Why Gagan Thapa’s Bir Hospital press conference was an encouragement for criminal bureaucrats?

Recently, two new cabinet ministers became a big news headline in Nepal.

Minister for Energy Janardan Sharma – became headline because he ordered to cut off electricity supply to the customers who had huge amount of bill overdue to Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA), including former King’s Mother’s resident and some government offices.

Minister for Health Gagan Thapa – became headline because he inspected country’s oldest hospital Bir Hospital and showed some pictures of nightmare dirt-sewage condition of the hospital toilets sent to him by someone on this Facebook.

1. When the news of Minister Janardan Sharma broke, most of the people in Nepal were kind of sad and started to feel so sorry for former king’s mother because she was old lady and that day was her birthday too. Some were so angry that they started protesting in social media, the plight and misery of former queen having to stay in candle light was flooding in all reputed news channel.

It is very difficult to understand this kind of psychology of Nepalese society who often show such compassion to someone who breaks the law and who literally refuses to pay tax. In case, if the former queen wants she can buy the whole NEA, she is a very very wealthy person, a millionaire or probably billionaire. There are millions elderly people out there under open sky without food but we are worried about a millionaire who refuses to pay bills!! Shame on us !!

Real story: This is not isolated case this type of thing happens in Nepal everywhere in all classes of society. When I was about 8 years old, one farmer’s whole family disappeared for 2 days. Later on all the family members returned home except one around 40 years old bachelor member of the family. This man was brother of the father of that family so he was living in his ancestral home with his brother’s family. Later there was a search operation by the villagers and found him dead by the river a week later. Then he was cremated by the same riverside and the case finished. Even till today, I am very curious why this guy was dead and why family disappeared for 2 days and why there was no police involved or why nobody reported the police? I once asked my dad this, he said, if villagers had informed police this incident, there was chance the whole family would be in trouble and this could even end up in murder investigation or something serious. The villagers didn’t want to give that family any trouble since the bachelor man was alone and had no one to cry for him and as he is dead – he is dead so why give other people trouble! Still today, I often wonder what had really happened to that man. Nobody never knows.

This type of serious case are left unreported or dismissed everywhere in Nepali society and its absolutely normal!! This makes me so shocked now since I notice how small matters like staring or swearing at neighbour ends up in court here in UK. And even shocking thing is that, even if you report crimes like rape or murder attempt most police officers and witness try to solve the problems at police station with so called “milapatra” – mutual agreement/contract and case hardly reach court for justice.

In Minister Janardan Sharma’s case, he was in fact doing the duty of the local NEA officer. In fact to cut off any customer’s power if they are really overdue without any valid reason should have been a regular duty of local officer not a Minister. However, instead to thanking Mr Sharma for his initiation, the newspapers and many people were moaning at Mr Sharma !! This is purely a stupidity and lawlessness of Nepali society.

Now I know why poet Bhupi Serchan said Nepali people are brave because they are stupid !

2. Now let’s talk about Minister of Health, Gagan Thapa’s stunt press conference after monitoring Bir Hospital. This was hailed as a great step forward and a big initiative by Mr Thapa, in all major newspapers and social media by public.

Let me ask you one thing- if you are an employer and see your employee doing absolutely nothing he/she should be doing for many years – would you organise a press conference and tell media that – “ look this is the condition of my organisation, I have asked employees to come up with 100 day plan of improvement” or you confront the employee who is doing absolutely nothing and ask for reason and right away start disciplinary procedure? I am telling you, Mr Thapa’s press conference is an encouragement to the useless officers who are literally putting lives of all of us at risk.

Dear Honourable Minister, everyone knows what is the condition of the government Hospitals in Nepal, we have had enough of press conferences and plans. We need action. You showed the evidence that there is unacceptable and utterly dangerous situation in Bir Hospital, everyone in surrounding community and all patients and staffs’ life is in danger of contaminating dangerous disease by using the facilities there. Now, you have evidence, you are in the post of chief executive with full public mandate, why are you not coming forward with an action? Forget about 100 day action plan, why don’t you sack the Bir hospital officer responsible for domestic/cleaning services? Why can’t you take this officer to the court for putting patient, staff and community’s life at risk? What is stopping you doing this? And it’s not about Bir hospital, start from there and keep throwing out every useless government officers in MoH, take them to the court for justice.

There are brilliant young and educated people out there to show results tomorrow morning if you can hire them. Don’t be afraid of your karmachari Sangathan or you will also be one of those ministers – absolutely useless twatts.

