Showing posts with label Uttar Pradesh. Show all posts
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Thursday, February 10, 2022

New York Times: February 10: Uttar Pradesh, India, Facebook

A Bellwether for Narendra Modi as India’s Largest State Goes to the Polls While many voters say they are concerned about the economy, the prime minister’s party has placed a focus on religion, with often polarizing effects. . Voters in Uttar Pradesh, a largely impoverished state of 200 million people in northern India, say they are concerned about the pandemic-battered economy, with youth unemployment widespread, housing shortages, and the rising cost of food and fuel. ........ the first set of results are expected March 10......... During a TV news interview, Mr. Adityanath, an acolyte of Mr. Modi’s and a potential successor as prime minister, cast the election in terms of “80 versus 20” — a thinly veiled reference to the rough percentage of Hindus in the state compared with Muslims. ......

the backlash to Mr. Adityanath’s remarks was swift. Within days, several high-profile B.J.P. members defected from the party, joining the Samajwadi Party

. That party, which is widely seen as representing the interests of the Yadav caste and other disadvantaged castes, has formed an alliance with other, smaller caste-based parties that were historically rivals. ......... The unemployment rate, which was as low as 3.4 percent in 2017, stood at nearly 8 percent in December 2021, with rates far higher among young people. And even as incomes have fallen for many, inflation has sent prices soaring for staples like tea, meat, cooking oil and lentils. ........ “Economic issues are far more important for people.” ........ “The B.J.P. has all the resources and all the power, but this election seems to be showing that new majorities can be formed” ........... “What we want is better public service like good education, good health facilities and employment for our children,” said Surender Yadav, a sugar cane farmer and a member of an O.B.C. group who said he had voted for the B.J.P. in 2017 but would not again. “These are the basic issues, but there has been no improvement,” he said. ............ “B.J.P. is doing good work. Law and order is under control. Girls can go out, roads are good, poor people were given houses,” said Sachin Kumar, a 25-year-old mechanic on the outskirts of Meerut. “We will vote for Yogi and Modi.” ......... The state elections in Uttar Pradesh and elsewhere will reveal whether the party’s recent stumbles are just bumps in the road, or a larger obstacle to retaining power in the world’s largest democracy.

How India’s Farmers, Organized and Well Funded, Faced Down Modi They received foreign and domestic financial support, kept their camps organized and looked for ways to be seen while trying to avoid violence. . Mr. Prakash was one of thousands of farmers in India who used their organizational skills, broad support network and sheer persistence to force one of the country’s most powerful leaders in modern history into a rare retreat. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said lawmakers would repeal new agricultural laws that the protesting farmers feared would leave them vulnerable to rapacious big companies and destroy their way of life. ............ Their victory won’t help India solve the deep inefficiencies that plague its farming sector, problems that leave people malnourished in some places even as grain in other parts is unused or exported. But it showed how a group desperate to preserve its hold on a middle-class way of life could successfully challenge a government more accustomed to squelching dissent than reckoning with it. ......... The farmers, who camped out on the outskirts of India’s capital, New Delhi, for a year, endured more than the elements. A vicious Covid-19 second wave roared through the city in the spring. The movement also experienced two violent episodes that led to the deaths of protesters, one in New Delhi in January and a second last month in the neighboring state of Uttar Pradesh, that increased pressure on the group to give up. ............ the farmers’ insistence on pressing their campaign, their support from a global network of allies and the nonviolent nature of the protests proved to be keys to their success ......... The effort isn’t over yet. The farmers have vowed to continue their protests until the government submits to another demand, that it guarantee a minimum price for nearly two dozen crops. Rather than retreat now, they sense an opportunity to push even harder on a prime minister who is nervously watching his party’s poll numbers dip in a string of states with elections next year. The government has said it will form a committee to consider the matter. ..........

The government subsidizes water-intensive crops in drought-stricken lands. Farming focuses on staple grains while more nutritious crops, like leafy vegetables, are neglected.

