Exiled human right leader Tek Nath Rizal, who is agonized with news of passage of the former Nepalese Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala, said he has lost his father second time. Vidhyapati Mishra talked to him shortly after the formal announcement of Koirala’s death by Central Committee meet of Nepali Congress
How do you comment on the sad this sad news?
Actually, I am unable to speak following this news. I am really sad that I have lost the strong supporter of our struggle, no less than my father. I pray to God that his soul rests in peace in heaven.
Besides playing vital roles in bilateral talks when Koirala was head of government, he used to say that he was also a founding member of Bhutan State Congress. What is your evaluation on his contribution to our struggle?
I met Girija Babu only after I came to Nepal. I met him on several occasions and we did exchange our views. I cam to know from him that long time ago he travelled to Sarbhang via Padgaun. Also, I was informed that along with leaders like B.P. Koirala, they contributed for democractic struggle in Bhutan. He was well informed our refugee issues. As you have asked, his party Nepali Congress other parties have also contributed. However, Koirala helped me for my personal as well as political issues. Many times he rendered his feedbacks and supports to me. As he looked our struggle through close vicinity, we shall remember him forever. His dedication would remain immortal.
Do you think his absence would paralyse our issue?
Every individual has his own access and capability. With whatever stand Nepal was working for finding a solution to our issue, I hope the same spirit will never fade away. I hope that all political features will follow his path to repatriate Bhutanese refugees.
When did you last meet him?
I met him some four months back. Any momorable moments that you spent with him to share? He used to tell me that he would read Bhutan on me each time he saw me. He was always with the say that one day I would achieve success in Bhutan and work for welfare of the Bhutanese citizens.
He suggested me not to work only for those outside the country but also to work for poors dwelling inside. He advised me to study political changes in Nepal and apply for democratic struggle in Bhutan. As an old personality, he used to discuss political issues.
He even released one of your books? How do you remember him now?
I am extremely heart-grieven with loss of this personality. I can’t speak any longer. This is the second time that I have become parentless in my life.