Tuesday, May 17, 2016

China's Interest In Jhapa

China seeks to build a $3 billion industrial park in Jhapa. Nepal is a $20 billion economy. That would be a significant move.

America built infrastructure in Europe. But America has not done the same in Asia, Africa, Latin America. It is racism, pure and simple. America has chosen to destroy trillions of dollars over the decades but has refused to build infrastructure in Mexico.

You can't complain about that and also say, why is China wanting to build an industrial park in Nepal! Why does China want to link Chennai and Delhi with a bullet train? The Chinese are not even trying to be kind. They just mean to do business.

My guess is China feels for India's north-east, the same way Delhi feels for Madhesh. It is a cultural affinity thing. It is so very true that India's north-east is so far left behind. Modi feels the same.

China's interest in Jhapa is not territorial. I think China knows it can not set up the same in India, so they want to do it in Jhapa, which is as close as it can possibly get to that north-east region. China's interest is not Oli or Sitaula. China is interested in India's north-east. And it is not a military interest. This is the 21st century. Nobody in the region is hoping to gain any new territory. China is interested in seeing India's north-east doing well.

I am for building that industrial park. I am also for the bullet train.

Perhaps Madhesh should help the idea of building a bridge between India and China and go for this three state map. How can you be between the second and third largest economies in the world, and be so poor? Because you are not busy building a bridge between them.

Resolution Through Honest And Respectful Dialogue
Nepal: A Total Political Disaster

Resolution Through Honest And Respectful Dialogue

An attempt has to be made to seek a political resolution to the political impasse in Nepal. Madhesh has been an internal colony of Nepal ever since the time of Prithvi Narayan Shah. That political status of Madhesh has continued through various spells of democracy, through armed insurgencies, through elections, and party politics, through various Madhesh movements. CK Raut has a point. In a democracy you can seek federalism and inclusion. But Madhesh is not in a democracy, it is an internal colony, it can only hope for independence. 

But there are geopolitical compulsions. India, more than China, does not want to see Nepal split into two. That would be a reason for India to help Madhesh attain equality inside Nepal, and it is my observation the Modi government is actively helping. Modi is working towards a South Asian economic union. He does not want two Nepals, he wants one South Asia. 

The democratic way, the nonviolent way is one where you not only get your voices heard, you also listen actively to your opponent. And so, despite being the weaker party, the Madhesh movement has to work extra hard to listen also to the other side. There is only a negotiated political resolution to the impasse. 

What do the two sides want? The Madhesis want equality and dignity. What does the other side want? To the other side the idea of Madhesh as a separate country is unthinkable. It would be a nightmare situation. To them Ek Madhesh Ek Pradesh, or Ek Madhesh Do Pradesh both sound like a stepping stone to Madhesh as a separate country. Is a middle path possible? What is it?

The first time I drew a map for federal Nepal, it was in 2005, before the king had even been toppled. My map was 100% economic. It had three states.

Maps don't give you equality. Otherwise Madhesh has had 22 districts in Nepal. One or two Madhesh states on their own will not bring equality. If you go for Ek Madhesh Do Pradesh but keep the rest of the constitution, it will only institutionalize internal colonization for at least a generation.

What did my first map look like?

I am beginning to think this might be the map to go for now to resolve the terrible political impasse in the country. But this map is unthinkable if major accompanying political moves are not made at the same time.

  • Give Hindi the same status as Nepali at all levels of government right away. And have a roadmap to bring the 15 largest languages as languages of district and local governments. 
  • If you do the math on population starting with what Nepal's population was in 1950 and what the growth rate has been, Nepal's population can not possibly be 30 million. It is more like 50 million, maybe more. Nepal says eight million Nepalis have gone to India for work. They say wrong. The numbers don't add up. That number is at least 20 million since 1950. Nepal's current population is more like 40 million. Do the math. 
  • There are at least five million Madhesis who have been denied citizenship papers. That is a human rights violation. You can't keep people stateless. 
  • What might be the solution? India has done the biometric ID thing. Nepal should request India to do the same for everyone in Nepal. And the two databases should talk to each other. The two countries should be firm about making sure no one has citizenship of both countries. There is a technical solution here. My guess is I will be proven right. That five million Madhesis truly are stateless. 
  • The 22 Terai districts should have representation in the lower house in proportion to their population. 
  • The formula for DaMaJaMa inclusion should be refined. 
But I am pessimistic the ruling elite will go for this. They are fundamentally racist people. Their capacity for cruelty is bottomless, as has been seen in the aftermath of the earthquake. The Dalit and Janajati lives simply do not matter to them. That is the truth. Face it. 

Hereditary Brahminism is a disease. It does not respond to simple logic. It is not capable of an honest and respectful dialogue. 