......... Most of the 60 percent of the country employed in agriculture survives on subsistence farming. While some farmers enjoy middle-class lives, helped by modern aids like tractors and irrigation, many others do not see a profit and are in debt. With city and factory jobs hard to find in a country still struggling with poverty, many farm children emigrate to find a better life. ..........

Financial aid, particularly from Sikh temples and organizations outside India, has been critical to the movement’s staying power, said Baldev Singh Sirsa, a farm leader.


Organizers leaned heavily on the Punjabi Sikh diaspora.

......... Protesters marched across from the United Nations headquarters in New York. The campaign worked: Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister, and Rihanna, the pop singer, spoke in solidarity. ........ The B.J.P.’s poll numbers soon dropped in Uttar Pradesh, where the deaths took place.

As Officials Look Away, Hate Speech in India Nears Dangerous Levels Activists and analysts say calls for anti-Muslim violence — even genocide — are moving from the fringes to the mainstream, while political leaders keep silent. .......... Activists and analysts say their agenda is being enabled, even normalized, by political leaders and law enforcement officials who offer tacit endorsements by not directly addressing such divisive issues. ...... “You have persons giving hate speech, actually calling for genocide of an entire group, and we find reluctance of the authorities to book these people,” Rohinton Fali Nariman, a recently retired Indian Supreme Court judge, said in a public lecture. “Unfortunately, the other higher echelons of the ruling party are not only being silent on hate speech, but almost endorsing it.” ........... Vigilantes have beaten people accused of disrespecting cows, considered holy by some Hindus; dragged couples out of trains, cafes and homes on suspicion that Hindu women might be seduced by Muslim men; and barged into religious gatherings where they suspect people are being converted. ........ In recent weeks, global human rights organizations and local activists, as well as India’s retired security chiefs, have warned that the violent rhetoric has reached a dangerous new pitch. With right-wing messages spreading rapidly through social media and the government hesitant to take action, they are concerned that a singular event — a local dispute, or an attack by international terror groups such as Al Qaeda or the Islamic State — could lead to widespread violence that would be difficult to contain. ............

Gregory Stanton, the founder of Genocide Watch, a nonprofit group, who raised similar warnings ahead of the massacres in Rwanda in the 1990s, told a U.S. congressional briefing that the demonizing and discriminatory “processes” that lead to genocide have been well underway in India.

.......... They celebrate a Hindu hard-liner’s assassination of Mohandas Gandhi — a renowned symbol of nonviolent struggle, but to them a Muslim appeaser. Pooja Shakun Pandey, a monk at the Haridwar event, has held re-enactments of Gandhi’s assassination, firing a bullet into his effigy as blood runs down. ........... The forces that shaped the ideology of Gandhi’s assassin, Nathuram Godse, have slowly risen from the fringes to dominate India’s politics. ........ Dhirendra K. Jha, a writer who has studied the rise of Hindu nationalism, said he worried that extremists now dominate India’s politics in such a way that those who call for violence feel protected. “Unless this is dealt with, the kind of consequences that may happen — I can’t even imagine, I don’t dare to imagine,” said Mr. Jha. .......... Pradeep Jha, the main organizer of the city’s largest pilgrimage festival, said he shared the vision of a Hindu state, not through violence but by urging India’s Muslims to convert back; in such a view, everyone in India was Hindu at one point. ......... Mr. Narsinghanand has made a name for himself doing the exact opposite. As he sees it, India’s Muslims — who account for 15 percent of the population — will turn the country into a Muslim state within a decade. To prevent such an outcome, he has told followers that they must “be willing to die,” pointing to the Taliban and Islamic State as a “role model.” .......... “This Constitution will be the end of the Hindus, all one billion Hindus,” Mr. Narsinghanand said at a virtual event. “Whoever believes in this system, in this Supreme Court, in these politicians, in this Constitution, in this army and police — they will die a dog’s death.” ..........