 

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Billionaire Binod Chaudhary’s greed puts endangered wildlife into risk: his hotel kills rhino

Recently there was a very good news coming from Nepal that it had successfully celebrated zero poaching year in 2014 and 2015. But now, this couldn’t last long. Two bad news came from Chitwan, the home of one horned Asian rhino. First news was, in August 10, one rhino was found dead near a hotel. And second news was, another rhino was found injured with six bullets in its body.

According to the local media, the rhino found dead near hotel died due to the electric shock. The hotel called Meghauli Serai MEGHAULI SERAI.http://www.tajsafaris.com/our_lodges/meghauli_serai/default.php. The hotel is new and construction work is going on, the workers left the electric wire open outside and as the rhino was coming around grazing caught into the current and died.

You can see the rhino killed by Meghauli Serai hotel. (Picture source: Chitwan Post)

MEGHAULI SERAI is run by only billionaire of Nepal Binod Chaudhary in partnership with India’s well known Taj Group. So folks, if you ever think about visiting Chitwan National park, DON’T stay in Meghauli Serai hotel and any other hotel which are inside the national park because these hotels have been killing wildlife in the name of tourism and development. This incident is not lone, this kind of incident keeps happening due to extreme negligence of the tourist hotels. These hotels are opened illegally by bribing local authorities and politicians. The rich and powerful people like Binod Chaudhary get planning permission to build mega structures inside national park which always puts wildlife into risk.

If you are going to Chitwan and wildlife, stay in nice hotels outside national park. Rhinos and other animals usually come around outside of national park and you will surely see them them wherever in Sauraha you stay. Tigers are known shy animals, hard to see anyway, even if you stay inside killer hotels inside national park.

There is no equipment to treat the injured animal

In different incident this male rhino was targeted by the poachers and shot six times. You can see in the picture below the vets treating rhino.

rahinoYou can see in the picture below the vets treating rhino. (Picture source: Chitwan Post)

This male rhino was shot by poachers in Rauthat, and now being brought to Chitwan for treatment.

The doctors treating the rhino say they don’t have equipment to remove bullets from the body of animal and neither have X-ray machine to see the wound. They are just giving animal basic treatment due to lack of equipment.

Heart Warming – for the love of wildlife: According to Chitwan Post the local community and the vets have been treating the rhino “just like their kids” despite the fact that around 12 people are killed every year by the wild animals in national park surrounding villages. The community forest ranger is looking after the injured rhino, he is feeding him apple, banana and cabbage by hand into his mouth. This shows how much passionate the people and local community are on conservation.

apple khadhi rahino

But on the other hand we have Nepal government and greedy billionaire like Chaudhary who destroy forest and kill animals to earn money. If you look down, I had recently published how Nepal government illegally gifted core central part of Chitwan national park to accommodate the Hindu extremist ringleader, ones known for wildlife poaching. So in Nepal, the wildlife conservation is a war fought by local community against the government and government sponsored killers.

Sadly the wildlife and national parks in Nepal remains in constant threat. The tourists around the world can choose wisely where to stay, if only they didn’t stay in the illegal hotels inside national parks, they would help a lot in conservation. There are plenty luxury hotels in Sauraha, stay there-help wildlife 🙂

Chitwan National Park is being gifted to a Hindu Extremist ringleader by Nepal Government

It has emerged that significant core part of the world famous Chitwan National Park has been gifted to sanctuary the Hindu extremist; so called “Swami Kamalnayanacharya”.

The outgoing K P Oli government decided overnight to “remap” Chitwan National Park to allow the extremist ringleader and stirrer who is advocating Islamic State style Hindu Nation Nepal, to make his “ashram” or sanctuary to organise his activities secretly. According to the reports in local and national news, government has removed 37 hector  area out from the national park map to pave way to make the ringleader’s sanctuary legal.

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In the picture; terrorist ringleader Kamalnayanacharya. (picture: Chitwan Post)

So called “Kamalnayanacharya” – which means the one who has eyes like lotus, had illegally occupied the forest area which is vital core part of Chitwan National Park as it also covers the riverside where wild animals relay for water and cooling off in summer season. The extremist ringleader has already established so called “Gajendramokshya Dhaam” which means Eleplant King Salvation Sanctuary, at the heart of Chitwan National park. The latest government decision to “remap” the national paves way to privatisation of  the UN World heritage site listed Chitwan National park.

