I love Nepal because it is a part I belong to, the whole of it. It’s mine as much as it belongs to the 30 million other people.
They said Nepal is in the making. I think the process is taking a bit too long. I see decisions on ethnic federalism and people’s fight for it in the newspaper. I don’t support it at all for my own set of reasons and here is why.
Firstly, we have been mistaking opportunity with power. It is very necessary that every citizen gets equal opportunity. They should have access to all the facilities, the freedom to express and do whatever. But everybody need not rule. I do not care if a Madhesi rules Nepal as long as he is capable of doing so. A Madhesi rule should not imply that a Bahun is a minority. We need good governance, not a diverse government that cannot govern.
Secondly, we are repeating history and moving backward when we should be creating a new benchmark and moving forward. When the rest if world is busy focusing on globalization and ending all kinds of cultural, gender or discrimination, we are all trying to live it once again. Federalism on ethnicity might sound like a good option after decades of oppression of the less fortunate. But, it is by no means a feasible solution. After witnessing a few Bandhs recently, I can see a trailer of how Nepal is going to be like. We are likely to start fight with our fellow Newars, Gurungs, Sherpas, Tharus or whoever. It makes we wonder. What about a Gurung in a Newar Community? Will be not be subject to discrimination. Will he not be a minority? Will he be treated equally? Isn’t the concept of equality violated then?
Nepal is still in a stage when it’s trying to make basic necessities available. Poverty, illiteracy, shortage of resources, poor health makes us known in an international community. When the country isstill struggling in the first stages of development, further dividing an already small country will only crate more shortages and problem. There will be shortage of financial as well as human resources. This will further slow down the process of development.
What the country needs now is a charismatic leader. The leader could be a Tharu or a Chettri, I don’t care and we all should not. What the leader should possess is the power to stand on his own, selfless yet strong and have the right intellect to take decisions, get things moving from this stagnation and move us all towards a country we all aspire for. Then I won’t stop any Nepali from supporting a federal Nepal, when we all have the awareness, education and mind to guide our own lives. But not yet, we are not there right now.
I am sure there are many other people who share my view. Are we too silent? Are we not being heard of? Because I hope we do!