Sarita Giri, foolish patriots and the shaken political landscape of Terai/Madhesh after Nepal Earthquake

Sarita Giri’s fear 

Recently there has been debate if we can relocate the badly affected Himalayan/Hilly villages to the ‘safe’ Terai region. It has brought large scale earthquake in the social media and in news after Sarita Giri, a politician based on Terai/Madhes region strongly opposed the idea of relocating Himalayan/Hilly community in the Terai. The voice in her support is very dim and dominated by the self-proclaimed patriots, who demand her to be exiled to India or even death penalty.

This looks two very extreme poles of Nepalese society but in fact this is not the case. It is not Madhesi vs Hilly/Himalayan case. My understanding is; Sarita Giri did not say it out of hatred of Hill/Himalayan community. Sarita Giri is not an Indian; she does not want to annex Terai to India. But why she said ‘It is King Mahendra style conspiracy against the Madhesi community to relocate Hilly/Himalayan community in Terai”? There is political reason behind what she is saying which may seriously damage her political career which is already fading. Sarita Giri and many Madhes/Terai based politicians fear if the Hilly/Himalayan community is relocated in the Terai/Madhesh and if their population starts to dominate the Terai/Madheshi community; that means the end of their political career.

Nepali Congress knew it all

All politicians want to secure their political career just like we want to save our job (however in Nepal we retire after 60/65 years but politicians never retire). Some politician do it wisely, some do it foolishly. Sarita Giri did it foolishly, wrong time – people are sensitive and emotional because of huge disaster, wrong place – twitter is not a right place to start serious conversation, wrong style and wrong analogy – King Mahendra’s motive to relocate Hilly community in Terai and present government’s motive to relocate Hilly/Himalayan community in Terai are different although political consequences will be the same. Apparently Nepali Congress, a party massively dominated by the Hill Brhamin and Chhetri had proposed this relocation plan in their party report. This is not hard to understand why they chose Terai instead of another safer Hilly area, although their apparent motive is to help people in dire need, invisibly they also want to extend their political muscles in Terai which was weakened by the raise of the Terai/Madhesh based parties. Sarita Giri knew this quickly and reacted quickly causing backlash and more damage to her political career while Congress now has swiftly kept agenda silent as they have already seen the flow of migration to Terai is inevitable regardless anyone wants or not.

So what?

To the people who are against Giri: You should stop all misogynist, racist, inhuman comments against Sarita Giri or any other Nepali in future. We, the humans have brain and we should make some use of it. Scolding Sarita Giri blatantly leads us nowhere but to the place where we don’t want to go – a divided Nepal. This will benefit the people like C K Raut. This will fuel tension between the communities if continued foolishly. You are blaming your fellow countrywoman of conspiracy and demand death penalty. This is not good. Before portraying Sarita Giri as an ‘Indian Agent’ you should be able to make list of the politicians who haven’t kneeled before Indian ambassador in Lainchaur. Try thinking from so called patriot Shah Kings to B.P. Koirala to ‘revolutionary’ Prachanda; is there any politician/ruler who shook hands of dignity and friendship with an Indian officer? No. So, all politicians want grace of India to secure their job in Nepali politics. We, the people should stand united in this time of disaster. Sarita Giri has already had enough damage to her fading career, now if you keep shouting at her, the only party that benefits in C K Raut.

To Sarita Giri: This game of Madheshi-Pahade politics is over after 25 April. There is already huge number of Hilly/Himalayan people in the Terai before earthquake and it will significantly rise after earthquake even if there is no government plan to relocate them. There is already mass migration to Terai from Hilly/Himalayan region after earthquake and that is unstoppable in future. This will bring a new era of politics in Madhesh/Terai. Madhesh/Terai based parties will be weaker and will extinct one day if they don’t change, if they don’t listen to the growing number of Hill/Himalayan Community. People are more politically aware than you, they are watching every politician and they know a lot about politics. If you want to be in the political scene, if all the Madhesh based politicians want to be in the scene of the politics you better start doing politics in Nepal and for Nepalese people, not in Madhesh/Terai. You should learn to respect and win the sentiments of people from every corner of Nepal; you should come out of narrow framing of community and race to society, country and humanity thats how you keep your political career safe.

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