Mr Kanak Dixit
After learning about the program yesterday from Kul Chandrajee, I too attended it. And I am glad that I could attend it. I couldn’t agree more that the violence has to stop, not only SOON but RIGHT NOW.
Incidentally, before the program started your dad came to me (I was in third row and he was in first) and said that he knows me very well, although I may not know him and added that he was a “fan” of mine. That got me very embarrassed. He added that he is appreciative of the stance I have taken. I said that it is very important that nationalist Nepali take that stance as it is a stance against the violence to be perpetrated against our motherland.
I am sending this email to you to discuss about this violence against our motherland as a nation that is being proposed and further violence that it will beget. I am terrified by the so called restructuring of Nepal into provinces and the high likelihood of it triggering a series of further violence.
In preparing the attached paper for presentation to about 35 members of Constituent Assembly (I made the presentation on last Sunday), it suddenly struck me that Nepal going federal will incite more violence at least on two counts. One, to decide which city is to become provincial capital. Two, due to dispute related to overlapping boundaries of the various provinces in delineating provincial borders. You would remember that there was a lot of violence due to question related to where the university should be located as soon as new universities were announced for far western and mid western regions by Prachanda government.
During the course of my presentation to the CA members, people like Dina Nath Sharma, Pasang Sherpa, Buddha Sayami adopted the cavalier attitude that restructuring of Nepal is a must, irrespective of whether it will kill some people (I could almost read their mind using the word "expendable"). Bhim Acharya commiserated with me and agreed with the issues I raised. Gagan Thapa, agreeing with me, expressed the collective helplessness that notwithstanding the serious adverse ramifications of going federal, it couldn't be stopped. Having articulated my reservation against splitting this tiny country into many smaller provinces, as it would impede optimal exploitation of our water resource, I had proposed limited provinces on the basis of major river basins, like Koshi, Gandaki, Karnali, etc. Gagan Thapa agreed with my logic but added that it is inevitable that we will have at least 8 provinces. This has disturbed me a lot. I read in the news today that UML is proposing 15 provinces. (I couldn't help recalling that a huge neighbor of ours like India too has only 28 states and 7 union territories.)
What disturbed me most was the fact that most of the participants were completely bewildered by the proposal. They were not aware of the serious ramifications and the matter hasn't been discussed thoroughly with them. When the CA members, that is reposed with the responsibility to write the constitution are like this, I am not surprised that the general public don't have a clue about the whole thing.
Therefore, I wonder if there is a way to raise people's awareness about the serious adverse ramifications of Nepal going federal. This too will go a long way in preempting potential imminent violence.
With best regards,
Ratna Sansar Shrestha
----- Original Message -----
From: Ratna Sansar Shrestha
To: Kul Chandra Gautam
Sent: Wednesday, September 16, 2009 10:03
Subject: RE: FW: हिंसा अन्त्य अभियान शुभारम्भको निम्तो
Thanks. But I got to listen to you and others live. I just had to get excused from the other program a little early and I reached Nachghar with plenty of time to spare as a few members of the "campaign" were delayed due to traffic jam.
With best regards,
herewith my remarks at the event
Dear Kul Chandrajee
Thanks for the info. I will to be there if the program supposed to begin at 2 pm starts on time and ends in time such that I could travel back from Gaushala to Jamal by 4 pm. Securities board is organizing an interaction program on water resource to understand problems involved in mobilizing small savings (from general public) for the exploitation of water resource.
With best regards
हिंसा को प्रयोग ले नेपाली को सामाजिक, राजनीतिक, आर्थिक, पारिवारिक तथा मानसिक स्थितीलाई अस्तव्यस्त पारेको छ । शान्ति र सहिष्णुताको मार्गमा र्फकन मुलुकभरका नागरिक आ-आफ्नो तरिकाले अग्रसर हुन ढिलो भैसकेको छ । विभिन्न खालको हिंसाको श्रृङखलालाई पछाडी पार्दै स्थिरता र प्रगतिको बाटोमा अघि बढौँ । हिंसा अन्त्य अभियानको शुभारम्भमा यहाँलाई स्वागत छ । यही भदौ ३० गते साँझ राष्ट्रिय नाचघर, जमल जाउँ,हिंसा अन्त्य अभियानको शुभारम्भ कार्यक्रममा सहभागी बनौँ।हिंसा अन्त्य अभियानका सदस्यहरुको तर्फबाट अमृत गुरुङ, आनी छोईङ डोल्मा, सि.के. लाल, कुलचन्द्र गौतम, मदनकृष्ण श्रेष्ठ र हरिवंश आचार्य, राजेश हमाल
थप जानकारीको लागि अनुलग्न फाईलमा हेर्नु होला । धन्यवाद ।