Giving Peace And Progress A Real Chance

Perhaps Congress-I had not reasoned enough how self-suicidal the design was. As an implementation of the design, it imposed 18 months of embargo on Nepal in 1989-90. Its downfall started then. Indians were not happy with the ban. The brotherly people of India’s northern border side –as they descended from the same origin –helped Nepalis with salt and fuel supplied by hiding the goods in their bags.

Nov. 10, 2017, 3:10 p.m.

When Nepal is in a hard time, India will be affected. But, over the past decades, India appears to have ignored this fact. Nepal’s Vedic cultural values are under attack. All the institutions, including education and judiciary, are under the control of power. Corruption is rampant. A remittance-based economy is running with a nearly ninety per cent trade deficit. People have a fear that even the army may be in a political grip soon, and then every gain will be finished. Most Nepali people take the India-backed 12-point agreement as the root cause of these problems. Though a pawn himself, G. P. Koirala took this to be part of a grand design. Nepalis want all this to be corrected as soon as possible.

Perhaps Congress-I had not reasoned enough how self-suicidal the design was. As an implementation of the design, it imposed 18 months of embargo on Nepal in 1989-90. Its downfall started then. Indians were not happy with the ban. The brotherly people of India’s northern border side –as they descended from the same origin –helped Nepalis with salt and fuel supplied by hiding the goods in their bags. Congress lost Uttar Pradesh and Bihar as its vote bank and shrank to coalition governments and, then, to the bottom now. It will hardly recover until it changes its imperialist approach to Nepal.

The west is trying its best to keep its hegemony. For this, it has cast its eyes mainly on two things: flourishing economy of the east and its rich cultural values. China and India are its immediate targets. And Nepal as a vulnerable country, with its high natural and cultural values, is one of its strategic locations for these aims. So Nepal has been in focus of the west for centuries. One of the reasons of Prithivi Narayan Saha’s unification of Nepal was to keep the hilly region safe from this. He became successful. Even Ranas tactfully kept Nepal unpolluted. Now the west is getting successful in its aims, not on its own, but through India.

All parties, including India, Europe, and America, must have thought about taking advantage of Nepal’s mess created by the Maoist insurgency: Why not? The long-held design was inserted in the accord, in a modified version, at the cost of Nepal’s nationality. Forgetting brotherly relations with Nepal, India did not anticipate its dire consequences to itself. It appears that BJP has also been swayed by its spell. Or it may have been helpless to the bad effects. Modi government is not caring about the peoples’ helpless cry. If mainly this very design made Congress lose its history, what will BJP and, thereby India, get by employing the Christian-backed design, except irritating the Nepalis? Now, Nepalis are turning to the other side: they had never lost their faith on India like this before. And to what extent they might go will depend on India’s immediate measures. Considering why the situation has brought BJP to the power, it is high time Modi government thought about the intent of the design and bad effects it may bring even to India.  

As a party with Hindu agenda, BJP has a responsibility to save Sanatan Dharma as a whole with the king as its arch. PM Modi started on his chair giving some glimpse of hope for this. Or else who would do it if it is India that played the major role in eroding Nepal’s Hindu culture by means of the deceitful 12-point agreement. BP’s son Prakash Koirala says, “Nepal’s parties themselves had created a compelling situation for the king to save the constitution by holding elections and handing over the power to them within the promised three years.” It was unfortunate of the parties to ignore the declared elections. As Indian envoy Karan Singh convinced King Gyanendra to lead the nation according to two polar system –constitutional monarchy and multi-party system –the king handed the power to the parties. With what morale did India push the Maoists to make Nepal a republican, secular, and federal nation deceitfully as these were not the demands even of the so-called people’s second revolution or of the 12-point agreement?

As Nepal is in one of its cultural heritage umbrella, it is surprising what suicidal game India is playing by destroying Nepal’s Hindu culture and economy. What appear important for India are Nepal’s natural resources, not its own heritage. As it has already got almost all for free, it is a wonder what more it wants. If India is still committed to carry the design, it will lose not only the abounding benefits it has been acquiring from Nepal’s natural resources, but also its own cultural heritage built from our Rishis’ thousands of years of toil.

India has a vision of being one of the leading countries of the world. Nepal’s best wishes are with it. However, its success depends on its course of action. If India is careless even to its brotherly neighbor like Nepal, how can it make other nations happy? BJP had better know if Congress failed, its course of action related to Nepal also failed, and hence fulfilling its design on Nepal wouldn’t be a visionary plan. So most Nepalis wish Modi government replaced the Congress designed imperialist course with brotherly one by unconditionally reviving the Hindu king, who would play a supportive role not only in creating peace, stability, and development of the nation, but also in maintaining a balanced foreign policy, with the power holders like India, China, Europe, and United States. And who would believe that the king could ever go against loktantra. It would be a grand foundation for BJP’s another sweeping victory.     

A permanent solution of all these could be found in removing republicanism, secularism and federalism from the present constitution. However, these are hardly possible from amendments, and people might also not agree as there still are strong forces like Nepal Communist Party, and parties or groups supporting Hinduism and monarchy, which have not yet accepted the constitution. Thus national integrity and development as well as good tie with India and other nations could be maintained by restoring the illicitly repealed 2047 constitution and making necessary amendments then. Prakash Koirala rightly says, “All parties including India and the west are in a difficult situation because of their own wrong doings. Despite their plan, the immediate beneficiary has been China. They have no other alternative except returning to the 2047 constitution as soon as possible.” Or else the whole world will principally lose chances of peace from settlement: if it is broken in Nepal, it may be broken in any country. 

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Dr. Raju Chitrakar

Chitrakar writes on political issues. He can be reached at (rajuchitrakar@gmail.com.)

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