Daniel Lak in Nepali Times:
You’d think by now that New York had seen it all, but nothing like the Nepali Maoist road show in the Big Apple.
During the war, Comrade Prachanda never stinted on stinging anti-American rhetoric. But at the UN and on the lecture circuit in Manhattan, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal was centrist sweetness personified.
This week, Finance Minister Baburam Bhattarai also came across as a serious proponent of free market capitalism in Washington DC. Ironically, he and his boss were at the heart of the capitalist beast during its worst financial meltdown in modern times.
Whether PM Dahal spared the time to tour the Asia Society’s excellent exhibit of Mao Zedong memorabilia (paintings, icons, posters and lapel pins) isn’t known, but wonder what he’d have made of the Mao chic.