Nepal: A Total Political Disaster
The Federalism Question: Maps

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Nepal: A Total Political Disaster

I put full time work into Nepal's democracy movement a decade ago. I also put full time work into the subsequent Madhesi movement, which I saw as but phase two of the same democracy movement. About my work I said, and I stand by the statement.
There is a concrete mathematical theory called the butterfly effect. A butterfly flapping its wings in the Amazon forest could be the reason a cyclone hit Bangladesh. What happened in Nepal in April 2006, January-February 2007, and February 2008 were political cyclones. I was the butterfly flapping my wings in New York City. In April 2006, over a period of 19 days, about eight million people out of the country's 27 million came out into the streets to shut the country down completely to force a dictator out.
If I had put the same kind of effort into the first two years of Nepal's first constituent assembly, Nepal would not have seen the drama it has seen since, and would have been a textbook example of how to take democracy into a Third World country, but small minded people like Charlie Rangel had other plans.

But I made a fundamental mistake along the way, which I fully intend to rectify.

The formula for toppling the dictatorship was perfect and can be taken everywhere else. You get people out into the streets everywhere in the country and have them stay there until the dictator bows out. The ideology behind that is five fold, and you get there through a popularly elected constituent assembly.

लोकतंत्र, मानव अधिकार, गणतंत्र, संघीयता, समावेशीता (Democracy, Human Rights, Republic, Federalism, Inclusion)

Then I looked at India, and came up with the next step, in terms of a mental framework. And just like in the case of Nepal, I listened to the churn on the ground and learned. It was a two way conversation. I have learned a lot from Narendra Modi and Nitish Kumar.

सुशासन, शिक्षा, स्वास्थ्य, संरचना, सुलभता (Good Governance, Education, Health, Infrastructure, Ease Of Doing Business)

Then I looked at Modi's ambition to remake India into a First World Country, and I said this.

E for Education, E for Entrepreneurship, E for Energy

But the entire time I have forgotten the most fundamental and the most important part. And I intend to rectify that, not only for Nepal, but also for India. And that is this.

Kumar: Wake Up To God
Medium: Paramendra Bhagat
Open Your Heart And See God Is Everywhere

There is but one God, there always has been but one God. Someone who has not conquered death is not even a person, someone who has not come to realize that his/her soul is unique in the history and future of time is not even a person. And you can not have democracy unless there is the person, for democracy is one person one vote. The people of Nepal have to embrace God, and become people, one person at a time. That is the only path to democracy, equality and riches. That is the only path to true liberation. That is the only way to smash the caste system to smithereens. The caste system is not God's way. It is The Devil's work. Come over to God's side, and smash the caste system.

Hereditary Bramhinism And Democracy In Nepal

There is an enormous cultural resistance to Jesus Christ in Nepal and India. Jesus gets equated with colonization. Whereas the colonizers and those who uphold the caste system are on the same side, the side of The Devil, Gandhi walked the path of Jesus Christ, the path of liberation, but he did not walk far enough.

Jesus Christ does not negate The Buddha, The Buddha is about the mind, Christ is about the soul. Jesus Christ does not contradict the Geeta, which teaches a full immersion in life, and a full detachment, always being conscious of God. Jesus was not even a white guy, any more than Buddha had Chinese eyes.

And if you don't like any existing church, or any existing organized religion that revolves around Jesus, start a new one. But there is no escaping The Truth. There are four elements to The Truth. There is a God, a loving, kind, forgiving God, creator of all things earth and Heaven. There is a Heaven. Your soul is unique in the history and future of time. You do not end at death. All four elements come together beautifully in the person of Jesus Christ, who was both man and God.

Many Religions, One God

No one else in any religious tradition has claimed to be the Son Of God. Jesus might have looked like an Arab today. The corrupt priests Jesus railed against, they are the same corrupt priests in power in Nepal today, and they stand between God and the people. The people will have to rise all over again. Bahunvad (Bramhinism) deserves nothing less than a total defeat.

Hereditary Bramhinism: 100 Times More Harmful Than Hereditary Monarchy
Visiting Utter Political Destruction Upon The Brahmins Of Nepal
India’s Caste System: Spiritual Corruption Second To None

I shall spring forth a new global religious organization, and that organization shall also come to Nepal, to India, to South Asia at large. The butterfly effect this time shall walk the land like an elephant, with the full force of a large organization that speaks the language of peace, love, kindness and forgiveness.

Jesus created The Person on earth. Jesus is not just about Heaven, although He is the most concrete bridge possible between earth and Heaven, because it was a bridge built by God Himself, for God so loves humanity. You do not have a soul like you have a limb. Don't let the Brahmins fool you. Your language, your culture are treasures created by God Himself, why would he have problems with those? Cultural diversity is God's creation. Racism is The Devil's work. And I wonder why the Brahmins find Nepal's diversity so problematic!

There can be no compromise on human rights, there can be no compromise on religious freedom, there can be no compromise on a secular constitution. No special status may be accorded to any organized religion. The word of God may be peacefully spoken. Until then let there be political struggle until the Brahmins have been pushed into an eternal political wilderness.

भारतके मुसलमान: पाँचवा कास्ट

If the people of Nepal needed to know the evil ways of Bahunvad, all they have to look at is the aftermath of the earthquake. The evils of Brahminism are bottomless.