The Kantipur daily has reported that the ringleader has in fact occupied 3 times more than that has been assumed before. This has posed serious threat to already vulnerable wildlife there. Asian one horned rhino, Bengal tiger, Asian elephants, ghorial crocodile and many other endangered animals are found in Chitwan National Park and every year thousands of tourists from all around the world visit the national park. This occupation is a real threat to both wildlife and tourism an the livelihood of people living around there.

In the past, such extremist ringleaders and ex-king Gyanendra were well known in Nepal for illegal wildlife poaching and hunting. It would not be surprise if Kamalnayanacharya has a hidden business of illegal wildlife poaching to fund Islamic State style Hindu Nation Nepal agenda.

 

Solar Technology, Nepal’s fuel Crisis and China

Momo, baboo shoot, China and Nepal

In UK, if I want to cook something ‘Nepali’ like momo,   I have to go to Chinese grocery for half and Indian grocery for half of the ingredients. This reminds me the fact that Nepal is between China and India. China is also Nepal’s neighbour, not just India. Historic Nepal shared its spices, gold, silk, Sagarmatha/chomolongma, Pagoda, Buddhism and brotherhood with the Tibetans and Chinese along with boarder.

Forget about the ‘authentic’ bamboo shoot cooked in mom’s style brought from the Chinese grocery; I want to watch a movie on a lazy Sunday afternoon – an old Bollywood movie to remind me of high school days. This is modern Nepali either in diaspora or in the allays of Asan, we talk about Shah Rukh Khan, our children speak in half Hindi half Nepali, our Phagu is Holi, Tihar is Diwali, our life is connected with the modern India like never before. Our cultural assimilation with India is growing faster than speed of Lhasa Express.

Culture and civilization changes anywhere and in today’s global world it’s impossible to stop; it’s just about maintaining balance of inward and outward influence. I am not here to talk about the culture here either. I want to talk about household energy.

Solar Power

Recently Nepal is having a fuel crisis which was triggered by what Nepali mainstream media call due to Indian blockade in boarder and what India calls due to protests in Nepal India boarders. Whatever the reason is, time will tell one day. But for today, Nepal needs to move on. Although rest of Nepal seems to be moving on in some way, Kathmandu is getting paralysed slowly. In Kathmandu, without the Oil from India there’s no drinking water, no motors on road and gas to cook.

We have seen and heard a lot of government proposals, a lot of political announcements and news about the hydroelectricity and big projects and this will continue and be heard even more around election times.

But is there something affordable and quick fix to today’s energy crisis of Kathmandu and Nepal? The answer could be solar energy. The property level solar retrofit could be affordable and quick solution for middle class Nepali (without government subsidies) and for all households (with government initiatives).

http://www.suryaecosolar.com/solar-package.php#residential has listed some affordable package of solar system for residential property. As I looked at the price list, it is reasonably affordable for a middle class household in Kathmandu. If there is any little initiative from the government, this price can go tangibly low and become affordable to most of householders. There are few other private companies as well who install small scale solar http://www.swogun.org.np/ ,

China is the boss of Solar Technology

Here, it is important to remember that we have another neighbour which is not India. It is China. Sometimes Nepali people concern too much about politics and Salman Khan; we don’t plan how to cook rice for the meal when Indian Oil Corporation’s gas doesn’t cross boarder for some reason. The politicians say they will airlift oil from China or Bangladesh and we wait for that eating Wai Wai.

Nepal has now a chance to turn fuel crisis into opportunity to shift focus into renewable energy, especially solar energy. China is world leader in solar energy with 33 gigawatts by the end of 2014 http://www.bloomberg.com/bw/articles/2014-11-06/chinas-solar-power-push .

The interesting and applicable part of China’s solar energy technology in Nepal is that the latest Chinese solar energy comes from roof-top installations rather than large-scale projects. Private businesses in Nepal have this opportunity to work with the Chinese for bringing solar technology in Nepal. The roof top, small property level measures are extremely affordable and quick.

And government should focus on the long term affordable energy like solar and hydroelectricity rather than fooling people by the nonsense talk of airlifting oil. And in case government is able to buy oil from China, this is not sustainable and no one can guarantee that like India, China won’t stop giving oil. But if we can bring technology and if we can install solar panels in our rooftops, they will remain here no matter the rulers of Singha Durbar or Delhi or Beijing are angry or not. In china the government policy has made it possible that Chinese construction Industry and solar industry work closely in order to achieve the goal and improve in the future. Nepal can learn a lot from China about both solar energy policy and solar technology. Recently there was news about the Chinese interest on solar energy in Nepal http://www.ratopati.com/aakhabar/9047/ . If this news is true, with the wise decision Nepal government and private sector should work on it for long term benefit.

