that no matter who is corrupt must be caught. No matter, who has pillaged the state money and assets there must be returned to state’s coffer. The opportunist face of Surya Bahadur, Lokendra Bahadur Chanda, Pashupati Shumsher have been revealed. It was anticipated that Lokendra Bahadur would be like a simple Thakuri from Baitadi, but latter we knew how treacherous he is. He acquired a lot during the king’s time. The biggest confidants of the king went to drop ballets in republic. Pashupati Shumsher who was seen as the king’s high confidant was found to be a foreign agent from earlier times. He sent his daughter Devyani, who was cause for the royal palace massacre, to India without inquiry the next day. He handed over Mahakali to India when serving as the water resource minister. This is the reality of Mahakali Treaty–Nepal’s 47 percent (around 9,000 hectares) will be inundated and be able to irrigate only 5 percent, while India will get the facility to irrigate its 95 percent land. It is an anti-nationalist treaty. The talk of electricity is also dramatic like this. Is it possible that they might have signed the Mahakali treaty without any benefits?
Let it be- I tribute him.
Dirgha Raj Prasai