The ‘Madhesi’ groups have yet again announced their fresh agitations. In the violent protests & brutal crush down by the goverment in 2007, more than 40 ‘Madhesi’ protestors were killed & scores of people including the security forces were severely injured.
A review of the crisis.
The Terai Janatantrik Morcha and other communal and regressive groups, as well as the government and the Maoists in the name of controlling them, are spreading violence in the Terai that might spread on the nationwide scale in no matter of time.
The responsible intellectual and professional Madhesis(belonging to the plains) and Pahadiyas(belonging to the hills) can not ward off their duty on such a burning issue by keeping mum with their personal biases and taking double advantages.
Anyone with even the slightest sense of justice would hardly disagree that the Madhesis have not been emotionally included in the nation state of Nepal since its inception.
They’ve not only been discriminated against by the state mechanism, most of the Pahadiyas in Kathmandu still do not treat them as their equals. Calling ‘O Bhaiya, eta aaija’ to the Madhesi vendors by a small kid is a minor example, even the intellectuals, professionals, and students feel being judged by their ethnic background.
No one should forget that Nepal constitutes multiple ethnic, racial, and religious, as well as a significant number of non-religious sections that need careful treatment and assimilation to prevent the country from disintegration and continual violence.
The mindless violence and terror has threatened the social security not only of the minority Pahadiya population in the Terai but also that of the majority of madhesis themselves.
Instead of voicing their legitimate demands through legitimate means, the movement, no matter led by whom, is clearly heading toward communalism and vandalization.
It’s ironical that those identifying their movement with such noble figures like Gandhi, Mandela, and Martin Luther King are venting off their anger against the discriminatory system imposed by the outdated feudal institutions by vandalizing public and private properties.
Such acts of violence would only deter the nation from conducting the national agenda of Constituent Assembly polls, and formation and adoption of the new constitution. It’s already too late to start a new revolution – rivaling with the neighboring countries for educational, economic, and technological growth.
Now that the PM has been obliged to fulfill the Madhesis’ and other ethnic groups’ major demand of federalism and has also requested for the dialogue to settle the remaining issues, the responsibility now lies on their shoulders if they want to see Nepal as a single nation.
The Limbuwans, Khambuwans, Newars, Tharuwans & others too have already begun their strike with similar demands, and, in all probability, others might follow the suit.
Still, it’d be commendable if the ongoing movements would open up everyone’s eyes on the inhuman discrimination made by the privileged high-class, rich, educated, and highly male-dominated society against the women, dalits, and the minority community.
Instigating communal violence in the name of civil rights and brutal crush-down by the government to control them would only help the comeback of the feudal ghosts with their scary agenda of forceful national integration that can not be tolerable to any free thinking human being.
Social security, peace, and justice are far more important than artificial national unity.