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http://youtu.be/NrcmNEjaN8c The government of India has announced food security program ahead of elections in 2014. We discussed the issue with Palash Biswas in Kolkata today. http://youtu.be/NrcmNEjaN8c Ahead of Elections, India's Cabinet Approves Food Security Program ______________________________________________________ By JIM YARDLEY http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/04/indias-cabinet-passes-food-security-law/

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[Palash Biswas, one of the BAMCEF leaders and editors for Indian Express spoke to us from Kolkata today and criticized BAMCEF leadership in New Delhi, which according to him, is messing up with Nepalese indigenous peoples also. He also flayed MP Jay Narayan Prasad Nishad, who recently offered a Puja in his New Delhi home for Narendra Modi's victory in 2014.]

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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Mail from Nepal:AN INDIAN QUEST FOR JAFFNAIZATION OF NEPAL-TERAI

Mail from Nepal:AN INDIAN QUEST FOR JAFFNAIZATION OF NEPAL-TERAI

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[Integrating the Tarai with the mountains makes common sense also from the development perspective. The West Seti project will submerge 2000 ha of land and displace 16,000 people in the four hill districts of Doti, Dadeldhura, Bajhang and Baitadi, but would irrigate 360,000 ha of farmlands in the three Tharu heartland districts of Bardia, Kailali and Kanchanpur, generate 750 MW of electricity to be used mostly in the factories of the Tarai yielding an annual revenue of Rs 15 billion that could be used for the overall development of  the country including the districts upstream.]

By Bihari Krishna Shrestha 

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The Nepali language media last week was rife with reports that Indian officials told Foreign Minister Kamal Thapa during his recent visit to New Delhi that the bottom line for ending the blockade was that the word 'secular' should be removed from the preamble of the newly-adopted constitution and the whole of the Tarai should be one province.

While the advantage of Nepal being declared Hindu Rastra once again for the BJP's domestic audience is understandable in the meantime, what is puzzling is the purported insistence on the whole of the Tarai delineated as a single province. Incidentally, the same demand was raised by the Loktantrik Madheshi Morcha back in 2007 during the first Madhes Movement. The similarity between that demand then and the Indian conditionality now, if true, is  intriguing.

That proposal makes absolutely no sense from whichever angle you look at it. The Tarai is a narrow strip of land some 30km wide running 800km east-west, how can it ever be self-governing? What do the people of Jhapa have in common with those in Kanchanpur? They are much closer to their cousins in Ilam and Panchthar. Secondly, the Tarai is ethnically diverse with people of Madhes and Pahad background more or less equally represented at close to 40 percent each.

Credit: Nepali Times
There are other even more compelling reasons why a separate Tarai province would be potentially disastrous for its inhabitants. The massive extraction of groundwater across the border in the Indian plains has meant that the water table in the Tarai is receding fast.

While only a few decades ago, a tubewell 6m deep would have water, it now needs to be at least 50m deep. The worse is yet to come. The only possible sources of water for the Tarai for drinking, irrigation and industrial development will be the rivers and streams flowing down from the northern mountains.

Integrating the Tarai with the mountains makes common sense also from the development perspective. The West Seti project will submerge 2000 ha of land and displace 16,000 people in the four hill districts of Doti, Dadeldhura, Bajhang and Baitadi, but would irrigate 360,000 ha of farmlands in the three Tharu heartland districts of Bardia, Kailali and Kanchanpur, generate 750 MW of electricity to be used mostly in the factories of the Tarai yielding an annual revenue of Rs 15 billion that could be used for the overall development of  the country including the districts upstream.

So, why would even the Madhesis want the whole of the Tarai to be a provincial strip in the plains only? Why would New Delhi also push that? A plausible answer was provided recently by Indian columnist Ananda Swarup Vermawho wrote that India could be 'trying to turn Nepal into another Jaffna'. The Tamil separatist conflict in northern Sri Lanka sucked India into a bloody and unwinnable war that New Delhi barely extricated itself from.

True, India hasn't been as blatant in the Nepal Tarai as it had in northern Sri Lanka, but we must learn fromIndia's mistakes to protect Nepal's national integrity. While, with all the behind-the-scene activities going on and the growing criticism within India of the Modi government for blockading Nepal the siege could come to an early end. Or, it may not.

Either way, the Nepal government would do well to use this opportunity to bolster political and trade ties withChina. Not to thumb our noses at India, but to restore balance in our bilateral ties with the northern and southern neighbours. This would raise hackles in India, but New Delhi will realise that it was its folly that pushed Nepal to the north.  

Nepal's logic as a buffer between India and Chinapresupposes that it benefits from its interaction with both the countries socially and economically even as we stay away from becoming either country's satellite. This must constitute the crux of Nepal's foreign policy from here on: a redefinition of the older doctrine of a 'yam between two boulders'.


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The heading Zaffnaization of Nepal's Madesh was interesting and read it through.

It is preposterous in the part of that Indian official who even talked of Jaffanaization of Nepal's Madhesh, if at all he did. It is in the verge of being stupid, if I may say so, because India has learnt its lessons in Sri Lanka well and will not resort to such adventurism. It will be diplomatic Hara-kiri. And India is not so stupid to do so.

I therefore request all the Nepalese media and leaders of Nepal who are devoting considerable time to shape India-Nepal future relation to be more careful in their utterances and arouse the negative sentiments in the minds of people in both countries. 


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