Kathmandu: The psyche of the ruling elites in
It is this wrong assessment thus that has brought immense trouble to
The fact is that
The political leaders’ belonging to different political shades, the bureaucracy, the state authorities at the decision making levels plus the civil society members and the media too have contributed their negative efforts in bringing the country to this ugly shape.
The media too can’t escape the blame for it is the Kathmandu centric media that has been time and again looking at the Terai events through a Brahminic-Chetrri “hegemonic” angle which is what has been contributing for the escalation of the Terai crisis and in the process the Madhesi leaders possess some sort of hatred for the Kathmandu base media.
It is not for nothing that some “newspapers” which feel more elated when disseminating the distorted news of Madhesh have invited wrath from the Madhesi cadres, if one were to recall.
Now to come to the point of today’s discussion that is centered on Terai/Madhesi issues.
The country which was once revered as the land of peace sans peace. Let’s admit this fact and begin soul searching as to what contributions we all have contributed from our respective quarters for the escalation of the Terai crisis, either by design or by default.
The present political scenario of the country has been that each and every segment of the society has come to the streets pushing their demands, at times fiercely attached with violent practices more often than not. Each group demands autonomy for themselves. The State under Koirala has so far remained unable to address their genuine grievances and has been pushing the negotiation with the agitated section(s) of the society concluding that a time will soon come when the agitation will itself subside.
Koirala and his team are mistaken then. It is not so this time. Take it for granted.
The daddy of them all, to boot, has been the fresh “warning” served by Jwala Singh alias Nagendra Paswan to the entire Hill origin government officials currently working in Terai/Madhesh to quit Madhesh by this Thursday August 30th. By time this paper reaches the readers, a single day will be left for the Pahade workers currently in Terai/Madhesh to abandon the area in order to escape the wrath of the Madhesi outfits.
Analysts say that such “aggressive” warning are not only dangerous but possess the “seed” for a sort of possible “retaliation” from the other camps who have so far exhibited their utmost restraint in order to maintain the time tested “communal harmony” in between the people of Hill origin and the rest residing in Terai/Madhesh.
A close look at what Jwala Singh has said to the people of the Hill origin through a daily last weekend does indicate that he and his front possess immense hatred for those who were not Madhesis.
But why is this hatred? One fails to understand Mr. Singh’s inner psychology.
Analysts forcefully say that the various communities have had congenial relations with each other till the other day then how come this sudden emergence of hatred for the people belonging to the Hills?
Mr. Singh’s threat loaded warning is pushing the country to an endless civil war. It could erupt any time from now if the targeted groups wish to “retaliate”.
Whether the rulers in Kathmandu have read Mr. Singh’s warning or not but what is for sure is that by today evening the entire Terai will be abandoned by the government officials whom Singh has considered as his prime target. After all no sane person would wait for the wrath to approach them in a completely “gentle” manner.
The gravity of the situation thus could well be read from the stern warning served to the Pahades by Mr. Singh.
Then what is the solution? Military option?
Perhaps this option might further aggravate the situation that still not slipped out of hands.
What next then? Talks and talks only. Analysts conclude that it could be the initiation of dialogue and dialogue alone that could avert this crisis which if not arrested on time might catapult the entire “politics of the country”.
The manner Mr. Singh has expressed his frightening views does hint that he concludes that the
If so, minister for Peace ram Chandra Poudel should be penalized as to what the hell had been doing so far? He should have invited Mr. Singh for talks unconditionally. There is no option left with him and the government he represents.
Said one analyst this morning to me, where there is no peace, there exist a ministry for peace. What a cruel joke indeed.
Analysts would go in for suggesting the lame-duck Koirala regime to act fast before it is too late.
If it is today Jwala Singh serving ultimatums to Hill origin people residing or working in the Terai, tomorrow others might follow suit and thus a chain of events would eventually force the entire Nepalese of Hill origin to evacuate the entire Terai for fear of being penalized physically.
Act fast! Are you listening Koirala? Your lackluster posture is pushing the country for an unprecedented disintegration. Mind it, time is running out.
Let the communal harmony not disturbed. Listen to Jwala, Goit and the Tigers or else face the music. After all they too were the sons of the same soil and thus they deserve every right to push their demands. However, modestly speaking, the demands be put not in a frightening manner, analysts conclude.