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    First of all, I should thank you for taking out few hours of your busy schedule to show some concerns for the nation. Although, I don’t agree with your reasoning of where the problem lies in leading Nepal to the current situation, I certainly appreciate your time and energy. You probably did more for Nepal already than most of us have just by your effort in “enlightening” the people on the “real reasons” behind Nepal’s terrible condition, through your writing. But the task of enlightening others comes with a huge responsibility of being able to stand by what you preach. Do you have the documents to prove your allegations or do you have the strength to face the consequences of what you have written? It does not take much to fuel a frustrated mob, you know. Do you remember the Hritik Roshan’s incident? Innocent people lost their lives due to one jealous lover’s attempt on getting back at his love interest. That is the kind of mob we are talking about.

    So before blaming the powerful rich neighbor next door, let’s look into our own family drama for a moment. This is for those of us who seem to have forgotten the recent history of our beloved land:
    Most Nepalis are suppressed for Centuries by different groups of people. The lower castes are suppressed by the upper castes, the poor by the rich, the madhises by the pahades etc. On top of that the governing bodies throughout the history have further worsened the situation. First it was the Shahs, then the Ranas, then the “Panches”, then the so called “democratic parties”. Until the jana andolan, the ordinary Nepalis by large didn’t even know what they were deprived of. So as they say “ignorant is bliss”, they were happy singing the patriotic songs “Tarai hera kati ramro”, “…hamile aja pani bata aago jhiknu parcha” etc. Hey, we are still singing the “Sriman gambhira Nepali” till date. Next, the leaders of the democratic parties started a movement against the Panchayati government. They knew it was an impossible undertaking without the support of the people. So they started enlightening the ordinary, happy go lucky Nepali janata of their rights. They not only made them aware of the suppression they were under, they promised them of the brighter days if the people were to help the democratic parties to come to the power. The janatas like “sipanhese” gave their blood and sweat fighting against the ruling government. Many gave up their lives, happily, in the hope of handing down better future to their children. The democratic parties had shown them dreams they had not dared to dream prior to the movement. Alongside the jana andolan, there were numerous janajati awareness going on. When the democracy came, these 24 million hopeful souls were very eager to live the promised dream. The democratic parties did a great job in raising the awareness but they failed to make people understand that the changes were not going to happen over night. It was going to take decades of hard work, perseverance and janatas cooperation. To make things worse, the parties themselves started a tug of war between each other for the power. The leaders put their own interests before the Nation’s. And the janatas waited, impatiently, years after years. They were no more in darkness now. They knew their rights and were desperate to live their dreams. The frustrations and the desperations were growing by day which in turn gave birth to the Maoist rebellion. And I think you know the rest. Maoists are nothing but frustrated lot of Nepali people with incomprehensible agendas against the “ruling class”. Irony is that their main leader himself is from the ruling class. Their major source of funding is through looting banks and barracks. Common sense tells, if indeed there were supports from the “alleged source”, they would be using much more sophisticated weapon’s than the looted guns from the Army and home made bombs... And needless to say the total casualty in the ten years of struggle would be much higher than the reported total casualty of thirteen thousand. Also during the period of the King’s deployment of RNA against Maoist, Nepal took on the ignominious distinction of having the highest number of new cases of “disappearances” reported to the United Nations in the world, some 1,700, of which the vast majority (1,300) was blamed on government security forces. All these lead us to think, if it was only that simple: blame the neighbor and should “save and rise” the nation.
    What Nepal needs today is not a blame game. She needs “true” leaders to bring changes in government policies and practices that lead to socioeconomic developments and its sustainability. She needs her citizens to realize their own obligation toward the nation is not just to do the casual talks against the government and protest rally but to do their basic civic duty and do as much as they can to help each others succeed. One does not need to do a heroic act to play your role in building a nation. A citizen picking up garbage from the street to keep it clean is helping to build the nation, a citizen creating jobs and opportunities for others is helping to build a nation, even a citizen just trying to raise a decent family is building a nation. The one group of citizens who certainly have failed to do their part in building the nation are the people like you and me, cozily living the American, Canadian, British or wherever you live dreams, who have failed to contribute towards the nation’s development but are actively engrossed in talking about what has gone wrong. I challenge all, including myself, to either make an effort to bring a positive change to the Nation or loose your right to voice against the happenings back home. Until then, I seriously hope and pray that Nepal is blessed with leaders who facilitate Nepalis to “save and rise” their beloved Nepal. They have waited too long.

