Wed, 17 Nov 2010 09:42:14 GMT

Nepal's sex symbol becomes Maoists' new face

Kathmandu: "I will endure fire but not injustice," she says stoutly in her Facebook account. "I will endure thirst but not abuse. I am the daughter of Nepal, who will never falter."

Nepal's sex symbol becomes Maoists' new face

This month, Rekha Thapa's star turned a deeper red when she became the sister of Chandra Bahadur Thapa Sagar, chief of the Maoists' much-criticised youth organisation, the Young Communist League (YCL).

Even the spectacle of deposed king Gyanendra celebrating Brother's Day with his only surviving sister Shobha Shahi faded into insignificance compared to the hullabaloo created by Rekha publicly proclaiming Sagar to be her brother and accepting a cash gift from him.

It was followed by more success last week after Prachanda's deputy and the leading intellectual in the Maoist party, former finance minister Baburam Bhattarai, capitulated to the sex siren's charms.

Bhattarai, an avid viewer of "serious" and cotemporary issue-based Bollywood films, surprised Kathmandu when along with party comrade and formerly designated Nepali ambassador to India, Ram Karki, he sauntered into a theatre during the protracted political crisis in the country to watch a film in the company of Rekha Thapa.

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