Big en­e­mies of Nepal

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

Ev­ery time, one ques­tion strikes me who are the big en­e­mies of Nepal! Nepal is a heaven as na­ture has given us a lot, still, Nepal is listed as one of the least de­vel­oped coun­tries in the globe. Of course, the de­vel­oped coun­tries try to ex­ploit small and un­der de­vel­oped coun­tries. They want to fin­ish our glo­ri­ous iden­tity and make us slaves for them. As Nepal is nat­u­rally pros­per­ous, the for­eign pow­ers are ey­ing us al­ways. If the po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship will for­get their role and dance to the tune of the for­eign pow­ers, then the coun­try will be­come a great vic­tim. Due to the em­bank­ments con­structed by the In­di­ans across the Nepal-In­dia bor­ders by stop­ping the nat­u­ral flow of the rivers, Nepal suf­fered mas­sive floods this year. The Tarai peo­ple lost their fam­ily mem­bers, their house and prop­erty. UML chair­man KP Sharma Oli asked our Prime Min­is­ter SherBa­hadurDeuba to tell the In­dian lead­ers to de­mol­ish the em­bank­ments dur­ing the lat­ter's so­journ to In­dia. Ex­cept from Oli, none of the so-called lead­ers spoke a sin­gle word to de­mol­ish the em­bank­ments. They didn't speak due to the fear of the In­di­ans as they have been em­pow­ered with the bless­ings of the In­di­ans. In­deed, those lead­ers who are act­ing un­der the guid­ance of the In­di­ans are the real en­e­mies of the Nepalis. Those lead­ers, who have re­mained silent even on the con­struc­tion of the em­bank­ments by the In­di­ans in­un­dat­ing Nepal's fer­tile land and Nepali set­tle­ments, are the big en­e­mies of the Tarai peo­ple and on the whole, the great en­e­mies of Nepal. A group of Mad­heshi lead­ers are claim­ing that they are fight­ing for the rights of the Mad­heshi peo­ple, in fact, they are fight­ing for the rights of those mi­grated Mad­heshi peo­ple as they have no feel­ings of the plight of the real Tarai peo­ple who are suf­fer­ing from floods. Ear­lier to the 1990 po­lit­i­cal change, Nepal had played a sig­nif­i­cant role in the in­ter­na­tional arena and Nepal was thus more sov­er­eign and in­de­pen­dent na­tion. After 1990 and spe­cially after 2006, Nepal lost her in­ter­na­tional im­age and the tra­di­tion of pre­sent­ing cre­dence by ev­ery new prime min­is­ter to their In­dian bosses was started. Now, it has be­come a tra­di­tion that ev­ery new prime min­is­ter should visit Delhi as his first for­eign visit. When Nepal was strongly jolted by the mas­sive earth­quake, we had to face eco­nomic block­ade for nine months. But the lead­ers were un­able to speak that In­dia had im­posed block­ade against Nepal by vi­o­lat­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian norms and the right of a land-locked coun­try was grossly vi­o­lated. In­stead of en­coun­ter­ing the In­dian hege­mony, our lead­ers sur­ren­dered to the In­dian bosses just to en­joy power. The then coali­tion gov­ern­ment failed as the then prime min­is­ter KP Oli signed ten im­por­tant agree­ments, in­clud­ing agree­ments on trade and tran­sit with China. Since then, the In­dian pol­icy is to cor­ner the UML by de­vel­op­ing un­nat­u­ral al­liance be­tween the Nepali Congress, a so-called demo­cratic party and Maoist Cen­ter, a rad­i­cal Left party. One can­not hope bet­ter times for this coun­try from the present gov­ern­ment as the present gov­ern­ment has been formed to serve the In­dian in­ter­ests. When the mis­sion is to serve for­eign in­ter­ests, what can we ex­pect from such lead­ers!

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