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Maintaining Perspectives On Ethnicity, Race And The Good Old Dollar

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English: Nitish Kumar (Photo credit: Wikipedia) (published in Vishwa Sandesh)

Maintaining Perspectives On Ethnicity, Race And The Good Old Dollar
By Paramendra Bhagat (www.paramendra.com)

All you have to do is meet a few bad mannered Madhesis in New York City, and that really gives you perspectives on ethnicity and race. Madhesis are not Bahuns, not Pahadis, Madhesis are not white. All you have to do is meet a few bad mannered Bahuns in NYC and you come out ahead on the social dynamics of the situation. Bahuns are not Indian.

There is the immediate, and then there is that which happens or needs to happen 10,000 miles away. There is the New York City thing, the city that is the Kathmandu of the world, the capital city where every town on earth is represented. And then there is Nepal.

I have fond memories of putting my efforts into Nepal’s democracy movement a few years ago. And I have vivid memories of seeing deep hostility from some of the comrades of that same movement when…

The Only Alliance The Madhesi Parties Need

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English: politician of nepal (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The only alliance the Madhesi parties really need is with each other. The Madhesi parties have to go to the people with the confidence that they will go into power no matter who forms the government at the center. Despite the Madhesi movement the Madhesi parties only got one third of the seats and votes in the Terai the last time around. It was because there was no hope they might go into power. Now the Madhesi people have seen that the Madhesi parties are the party of power. That opens doors. Should a Madhesi alliance be formed with the bottomline that there will be only one common candidate in each constituency the Madhesi parties might be able to cross the 50% mark in both votes and seats in the Terai. That will be a major victory. I think they stand to further weaken the Congress in the Terai and they will eat into the Maoist votes. The Maoists will eat into the UML votes and will still emerge strong in the Terai, and that is …