Voice Of The People

Voice Of The People

Jun 9, 2014-

A DIFFERENT VIEW

Narayan Manandhar's piece contains some inconsistencies ('Imagined divide,' June 9, Page 6). He writes that the first Constituent Assembly's inability to write a constitution has only benefited “pro-Hindu, pro-monarchy, anti-secular and anti-federal elements in the country”. If ethnic and linguistic identities are taken into account, Nepal is a country of minorities. But as 82 percent of the population of the country practices Hinduism, the Hindus are not a minority. And religious identity created the current states of Pakistan and Israel. Manandhar divides Nepalis into three groups of equal numerical strengths—Khas-Arya, Adivasi-Janajati and Madhesi. Almost all Khas-Aryas are Hindus and more than 85 percent of Hindus. Many Janajatis, including a majority of Newars, are also Hindus. Baburam Bhattarai's government even gave adivasi status to Khas-Aryas. However, Manandhar seems to believe that only Janjatis are indigenous. When Sherpas entered Nepal and settled in Solukhumbu 500 years ago, Drabya Shah, a Thakuri king, was already ruling Gorkha. He also says that the main issue is between “rulers and ruled and marginalised”. He mentions districts in the Mid- and Far-Western hills: Bajura, Bajhang, Kalikot, Humla and Achham, which have the lowest human development indices. More than half of the population of these districts are Khas-Aryas.

Prakash A Raj, via email

LUCKY INDEED

This republic is in an envious

position ('Nepal positive towards Chinese proposition,' Page 1, June 6). Our friends in the South and North seem to outdo each other for our well being and happiness more than they worry about their own people. It is heartening to note that our northern neighbour even sent an aircraft to pick up our Chief Executive and his team for their Kunming sojourn. This is just like the Hindi proverb that goes: “When God gives, he tears the roof off to deliver more”. This country would have hard time believing that it has been proposed to be one of the founding fathers of a new multilateral bank: the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. Our luck cannot get any better than this. Nepal's eager positivity to do something out of the blue, beyond its wildest imagination, is but natural. This situation reminds of the the selfless friendship between Lord Krishna and the pauper Sudama during the Tetrayug. In this Kaliyug, we Sudamas seem to have not one but two Krishnas as our friends, mentors, financiers and builders.

J Talchabhadell, Bhaktapur

Published: 10-06-2014 11:25

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