While it is true that many people from the Terai region have been discriminated for long, I do not see the present spell of “bandhs” to be the justifiable actions. It is one thing to fight against the injustice and quite another to start another form of injustice by forcing thousands of people to close down the businesses. So, I think it is the time for everyone to come together and reconcile to work for a better Nepal.
What went wrong?
Having been to the Terai region, I can understand the frustrations building up among the native people of that region at not having much of representation in most of the official positions including the parliament. It is also true that the people of the “pahadi” origin had a better life in the terai region and enjoyed the pleasure of having the native people work in their farms while they were savoring delicious dishes of fish at home.
So, I am with them if we are to talk about abolishing such practices and getting rid of the domineering nature of “pahadi” people.
However, most of the demands seem to have been the outcome for some personal gain at the cost of millions of other people. Why should the home-minister resign? Just because a couple of people were shot dead for destroying peace in the society doesn’t mean the minister should resign. This is the most ridiculous demands of the madhesi janadhikar forum. And, holy cow…they want their leader as the minister.
This is totally motivated for personal gain. There were some representatives in the parliament from the madhesi origin and some of them even got ministerial portfolios. What did they do for the madhesis? Yadav is just another man…So, if madhesi people are blinded by this Yadav, they are going to regret just like thousands of poor Nepalese believed in Prachanda a couple of years ago.
Secondly, I do not understand their demand for proportional election system based on population. How is it possible for us to divide the region just based on population and how is that going to be fair? One man -one vote doesn’t mean X men should have one candidate. The actual number of people in a constituency depends on the geographical situation besides the population of certain area. Either these people do not understand the meaning of democracy or they fail to acknowledge the truth.
I know some of the people from terai will be pretty vocal about this issue and will come hard on me but hey…isn’t it that simple?
The government offered for talks and these stupid bunch of people want the resignation to be the first priority. What a shame!!! Are we against a person or the system out here?
I have always advocated for peaceful protests and I never appreciated the “bandhs” even during the revolution that made Gyanendra kneel down to the people. Rule of law has not been abided by the Nepalese and as long as this continues to be so, Nepal will never prosper.
Look at the law abiding citizens of Nepal…If one of their demands are not met, they will go for a “bandh” no matter how much the costs be. To be simple, these people aren’t aware of the actual costs. They are so narrow-minded that they do not have the capacity to gauze the costs and benefits of an action. Look at the effect of curfew-the last resort to maintain peace and harmony in society and prevent any untoward incidents. Last time there was a curfew, there were hundreds of people in the street. If people think that muscles and guns can bring power and prosperity, when will the society operate under the rule of law?
Seriously, I am tired. I am tired of Nepalese-their ignorance, their dumb and corrupted attitude, their failure to understand the basics of economics.