Telegraph Nepal, Editorials
The Nepalese have lost their original energy. The world famous Khukuri has lost its former ferocious charm which used to rupture the nerves and vertebral columns of those who awaited its attack or were made target. We fought several wars in the past and the dazzling Khukuri accomplished its miracles which hit media headlines internationally. At times the enemies have had to flee the moment they were told that the Brave Gorkhas were coming. Those were the days indeed of glory and pride for the entire nation and its population. Are we the same brave ones? We doubt.
Only last year, a brave Nepali young man saved some forty Indian girls in a train on the way to Calcutta from being raped en masse by some Indian local dacoits. Nepali bravery still counts and has the capability to pounce upon those who possess ill intentions against innocent lives whether they belong to India, Nepal or any third country.
How the Nepali obligation was paid later? The humiliating story will follow.
History tells us that we the Nepalese have never compromised our prestige and status as against some material gains instead have shed our blood for the aliens be it in the World Wars and or be it in the war between India and China or India and Pakistan. Our nationals were always in the front.
Our brave soldiers were sent to the wars mentioned above ignoring our agreements with India that Nepali soldiers would not be told to fight with the friends of Nepal. But India never gave any attention to those agreements made in the past.
In sum, the glory and pride with which we the Nepalese are surviving is waning fast. After the country was declared 12 point Nepal, the Nepalese status has taken a grand slide. The Nepali youth who saved the Indian girls in a high speed train from being raped has received in turn a very distasteful reward from the Indian Killing machine-the Sheema Shashatra Bal-the SSB.
Though the Nepali girl raped by the SSB just the other day, a shameful Indian reply to the Nepali youth’s benevolent action, the national population remains though in a stunned state, however, what is missing is that neither the mainstream political leaders nor the mainstream big media houses found the ghastly incident worth adequate condemnation and dissemination.
Slavery this of the highest order. Or wasn’t it a news at all? It was news by all means. Our long experience in this domain allows us to make definitions.
We the Nepalese will only weep and cry when our own mothers and sisters and daughters will be gang raped. No sensitivity towards the plight of someone who doesn’t belong to our private family? For the high seated Nepalese, let others be raped but not his or her near and dear ones. Shame on us all once again.
This explains how we are losing our traditional values. This also tells as to how we have sold our souls as against some material gains or else, at least on grounds of humanitarian values our population together with the ruling redundant leaders should have spoken against this Nepal humiliating act. However, they did not speak for fear of losing the monthly salaries or at best being brought back to the foot path. This speaks of 12 point Nepal’s subservience of the order at its peak.
The otherwise intelligent and sensitive Nepali media, that it claims itself to be, must have dug the matter and informed the people and the government as a part of its bounden duty. But that was not forthcoming and the reasons we understand better yet we would refrain from writing against our own junior and senior colleagues, if remaining any, as it would tantamount to have pounced upon our own brethren from the same domain. But yet the slip-up is there. The nation remains in a stunned position as to how it so happened and went unnoticed?
A Taplejung girl at 20 is being gang raped and we the “sovereign Nepali people” remain silent as if nothing has happened. Have we become so much rickety after the change? The change, or for that matter any change should be a matter of welcome but the transformation must not be at the cost of national pride that it was or else the energetic boys, from all the major parties, who heat the streets here and there across the country should have jolted the nation over this ghastly incident. Alas! It too was missing. The slide with abundant humiliation has already begun instantly after the questionable change. Much more such insults remain in the pipeline. Bear with it if you can’t retaliate. A coward dies many a times even if he or she remains alive.
However, a word of wisdom to all those concerned, both near and far.
“Do not say you are strong or you will come upon one stronger. Do not say you are clever or you will come upon one more clever”: A Kirghiz saying.
( The Telegraph Weekly editorial May 2nd. 2012).