May 22, 2012 5:49
To: Shankar Limbu
I thank you for your magnanimity; I wish other supporters of ethnocentric state restructuring were as magnanimous like yourself. Although I am a highly chauvinistic Newar, my circle of friendship includes a lot more people from amongst, Limbus, Kirats, Dalits and from, recently declared, Khas Aryas than Newars (very surprisingly I have very few Newar friends and I am sorry for it). Your response proves that I have been correct in my choice of friends.
However, unfortunately for us, what you have enunciated below isn’t going to be stipulated in the constitution being drafted. If we allow the politicos to follow their whims Limbu friends of mine in Kathmandu will be rendered second class citizen as Newars will be entitled to special preemptive right in Newa Rajya and as they will have no access to governance (governor, ministers including chief minister and other officials of the state will be from amongst Newars). This is blatantly unfair and against the principles of fundamental rights.
People, rightly, don’t like unitary system and I fully support such people. However, one needs to remember that even in planned 10 to 14 ethnocentric states, the unitary system will persist. What can mitigate this problem has been completely forgotten. Even decentralization will not serve the purpose. Only if the constitution is to empower local government (not just the provincial government) to promulgate laws relevant to local level will the unitary system disintegrate. People have completely forgotten this, almost as if they are barking up the wrong tree.
I would like to reiterate here that I neither oppose federalism nor state restructuring on ethnocentric lines. The point I am trying to make (looks like unsuccessfully as I even have failed to make it clear to you) is that if only about 10 states are to be created on ethnocentric basis then it will infringe basic human right of remaining 108 ethnocentric communities.
With best regards,
Ratna Sansar Shrestha, FCA
Senior Water Resource Analyst
From: NNSD@yahoogroups.com [mailto:NNSD@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Shankar Limbu
Sent: Saturday, May 19, 2012 16:51
Subject: Re: [NNSD] Mass meeting and rally advocating Newa Rajya
Dear Ratna Sansarji
Do not worry, I am Limbu from Limbuwan, I support Newa Rajya and Newar living in Limbuwan they support Limbuwan. Autonomy within autonomy, self-governance arrangement respecting everyone's right manage your so-called fear. This is the only way we can balance power sharing among all by resembling power from few who have been holding from the
benefit of Unitary system. I suggest to think beyond the conventional definition of democracy and rights simply it did not work out that is our experience.