Koshi River sor­row of Nepal

People's Review - - COMMENTARY - PR PRAD­HAN push­para­jprad­han@gmail.com

When I was a high school stu­dent, an im­por­tant ques­tion we had to tackle was why the Koshi River was a sor­row for Bi­har. Decades later, the per­cep­tion has been to­tally changed as Koshi River has be­come a sor­row for Nepal. Af­ter con­struc­tion of em­bank­ments near the Koshi River by India, the peo­ple from Bharadaha to Ti­lathi in Sap­tari district are suf­fer­ing from floods. When the Indian au­thor­i­ties, who are hold­ing the key of Koshi Bar­rage, didn't open the doors, the over-flooded wa­ter en­tered to the lower part of the Sap­tari district from the east. The em­bank­ments and roads con­structed by the In­di­ans near the no-man's land by vi­o­lat­ing in­ter­na­tional norms and by stop­ping nat­u­ral flow of other small rivers, have con­trib­uted in the in­un­da­tion of Nepali res­i­den­tial ar­eas claim­ing lives of above one hun­dred lo­cals and to­tally de­stroy­ing their houses and prop­er­ties in the area. This is not only the story of the Sap­tari district but also most of the Tarai dis­tricts have also be­come vic­tims of such em­bank­ments from East to West across the Nepal-India bor­ders by stop­ping the nat­u­ral flow of big and small rivers from Nepal en­ter­ing India. Ev­ery year, the rainy sea­son has started to be­come a sor­row for the Tarai peo­ple. Pres­i­dent Vidya Bhandary, on Satur­day, called the lead­ers of the ma­jor po­lit­i­cal par­ties, in­clud­ing Prime Min­is­ter Sher Ba­hadur Deuba and ques­tioned them why they hes­i­tated to talk to the Indian au­thor­i­ties about the prob­lem faced by Nepal due to con­struc­tion of such em­bank­ments! She ad­vised the lead­ers to put for­ward the prob­lem with the In­di­ans in de­tail without fear. Vis­it­ing Chi­nese Vice Pre­mier Wang Yang pro­vided 100 mil­lion ru­pees for the flood vic­tims. Fol­low­ing the Chi­nese style, Indian Prime min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi an­nounced 250 mil­lion ru­pees sup­port for the flood vic­tims. Modi's sup­port is just like crocodile's tear, oth­er­wise, if Modi is re­ally touched with the hu­man­i­tar­ian feel­ings, he should ask his peo­ple to de­mol­ish the em­bank­ments and stop con­struc­tion of high-rise roads along our bor­ders. Vil­lagers from the flood ar­eas are ask­ing the po­lit­i­cal lead­ers to de­mol­ish the em­bank­ments and high sur­faced roads con­structed by the In­di­ans by block­ing the river flow. The Prime Min­is­ter and other min­is­ters who vis­ited the flood af­fected ar­eas, didn't make any com­ments on such con­struc­tions by the In­di­ans. So far, UML Vice Chair­man Bhim Rawal has reg­is­tered a pro­posal in the Par­lia­ment stat­ing that due to the con­struc­tion of em­bank­ments have cre­ated the flood-havoc has been raised. Oth­er­wise, those lead­ers who have sur­ren­dered to India to achieve power are afraid to speak a sin­gle word op­pos­ing such il­le­gal con­struc­tions. Some min­is­ters were found say­ing that if all the doors of the Koshi Bar­rage were opened, the lower part from the Koshi Bar­rage would be in­un­dated, there­fore, the doors should not be opened. It seems, our min­is­ters are more wor­ried about the Indian peo­ple than the Nepali peo­ple's plight. Nepal gov­ern­ment's spokesper­son and Min­is­ter for In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Mo­han Ba­hadur Bas­net was found say­ing that due to the con­struc­tion of the Postal Road, the Tarai land was in­un­dated. It seems, he is un­aware about the con­struc­tion of high em­bank­ments and roads con­structed by the In­di­ans! There are many painful sto­ries of the flood vic­tims. The dead body of a child was dis­posed in the Koshi River due to lack of land to bury the body; flood vic­tims lost their food grains but the gov­ern­ment re­lief was seen nowhere. At a time when the gov­ern­ment is spend­ing bil­lions of ru­pees for big lead­ers' treat­ment, while the flood vic­tims are un­able to re­ceive meals. Lead­ers are found vis­it­ing the flood af­fected ar­eas by he­li­copter but peo­ple are com­pelled to send days without food. Prime Min­is­ter Sher Ba­hadur Deuba is go­ing to Delhi [to present his letter of cre­dence]. Let's see, whether Deuba will brief his coun­ter­part about the plight of the flood vic­tims!

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