Separate Statehood For Nepali Indians Is Needed

The demand of separate statehood in Darjeeling and surrounding areas in India by the Gorkhas (Nepali Indians) has gained momentum yet again in recent months. The winning of the Indian Idol title by Prashant Tamang, a local boy from Darjeeling, a few weeks ago has also kindled a new hope of separate statehood among the Nepalis in India. It’s a fact that Nepali Indians aren’t represented rightly and justifiably in the central government of India. They have been marginalized and grossly underrepresented. Continue reading Separate Statehood For Nepali Indians Is Needed

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Political Memo: A Tale of Three Parties

When Maoist Chairman Prachanda says that the implementation of peace agreement is a must the happening of Constituent Assembly polls, he seems to have forgotten the fact that the holding of CA itself is part of the peace process. It’s no secret that the comrade’s party is running away from the electoral competition in one pretext or the other. The Maoist party has fallen into a trap. The party that fought a bloody civil war demanding the CA election is now shying away from election, the fact Prachanda loves to deny saying that how could a party that fought the war for election run away from election. What Prachanda is saying is vastly different from what his party, under the pressure of radical nationalism, doing lately.

The situation on the Nepali Congress front is not encouraging either. Sujata Koirala, one of the persons who shamelessly encouraged corruption and nepotism in the democratic period of the 90s, is talking about reactivating the 1990 constitution that gives sweeping powers to the king in the name of constitutional monarchy. Guess who is standing with Sujata for this reactionary intention? Yes, you guessed it right: Govinda Raj Joshi, a man who plundered the nation during the 90s and was chargesheeted by the anti-graft body CIAA.One can only wish, at this point in time, that the republican force in the party successfully quell this menace sponsored by the palace-paid group of corrupts as soon as possible. Continue reading Political Memo: A Tale of Three Parties

Separate Statehood For Nepali Indians Is Needed

The demand of separate statehood in Darjeeling and surrounding areas in India by the Gorkhas (Nepali Indians) has gained momentum yet again in recent months. The winning of the Indian Idol title by Prashant Tamang, a local boy from Darjeeling, a few weeks ago has also kindled a new hope of separate statehood among the Nepalis in India. It’s a fact that Nepali Indians aren’t represented rightly and justifiably in the central government of India. They have been marginalized and grossly underrepresented.
Nepali Indians fought for separate statehood in the 80s which ended up as Darjeeling Hill Council (DHC) after the movement’s leader Subhash Ghising postponed the movement on the request of then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi two years later. The news is that the Indian government is preparing to table a new bill in the parliament that grants full autonomy to the Darjeeling Hill Council.

We think that is not enough. Full autonomy is not what the Nepali people in India are demanding. They are demanding a separate state within India. The latest government move appears to have come to pacify the recent editions of agitation by the Nepali Indians, we think the government motion will not fully address the genuine issue raised by the people. These latest rounds of agitation are part of the larger struggle of identity of Nepalipan. Even in Nepal, several indigenous groups are agitating for their identity and the Nepal government has reached an agreement with some groups. We are at least talking about going to CA elections which will play role in solving these identity problems among others.

The situation in India is different. We see no reason for the Indian government not go give the right to have a separate state of Nepali people in that country.

Related News Link:
Indian govt plans bill to grant Darjeeling autonomy; ‘Bill aimed at foiling Gorkhaland movement’ (eKantipur)

Political Memo: A Tale of Three Parties

When Maoist Chairman Prachanda says that the implementation of peace agreement is a must the happening of Constituent Assembly polls, he seems to have forgotten the fact that the holding of CA itself is part of the peace process. It’s no secret that the comrade’s party is running away from the electoral competition in one pretext or the other. The Maoist party has fallen into a trap. The party that fought a bloody civil war demanding the CA election is now shying away from election, the fact Prachanda loves to deny saying that how could a party that fought the war for election run away from election. What Prachanda is saying is vastly different from what his party, under the pressure of radical nationalism, doing lately.

The situation on the Nepali Congress front is not encouraging either. Sujata Koirala, one of the persons who shamelessly encouraged corruption and nepotism in the democratic period of the 90s, is talking about reactivating the 1990 constitution that gives sweeping powers to the king in the name of constitutional monarchy. Guess who is standing with Sujata for this reactionary intention? Yes, you guessed it right: Govinda Raj Joshi, a man who plundered the nation during the 90s and was chargesheeted by the anti-graft body CIAA.One can only wish, at this point in time, that the republican force in the party successfully quell this menace sponsored by the palace-paid group of corrupts as soon as possible.

On the UML front, KP Oli is heavily coming against Maoists and the UML’s decision to cooperate with the Maoists in the recently concluded special session of the parliament. Oli’s betenoire in the UML, General Secretary Madhav Kumar Nepal, is as always, sending confusing signals that suggest his hunger for power and unclear mindset. He appears to have encouraged by the prodding he got from the Maoists regarding the possible leader of the government if Koirala administration falls. That seems far from happening for now.

One Response to “Political Memo: A Tale of Three Parties”

1. आकार, on December 4th, 2007 at 11:55 pm Said:

नेपाल को कुन नेता को बोली को ठेगाना छ र ?
एउटा ले अर्को माथि दोष थुपर्यो । अनी आफु चोखो भयो ।
साथ मा नेपाली जनता को दुहाइ दियो ।
सकियो
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