By Ram Khatry, Sydney
19 March 2017
A veteran political commentator in Nepal has questioned former BBC employee Rabindra Mishra’s moral ground for leading a political party in his native Nepal. Because, Professor Surendra KC argued, Mr Mishra once ran a media “campaign”, “within the last fifteen years”, during which interviewees were asked if Nepal should be merged into India.
Mr Mishra, a highly-regarded journalist in Nepal, has already expressed disbelief at the accusation terming it baseless and regrettable.
The ex-editor of BBC Nepali service recently launched his political party called Sajha Party which is the second latest party following former prime minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai’s Naya Shakti.
In an interview with Sagarmatha Televsion (published on YouTube on March 12), Dr KC said that he and others in Nepal protested against the campaign back then and questioned BBC’s action of running the campaign (Should Nepal be merged into India?”) from its base in London.
Mr Mishra, the man behind the massive Help Nepal Foundation, reacted to the first hit of public life through his Facebook page. In his status posted on Sunday, he said that the comments made by the “professor doctor” were “extremely baseless and un-academic”.
Mr Mishra also questioned the judgement of the journalist who interviewed Dr KC suggesting he should have either “stopped or challenged” him when he made the accusation that could potentially cause his “character assassination”. If it was recorded then that part should either have been edited or verified, he further added. “Otherwise, not only the interviewee but also the interviewer will share responsibility for the offence,” the veteran Nepali journalist stated.
He, however, failed to directly accept or deny the allusion to the campaign Dr KC referred to.