“He said nothing wrong,” said Swami Amritanand, an organizer of the Haridwar event. “We are doing what America is doing, we are doing what Britain is doing.”


Facebook’s Failures of Invention . Young people, its most valuable demographic, keep spending time on TikTok, the irresistible short-video app that has become Facebook’s most formidable competitor in years. ........ New privacy features that Apple added to the iPhone last year are also hampering one of Facebook’s main moneymakers, targeted digital ads ........ but that, so far, remains more virtual than reality. ........ Meta’s stock value shed more than $250 billion last week. That’s a nearly incomprehensible amount — only a few dozen publicly listed companies are valued at more than $250 billion. ............ beneath Facebook’s many expensive problems is a single more fundamental problem .......... The problem is innovation: Facebook can’t seem to do it. The company just doesn’t appear to know how to invent successful new stuff. Most of its biggest hits — not just two of its main products, Instagram and WhatsApp, but many of its most-used features, like Instagram Stories — were invented elsewhere. They made their way to Facebook either through acquisitions or, when that didn’t work, outright copying. ........... it’s easy to see why investors might be skeptical that Facebook is the company that will invent the next big thing, whether the metaverse or whatever else. It’s been a very long time since Facebook created something truly groundbreaking. ......... Zuckerberg didn’t invent the idea of a social network, but Facebook’s first decade was nevertheless full of innovations. Perhaps the most important was the release in 2006 of News Feed, the system that organizes updates from your friends into a timeline — also known as the main part of the Facebook app. News Feed revolutionized how people navigated the internet. ........... As Steve Jobs said: “Good artists copy. Great artists steal.” Facebook’s artistry lay in its operational excellence more than its originality. ......... Consider Instagram. When Facebook paid $1 billion for the photo-sharing app in 2012, Instagram had only 13 employees, about 30 million users and no revenue. ......... Today more than a billion people use Instagram every month, and in 2018 it may have been worth more than $100 billion. ............ Now Facebook is trying to do something similar with Reels, its TikTok clone. Reels made its debut in Instagram in 2020, and in 2021 Reels began rolling out on Facebook. ........ I use Instagram often, but I find it increasingly messy. It’s a dog’s breakfast of lots of different social features all sitting uncomfortably together — a place for permanent photos, for ephemeral stories, for influencers’ short videos and even for shopping. The Facebook app, meanwhile, feels like a lost cause of bloat; like a restaurant that serves too many different kinds of cuisines, the app tries to do so much it ends up doing almost nothing well. .......... Its market value has just fallen under $600 billion, the threshold that Democrats in the House have picked for new legislation aimed at curbing the power of “Big Tech.” As the analyst Ben Thompson notes, the digital ad market, once ruled nearly entirely by Google and Facebook, has recently become more competitive. ............ Facebook has coasted so long on other people’s inventions that it’s really hard to see where it goes now that its mimeograph machine is jammed. Perhaps it’s time for a new inspirational corporate slogan: Move fast — and make things. .

Radical Ideas Need Quiet Spaces . Visibility and attention, and even a lively cultural conversation, are one thing. Actually mustering the power to fundamentally rearrange society or politics — that is something else. And though activists are good at achieving the former, they often seem stuck when it comes to the latter. ............ Saul Alinsky, the famed community organizer who wrote “Rules for Radicals,” had a useful metaphor: For a revolution to be successful, he argued, it has to follow the three-act structure of a play. The first act establishes the characters and the plot, the second act sharpens the conflict, and in the third act, “good and evil have their dramatic confrontation and resolution.” From women’s suffrage to the midcentury civil rights struggle, movements mastered this narrative, leaving a permanent mark on society. But by the early 1970s, Alinsky had started to worry that overeager revolutionaries were jumping straight to that third act, a losing proposition. .............

Those first acts matter because that’s where activists hammer out ideology, define goals, set strategy, build lasting identity and solidarity. It’s also where the essential work of organizing occurs.

