New conflict looming on the horizon for Nepal

February 8, 2007 at 10:22 am 2 comments

New conflict looming on the horizon for Nepal

Publish Date: Friday,9 February, 2007, at 12:27 AM Doha Time
By Rabi Khadka
KATHMANDU: For the Himalayan nation of Nepal, problems just keep on piling up. As one protracted conflict that gripped the country for a decade came to a close, a new one – possibly more explosive fuelled by complex ethnic mix – is looming on the horizon.
The government made up of opposition political parties that had been demonstrating on the streets against successive government for years, is now finding out how tough ruling can be.
Nepal’s latest trouble in southern plains known as Terai has already claimed the lives of at least 20 people. What initially seemed to have been a protest against the interim constitution has turned violent with shades of communal hatred. The violence has spread and may be getting out of control as the government has been ineffectual.
There is a common agreement among the eight main parties which includes the Maoists ex-rebel, that the demand of the Madhesi People’s Rights Forum (MPRF) for a federalist structure is valid. But that is as far as the agreement goes.
Viewed closely, the MPRF want only ethnic Madhesi people to represent Terai in parliament, but not any of the large numbers of hill people living in the region.
The demand has significance because senior leaders including Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala along with senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal represent the Terai region, but under MPRF classification they are not ethnic Madhesi.
“Solving complex problems needs political will. But this could mean unpleasant outcome for the political parties in power. What we are seeing now is that the parties are trying to distance themselves from the government’s action that may be deemed unpopular to preserve their voter base,” said journalist Dhruba Kumar Deuja.
Nepal’s political parties have a history of infighting to the extent of bringing down their own government. And the Terai issue could certainly lead to further fracturing of the Seven Party Alliance (SPA) and the Maoists.
“Giving in to MPRF demands as it now stands will mean great political losses for both the Nepali Congress and the Maoists. Nepali Congress will lose significant amount of its voter base and the Maoists will lose the initiative of championing the causes of marginalised people, especially in southern Terai,” Dueja says.
The government also faces another dilemma. Creating a federal state along ethnic lines could provoke other communities to demand the same throughout the country. Nepal has dozens of ethnic communities with their own languages and cultures. – DPA
source::http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=131691&version=1&template_id=46&parent_id=26
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  • 1. Son of Tirhut  |  February 8, 2007 at 11:08 am

    Hello Mr. Khadka,
    Up to now you have rules on us like slave now we are fighting for the right that we had missed since the unification of Nepal. And you talking about dilemma for the government to construct federal state based on multicultural ethenic backgroung so what is the problem with this. The only reason behind this you Khasiya people have looted nepal mostly in terai region and now you don’t want to loose the colony, right?
    Use the last alternative power (Army) that you have to supress the Madhesi movement but i don’t think you can stop us, goodbye Khasiya Regime.

    Jai Madhesh!!!!!

  • 2. Son of Tirhut  |  February 8, 2007 at 11:10 am

    Hello Mr. Khadka,
    Up to now you have ruled on us like slave now we are fighting for the right that we had missed since the unification of Nepal. And you talking about dilemma for the government to construct federal state based on multicultural ethenic backgroung so what is the problem with this. The only reason behind this you Khasiya people have looted nepal mostly in terai region and now you don’t want to loose the colony, right?
    Use the last alternative power (Army) that you have to supress the Madhesi movement but i don’t think you can stop us, goodbye Khasiya Regime.

    Jai Madhesh!!!!!

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