Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Madhesi Self Hate

This is a curious phenomenon, Madhesi self hate is. It is as if the person in front of you is not Madhesi. As if his nose has gone flat, his skin has lightened up, his accent has gone different.

Madhesis who have had personal success and have ended up surrounded by Pahadis - I call it the under 5% rule - come under tremendous pressure to internalize the value system of the prejudiced Pahadis. And many succumb.

The Token Madhesi

This is when you are accepted in a group precisely because you do not talk up Madhesi rights. You allow people to say that because you are present, those others present can not possibly be prejudiced.

The Moon Madhesi

You go up the success ladder. To your community you are the embodiment of success. Only you know the hell you go through to maintain your space up there. You are fighting two fierce currents. One is from your community. How could you complain? You are supposed to be successful. Another is from the value system of the dominant group.

A lot of people resort to escapism. To their own community they become a mere reflection of the prejudice they themselves put up with. So they will tell you if more Madhesis are not successful, it is because they are lazy, or something to that effect. They pretend to be blind to structural prejudices although it is that which keeps them from fulfilling their potential also in their current environments.

The Delegate The Prejudice Madhesi

There are Madhesis who are sexist. They would like you to believe they are so because they have had to put up with prejudice themselves. So the anti Madhesi prejudice becomes an excuse for sexism, casteism, classism.

The More Prejudiced Than The Pahadi Madhesi

I have met plenty of defensive Pahadis. But nothing tops the Madhesis who do their best to outdo the prejudiced Pahadis. The transformation is so total, it is magical. They have worked so hard to deny their identities, it is like they finally smell success.

The Realistically Prejudiced Madhesi

Okay, so there has been a revolution. Maybe the Sadbhavana has been right along. There will be federalism perhaps. A few million Madhesis might even get citizenship papers. But what kind of timeframe are we talking about? Even if everything happens, and happens fast, it can be realistically assumed, in the mean time you are still having to live in the prejudiced environment. So might as well internalize it. Makes life easier. Or does it?

So what are the options? What are the recommendations?

The more successful among the Madhesis have to bear extra responsibility for the struggle for total equality. There is no excuse for the self hate. That self hate has to be diagnosed, identified, and articulated. People have to form support groups, and talk to each other.

If the best and the brightest will not face it, who will?

Verbal Martial Arts

There are only so many words, so many attitudes. Learn to hit back. Often it is some lone, sick individual. You send one retort back their way, and they are off the radar screen. It is one person versus another. You are one, that person is another. Verbally hit back. Rehearse your lines. You need less than a dozen. Maybe less than five.

Example: "Tapain ko yo pakhe mentality tapain ko bau tira bata ayeko ho ki ama tira bata ayeko ho?"

Money, Message, Mobilization

Put your money where your mouth is. Give to the cause. Identify the 5-10 agenda items all Madhesis can come around. Help others do the same. And organize. Mobilize. This is a global village. Does not matter where you are, you can still have major impact.

People, Politics, Policy

Ultimately it is about the masses. If you can not yourself be at the forefront of the necessary work, suppport those who are at it. Reach out. Call people up. Donate time, money and ideas. Help formulate policy proposals.

Frustration, Chemical Imbalance, Mental Imbalance
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Deuba throws jumbo spanner in unity works Himalayan Times “Party unity is not possible just because a notice is published in newspapers or a few leaders of the party are handpicked. Everyone in the party should have a dignified place.” He said the party cadres need not worry that the party would be merged after securing places for a few leaders in the Nepali Congress. He added, “The betrayal that I received from Girija Babu is still fresh in my mind. I will never leave party cadres for the sake of party unification.” ..... “Maoists should be aware that the people will agitate against them if they do not give up terrorising the people at gun point.” ...... his party is for a federal system of government ...... “It is shameful that Madhesis living in Nepal for years have not been able to receive citizenship certificate,” Deuba said, adding, “The problem of citizenship should be solved prior to a constituent assembly poll.”
Why NC-NC (D) unity not materialising merger is possible only if NC President Girija Prasad Koirala agrees to go for a republican order. .... The restless faction is the one led by Chirangivi Wagle, Bal Bahadur KC and Purna Bahadur Khadka. ..... Dr Minendra Rijal, a close associate of Deuba, has been demanding that the NC first agree to go for a republican order. ...... Koirala could be silent on the issue just because the coterie around him is not yet prepared, Deuba is being probably held up by his aides who feel they have no future in the unified party. ...... those saying that Koirala should first agree to go for a republic should first tell Deuba to speak in favour of the republic.
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Statute draft full of confusion: Rana Rana urged the government to hold elections to a constituent assembly only after the issue of citizenship certificates of the Madhesi community is settled. ...... incidents of robbery, murder, extortion and terrorism are taking place in broad daylight even in the capital .....

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Life For Manisha Koirala Exists Beyond Films Bollywood Premiere It has been long time now Manisha Koirala's films are not hitting the theatres. So what she is doing now? "I have just come back from Nepal where I celebrated my birthday (August 16). My whole family got together and we had a lot of fun. I also renewed my passport there, which had expired. Actually, I renewed myself too!" she laughs. Talking on the films she explains, "I was never overtly ambitious. Work is a part of life and at one point, it was a very important part of my life, but life changes. I'll be an actor till I die but I won't go nuts because I am not in the news. Life for me exists beyond films." She also clarifies that her well-known Australian boyfriend is an Indian and he's just a friend. From current times, she admires actors - Konkona Sen Sharma, Irrfan Khan, KayKay and Paresh Rawal.
Most Maoist-hit states favour unified command Gulf Times the worst affected states - Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh - in particular had been seeking such a unified command to contain the rapid expansion of Maoist influence. ..... A meeting of 13 states has been convened in New Delhi August 30 to hold extensive discussions. ...... areas cordoned off by rebels through landmines

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Nepal's clandestine deals Hindustan Times According to the weekly, the arms cache is part of a deal struck between King Gyanendra's regime and the manufacturers at a time Nepal's biggest arms provider, India, followed by the US, suspended lethal military supplies to show their disapproval of the king's power grab. ....... While New Delhi has been magnanimous, the other countries with whom the royal government made deals - usually at enormous profits for brokers, people close to the palace - have been demanding their pound of flesh and succumbing to various pressures, the government is reported to be carrying on with the agreements.
India detain aircraft heading for Nepal Times of India
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1 comment:

Puru said...

I cannot agree more. I would say noone wants to ride against the currents of a fast flowing river, trying to move in the opposite directions of water current is not fun. And Madhesis who stay in hilly regions amid Pahadis or in any other region of the world amid a large Pahadi presence know this.