Nepal News (34)

Nepal's Mahendrabaadi rashtrabaad and India's Hindutva mirror image of each other. One treats Madhesis as fifth...

Posted by Prashant Jha on Wednesday, February 17, 2016

आज जनकपुर के पूर्वउपमेयर असगर अली, प्रो. चन्द्रकिशोर सिंह, श्यामकिशोर लाल, जयनन्दन सहनी सहित ११७ समाज के जानेमाने जागरुक...

Posted by Brikhesh Chandra Lal on Tuesday, February 16, 2016

२०७२ फागुन ५तमलोपा के अध्यक्ष ने धनुषा के संयुक्त लोकतान्त्रिक मधेशी मोर्चा के नेताओं से किया अन्तर्क्रिया ।

Posted by Brikhesh Chandra Lal on Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Copied...अहिलेको आधुनिक युगमा पनि मधेशभित्र नेपालको औपनिवेशिक शाषण रहेको कुरा राजनीतिक घटनाक्रम, राज्य र सरकारको मधेशी ...

Posted by C.k. Sah on Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Would strongly recommend the first of the open lectures on nationalism in JNU Gopal Guru is the foremost scholar on...

Posted by Prashant Jha on Wednesday, February 17, 2016

५ फागुन, २०७२ । जनकपुर में संयुक्त लोकतान्त्रिक मधेशी मोर्चाका लाठी जुलुस

Posted by Brikhesh Chandra Lal on Wednesday, February 17, 2016

We stand in solidarity with JNU and what it stands for. We will not tolerate bullying of students and intellectuals by a repressive regime, whether that is in Nepal or India.

Posted by Puru Shah on Thursday, February 18, 2016

Many in Delhi got unnecessarily worked up about the 'china card' played by the Nepal govt. I had consistently maintained...

Posted by Prashant Jha on Tuesday, February 16, 2016

'People misusing rights in the name of freedom, human rights, feminism, secularism, freedom of expression.'Those who...

Posted by Prashant Jha on Wednesday, February 17, 2016

There is no one left in JNU - a very brief, somewhat simplistic, primer on the various shades of Red politics, and why one should not be lumped with another.

Posted by Prashant Jha on Wednesday, February 17, 2016

'Above all, the quality and content of our nationalism cannot be dictated to by demagogues. Nor can our nationalism be...

Posted by Prashant Jha on Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Fantastic piece by Swami Aiyar - a true liberal, a rare species in India and Nepal. He asks the question many have...

Posted by Prashant Jha on Wednesday, February 17, 2016

At the centre of the JNU controversy is the ABVP. I spoke to the outfit's most powerful leader, Sunil Ambekar, who...

Posted by Prashant Jha on Tuesday, February 16, 2016

All illegal immigrants 'have to go back ' - Donald Trump and Oli statement telling Madhesi to think of UP/Bihar . This ...

Posted by Satendra Sah on Thursday, February 18, 2016

Very insightful

Posted by Prashant Jha on Thursday, February 18, 2016

ओलीलाई दिल्लीमा कालो झण्डाले भब्य स्वागत गरिने....युनाइटेड मधेशी संस्थाको ब्यानरमा नयाँ दिल्लीमा मधेशी–थारु–आदिवासी जन...

Posted by Upendra Mahato on Thursday, February 18, 2016


Slow and steady
The Madhes movement has succeeded by failing—by not achieving its declared objectives
both the lay activists and their well-wishers had hoped that the leaders of the Morcha would dynamically respond to the evolving fluidity of the movement and know when to shift strategy and when to change tactics—in short, when to start, halt and stop, or shift gear. Instead, the leaders either let things play out or depended on India’s largess to pressure the state and bargain behind the scenes. ...... The failure of this long struggle, therefore, hits where it hurts most—self-respect and self-esteem of the Madhesis. Their despair and defeat is thus quite understandable. ...... What have the leaders of the Madhes movement learnt from the movement? Has the movement transformed their thinking, character, penchant for squabbling, and inability to form alliances with other marginalised groups, such as the Madhesi Dalits, and Madhesi and hill Janajatis? Have they kept a journal of the movement to record their thoughts, note the ups and downs of the movement and assess and reflect upon their actions and decisions even as the movement was in full swing? I have probably read almost every media article and watched almost every television show on the Madhes movement. Madhesi leaders have certainly given some good television interviews, but in terms of writings in the media, they have not made a mark. What this means is that

there is no serious and systematic thinker among them.

