Thursday, December 24, 2009

Re: Declaration of autonomous states/provinces

People have come up with some generalized statement – profoundly pregnant, too - perhaps intended to console people on the matter of eeclaration of autonomous states/provinces by UCPNM. But it raises a number of uncomfortable questions, instead.

We need to contemplate a few issues that are embedded in your statement:

“people can settle wherever they want”
Maybe true. But the way things are going on now and what is happening on the ground (the ground reality) is very different from what you have stated. People from, what is deemed, “hills” are being forced to sell off their properties at distress prices and migrate northwards. This already negates your statement. A few questions crop up in the minds of people who are very concerned by what is happening, is: Will this tendency increase with the restructuring of Nepal on ethno-linguistic-cultural lines? Is there any guarantee that this tendency will not escalate and snowball?

Some may succeed in resisting to this pressure to migrate. But, the question is, at what cost? This is not an issue of little importance that deserves to be swept under the carpet. These issues need to be discussed threadbare before Nepal is provincialized.

They are even planning to give “pre-emptive” right to participate in the governance a particular ethno-cultural-linguistic group. This will render rest of the inhabitants of a particular province second class citizen. Is this a feasible arrangement? Will it be possible for the advocates of provincialization on ethno-cultural-linguistic lines to ensure that no Nepali will become a second class citizen after the restructuring?

I hope you have logical answers to these questions.

“tradition and culture and language prioritaire can be different”
Are you implying that Nepal will no more be “democratic”? Because, if an inhabitant of a particular “state” will not be allowed to practice “tradition and culture and language” different from the official one, the polity will no more be democratic. The construction of your sentence, although intended to comfort people, is very alarming.

“State power can go go to Local people”
What will happen to “non-local” people? For example, what will happen to Newa people in Tansen that is under Magrat Rajya? I hope there are plausible explanations. Because this too will render the other people second class citizen.

“constructuction code will be Newar in Nepal Mandal etc.”
What will happen to Non Newars in Nepal Mandal then?

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