A New dimension of national unity from Tarai
A New dimension of national unity from Tarai
– Kapil Kafle
Who says Nepal is poor? As the volume of donations for the Koshi victims is collected and the almost all the Nepali people are united with their open hearts is it defensible that the adjective ‘poor’ is an injustice when it comes to describing Nepal. ‘Country’, the word is the synonym of several words like people, land and the systems. We in Nepal have fertile land with deep rivers, lakes, ponds, mines and forests as well as people who are full of kindness and humanitarian spirits. We might only be poor but this is with management activities and the systems which mainly focus on politics. Where as our systems and politics are poor, it cannot be that our business and political leaders are viewed as rich. Nepal can’t be poor only because of the politicians,.
By and large the term ‘poor Nepal’ has been created for the grants and assistance from the rulers or political leaders and from heads of Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs). The term has been coined with by a prejudice mind so that the economic support from the foreigners can be obtained. Yes, we need economic support for the physical prosperity, management and the construction in the country, but it does not mean that we are poor in all aspects. If it was to be so that Nepal can be termed poor then our neighbor China is poor terms of democracy and human rights, the superpower America is poor in many justice aspects, and our other neighbor and biggest democracy India is even fighting for the few accords that it has on lands close to its borders. None of the countries mentioned can be called rich in all the aspects of their society. So, it can be reiterated that Nepal is prosperous in all the aspects of society except management and politics.
Lots of political leaders and NGOs are trying to provide for the ‘poor’ by way of donations from the so called developed countries. However few of our general population across Nepal have been wiling to show their skills and to mobilize the local resources to build the schools and the temples as well as organizing Saptaha (A Seven day long pray with religious and ritual stories). Isn’t this a challenge to everyone who belongs to the so called modern society as well as the financial directors who defame the county for its selfish concept and seek purely to try to obtain the foreigners’ money?
Most of the time, Taraian political leaders have been facing comments that they are pro-Indian. On the basis of a few incidents, they never seem to raise the difficult questions even when the border areas are encroached by the Indian people It is clear that we just need to see the scene of the flooding and that of the people who were swept away because of the dam built just near the bilateral border. When Tarain leaders have achieved proportional representation in the Constituent Assembly and entered into Government as well, they have changed their attitude and their behaviour; and appeared as strong defenders for the nation and its unity. In other words, they have changed in a positive way when political system or management of the country has been changed as a result of the second popular movement. After all, we know that active and successful management has proved that it can have a vital role in changing society and the behaviour of ‘human beings’.
To reinforce the messages above there are some statements that should be quoted in this article as they show the behaviour of the Tarain leaders – the details are listed as follow:
§ Mr. Upendra Yadav, Foreign Minister has made a statement on his return from his recent visit to India, ‘It is none other than a disaster that the situation we are in with the bilateral treaty in place for the Koshi Barrage. The treaty is not good enough and it has caused devastation and our people are sinking. We are not even allowed to throw a single stone into the river without the permission of the Government of India.’
§ Mr. Hridayesh Tripathi, leader of TMDP has also commented to the Indian authorities that he had previously notified the Indian Embassy that the pillars and the spars of the barrages were in a critical condition and if they were not improved urgently there would be a repeat of the current disaster.
§ Similarly, Mr. Mahanta Thakur, Chairman of the same party brought to the attention of the authorities of both countries and said, ‘This is not a time to blaming each-other, it is a time for the joining of hands of both the Governments to save the victims of the floods and to reconstruct the dam with all of the capacity they have at our disposal.’
Not only are the leaders of Tarai united on our national interest but also the Journalists and the publishers of the same region have given messages in the same spirit. One of the vibrant national daily newspapers published by a Tarain publisher writes on the subject of the bad intentions shown by the Indian Government. ‘On the eve of our Prime Minister’s visit to India, which has now been set for 14th September, the Indian Government attempts to detract the focus from the national issues which need to be discussed urgently. This type of approach has happened intentionally several times in the past. On this occasion the Indian Government has just imposed an increase on the taxes charged on Nepali garment at the point of entry into their country. This is seen as a way of Indian exerting their power against their close neighbour.’
As well as the contributions made by Tarain leaders, we must not forget the inputs made by Dr. Ram Baran Yadav, the first ever President of the Democratic Republic of Nepal. He has set himself as a model and an ideal sign for the national interest and unity. He presents himself with the Nepali national dress Daura, Suruwal and cap even though he was born into the family who wear the Dhoti and Kurtha as well as never putting a cover on their heads. Whilst Mr. Pushpa Kamal Dahal the Prime Minister who comes from the family who wear the national dress decides to give it up even at the national ceremonies in which he has taken part.
At this point, we must make a note of the fact of all the activities and speeches made by Taraian leaders which have been helping to build a new nation even at the level of heart and of sentiment. Throughout history not only the Tarain leaders but also the general public have been blamed for being pro-Indian. However when all of the accusers were wiped out it was proven that the blame was being directed as the result of the prejudice minds of the autocratic rulers so that they could ‘divide and rule.’ It might be said that a number of the incidents which have appeared throughout history have occurred as a result of the isolation of the territory from the National Governance and the fact that autocratic rulers treated the local community and it leaders as second class citizen. In fact none of the caste and classes of people has ever been against the nationality of Nepal.
It is a matter of pride that the system of inclusion and proportional representative to the Parliament and the Executive have been adopted with due respect to the people’s movement. Now Nepal has about two hundred women members in the Constituent Assembly made up of over six hundred members. Similarly we have representation from different castes and residents of different regions from across the country. In fact, this is a system which brings us all the sentiments of nationality and unity which is a new dimension for the new Nepal. This is our challenge; can we preserve the bright rays which appear from over the horizons?
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