....... And without a serious thinker among the leaders, a movement evolves spontaneously and goes where the wave of activists and participants take it, reacting to external and internal forces. In my view, that was the biggest shortcoming of the Madhes movement despite its sustained energy and many sacrifices. And this is precisely where the movement has succeeded by failing—by not achieving its declared objectives. It has fulfilled its long-term goals by coming short on its short-term results. ........ If the biggest failure of the movement has been the lack of its leaders’ ability to systematically reflect, dynamically assess and effectively guide the movement to its logical destination, its biggest success has been, as I had suggested in this space some months ago, the raising of consciousness of the common Madhesis and the testing and training of the Talented Tenth among the Madhesis, the Young Turks, who have already been providing leadership to the movement intellectually...... What this movement has also done, which is quite salutary for the entire country itself, is to force other marginalised groups, such as the Tharus, Dalits and hill Janajatis, and even many women, to assess their priorities, choose their friends and recognise their true adversaries. Above all, this movement has created a sizable group of intellectual activists and a large group of sympathisers among even the hill caste people. All these things happened not overnight but gradually, as the movement progressed day by day, week by week over the past half year. And the things that percolate through slowly seep to the bottom to sit well. ...... This slow raising of consciousness among the marginalised in response to the violence of the Nepali state was the only way that a fundamental transformation could be possible in the future without a sudden eruption of mass violence. ......

This slow transformation can take one of three forms: Realisation on the part of the ruling parties of their bleak future and consequent role in the structural transformation of the state; change in the political structure as a result of a new political alliance of the marginalised and a complete boycott of the three main parties; or a future joint movement of all the marginalised people to force structural change.

....... given human weakness for posts and power, I am not sure if members of the marginalised will not continue with the existing dominant political parties as token Madhesis, Dalits or Janajatis. Besides, the leadership among the marginalised is fragile and fragmented. Look at the many political cooks among the Madhesis and the failure of leadership among the Tharus.
The China delusion

If there is one thing that we can learn from the now officially lifted unofficial Indian blockade it is that we should not pin our hopes on China, in case something like this happens again.

....... Forget about lessons and what needs to be done being espoused by many these days—diversifying our trade, getting 33 percent of our fuel supplies from China and access to the Chinese ports, or as some overly enthusiastic scholars argue, getting access to the markets of Central and East Asia through our northern neighbor and other fantastic ideas. China has made it very clear that these ideas are not in line with its "interests" in a series of symbolic gestures. It is our fault that we did not pick up the signals effectively. ....... Besides the assurance of a probable visit and 10,000 induction stoves, we got 2.6 million liters of petrol in grant, not even enough to sustain a day's traffic in Kathmandu. That was all the help we got from China. ....... The overdose of nationalism is partly to blame for our reaction but mainly it was the mistaken belief that China can and easily and willingly replace India in Nepal—and many political leaders and analysts who are frequent visitors to Beijing promoted it as such, leading our government to make a mockery of itself in Beijing. ........

The Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Kamal Thapa's China visit last December was a total failure. He could neither meet the President nor the PM. The Chinese side did not commit to anything.

....... China is yet to waive visa fees for Nepalis going to China. Now, if the government is serious about damage control and not make us a laughing stock globally, it can review the decision made in haste and make the offer valid for three months only. .......

the Chinese side calculated that antagonizing India over Nepal is not in its best interest.

........ The Chinese are, as the world calls them, pragmatic. ........ First of all we need to do away with the thinking that China will replace India in Nepal. This will automatically lead to closer and better ties with India .....

We need to accept that China is neither good nor bad; it is a normal country that takes its national interests seriously. And Nepal, as recent Chinese reaction clearly showed, figures nowhere in its designs.

....... Nor will the Chinese be unnecessarily dragged into our internal affairs or in our relations with India. The pragmatic Chinese would accept that gladly.

लामो समयपछी सोसल मिडिया हेर्ने अवशर जुडेको छ । असँख्य गाली, आरोप र पदबीहरुबाट बिभुषित भईसकेको रहेछु । अस्ती सोमबार प्रका...

Posted by Tula Narayan Shah on Wednesday, February 17, 2016

मधेशी मोर्चा विस्तार हुनु राम्रो हो, म स्वागत गर्छु, मेरो शुभकामना छ । तर, जुन किसिमको महागठबन्धनको कल्पना हामीले गरेका ...

Posted by Jay Prakash Ananda on Wednesday, February 17, 2016

तमरा अभियानको तेस्रो केन्द्रीय बैठक आज लहानमा सम्पन्न भयो । यस अघि यस्तै बैठक कलैया र बिराटनगरमा सम्पन्न भएको हो । यस ...

Posted by Jay Prakash Ananda on Thursday, February 18, 2016

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