Indian invasion in Nepal is not limited in our land but in all spheres of our life

Madan Regmi

Political Analyst & International Observer, Nepal

TGQ1: How do you feel Nepal’s current position and its problems? Is the country safe?

Regmi: In the present situation and environment, I don’t feel being in my nation. I strongly feel our motherland Nepal has been already sold and overrun by invaders. Don’t ask me who are the traitors that have brought the county to this shape? I will come to it myself. There is no single government to be blamed for it. Ranas rule of 104 years kept the people in total darkness and impoverished. And they sold the sons of Nepal for their master imperialist Britain’s security purposes and to maintain their colony. The last Rana Prime Minister Mohan Sumsher, a close friend of J. Lal Nehru, agreed to sale them also to the so-called India, which was waiting to be created barely after a week. I call it V2 and V1; it means two Vampires and one Victim.

Don’t you think it’s an irony of human history that the vampires and the victims, we all three, are the members of the United Nations whose charter and conventions places all member nations on equal footing and advocates respect to each others’ sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity?

I don’t know what this so-called world body is meant to a peace loving country like us when it comes vis-à-vis with imperial powers and its surrogates, whose every evil deeds is endorsed by the UN body this or that way.

I was talking about Ranas, sorry I am out of the way. Ranas were pretty bad rulers. But they did not sale an inch of our territory, our natural resources not even a single citizenship certificate. Just think of the Nepalese citizenship in this post Rana period, which is widely believed that nearly 10 Million plus people of the Indian domain have obtained our citizenship certificates. Those criminals of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh so far arrested by our police were in possession of Nepali citizenship certificate. Delhi is aware about it but since it is part of its demographic designs it has observed a stoic silence. Besides we should not forget that India is the pioneer of terrorism in South Asia. It was Delhi which harbored terrorist outfit like LTTE and others of such kind; and even to this day its terrorist outfits and the underworld which it owns are operating inside Nepal with impunity and Delhi seeking political status for its terrorist outfits in Nepal.

So if you give me a choice between Rana regime and contemporary regimes, it will be very difficult for me to choose between these two. Because of the time factor, I can’t go back to Rana days but to live in this situation as a dignified and free Nepali is not possible. The position of a servile nation is not acceptable. We have to protect our sovereignty at any cost so we will fight to the last drop of blood. We will help our friends and hate our enemies. I am not yet fatigued and desperate. I know once we stand and strike back, the enemies will fall.

Madan RegmiLet us see how the Constituent Assembly will proceed. In some issues of Indian interference and pressure it has strongly repelled and exposed Delhi’s sinister attempts and designs. There is also some step forward in the direction of campaign of national liberation. I hope this CA will be able to complete the constitution writing. In case it fails to complete it, May 28, 2011, its terms should be extended for a short period. We are aware of Delhi’s design to see that it is dissolved and they are trying to influence the President to take the reign.

I don’t think that our country is safe. But we have good friends all over the world and they understand our problems. There are also some friendly countries that are committed to help and support us in our effort to safeguard our sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity. Almost all the Nepalese people firmly believe that China is Nepal’s most trusted friend and that Chinese people are highly cultured and courteous.

Almost all the countries of South Asia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka are friendly to us. Bhutan is in the strangle hold of Delhi and have perpetrated a great injustice on its people of Nepalese origin. Otherwise we would have been in a position to take Bhutan as a friendly country. Sikkim is under Indian occupation and majority people of this occupied nation are Nepalese, so we have a strong feeling for the Sikkimise people and their independence. We have good friends in Europe, Latin America and Africa. But, the Delhi Raj has so far succeeded in colonizing us. However in recent days it seems Delhi’s design to smash and grab Nepal is being weakened.

TGQ2: India’s Nepal current foreign policy is said to be the continuity of British Raj. Is it that what is being talked? What do you have to say?

