Ethnic federalism will disintegrate nation: Wrestler Bisural
Bharat Bahadur Bishural of Lamjung is a popular name in the wrestling world. He has been able to gain name and fame in international wrestling world too. A true patriot, he has left the glam sham of America and dedicated himself to the development and promotion of the wrestling in Nepal. In his early years after he returned back to Nepal, he joined politics. But the game did not suit him.
Though he is not active in political life, he nevertheless actively monitors the ups and downs in this game too. Displeased by the recent uproar for unitary-ethnic federalism, he claims that such an uproar would disintegrate the nation into pieces. He opines that the new constitution should be drafted incorporating universal democratic norms and values with pluralistic religion and language and that the such a constitution should be endorsed by referendum. He claims that the nation should be given a headway by electing a new government through parliamentary elections.
Nepal24hours.com’s Purushottam Dhakal took up issues related to Nepal’s politics, development, wrestling and his personal macho life with him. Here are the edited excerpts.
What is Bharat Bishural’s dream: Wrestler, politician or social activist?
I have an understanding of politics and though its twist and turns, I am a genuine wrestler.
How was your political stint?
I had entered Nepal’s politics by opening a new party. Thought I could correct the political course. But I could not keep up to the deceptive standards of Nepalese politics and had to the loose the elections. It was deceptive game so I returned back to where I belonged.
It is said that you claimed nomination for UN General Secretary just for cheap popularity. Is it correct?
Well it was not a popularity stint. I like to do something new every then and now and thats why i wanted to vie for the UN General Secretary.
If you were elected a MP, what would you have done?
Would have grilled corrupt and established a just state.
Why do you think Nepal’s political parties failed?
Nepal’s political party failed due to lack of a party or a leader who could think and act for national interest. It is pathetic that Nepalese have to suffer politics while being always dejected by it.
Which and what mistakes of political parties brought Nepal to present condition?
Major factor for Nepal’s present condition is Maoist. It’s unforsieghted decade long civil war distributed a lot of fake dreams to youths and made a lot of martyrs while pushing the nation into abyss. After returning from the jungle, the Maoists were enmeshed into corruption and power hunt. In doing that they broke away from the rule of law and brought Nepal to present decadence. The nation cannot be developed unless we punish the corrupt and establish a just state.
But most ethnic and linguistic groups claim that the nation has not bee just in lack of unitary-identity states. What is you’re reading?
I completely disagree with the claim that unitary-ethnic identity federalism can develop the nation. Instead it is tool that will disintegrate the nation and ruin national integrity. The nation should not not federalized into ethnic, religious, or regionally basis. Federalism should not be based on any of these lines. It is imperative for everyone to understand that the our nation is conglomeration of plural races, ethnicities, languages, cultures and religion. And the new state should be a just state having laws aimed at human welfare. If this is done, it won’t take much time to develop this nation.
In nutshell why was constitution was not drafted? The way out now?
Demand for unitary-ethnic identity was the major factor behind the dissolution of the CA without drafting the constitution. Now a small group of constitutional experts should be assigned to prepare the new constitution having universal accepted democratic rights, norms and values and respecting plural ethnicities, races, linguistic and cultural groups. The draft prepared in such a way should be endorsed by making corrections through referendum. Nation should be provided stability by electing a new government by convening general elections.
In another context, why did you return Nepal?
I returned back to nation to pay my debt to my country and serve her. But my love for America as my working arena is also equal.
It is said that Bharat Bishural had flirted and connected with numerous girl friends and wives?
You cannot stop others from speaking. But when you have large heart, you have a large number of people who appreciate it and loose their heart to you.
And with such great number of heart donors, did you had sex with all of them?
Well, its becoming personal. Its enough for sensible to understand. No comments.
How many brunettes and wives did you had?
I married for times and got divorced equally. I had lot many brunettes, but in the end you know it seems that you have to be hooked with one under a roof. But, still those friends rush to your memory, now and then. It cannot be resisted.
So its right to say you are the Krishna of Kali Yug?
I would like to correct it. I am not the Krishna of Kaliyug, but Bharat of Treta Yug.
Ok now tell us how many brunettes have shared your bed?
Well this is really personal. But if you want to know it than I have married Lizza. And before her I was in living relationship with Kimberly, Marshal, Linda, Susan, Marry Tiyak. But i had spent some more time than others with Brazilian Anna. But we separated with no regrets and heart-breaks.
Lets change context again. Is the fight in wrestling an art or reality?
The game is reality. It an adventurous thriller game that needs lot of courage.
Whats the future of wrestling in Nepal?
Politics is one of the most prosperous game in Nepal. But I have invested all my power, money and time to develop this game in Nepal. Lets see. If it fails than there is no other alternative than to leave it.
How have been organizing this game in Nepal?
I have not been assisted by the government or business entrepreneurs. But I am pushing it further. This year also I have launched another initiative ” Wrestling for health and healthy mind” targeting school children’s. Lets see what it brings.
The discussion is getting longer. But why do you think our nation has remained poor?
There isn’t an independent citizen who loves his nation and works for it. Everyone is involved in politics, youths are lazy and roam around round the clock instead of working. In such circumstances how can the nation develop? I was born in a village and I have dedicated all my resources to the development of my villages. Thats why even if i remained poor all this time, I have been happy. And I was not able to get this happiness all the time I was in America.
In the end, is there anything that you would like to share.
This nation that has been home plural language, ethnicities and races has been time and again devastated by corrupt politicians in the name of class equality and ethnic equality. It is my understanding that these politicians cannot divide us if remain steadfast and united in adopting universal democratic norms. In the present world, it is time for us to do something for economic development instead of dividing along ethnic lines. We have done too much politics. Its time we do something as per our ability and capability.
Translated/Edited by Sushil Neupane. email@example.com