Monday, August 29, 2011

High hopes on Dr. Baburam Bhattarai, Nepal’s new prime minister

UCPN (Maoist) Vice-chairman Dr. Baburam Bhattarai has been elected the new prime minister of Nepal. Here is a brief profile of Dr. Bhattarai by Deepak Adhikari.

Dr. Bhattarai was one of the few political leaders who is liked by the public and wanted to see him become PM of Nepal despite the divisive intra party bickering. Now that he has become the 35th PM of Nepal, Dr. Bhattarai has an opportunity to prove that he can deliver on the promises made by his party and meet expectations of the people.

As someone who is keenly following developments in the economy, my expectations are listed below (not a comprehensive list but something that is doable—or work can be started in the right direction—for whatever timeframe he is as the PM):

The baseline with all these reforms is that they will help to kick-start economic activities and generate employment (growth should be broad-based and not skewed to few sectors). Avert the faultlines of the past and give a new direction to both politics and economy.

Here are some of the articles related to Dr. Bhattarai (or during his tenure as FM) that I wrote in the past years:

Good luck, Dr. Bhattarai!