Yes Nepal Government gives huge subsidies on solar!

Many of us know very well about the winner of Dance India Dance, about the bio data of KP Oli and Prachanda however we have no idea that Nepal government gives 75 % subsidies of total installation cost if you want to install solar panel and meet criteria. Nepal Government gives huge subsidies in solar and other renewable energy generation although it is limited in scale and the process could be hectic and you would want to burn Modi’s effigy for not providing gas instead of dealing with the corrupt official and hectic process of installation.

See the appendix for Nepal government renewable energy policy initiative summary (actually Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal’s government !!!)

Some FAQ about property level solar http://www.bre.co.uk/nsc/page.jsp?id=3522

Where to install?

Solar technologies are commonly installed as an add-on to existing buildings but can also be ground mounted or integrated into the building. Retrofit: This is generally in the form of on-roof (in addition to existing roof fabric) mounted PV modules or solar thermal collectors on pitched roofs.

How long do solar modules last?

Commonly solar module manufacturers are offering 20 – 25 year warranties on their products.  Solar modules manufacturers commonly guarantee that their panels will be at least 80% efficient after 20 years and recent studies have shown that some will exceed this– there are solar PV installations that were installed in the 70s that are still producing electricity today!

Do solar power systems require much maintenance?

Well-designed systems require practically no maintenance. Modules mounted at less than 15o will have more issues with soiling (dirt build up), as will panels in flight paths and near the sea. Clean solar modules help to keep systems working efficiently. Always consult your system operation manual for the safest way to access your solar modules and the best method to clean them, strong detergents can often damage the surface of modules

Which solar PV cell technology is better?

The cell technology refers to the materials and techniques used to construct the solar cells. There are many varieties of cell technology, each have advantages and disadvantages. Traditionally, silicon based technologies (monocrystalline and polycrystalline) have been able to achieve higher efficiencies, ranging between 13% -20%.

Thin film technology efficiencies range between 4% -14%. Thin film technologies are more efficient in higher temperatures and perform well in diffuse light

Hybrid technologies are also available, combining multiple solar cell technologies to improve the performance of a single solar module through a range of sunlight conditions

Is there are a minimum or maximum size for a solar system?

There is no limit to the size of solar power system you can install, however, with large retrofit systems being installed on roofs it is essential that the structural integrity of the building is assessed for the potential wind loading of the solar PV system.

Finally look at the following summary for what Nepal government is doing to help you install renewable energy :

Nepal government Renewable Energy Subsidy Policy

Hinduism, Identity and Nepali Conscience

 While we are having a heated discussion about the religion in Nepal’s new constitution, lets look the Hinduism, Nepal’s religious Identity and Nepali peoples conscientiousness.

 Hinduism

Hinduism is not a single religion. Or it’s not like Islam, Christianity or other religion which has some specific text books and specific God/gods. It’s more like a group of religions and beliefs and practices. Although the four Vedas are widely considered as a main Texts of the ‘Hindu’ religion, there is possibility that you don’t agree in the Vedas, have never read/heard/seen it and you are still a Hindu. There are said to have 33 million gods in Hinduism while Bhrama, Vishnu and Shiva are considered as the major three gods. Now, in Hinduism, you have a choice to follow a particular god only, follow the three major, follow some few more or follow non of the Gods and believe in the Gurus and you can still be a Hindu. So Hinduism is more a way of life, culture, cult and practise where many beliefs and many ideas can adjust. And just like all other religion this religion has some good and some bad practices. Some peaceful and some violent history. And although it is really hard to sum up Hinduism, it can be said to be based on;

1. Karma ( the belief that your action has consequences in your this life and in next life)

2. Rebirth ( the idea that human reborn again in good family/fortune or bad family or even as animal/insect according to the deed you do in your life)

3. Soul ( the spirit that never dies and is a part of Bhrama/the cosmos and we can go back to be Brhama if we worship gods)

4. Maya (the concept referring to the illusion where human soul believes that the earth and earthly matters are reality and forgets the gods and gets entrapped in cycle of rebirth)

5. gods ( the supreme being who are higher than humans and have power to free us from the Maya ( also called Sansara)

6. Gurus ( its more of a practice than belief that most of the Hindus have one/or more Gurus (example, Sai Baba), they are another human but believed to have the supreme power or having reached the position they can guide people to Mokshya (way to be free from the Maya)).

