INTERVIEW WITH JAI KRISHNA GOIT
Once again, other leaders of the Janatantriak Terai Mukti Morcha-Goit (JTTM-G) have announced that the party coordinator, Jai Krishna Goit, has been expelled from the party on various charges including embezzlement of the funds. However, Goit, a Maoist renegade who formed the JTTM, dismisses all charges and claims that he is the pilot of the party and will soon unify other Terai outfits to attain the goal of Terai liberation.
Dev Narayan Sah recently spoke to Goit, who is currently underground.
Q. News about your expulsion from your party comes time and again. Is it because the party is always divided?
Jai Krishna Goit: It is all because of the elements that long for money. The news is false. All the organisations that are launching armed movement in the Terai would be unified under my leadership within two weeks.
Q. Other mainstream Madhes-based parties, which emerged from the Madhes movement, have been lawfully putting forth their demands through the Constituent Assembly (CA), but why are you in different path?
Goit: Have the issues including ‘Entire Madhes One Province’ the Madhesi People’s Rights Forum (MPRF) and others raised addressed? Earlier, the demand for delineation of constituencies based on population density was overlooked. The assassinator of the first martyr of the Madhes Movement, Ramesh Mahato, has not been punished yet. After all the Madhes-based parties are also longing for ministerial post. Madhes would not liberate this way, let alone Terai.
Q. Doesn’t it seem that the entire nation has started to respect the Terai after persons of Terai origin became the first president and the vice-president of the country?
Goit: Badri Mandal also had become the deputy prime minister during the royal regime. Did the discrimination against the Terai folks finished off? Many a times, the Terai people have been appointed as the chief justices, however, no decision was made in favour of the Terai dwellers.
Q. Is it not possible to raise the Terai issues by giving up violence? Goit:
Q. The government has invited you for dialogue again. What is the development?
Goit: Earlier, once I had said it was possible to hold dialogue at the United Nations’ mediation. However, the Nepal government did not show any interest that time. Dialogues is meaningless now.
Q. Why did you look for UN’s mediation for talks? Goit:
Q. Many movements launched in Nepal have been backed by India. What is India’s role in the agitation you lead? Goit:
Q. Wasn’t it possible to raise your issues during the election of the CA? Why did you remain quiet during the polls?
Goit: We were not silent. That time also we were active. None from my village Trikaul in Saptari district cast vote. Newspaper covered that news. We protested and refused the CA elections in different places. Even the Maoists boycotted the election during their movement but they could not stop it. But we did not let anyone to vote in the VDC. Other thing is the CA of Nepal cannot address our problem; we Terai people will form our own assembly after liberation.
Q. With which issue the Maoists raised were you not satisfied and you left the party?
Goit: Prachanda and Baburam raised the issue that the Terai is victim of colonisation. Dev Gurung wrote that only 30 per cent land in the Terai is owned by Terai people but the rest is captured by Nepalis. However, the Maoists overlooked this issue since they joined the peace process. When I gave voice to the issue again, they removed me from the chair of the Madheshi Rastriya Mukti Morcha and appointed Matrika Prasad Yadav. When I realised that Prachanda was doing anti-Terai activities, I became underground.
Q. What difference have you found between the present and former governments apropos to the Madhes issues?
Goit: There is no difference. President and vice president are the yield of Nepali ruler’s compulsion. Earlier government played stuck to preserving the authority and this government too is doing the same.
Q: It has been heard that Matrika Yadav had given you consent to go into hiding. Did he betray you then? Have you talked to him recently?
Goit: He did not betray me. Instead, he adopted slavery. I did not like that and became underground. At present, we are in contact.
Q: What have you been talking about?
Goit: He suggested me to talk to Prachanda. But I refused to approach the leader of the party I left.
So far, India has supported Nepal but not Terai. It has operated many development projects in Nepal because India is afraid of China. What kind of assistance would India extend to Terai?
Because the UN has the record that the Terai is free. All the treaties have been registered at the UN.
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