Thursday, October 8, 2009

RE: NESOCA Mail #3656] Re: Federalism

October 8, 2009
Mr Kul Chandra Gautam
Asst Secretary General, UN

Dear Kul Chandrajee

Thanks for the encouraging words. If everybody was to try to be politically correct and fail to speak up that the emperor is naked, then it will be too late before people wake up to it. As I didn't feel like sitting idly by while people are proposing to tear our motherland apart and, therefore, I have opened a front even with my own kith and kin (besides a number of other fronts that I am "actively engaged in"). Lokendra Bista (UCPNM leader gaining fame after bringing a gun in the parliamentary committee meeting) once asked me if I didn't fear. I, earnestly, responded to him that "living with fear is like dying bit by bit and I prefer to die once not everytime I felt fear."

We have a huge stake in terms of potential disintegration of our motherland subsequent to fragmentation of it on ethnic lines. More people need to be engaged in this discourse to open eyes of the people who believe in resetting the button to the medieval ages. This particular person (Tribhuvan Tuladhar) has dared to speak up in so many words, but most of those believing in ethnic federalism also do believe in the same, may be at subconscious or unconscious levels of their collective mind.

With best regards,
Ratna Sansar Shrestha
From: Kul Gautam []
Sent: Wednesday, October 7, 2009 14:52
To: ratna sansar shrestha
Subject: RE: NESOCA Mail #3656] Re: Federalism

dear ratna sansarji,
i admire your forthrightness and objectivity. few others dare to be politically incorrect in these highly charged times.i find so much of the debate on federalism of the ethnic kind completely back-ward looking. people seem to be solely motivated by the desire to undo real or perceived injustices of the past, rather than outline how their proposed system will help build a bright future in thee globalizing world of the 21st century. in current nepalese terminology i find most advocates of ethnic federalism really pratigami (backward looking) rather than agragami (forward-looking).
setting the clock back to 1768 to create a new and just society reminds me of the Khmers Rouges attempt to set the clock back to "Year Zero" in cambodia...and look where it took that country. as they say, two wrongs do not make a right.
best regards,
kul g
Kul Chandra Gautam
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Subject: Fw: NESOCA Mail #3656] Re: Federalism
Date: Wed, 7 Oct 2009 11:28:44 +0545
Tribhuvan ju

I was both shocked and stunned after reading your email. I read it all over again to ensure that you were asking to “reset the button to 1768 and see the country of the region as it was before the conquest” merely in jest. But you were not even saying this just sarcastically.

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