............ Almost 200 years ago, in England, the right to vote was the domain of property owners and the landed gentry — about one in six men. (No one was even talking about women yet.) At the same time, the working class was increasingly frustrated with the horrid living conditions brought on by industrialization. With no political recourse, workers built a movement that became known as Chartism and had a simple objective: using the right to petition Crown and Parliament to demand representation. Chartism encouraged the working class to direct its energy toward gathering as many signatures as possible. This was a medium with almost zero cost. “Wherever there is a halfpenny sheet of paper, a pen and a few drops of ink, there are the materials for a petition,” wrote one Chartist. But the act of picking up these materials inspired solidarity — among those who worked with rulers to draw up the sheets by hand, went door to door to canvass, sneaked onto factory floors or set up tables in busy marketplaces. .................

When a Chartist activist had to argue his case, he was reinforcing his own beliefs, talking himself into deeper commitment while convincing others.

.......... In the summer of 1839, more than 1.25 million signatures had been gathered on a scroll that stretched some three miles long and was delivered to the government, where the Chartists were quite literally laughed out the door. But by then a new constituency had been born. A whole world of associations and a new politics spun out from the talking and signing. More petitions followed, until, 30 years later, working men were finally allowed to begin participating in democracy. ............. There is no switching off the internet. But we can better appreciate, as we increasingly do in our personal lives, that

where we talk can affect how we talk

. ......... These activists need spaces to come together in the quiet when revolutions are only impassioned conversations among the aggrieved and dreaming. Because without those spaces, we risk a future in which the possibility of new realities will remain just beyond our grasp.

The Magic of the Birds For the teenage sons of an obsessed birder, a father’s bird-watching habit had become nerdy — until some bold jays in an Ontario park turned dubious adolescents into giggly boys. ......... Here, birds break the fourth wall between us and the wild. And, just as my wife and I had hoped, a weekend away with birds can pierce the sullen exteriors of adolescents hardened by life in school. ......... “It’s just so cool to feel it land on your hand,” said Henrik, as a Canada jay picked bread crumbs from his palm. It had been years since one of my sons thought a bird was cool. Somewhere after elementary school, dad’s birding habit became decidedly nerdy. But now that innocent smile was back........ “It’s cool because you learn that birds have personalities,” said Henrik, as another jay dawdled on his wrist, sorting through the trail mix in his palm. “One will come up and chill in your hand for awhile. Some are really picky and pick over the different pieces of food in your hand to get what they want.” ......... Since 1977, the number of Canada jays surveyed throughout Algonquin has declined by more than 70 percent. Climate change is thought to be a cause, namely unseasonably warm temperatures that spoil the birds’ food supplies. ......... In the cafeteria we warmed up with hot chocolate and coffee, chicken soup and flimsy cheeseburgers — food that tastes good after spending hours in the cold. ....... For a while on the drive back south to New York the boys were rehashing their observations and hypotheses on the different personalities among birds. Then we re-entered the realm of cellular service, and they were teens on TikTok again. .

Heather Havrilesky Compares Her Husband to a Heap of Laundry . a marriage between a neurotic perfectionist and a formidably patient man with much to criticize about him, from an annoyingly “phlegmy” throat to a similarity to “a heap of laundry: smelly, inert, useless, almost sentient but not quite.” ........ “Your house is just like your acceptably mediocre day care: Everyone yells at each other, and then you get to eat powdered sugar-covered doughnuts, and then everyone is happy and has sugar all over their faces. Your world is not really collapsing.” .......... I know only my own marriage, like her, and I prefer to hide its nuttier moments. Marriage is — for myself and others — a secret. ......... the suburbs she describes — with their complement of harried strivers sacrificing to educate their kids — strike one as rather novel, considering. Yet the focus of the text is on big lawns, lawns with warning signs about canine feces, concerns over property values and other clichés. ..........

