The Terai Crisis Deepening

April 6, 2007 at 3:09 am 3 comments

NEPAL: IS SITAULA INDISPENSABLE?
TGW Reporter

The Terai Crisis Deepening

Kathmandu: The question is not that how long the country can sustain the regular bundhs and chukka jams and high way closures, the question that is very important and pertinent is that can a lay man be considered to be an “indispensable” one and for how long?

Terai is boiling once again. The MJF-Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-has once again come to the streets. In the process the MJF cadres have crippled the lives in the entire Terai belt.

The fresh bund that paralysed the entire Terai Monday was called as against what the MJF calls “the apathy of the government towards the problems of the Madhesh”.

The severe impact of the MJF sponsored bundh was seen visibly in town like Biratnagar, Janakpur, Birgunj and Sarlahi and many more places in the western Terai, say reports.

The MJF which was all set to take part in the government negotiation a month back or so simply backed out of the talks when the State refused to sack the Home Minister Sitaula-the first set condition for talks pushed by the MJF.

The state under Prime Minister Koirala concluded that Krishna Prasad Sitaula is a political personality who is “indispensable” for the state and thus once again brought the same ugly political creature to the same post thereby he added fuel to the fire in the entire Terai belt.

In effect, home minister Sitaula should have resigned voluntarily on the count of inefficient handling of the Gaur incident which took thirty plus innocent lives on March 21.

However, that was not forthcoming.

Prime Minister Koirala by getting this Sitaula inducted in the cabinet awarding him the same portfolio indicated the Teraians or say the Madheshis that he will not sack Sitaula come what may.

As if this were not enough to discourage the Madheshis, Prime Minister Koirala even sought the support of the Indian Prime Minister in curbing the violence in Terai.

Its implied meaning would be that Prime Minister Koirala concludes that the Terai unrest has some connections with the criminals across the adjoining borders and that the MJF is in close collaboration with the criminal elements and thus the violence and unrest in Terai.

Perhaps Koirala’s these conclusions would press him to pay a heavy price if he fails to handle the Terai case in an impartial and independent manner.

To recall, the Terai Jan Tantrik Morcha, JTMM, has already declared the entire Terai as a republic. The government so far has not reacted to this declaration.

What would happen if all the scattered Teraians and the political paraphernalia join hands with each other and acquire a rebellion stance with the state much similar to what the Maoists did some twelve years back?

Will such a disturbing stance in Terai in that eventuality be comfortable for Koirala and his cabinet members?

Add to this the grand and the unquestioned sympathies that the Teraians/Madheshis and the Janjatis have begun enjoying from world’s most powerful nations like the EU and the US, to say the least.

The EU, for example, has point blank said in its fresh statement that “The EU welcomes the Government’s efforts to hold a dialogue on all issues raised by the protests of the Madhesis and other minority groups. The EU urges that this should be a comprehensive dialogue in which all representative groups are involved, in line with the commitment in the peace agreement to work for the inclusion of all marginalised and excluded groups”.

More or less the US too has hinted at the same.

The EU more explicitly suggests the government to “hold a dialogue on all issues raised by the protests of the Madhesis and other minority groups”.

The EU statement must come as an eye opener to the government under Koirala.

Seeking the support of Indian establishment to crush the genuine issues raised by Teraians/the Madhesis would definitely send wrong signals to the agitated groups in Terai and its leaders. In such an eventuality, the entire Teraians would not only the sacking of Sitaula but would also be tempted to demand Koirala’s ouster from the cabinet.
 
source::http://www.telegraphnepal.com/news_det.php?news_id=536

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  • 1. Son of Tirhut  |  April 6, 2007 at 4:54 am

    Dear Reporter,
    I salute for writing such an impresiive article and from my heart i can claim that this article is praiseworthy. But the question is what strategy do we “The Madhesi” should raise to defeat- SITAULA INDISPENSABLE.

    Jai Madhes!!!!!

  • 2. Buddy  |  April 7, 2007 at 2:00 am

    Hello friends, be little positive. Rad this news from Kantipur:

    बुर्का बाहिर

    अमृता अनमोल

    अहिले सबै जाति र लिंगमा चेतनाको स्तर बढिरहेको छ, जसअनुसार उनीहरू समानता र स्वतन्त्रताका कुरा गर्दै सडकदेखि सदनसम्म पनि पुगिरहेका छन् । पुस्तौंदेखि पछाडि परिरहेका जाति तथा लिंग विशेषका मानिस यसरी हक-अधिकारका बारेमा कुरा गर्नसक्ने बनाएको शिक्षाले हो । समाजमा जति-जति शिक्षाको विकास र विस्तार हु“दैछ, त्यति-त्यति चेतनाको स्तर बढेको छ ।
    यसका उदाहरण खोज्न टाढा जानु पर्दैन । हामै्र घर-समाजमा प्रशस्तै पाइन्छन् । पछिल्लो समाजमा त्यसका ज्वलन्त उदाहरण रूपन्देहीको तेनुहवाका मुस्लिम महिला बनेका छन् । त्यसै त सदरमुकामदेखि टाढा पर्ने विकट गाउ“ । यसैमाथि महिला । त्यतिले नपुगेर मुस्लिम समुदायका महिला भएर जन्मनुले उनीहरू सोकेसको फूलभन्दा बढी हैसियतमा दा“जिन सक्ने अवस्थामा थिएनन् । खुरुखुरु घरभित्रको काम गर्ने र पति तथा घरपरिवारलाई खुसी पार्ने उनीहरूको दैनिकी हुन्थ्यो । घरदेखि बाहिर पसलसम्म जान र कोही परपुरुषस“ग बोल्न उनीहरूलाई अनुमति थिएन । कुनै परपुरुषले आफ्नो अनुहार नदेखुन् भनेर उनीहरू घरबाहिर निस्कनैपरे पनि मुखमा बर्ुका लगाएर निस्कन्थे । त्यो पनि आफ्नै पतिस“ग मात्र ।

    अहिले तेनुहवाका मुस्लिम महिलाहरूको परिस्थिति अचम्म लाग्नेगरी फेरिएको छ । पहिलेको जस्तो बर्ुकाले मुख छोप्न पनि उनीहरूले छोडिसकेका छन् । बालकदेखि उमेर पुगेका महिलाहरूसमेत पढ्न जान थालेका छन् । पढेका महिलाहरूले पुरुषसरह सबै ठाउ“का काममा समेत परिपक्व तरिकाले हात हालिसकेका छन् । कोही पुरुष घरमा आयो कि सरासर भित्र पसेर ऊ नजाउन्जेल बाहिर ननिस्कने अमिना अहिले गाउ“का र्सार्वजनिक कार्यक्रमहरूमा मन खोलेर भाषण गर्छिन् । महिला समूह, साक्षरता समूह, बचत समूह लगायत आध्ाा दर्जन संघ-संस्थामा आबद्ध छिन् । त्यतिमात्रै होइन, त्यस्ता कार्यक्रममा लाग्न सल्लाहसमेत दि“दै हि“ड्छिन् ।

    गाउ“मा चलेको साक्षरता कक्षामा पढ्न थालेपछि अमिनामा यस्तो परिवर्तन आएको हो । उनी भन्छिन्, साक्षरता कक्षाले नै नेपाली बोल्न, पढ्न, लेख्न र असल नागरिक बन्न पनि सिकाएको हो । नत्र बर्ुकाले संसार छेकेको थियो । घर भित्रकै कीरा थिए ।

    करिब २ वर्षअघिदेखि रूपन्देहीको तेनुहवामा सामुदायिक अध्ययन केन्द्र

    -स्ाीएलसी) रूपन्देही तथा कपिलवस्तुले साक्षरता कक्षा चलाएको छ । जहा“ नेपाली भाषा पढाइ-लेखाइबाहेक पारिवारिक स्वास्थ्य, नेतृत्व तथा चेतना विकास

    र आय आर्जनका लागि समूहमा बनाउने, महिलाका जोखिम, गर्भवती र सुत्केरी हुने समय, बालबालिकाको हेरचाह, प्राथमिक उपचार लगायतका सीप सिकाइन्छ । जसले गर्दा कसैसित मुख नदेखाउने तेनुहवाका मुस्लिम महिलाहरू पढ्न-लेख्न र सामाजिक काममा समेत हौसिएका हुन् । साक्षरता कक्षा पढेका महिला अहिले घर बाहिरका काम पनि आफैं गर्छन् । पुरुषहरूको सहारा खोज्दैनन्, जसको उदाहरण ४५ वषर्ीया सपिना मुसलमान हुन् । बिहे भएको ३० वर्षछि सपिना अचेल एक्लै घर-माइत गर्छिन् । छोराछोरी बिरामी भए अस्पताल आफैं लैजान्छिन् । सपिना भन्छिन्, साइनबोर्ड हेरेर ठाउ“ पत्ता लगाउ“छु । जहा“ एक्लै भए पनि डर लाग्दैन ।

