Monday, October 12, 2009

Federalism and polarization

Ratna Sansar Shrestha

I too want to ensure that the interest of Newa people is not undermined. But I am not in favor of getting them to meet this demand of ours at the risk of fragmentation of this country on ethnic lines. If we want our demand on ethnic lines to be met, then we will lose moral authority to refuse the same demand from other ethnic groups which number about 75. This is a very slippery path that could snowball into emulating the path taken by Yugoslavia. For me financial/economic viability of each province is equally important and the people of this country, in my opinion, should not be further burdened by additional taxes to support various provincial governmental entities. Division of this tiny country (equal to or smaller than an Indian province) into a huge number of provinces will not be sustainable.

I agree that we need to work on finding a resolution that will result in a win-win-win situation.

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