Regmi: I agree to it. Our main problem is India which was made by Britain in 1947 and is in real sense and practice is the continuity of imperialism itself. Most of the problems we are confronting originate from this artificial nation named India by its creator Britain. But to camouflage its imperial structure it was given another additional name of Bharat. Don’t you think that it is a big surprise that a nation can have two official names? One given by British and the next one derived from the legendary King Bharat who was the ancestors of the legendary Pandavas and Kauravas. Their nation of Hastinapur was not bigger than that of Kathmandu but the legend reportedly boasted that King Bharat ruled the universe. On this ground this British born India’s first Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru, a favorite of then British viceroy to India Lord Mount Batten and also his wife Pamela went on unabated to expand the territories of his British bestowed Kingdom. Thus Nepal was forced to accept this India as its neighbor.

Before 1947, we were bordering British territories and before that Moghul empire and even before that many other nations. The biggest one of our neighbor in ancient time that is before 23 hundred years back  was Magadh Empire which was ruled by famous Maurya emperors like Chandra Gupta and Ashoka. It will be worthwhile to mention here that Nepal’s existence as a nation and trade partner of Magadh empire has been recorded by Bishnu Gupta Chanakya (the mentor of Chandra Gupta Maurya), in his writings on economics, and administration plus the “art to rule”. In his book Chanakya has written that Magadh imports woolen and metal products from its neighbor Nepal.( Read Chankya by Satyaketu Bidyalankar 14th edition, 2008).

I am recalling this part of our glorious history because most of the people of the present day world don’t know about us and the way we are being projected as something insignificant and tiny. However, what we have been made today is by the then British imperialists and its created India which I have already outlined as the continuity of imperialism from British Raj to Indian Raj, from all accounts is an artificial nation coercively created by bulldozing the sovereignty of several nations and dumping these within that artificial entity.

This India in the garb of democracy which in the words of a Bengali writer Arundhati Roy is a “fake democracy” with the support of protectors was strengthening its imperialism by further expanding its territory in Nepal and elsewhere. Kashmir, Hyderabad, Goa, Andaman Nicobar, Pondicherry islands were annexed during Nehru’s reign and Sikkim was the victim of his daughter Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi, who was no less imperialistic than her father. 

Actually the British never decolonized the South Asian region if it has been so, mighty nations of Marathas, Sikhs, Muslims, Bengalis, Tamils, Telegus, Nagas Udiyas,  Keraliates etc would  have restored their independence. But the new rulers of India who were favorite to London inherited each and every structure and colonies of imperial British governance including the recruitment of Nepalese people in their Army, which Nehru himself abhorred. By inheriting the entire British imperialist legacy and making itself the British heir, Delhi Raj wouldn’t have embarked on a friendly foreign policy towards any of its neighbors.

TGQ3: What makes you so sure and strongly feel that India is an expansionist and imperialist power? How will you prove it?

Regimi: Before answering your question, I would like to recall here some versions of Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of Republic of India on Nepal.

Nehru writes in his book “Glimpses of World History-Page 411, “A little before the last Maratha war, the British had a war with Nepal from 1814-1860. They had great difficulties in the mountains but they won in the end, and the district of Dehradun, where I sit in prison writing this letter, and Kumaun and Nainital came under British rule”.

In the same paragraph Nehru further writes, “And the brave and warlike people of Nepal-the Gurkhas- are enrolled in the British Army in India and are used to keep down Indians”. Madan Regmi

However, after assuming the premiership British bestowed Kingdom Nehru betrayed his own conscience and commitment and continued the occupation of our vast territories which the British had annexed in 1816 by compelling Nepal to sign the humiliating treaty of Sugauli-and, also recruitment of Nepalese in his imperial Army. Nehru had written in his book that the British enrolled the people of Nepal “to keep down Indians”. But, why does this so-called India still needs the recruitment of Nepalese in their Army? Is it not to suppress liberation movement of those nations whom the British dumped within ‘India’?

This trajectory of suppression has been amply displayed by Indian Raj in different occupied territories in these 63 years of its birth. The recent one was observed in occupied Darjeeling where the peoples’ movement for the right of self determination was brutally suppressed. Dozens were killed and many a thousands were arrested.

