Telegraph Nepal, Editorials
We at this paper never claimed that we were Nepal’s strong nationalists. Nor do we believe in radical nationalism. Nationalism is nationalism and thus no other definitions could redefine nationalism. We also very much now claim that we never were a nationalist with masks enjoying monthly perks on a regular basis carrying instructions to tease our own mother Nepal. As such nationalists have already been noticed and were in record.
However, we claim ourselves as a modest Nepali nationalist with sufficient love and honor for mother Nepal whose insult we can’t endure from any quarters, be it from domestic Gaj Raj Mishra/Chandrashekhar Dahal ( Those who signed the Sugauli Treaty) or persons like alien Jaychands or even fittingly say Lendhups of the Sikkim infamy from outside.
We took birth in this soil so it becomes our bounden duty to remain ever alert in safeguarding our national interests which remains yet to be defined after Nepal was declared a 12 point republic.
As a responsible citizen of sovereign Nepal, we at this paper remained ever loyal to the prime causes of our country, for example, for the preservation of Nepal’s independent identity and territorial integrity. We did so because we had to simply because we took birth in this great soil. We have to do a lot. Much remains to be done in favor of the people and the national population living across the country. Each and every Nepali national living inside the Nepali territory is near and dear to us. All the ethnic tribes and the people from different castes are our brothers and sisters. We can’t afford to differentiate in between the one Nepali national with the other. We are one. Oneness will lead us to a harmonious environment to which we have been longing for.
However, we feel pained that some of our own Nepali nationals may or may not be under instructions, spreading communal hatred amongst ourselves. We have failed to understand their real intent as to why they want make us to fight with each other. Unsubstantiated reports have it that some NOGs and INGOs have been flaring up the communal discord in between the Nepalese. We really don’t understand as to what benefits these NGOs/INGOs being run by Nepali nationals but largely funded by some aliens will extract from such a manufactured civil war? History is the witness that we the Nepalese have never fought with each other and thus we wish that the same spirit will once again prevail which will ultimately avert the approaching political instability.
The Brahmins or for that matter the Chettris are being made the target by some interested quarters. We wish to remind them all to go through the pages of Nepali history wherein they will find that we have ever taken to a peaceful course even at times of crisis.
Save a few Brahmins and Chettris, the rest too remain in a poverty stricken situation. This is the fact that not all the Brahmins and Chettris have wielded authority as is being alleged instead, we can find other castes too have served the country according to their capabilities by being in lucrative posts including their presence in the Royal Palace corridors for decades and decades.
The fault of one single Brahmin/Chettri can’t be applicable to the entire Brahmin/Chettri community. The Brahmins too are illiterate, poor and live their lives seeking alms in the far west. Poverty has not been imposed upon the Nepali population by this community alone. Several factors, seen and unseen, have added to our problems.
We wish those who have made the so called ruling class their prime targets to shun their misgivings if any and begin a new chapter in our friendly relations and live in a prosperous Nepali land. Yet we demand that the current ruling Brahmins must be chased.
Making demands and counter demands, as stated last week, must not be taken as crime as is being noticed in some quarters. However, while making such demands care must be taken as to whether such a claim goes against the nation or not?
Summing up, we forecast that a dangerous political hurricane is soon to grip this nation which demands that we the entire Nepalese population do not lose our temper and compassion which we have been exhibiting since long many years.
The situation is not only dangerous but may also contain the seeds of split. This is our presumption. It is these likely splits which have got to be averted at any cost. Any dilly-dallying may bring about the collapse of the entire nation-state. We need to remain vigilant against the forces which have begun playing with our tender sentiments.
Editorial the telegraph weekly may 16, 2012.