On Saturday evening, Rishi Dhamala invited Rastriya Prajatantra Party (United) Chairman Pashupati Shumsher JBR in one of the most popular talkshow Janata Jana Chahanchan broadcast on Prime Times television.
The discussion was focused on RPP’s lobbying on the reinstatement of Nepal as a Hindu state and revival of the monarchy in the country. Show host Dhamala, also the president of Reporters’ Club Nepal, and Rana also talked about Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli’s visits to foreign countries.
When they were debating on RPP’s agenda of Hindu state and monarchy, Rana started referring Dhamala using the word ‘timi’ a less polite Nepali word for the second person singular word ‘you’.
Rana was arguing that President Bidya Devi Bhandari’s luxurious living style was not suitable for a poor and developing country like Nepal.
“This is a democracy. Prez Bhandari makes people keel who reaches Sital Niwas to receive tika. Is this behavior appropriate?”
“It is biased. Therefore, we have thought of replacing the president with the monarchy.”
When Dhamala asked Rana how he came to stand in favor of monarchy when he, in a face-to-face interaction program in Reporters’ Club, had clearly maintained his party is a Republican party, Rana replied, “Yes, but the president could not be fair. She craves for luxury and power. So, instead of a person who has an obsession with luxury and power, we have thought it could be if we reviving the older organization, king.”
“Rishi le sunya xou, (you have heard) about the debate on executive president…”
Dhamala interrupted saying, “The directly elected executive president is a need.”
When Rana said, “Sunana (Listen)…
Dhamala’s patience broke and he said, “Don’t say sunana, say sunnus Pashupati Shumsher ji”.
“You should apologize.”
Sunya xou andSunana are the verbs are used with the less formal and less polite word timi. The use of such words is not generally applicable in the formal programs.
Then Rana said, “Sorry! No problem. I said ‘timi’ because I am used to calling you like this. We are familiar with each other… so it came… but it’s okay.”
“No, in an interview, you have to use the word tapai,” said Dhamala.
According to chair Rana, a monarchy that is acceptable to all the people should be established.
In the interview, Rana also said that Prime Minister Oli’s frequent state visits to foreign countries have not been beneficial.
“I think the PM is making tourist visit.”
“State visits should have the purpose of harboring benefits in the country’s interest. What has the country achieved from PM’s Vietnam and Cambodia visits?
“PM’s current visit to the United Kingdom is also not suitable at a moment because of the instability created following the resignation of British Prime Minister Theresa May,” he said.
He also said that the government with a two-thirds majority has not done anything notable.