In recent years, that is from 1962 onwards India has encroached Nepalese territories in 52 places and still continues to advance deed inside Nepali landmass. The Indian invasion is not limited in our land but it is in all spheres of Nepalese life. It has imposed open border on us and the so-called Indians come and stay in Nepal without Visa which is against Nepal’s existing rules and laws.

Indian invasion is not only limited to our territory its invasion are in all spheres, including demographic, economic, social and political etc. India has already grabbed almost all major rivers of Nepal. It enjoys near monopoly in Nepalese market with special tariff privileges. If we look at ourselves with clean and clear eyes, redeeming ourselves from the mercenary culture which is being thrust upon us since hundreds of years, we will find ourselves nowhere in our own country, and in these span of years we have been mostly ruled by the Indian puppets- partial and full.

TGQ4: Nepal is becoming small and small. But yet it is a middle sized nation. How big was Nepal in the past?

Regimi: To know our real geographical position we have to go back to our history during reign of Malla dynasty or even before that. To give all the historical accounts will not be possible here. So I will begin from the medieval period.

In this period King Mahendra Malla (1560) - a powerful ruler of Nepal had built a Shiva Temple by the side of River Ganges. This temple he named after himself, ‘Mahendra Nath Temple’ and lies in Mahadar Village barely five kilometers from Chiswan Ghat adjoining the Ganges river. This place is now in the so-called district of Siwan, Bihar. Some historical accounts reveal that during Malla Reign Nepal’s border was up to Gaya where Gautam Buddha got his enlightenment. In Siwan big Nepalese settlement could still be found.

After the collapse of the Malla dynasty Nepal’s territory appears to have squeezed, but again Bahadur Shah- the youngest son of King Prithivi Naryan Shah resumed Nepal’s sovereignty up to the Ganges. Nepal’s border in the South-West was up to Gomati River, which was the border of Awadh Empire adjoining Lucknow- the capital of so-called Uttar Pradesh.

In the East, Nepali territory was up to up to Nagarkot (Nagarkatta) which is 70 kilometers eastward of Tista River. Darjeeling, Kalingpong, Khurseong and the entire region west of Nagarkot including Tista river was a part of Nepal. These lands are still entirely inhabited by Nepali people. To recall, after the British occupation of India ended in 1947 for some time Darjeeling and the areas around remained independent until imperial India once again occupied those territories.

To the West, Nepali territory extended up to this side of the Sutlej River that included Shimla with dense Nepali population.

In the south, the vast plain north of River Ganges that flows from West to East was also part of our territory. Some dispersed settlement of people of Nepali origin could still be found in those areas such as Supaul district of Bihar and other places.

To recall, Prithivi Naryan Shah -the re-unifier of Nepal, heralded Nepal’s glorious era of anti-imperialist campaign and created the culture of warrior-fighters that will take on the invaders and sacrifice lives to protect the nation. During Prithivi Narayan Shah led Nepal defeated the advancing British Army led by Captain Kinloch and immediately after him Nepal fought two major wars.  Nepal’s war with Britain was costly for the former. To end the Nepal-British War (1814-16) Nepal had to sign a humiliating Treaty in Sugauli and was compelled to cede half of Nepalese territories to Britain. These annexed territories should have automatically come back to the motherland, Nepal, instantly after withdrawal of the British from the South Asian colonies. However, the newly born India continued the occupation. As a result, besides those territories which Nehru himself acknowledged of being part of Nepal, the Indian Raj continues to expand itself in Nepal even to this day.

TGQ5: Bihar’s economic growth has become a matter of talk in Kathmandu’s academic circuit. Is it really what is being discussed or just the otherwise? Your comments please.

Regmi: I too hear this noise and news in the India financed media and so called intellectuals. To these claim of Bihari economic boom I have some serious reservations because of some of the accounts of Bihar and India as a whole in the Indian and Medias of other parts of the world. Before coming to Bihar, it was a part in ancient time the glorious Magadh Empire. I would like to quote here the readings of reputed international agencies like by J. P. Morgan. Published by Time of India, June 21, 2008, with a headline “India-World’s largest remittance recipient”. It writes “for Indians the umbilical cord is never severed. India has now captured one tenth of global remittance flows, making it’s the world’s largest single recipient and estimated $ 27.1 Billion was remitted in 2006-7. The Indian Diaspora is estimated at 20 million. Migrant remittance has surged to the forefront of the development agenda worldwide”.

