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Bringing White Folks Under The Caste System

The Brahmins of Nepal are more convinced than the Taliban that God is on their side. It is beneath them to carry guns. They pay people to do that for them.The four tier hierarchy is as natural to them as the three branches of government are to the Americans. Order is not possible otherwise. It is that or chaos. They do not believe in violence, but they do believe in order. And to maintain order they are as convinced about threat of force as the police in China or the American FBI. It's just that their idea of order is different. Order is the four tier hierarchy.That four tier hierarchy is so amazing, if you can just maintain it, order flows out of it. You don't even need the police, or very little of it. And so maintaining that four tier hierarchy is way more important than building a modern state.And what modern state! Everything modern was already conceived and invented by their ancestors aeons ago. There is mention of missiles and fighter planes in the Mahabharata.To them t…

Swaraji Par Daman Band Karo

Swaraji Par Daman Band Karo
Nahin To Sara Ka Sara Chin Hil Jayega
Kathmandu Mein Utna Dam Kahan?

China's Interest In Jhapa

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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 cl…

Resolution Through Honest And Respectful Dialogue

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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 lis…

Nepal: A Total Political Disaster

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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 …