the suburbs are clichéd

.......... “Being part of a community,” she observes, reprising a vision of the burbs articulated by legions of predecessors, “turns out to include countless hours of trying to look relaxed while you freak out on the inside.” ........... One of the book’s best episodes involves a chaotic last-minute cross-country road trip of too many miles and too few bathrooms. Stretches of scatological low comedy are cut with apt asides on the crazed intimacy of traveling by car with kids. It’s a bravado feat of family portraiture: savage, tender, claustrophobic. And Bill comes alive, escaping the gravity of the author’s confessedly self-centered consciousness. The trip is, in fact, a high point for their partnership, after which their story darkens, drifting toward romantic stalemate, potential infidelity and a harrowing medical crisis. We’ve spent enough time with the couple by this late stage that the universality of their predicament needn’t be asserted to be appreciated. Betrayal is betrayal. Fear of death is fear of death.

Monday, September 21, 2015

The Indian Century Begins In Nepal

Indian Blockade: Gamechanger
यता प्रतिगामी संविधान बन्नु, उता चीनले झापामा ३ खर्ब को फैक्ट्री बसाल्ने निर्णय गर्नु

If this is to be the Indian Century, it begins in Nepal, it begins with the Madhesis attaining political equality in Nepal, and the Madhesis capturing Kathmandu through democratic means. The ballot is supreme. Only a Madhesi capture of central power in Kathmandu will make possible the harnessing of the immense water resources of the country. Without that a fundamental transformation of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh is not possible. Bihar and Uttar Pradesh need about 20,000 MW of energy. Through proper river management in Nepal, and through massive reforestation to the tune of a 50% forest cover in Nepal, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh can be made flood-free.

At some point the ruling Khas elite has to wake up to the fact that they are all 100% Indian. They all came from India. The Madhesis are local. The Janajatis are local. But the Khas are all immigrants. And that is not a problem. But they need to lay their Indophobia to rest. Enough is enough.

Nepalis are a sorry lot across the world. And the only cure to that situation is if Hindi becomes the sixth UN language. But the official hatred of Hindi in Nepal is total. That can not stand. Hindi is central to the Madhesi identity, and will attain equal status with Nepali. A recent Harvard study showed practically all homophobic people are gay. All Indophobes in Nepal draw their ancestry deep in India.

China is more than welcome to invest in Nepal to its heart's desire. But democracy is a homegrown fruit in Nepal. Federalism is an extension of that democracy. Why only Nepal? China has a role to play in India's economic transformation. China could play a key role in India's North-East, which could also use 20,000 MW of energy.

Democracy is to be an export item for India. And Nepal is as good a playground as any.

सिर्फ मधेस ही नेपाल में जल विद्युत का विकास कर सकता है

पहाड़ी शासक वर्ग बड़ा बड़ा प्रोजेक्ट होने ही नहीं देते हैं। कुछ भी करो तो नाखुश रहते हैं। अपना होमवर्क नहीं करते। Irrational Indophobia को अपने राजनीति का केंद्र विन्दु बना के बैठे हुवे हैं। खुद भ्रष्टाचार करते हैं, विकास का काम नहीं करते, जनता का काम नहीं करते, माफियावादी करते हैं, माफिया डॉन लोगों को पालतु कुत्ता बना के रखे हुवे हैं, लेकिन भारत को दो चार गाली दे दो तो पहाड़ की जनता उनकी वाहवाही करते हैं, उनके काम का कोइ हिसाबकिताब नहीं मांगते हैं। इस से एक अविश्वास की खाइ बनी रहती है। और उससे दो देश के बीच स्वस्थ cooperation हो नहीं पाता। सम्बन्ध तो है। युद्ध की कोइ संभावना नहीं है। नेपाल भारत में आतंकवादी नहीं भेजता। लेकिन productive relationship नहीं है। भारत के प्रति सकभर अविश्वास बढ़ाना जिन लोगों की राजनीति की रोजीरोटी हो वो भला क्या बड़े बड़े प्रोजेक्ट बनाएंगे? बनाने ही नहीं देते हैं।