The top ten destination for the Indians includes, the UAE, Saudi Arabia , the US, Bangladesh, Nepal, UK, Sri Lanka, Kuwait and Oman. This reporting is based on the J. P. Morgan’s story which shows that Nepal is in the fifth position in the world to provide bread and butter to the Indian migrant workers.  With the remittance earnings of the Indians which have now reached to $ 55 billion in 2009, the inflow of the Indian workers in Nepal has remarkably increased in Nepal. Economic experts are of the view that Nepal today is one of the major sources of Indian remittance money.

On the development of Bihar, Jason Overdorf writes in his article with the headline “From worst to near first” that still Bihar continues to rank dismally on every major social indicator and there are few signs that the poorest of the poor have benefited much from the new economic growth. Both the infant mortality rate and maternal mortality rates are higher than the national average and seventy percent of the State’s inhabited areas are not linked by motor able roads” (Newsweek, February 22, 2010 Page 30-34).

Swaminathan Aiyar writes “Can we really believe Bihar's data? The Central Statistical Organization guides the states collecting and processing data, but does not check whether the job is done correctly. Cynics think Bihar's notoriously manipulative politicians must have fudged the data for false publicity.  The data show enormous swings in agriculture from year to year. Because of this, Bihar's growth averaged 11% over the last five years, but only 8.3% over the last six years…Back in the 1970s, I found that Kashmir was for some time the fastest growing state in India, and went to Srinagar to ask what accounted for fast growth. To my surprise, state officials and politicians were dismayed at my questions. They were used to moaning and groaning about their poverty and the need for more central hand-outs, so they looked on me almost as an enemy”.

Swaminathan further writes on Bihar, “However, large-scale industry remains on the sidelines. Organized sector output actually fell in the Laloo era from Rs 1,150 crore in 1999-00 to Rs 790 crore in 2004-05 at constant prices, and has stagnated under Nitish Kumar. Many large industries have proposed big investments, but these will be pursued only if Nitish is re-elected”.

In another scenario, the Biharis and Uttar Pradesis of their cities and villages came in huge numbers in Nepalese bordering towns and villages for manual labors. The reason for it is that the labor wage in Bihar and UP is average below 70 Rupees Nepalese per day and in Nepal it is in between 300 to 400 Nepalese rupees, this huge gap in earning attracts the Indian labors towards Nepal and they work as construction of house and roads workers, sweepers, dishwashers to barbers. Many Nepalese these days prefer to employ Bihari men and women for household jobs because of their cheap wage demand. I have been astounded of so-called men in higher offices talking to Bihar’s development and some of these so-called learned men are from Nepal’s Tarai. I would like to tell them that Biharis  and Uttar Pradesis are doing slightly better in terms of production of wheat, rice and vegetables at our cost. Their lands are using Nepalese water which is regulated from the embankments- which India has built in most of the part of Nepal-India border. These embankments have submerged vast areas of cultivable Nepalese lands and dislocated the inhabitants to the extent that one of the India made Khurdalotan Dam have threatened Lumbini- the birth place of Lord Buddha and other areas of Kapilvastu and Rupandehi districts which has scores of world heritage sites.

I sometime endorse the charge that Nepal has largest number of fifth columnists. If it is not so why so many of us could have been swayed by the Indian propaganda. In reality, so-called India is the poorest than the sub-Sahara region of Africa-as largest portion of world’s poor of over 2 Billion inhabit India. In recent survey of international agencies it has once again revealed that out of 1 Billion plus population of Delhi Raj, 800 (Eight Hundred) Million people are living below the poverty line. It has five dozen billionaires and few thousand millionaires. 30% of wealth of this so-called nation belongs to 100 Big houses. 95 % of the land is occupied by 5% of the people as feudal (Jamindari) system still persists in that country.

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