    This news piece is already killing my hopes:
    http://msnbc.msn.com/id/12441801/site/newsweek/

    For those who need to shed light on Nepal-India relationship, please visit the following site:
    http://www.photius.com/countries/nep...ith_india.html
    FOr more recent relationship:
    http://www.southasianmedia.net/Magaz..._relations.htm
    Because of Nepal’s geographic location and the economic size “dui dhunga beech ko tarul”, it is very difficult for Nepal to maintain its sovereignty. Nepal can not afford to be in bad terms with either country, particularly India, because of her Easy access to Nepal’s borders, her enormous size and power compared to ours and our huge dependency on her. And it will be very childish on our part to hope that our interest will be kept above hers. Any government should and would put their Nation’s interest first. That is no reason to blame India for everything that has gone wrong in our Nation. One thing we should certainly start doing, anyway possible, is to lessen our economic dependency on India.

    Love and Peace.






    Dear All,
    > >>>
    > >>>Saw this movie ''Rang de Basanti". It may sound funny but sincerely,
    > >>>after childhood days, for the first time I really got inspired by a
    > >>>movie. I really started to think about Nepal and the political crisis
    > >>>continuing. Lack of interest in country's system and adequate patriotism
    > >>>prevails in Nepal too, I felt that. That doesn't imply that the solution
    > >>>is to kill someone as shown in the movie. I tried to see within myself,
    > >>>what is my contribution? Found its ok, I am studying and becoming a
    > >>>manpower for the nation. But went through the news from Nepal and this
    > >>>time I could not satisfy myself. Going regular is not enough; felt that.
    > >>>It's high time for each of us to try to do something more than the
    > >>>regular! On the process, what can I do at most now, I found I can share
    > >>>my understanding of the crisis to my friends and then forward it to
    > >>>maximum Nepalese as far as possible. There might be
    > >>>various view points on that between us. This is one amongst them. PLZ
    > >>>READ IT ONCE. GIVE A SECOND THOUGHT ON THAT. AND IF YOU DONT AGREE, IT'S
    > >>>YOUR RIGHT NOT TO . BUT I BELEIVE MANY OF YOU WHO'LL READ THIS MAIL WILL
    > >>>CERTAINLY GET CLEAR ABOUT MANY THINGS. And in due course, I'd be grateful
    > >>>to get your opinions as well. This way we can interact and start to think
    > >>>about the country more seriously. UNTIL AND UNLESS WE START A STEP, NO
    > >>>THING BIG WOULD BE ACHIEVABLE. Believing on this, I am sharing my
    > >>>opinion.
    > >>>
    > >>>"As we see the situation in Nepal, anyone would think that the problem
    > >>>lies between the King, seven Political parties, and Maoists. And why?
    > >>>What each of them wants? We'd find answers for that also. One may say
    > >>>political parties want full-fledged democracy. Similarly Maoists want the
    > >>>communism, and King wants to reestablish Panchayat or something like that
    > >>>in other form. It may sound weird to you at first, but I see this crisis
    > >>>in completely other way. This is not any kind of conflict between
    > >>>Nepalese themselves. This is something between India and Nepal. It's a
    > >>>grand and interesting game. At the same time, highly challenging for both
    > >>>the states.
    > >>>
    > >>>Every one of us knows the Indian approach of trying to dominate others,
    > >>>especially the neighboring countries. Defense and foreign affairs related
    > >>>decisions of Bhutan are directly handled by India. Nothing new about it,
    > >>>right? Which country in the SAARC except Bhutan is happy with India?
    > >>>Forget SAARC, what about other neighbors? China? Burma? Mentioning these
    > >>>issues just to rethink on India's foreign policies! Now let us go to
    > >>>what's there between India and Nepal? Care to see it thru big brother's
    > >>>side.
    > >>>
    > >>>India 's average economic growth rate has reached around 7.5% which is
    > >>>one of the best in world today. India is second largest market in the
    > >>>world in terms of population. Foreigners are seeing China and India as
    > >>>the new markets of this age and investing here rapidly. Bottom line is-
    > >>>India is developing. But how long people will invest in India if basic
    > >>>infrastructure is not there? How much investments would be there in