मधेस में वो Indophobia नहीं है। मधेसी को नेपाली होने का गर्व है। अगर नेपाली होने का गर्व ना होता तो वो नेपाल के भितर समानता पाने की बात करते ही क्युँ? नेपाल में अगर २०-३० हजार मेगावाट जलबिद्युत निकालना है तो मधेसी को काठमाण्डु में सत्ता में आना बहुत जरुरी है। सिर्फ मधेस ही नेपाल में जल विद्युत का विकास कर सकता है। क्योंकि मधेसी भारत के प्रति अविश्वास का राजनीति नहीं करते।

बिहार और उत्तर प्रदेश को ट्रांसफॉर्म करने के लिए ये जरुरी है की नेपाल ३०,००० मेगावाट जलबिद्युत पैदा करे। बिहार और उत्तर प्रदेश को flood-free किया जा सकता है। आज मधेस के इस कठिन घडी में बिहार और उत्तर प्रदेश की जनता मधेस को साथ दे रही है। मधेसी का ये कर्तव्य बनता है कि वो काठमाण्डु का लोकतान्त्रिक कब्ज़ा कर के नेपाल में ३०-४० हजार मेगावाट जलबिद्युत निकाले और बिहार और उत्तर प्रदेश को कल में जा के मदत करे।

मधेसी आंदोलन, बिहार को चुनाव, र मोदी
झापा मधेस, चितवन मधेस, कंचनपुर मधेस
भारत नेपालको यथार्थ

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

मधेसी आन्दोलन के समर्थन में रक्सौल में विशाल सभा

नेपाल सरकार होश में आओ !,दमन-हत्या बंद करो ! मधेसी आन्दोलन के समर्थन में रक्सौल में विशाल सभा संपन्न |आन्दोलन को पूर्ण समर्थन | भारत के सीमाई क्षेत्र की जनता चुप नहीं बैठेगी | शीघ्र वार्ता कर समस्या का समाधान नहीं किया गया तो भारत के सीमाई क्षेत्रों से पेट्रोलियम पदार्थों को नेपाल जाने से रोक देने का निर्णय |