    पढ्न जानुभन्दा अघिका दिन सम्झ“दै उनले भनिन्, पहिले त बर्ुका खोलेर पढ्न जान पनि अप्ठेरो लाग्थ्यो । गयो कि बोल्नै आउ“दैनथ्यो । सधैं मुख छोपेर बसेको बानी । समूहमा कसरी बोल्नर्ुपर्छ जान्दिनथे“ । कसरी आए त मुस्लिम महिलाहरू साक्षरता कक्षामा – साक्षरता सहजकर्ता विष्णुमाया गुरुङका अनुसार पहिले त गाउ“लेहरू महिलाहरूलाई पढाउने कुरा सुन्दा रिसाए । श्रीमतीहरूलाई पढाउ“दा धर्म जान्छ भन्दै कार्यक्रम लिएर गएका सीएलसीका प्रतिनिधिहरूलाई नै धपाए । पछि गाविस अध्यक्ष अब्दुलरहिम मुसलमानको अध्यक्षतामा साक्षरता कक्षा सामुदायिक अध्ययन केन्द्र तेनुहवा समूह खोलियो । गाउ“का टाठाबाठालाई पनि राखेर गाउ“मा भेला बस्यो । त्यसपछि बल्ल १-२ गर्दै पढ्न आउन थाले ।

    अहिले त श्रीमतीहरू पढ्न गए धर्म नाशिन्छ । पुरुषहरूलाई दबाउ“छन् भनेर प्रौढ शिक्षाको विरोध गर्नेहरूले पनि पढ्न पठाउ“छन् । सहजकर्ता विष्णुमाया सुनाउ“छिन्, पढेकाहरूको प्रगति देखेर सबैजना पढ्न र पढाउन हौसिएका छन् । बोलाउन पर्दैन । आफैं आउ“छन् र्। परम्परादेखि बर्ुका लगाउने तेनुहवाका मुस्लिम महिलाहरूलाई शिक्षा र चेतना छरेको साक्षरता कक्षाले बर्ुका खोल्न पनि सिकाएको छ । जसले गर्दा बर्ुका लगाउन बाध्य महिलादेखि सबै गाउ“वासीहरू नै खुसी भएका छन् ।

    समूह साक्षरताकी अगुवा सदस्य ताजमा खातुन भन्छिन्, धर्मको गलत व्याख्या गरेर मुस्लिम महिलाहरूलाई बर्ुका भिराइएको रहेछ । जुन कुरा साक्षरता कक्षामा थाहा पायौं । त्यसपछि बर्ुका लगाउन छोडिदियौं । खुसी लागेको छ । निवर्तमान गाविस अध्यक्षसमेत रहेका सीएलसी तेनुहवाका अब्दुलरहिम मुसलमान भन्छन्, अबला र विचरा भएर घरभित्रै मुख छोपेर बस्ने मुस्लिम महिलाहरू पढ्न जान्छन् । समूह बैठक बस्ोर देश, समाजका लागि कुरा गर्छन् । यो नै ठूलो उपलब्धि हो । सबै ठाउ“का मुस्लिम महिलाहरूले यस्तै अवसर पाउनर्ुपर्छ ।

    पछिल्लो जनगणनाअनुसार रूपन्देहीमा मुस्लिमहरूको जनसंख्या ६१ हजार ५ सय ६३ छ । जहा“ महिलाहरूको संख्या लगभग ३२ हजार छ । तर नेपाली पढ्न र लेख्न जान्ने मुस्लिमहरू महिलाहरूको संख्या भने अत्यन्तै थोरै छ ।

    अध्यक्षसमेत रहेका सीएलसी तेनुहवाका अब्दुलरहिम तेनुहवामा जस्तै गरी जताततै शिक्षाको विकास भयो भने नेपाली पढ्न र लेख्न नजान्ने मुस्लिमहरू महिलाहरूको त्यो संख्यालाई धेरै घटाउन सकिन्छ । त्यसका लागि भने मुस्लिम समुदायदेखि लिएर सरकारले समेत प्राथमिकताका रूपमा लिनर्ुपर्छ । केही जानेका र सिकेका महिलाहरूलाई स-सानो भए पनि रोजगारीको व्यवस्था गरिदिनर्ुपर्छ ।

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  • 3. Ashutosh Shrivastav  |  April 8, 2007 at 3:23 am

    Madhesh means terai and we all are fighinting for our terai. I believe there is a very easy solution to get our demands addressed. Madhesh is between India and Nepal. The point is — without crossing the boundary of Madhesh — no one will be able to trade anything from India which is a need for Nepal. Madhesh can seal Nepal in this way. If Nepal is sealed, certainly people of Pahad do not produce enough to eat and there wont be anyone to collect their “Khali Sisi and Purano Kagaz”. Let the time show them what Madhesh means, and their dependence on Madhesh.
    I hereby propose the JTMM or any order Madheshi advocates to declare Madhesh as “The Republic of Madhesh” and we need to start the formation of our own government. Madhesh is no longer a part of Nepal. We are an independent nation.
    The Government of Madhesh can start recruiting army and create the respective ministries to operate the country. Passport and visa system must come in effect ASAP so that no Pahade infiltrator can come in again.
    Jai Madhesh

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