    > >>>Agricultural industry if outsiders don't see basic irrigation facilities
    > >>>in the field? In other way, when other area is developing, what about
    > >>>large Indian farmer population? When they'll prosper if irrigation is not
    > >>>there? And most importantly, energy is vital for all development-
    > >>>industries, technology and everything. India is not capable of producing
    > >>>the required amount. India has successfully taken control over Bhutan's
    > >>>energy resources and already started to have the benefit. Bhutan is also
    > >>>getting something out of it but in cost of sovereignty.
    > >>>
    > >>>Now comes Nepal's part. Nepal is second richest in water resource having
    > >>>potential of large amount of energy. Enough energy to cater India's
    > >>>energy need for industrialization and irrigation and clean drinking water
    > >>>for eastern India (perhaps more than that). For that, India can have
    > >>>straight business deals with Nepal. Take it if u want, but please pay.
    > >>>But no! India wants all those in the way they got from Bhutan. They want
    > >>>to have total control in any hydro projects that'll be build in Nepal.
    > >>>They want to give us something out of it- lot less value than what we
    > >>>deserve. Since history India has been trying for this and as it was
    > >>>obvious for them to get refusal. In the mean time, foreigners wanted to
    > >>>invest in Hydro projects in Nepal. But India always fumed and fretted for
    > >>>any manipulation in rivers will lead to flood in India. So, all the big
    > >>>projects were cancelled.
    > >>>
    > >>>India didn't stop. They wanted to get the resources according to their
    > >>>desire. When Nepal refused, they came into games with long vision. What I
    > >>>interpret the game could possibly be as such-
    > >>>
    > >>>Change the non cooperative government of Nepal. Keep people in power that
    > >>>will be ready to sell the resources of the country fro some money. And if
    > >>>required, will be ready to sell the whole country. India knew that until
    > >>>and unless royal family is in power, it's not possible. This is because
    > >>>for the royals, Nepal is the only place in the world where they will get
    > >>>highest degree of respects and they'd never sell the country. For that,
    > >>>India played the key role to instill democracy in 2046 and implant
    > >>>corrupted people in the government. According to the plan, some leaders
    > >>>of ours sold out rivers and lands during the 15 years. That we all know.
    > >>>
    > >>>Now India could not depend only on those dogs. For that, how to make
    > >>>Nepal completely helpless in shortest period? So that Nepal will come
    > >>>down on the ground with knees. There won't be any other option remaining
    > >>>for Nepal and finally turn towards India and beg them to utilize our own
    > >>>resources, and give some riots two feed Nepalese twice a day. Attack on
    > >>>the source of economy was the simplest route towards Nepal's bring down.
    > >>>And then something happened out of blues. Maoists were born in western
    > >>>Nepal which is the hub of ayurvedic medicine and one of Nepal's major
    > >>>exports. The area is still under Maoists control and no one knows how
    > >>>much of yarshagumba is smuggled from there every year. Country's revenue
    > >>>is going in vain. And let us recall, it was Girija's tenure and whole
    > >>>Nepal knows how Maoists flourished in no time. Besides that, major
    > >>>objective of giving birth to Maoists was to
    > >>>attack the spinal of Nepal's economy- tourism. And things happened
    > >>>accordingly. Nepal broke and got trapped into the crisis we r seeing
    > >>>today.
    > >>>
    > >>>Now please don't doubt on who gave birth to Maoists. India was the first
    > >>>to call Maoists as terrorists when Nepal government was still calling it
    > >>>as insurgents. After that, US hit listed Maoists of Nepal in top ten
    > >>>among the world terrorists. Nepal government never called them terrorists
    > >>>those days. And in many cases, we have seen Maoists leader making rounds
    > >>>to Delhi in the same fashion as Girija and his daughter. The recent
    > >>>meeting between the parties and Maoists leaders occurred in Delhi. How
    > >>>could India arrange the facility when Maoists are terrorists? Do they
    > >>>want to send a message that Lashkar-e-taiba should be entertained by