आज स्थानीय पोस्ट आफिस चौक पर नागरिक चेतना मंच एवं भारत -नेपाल मैत्री संघ के तत्वाधान में विशाल आम सभा का आयोजन मंच के अध्यक्ष प्रो० (डा०) अनिल कुमार सिन्हा की अध्यक्षता में संपन्न हुआ जिसमे मधेसी आन्दोलनकारियों पर चल रहे नेपाल सरकार के दमनात्मक रुख की घोर निंदा की गई | नेपाल के तराई क्षेत्रों में मानवाधिकार का उल्लंघन किया जा रहा है ,अत्याचार के सभी सीमाओं को लांघने का कार्य नेपाल की पुलिस कर रही है | सीमा के एक तरफ गोली चल रही हो ,हमारे सगे -सम्बन्धियों की हत्या की जा रही हो ,दमन चक्र चल रहा हो तो हम शांति से कैसे रह सकते है ,उसकी तपिश हमारे तक पहुँच रही है ,घायलों की चीत्कार हमें स्पष्ट सुनाई पड़ती है ,शहीदों के खून के छींटे हमारे ऊपर पड़ रहे है ,वे हमारे किसी-न किसी रूप में सगे-सम्बन्धी है ,आखिर रक्त का सम्बन्ध है |
नेपाल सरकार से सर्व सम्मति से मांग की गई कि-----
1.नेपाल सरकार शीघ्र मधेश आन्दोलनकारियों से वार्ता करे |
2.नेपाल के भावी संविधान में मधेशियों के प्रति भेद-भाव को समाप्त कर समानता का अधिकार दिया जाय |
3.नेपाल सरकार मानवाधिकार का उल्लंघन बंद करे |
4.आन्दोलनकारियों पर चलाये जा रहे दमन ,अत्याचार को बंद किया जाय |
लोकतंत्र में वार्ता से सभी विषयों का समाधान खोजा जा सकता है | लेकिन जब जिस देश की आधी आबादी के साथ भेद-भाव और दोयम दर्जा का नागरिक बनाने की तैयारी हो रही हो ,उसकी शांति समाप्त तो होगी ही ,अपने अस्तित्व के लिए आम जनता सड़क पर होगी और उसके अधिकार को गोली-दमन से दबाया नहीं जा सकता | नेपाल सरकार भूल कर रही है | उसे तुरंत नेताओं से बात करनी चाहिए |
रक्सौल के प्रबुद्ध नागरिक ,व्यापारी ,समाजसेवी ,जनप्रतिनिधि ,युवा वर्ग ने खुल कर नेपाल में चल रहे मधेश आन्दोलन का समर्थन किया | सर्व श्री भरत प्रसाद गुप्ता (संभावना),महेश अग्रवाल ,प्रमुख उद्योगपति एवं समाजसेवी ,राज कुमार गुप्ता (इंडो-नेपाल चैंबर ऑफ़ कामर्स )प्रवेश गुप्ता (युवा सहयोग दल),अरविन्द कुमार सिंह ,अध्यक्ष ,जोकियारी पंचायत पैक्स ,सुरेश कुमार (वार्ड पार्षद सह साहू युवा मंच ),भैरव गुप्ता ,डा० चंद्रमा सिंह ,डा० रघुनाथ प्रसाद गुप्ता ,संतोष पटेल ,हरिओम सर्राफ ,दुर्गेश ,आलोकम यादव ,मंतु यादव ,प्रदीप कुमार ,अमन कुमार ,मुकेश कुमार आदि प्रमुख उपस्थित थे | सभा में सभी वर्गों के हजारों उपस्थित थे | सभा के अंत में मधेस के शहीदों को श्रद्धांजलि अर्पित की गई |सभा का संचालन एवं धन्यबाद ज्ञापन मंच के महासचिव मनीष दूबे ने किया |

Monday, August 31, 2015

Rajnath Singh

This is the first time in history an Indian Home Minister has spoken for the Madhesis of Nepal, and we are so very thankful.

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Indians would be protected in Nepal: Rajnath Singh
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said that the Indian government is concerned about Indians living in Nepal, considering its present political situation. ..... "Although the Madhesi problem is an internal issue of Nepal, the Indian government will protect the interests of the one crore Indians living there," Singh said, during his visit to Maharajganj on Sunday. ..... He was there to unveil an outpost of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and lay the foundation stone of its proposed new building.

The home minister's visit is being considered crucial at this point of time because the entire Terai area along the UP-Nepal border is caught in violent clashes between the natives and Madhesis.

....... Madhesis are Indians who had migrated to Nepal years ago. While many have received Nepali citizenship, majority of them are still without a nationality. The Madhesis have alleged that several political and militant organisations have been targeting them and inflicting atrocities to force them to leave Nepal. However, the BJP has been supporting the Madhesis for long. ..... Yogi Adityanath, BJP MP from Gorakhpur and Mahant of Gorakshnath Temple, has often been alleged for providing logistic support to the movement of the Madhesis against the Nepal government. ..... The southern region of Nepal, running along UP, Bihar and West Bengal, is known as Madhes. Madhesis, who constitute 30 per cent of Nepal's population live in the Terai area. But 40 per cent of these Madhesis still don't have a citizenship or the right to vote. They claim that the Nepal government deliberately ignores the Terai area to relegate them....... Large-scale violence has erupted along areas of Maharajganj and Siddharthnagar.

Home Ministry fears for Madhesis in Nepal after alleged atrocities against the community