Kathmandu Protest Against VP Jha for taking Oath in HIndi
The legislative session of the Constituent Assembly unanimously passed a resolution of urgent public importance, calling upon the people to maintain communal harmony in the society in the backdrop of the nationwide protests that ensued after Vice President Paramananda Jha took oath of office and secrecy in Hindi language last Wednesday.
Now that the Supreme Court of Nepal has ruled the Vice-President Paramananda Jha with a Show-Cause notice regarding his oath in Hindi instead of Nepali, the agitating groups better revise their street protests. At the same time, all the concerned parties including the members of the civil society must codemn the vandalization of MJF’s office in Kathmandu, so that the situation may not escalate into a nationwide communal violence.
A positive thing regarding Nepal’s communal harmony this time has been the widespread insistence that the VP’s oath taking controversy should not be portrayed as Hill Vs Terai issue. While a significant number of people from the Terai have criticized the VP for not taking the oath in his own mother tongue Maithili, there are many Kathmanduites who believe that the matter of language should be left to a person’s personal conscience and preference.
Meanwhile, the Indian PM Manmohan Singh, after visiting the families of Ahmedabad blasts, has vowed to defeat terrorism at any cost. Manmohan’s determination as an executor of law and order may be understandable. However, can extremism of any sort be dealt with force and would rigidity on the part of government yield any desirable result?