The NCP-Maoists’ fresh ‘erratic’ overture to ban Hindi Movies and Indian vehicles in Nepal have created a ‘political havoc’ and the issue has already hit media headlines in top newspapers that survive on advertisements selectively supplied by Indian multinational companies in Nepal.
As expected, majority of political parties have heavily criticized the decision. Nepal’s ailing industrial sector which shall be the hardest hit by this decision to ban Indian vehicles has also deplored the act.
On the other hand, Madhesi parties are of the view that the decision is anti-Madhesi and democratic parties of the sort of Nepali Congress believe that the decision is undemocratic and unconstitutional. The Madhesi party led by Sarat Singh Bhandari (Pahadiya by birth) also issued a press statement against the decision.
The United Marxist Leninist has in a subdued manner urged Mohan Baidya Kiran led Maoists party to withdraw the decision. Madhav Nepal is not happy with Indians these days for some mysterious reasons.
The all time Minister Rajendra Mahato who is presently taking first-class care of ministry of health told at a press meet point blank that mother tongue of Madhesi population is Hindi and the community share direct relations with India thus the decision is a direct attack on Madhesi culture. His summary is interesting.
He was addressing a press meet in Itahari of Sunsari District, September 27, 2012.
Look what he says further.
“Mero Sasurali Bharat ho. K maile aba hindi bolnai napaune ho”, asked Mahato. (My wife is an Indian national.) Thankfully Mahato made these remarks in Nepali.
But Mahato has genuine logic.
However, this is not to undermine the fact that there are Pahadiya leaders in Nepal who love India more than their own motherland. For example, Nepal’s Prime Minister Baburam quickly issued a press note, Thursday urging his former friends to withdraw the decision.
To recall, Baburam who has never been second in his educational career it is said, was the one who some 14-15 years (1996 to be precise) back for the first time launched a movement to ban Hindi Movies and stop Indian vehicles.
History has just repeated itself.
Later it turned out that his anti-India movement and the peoples’ revolt was basically the brain child of the Indian themselves. Politics is bad! Thus he inked June 2002 Maoists-India Treaty.
Be that as it may, the NCP-Maoist on the other hand claims that since Nepali vehicles are not allowed to move freely in India the decision to ban Indian vehicles have been taken.
“This is not an attack against a particular country,” responds NCP-Maoist spokesperson Pampha Bhusal.
Suspicious analysts however, claim that the NCP-Maoist fresh decision could have been cooked south of the border. Could be? The NCP-Maoist is still not registered at the election commission. Be careful!
Finally this party too would land in NOIDA, analysts presume.
This is nothing more than a highly objectionable drama which must come to an end. Earlier the better.
PS: We condole the death of the SITA Air passengers who lost their precious live this morning. Rest in peace.