    > >>>governments of various nations? And surprisingly, nowadays Indian media
    > >>>do not right the word "terrorists" for Nepalese Maoists. The respected
    > >>>word given by them these days is " Nepal rebel". This is all happening
    > >>>because of the slavish mentality India possesses due to 200 years of
    > >>>British rule.
    > >>>
    > >>>Anyways, now let us come to the major issue. After knowing all these, I m
    > >>>not in a condition to agree that the dispute in Nepal is for democracy.
    > >>>What I believe is it is for nationality. It is for saving the nation. It
    > >>>is for raising the nation with what we have. It is for replying back to
    > >>>all those who try to play with us. Now, it's up to your intellect to
    > >>>identify who is working for what. What King is doing, parties are doing,
    > >>>and Maoists are doing.
    > >>>
    > >>>It'll be a very appreciable opinion if you say what those pancheys are
    > >>>doing again here? We should not forget that democracy is nature's law.
    > >>>When you are born, you come along with your freedom. No force can stop u
    > >>>for that. Let's see the cause and what's happening around. Democracy
    > >>>within the boundary is so important? Or democracy in a country will be
    > >>>there when a country will b there? Let all Nepalese get together and stop
    > >>>the external force for some time when Nepal will try to lift up in a
    > >>>position from where no force would be able to bring it down. Democracy is
    > >>>always there. When Nepalese can change the government in 2046, same
    > >>>Nepalese can change the government again in 2066. And if required,
    > >>>forever free Nepalese could change the system around the world. We don't
    > >>>have to doubt in our capability. But the current need is not "restore
    > >>>democracy" as India is saying. Current need for
    > >>>each and every Nepali is to "save and raise the nation". When US envoy to
    > >>>India made one statement related to India's internal politics last week,
    > >>>whole India shouted back to the ambassador. This is something good we
    > >>>need to learn from Indians. When India, and other far away nations are
    > >>>repeatedly trying to interfere our internal matter, our corrupted media
    > >>>(do I have to name the media which have bosses of Non Nepalese origins?
    > >>>Or u find it yourself) is not tired of singing their songs everyday.
    > >>>These Medias are responsible for creating a pessimistic environment in
    > >>>the nation. People are not protesting those external interferences which
    > >>>are vital in present. Restoring democracy is not the issue as far as I
    > >>>understand. What if democracy is restored tomorrow immediately? Same old
    > >>>faces who tried to help the neighbor more than own country itself will be
    > >>>back to power. And the process of
    > >>>losing the nation's independency which has been stopped temporarily
    > >>>through king's move will get momentum again.
    > >>>But if Nepal and Nepalese succeeds to pause that external force for some
    > >>>more time, its strength will be minimized. Many things can happen within
    > >>>few years. Zest is- country first!
    > >>>Now, If you don't agree on this, I m open to have your opinion. If you
    > >>>feel that there is some logic in what I have said, please forward it to
    > >>>as many Nepalese as possible. There is nothing good happening to you
    > >>>within 24 hours or 3 days or 1 week or so forth. But only God knows, long
    > >>>term benefits could be there.
    > >>>Thank you
    > >>>
    > >>>
    > >>>please forward it to as many Nepalese as possible
    > >>>
    > >>>Thanks

    [Edited by Lekhika on 24th April 2006 at 11:23]

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    Why are we so helpless against INDIA, i cant understand it all. Is it because nature made us so being a landlocked country with major areas surrounded by INDIA or its simply our mentality of avoiding anything that doesnt bother us in a direct manner. I love my country and from my side i can do anything except dyin for my country.(Dats simply becoz i want to live for my country and see it prosper a lot.

    So, many prospective hydroprojects dat can ensure us with heavy revenues for atleast next 20 or 30 yrs and even then we r finding ourselves deprived of it. Plzzz lekhika suggest something. WOT SHUD BE DONE.
    Antosh

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