Being one of the oldest religion, it has developed to too many forms and shapes. Hinduism has gifted modern world with some nice gifts like Yoga, mediation and literatures like Mahabharata. It has also darker side. Most Hindus believe in caste system and some social groups are called untouchables and were prohibited from education, land ownership and freedom since hundreds of years. Some parts of India, especially North India, the dark cult of human sacrifice is still prevalent which can tracked back long as one of the Hindu Goddess is seen wearing human skull as ornament. In india, Hindu extremists have also been involved in atrocities against Muslims, Christians and Dalits.

Nepal’s Religious Identity 

Nepal is never widely known as a Hindu country around the world. Most of the westerners consider us as a Buddhist nation. The 80%, 85% Hindu statistics is twisted. Unreal. Fake.

I live in the UK and my landlord is a Muslim. Some times ago he had asked me what religion I follow, I said “..well I don’t really believe in God but as a family, we are Hindu.” A few days later he happened to come over to our flat to fix broken shower, he noticed the picture of the Buddha hanging on wall and was surprised, he asked me why was there Buddha’s picture on the wall of a ‘Hindu’ family’s flat ? I said ” well we are Hindu and Buddhist”. He didn’t understand a thing, like you can’t be a Christian and Muslim at the same time, or a Jew and Christian or even a Protestant and Catholic.

The answer is probably Nepal’s religious Identity. It is hard for someone from outside of Nepal to understand this phenomenon. We, Nepalese as a nation has adopted this uniqueness that we have been worshipping Buddha and Shiva since hundreds of years. It’s not Hinduism and Buddhism but also all the religious minorities, the nature worshippers like Kirat and Baram and many other religions have been blended and have been celebrating each other’s festivals since hundreds of years. Now, it’s on our hand whether to keep this phenomenal harmonious identity of our beautiful country or destroy it by separating ourselves as Hindu, Buddhist, Kirat, Muslim because a convicted corrupt and foreign extremists tell you to do so?

war or peace ?

Buddhist or Hindu or Kirat eh ?

Probably our ancestors who fled religious tensions in India hundreds of years ago learnt from the experiences to live in harmony and adapted the blended uniqueness, now it’s on us to destroy it or live in peace.

Nepali Conscience

The Greek worship many gods just like we Nepalese do. They have two interesting gods, Apollo and Dionysus, they are blood brothers. Apollo is god of reason and rational while Dionysus is god of mob and irrational. This is the moment, we the Nepali to choose between the god of reason or the god of chaos.

There is one and only reason that some people are demanding the Hindu nation – “THE CHRISTIANS ARE COMING. They are growing overnight and destroying our identity” 

Oh, Really ? – “Yes”

Who told you ? – ” Kamal Thapa, Khum Bahadur Khadka, Kamalnayanacharya, India’s Rashtriya Swyamsewak Sangh, India’s BJP leaders” and also ” we have seen the churches grow in neighbourhood and people are manipulated by money and promises”

Now lets have a look at the people who are telling us that Nepal should be constitutionally Hindu nation otherwise our identity is gone:

1. Khum Bahadur Khadka is a convicted criminal, just out of jail, trying to be back in politics via the “hindu” slogan.

2. Kamal Thapa is also a criminal, a few years ago if you remember, we the Nepali were demanding him hanged because he killed so many of us.

3. Kamalnayanacharya – How many of us know what he exactly does and who he is ?

4. The RSS and BJP – RSS is literally a terrorist organization, banned many many times in India itself due to it’s involvement in atrocities, killing of Muslims, Christians and Dalits and Mahatma Gandhi himself was killed by the RSS member Nathuram Gothse. BJP is a right wing Hindu extremist party and RSS’s parent organization, politically tough on Nepal and a bully of South Asia.

Now, are we seriously doing what a convicted criminal, a murderer, a suspicious Mr. nobody and a terrorist organization saying ? Have we lost our mind ? Can we no more think ?

Are we acting on our own will to protect our identity or just simply reacting because the criminal, murderer and terrorists told us to do so ?

What about the Christians ? They are eating us up ..

Let me tell you something, the Christians were here long ago Khum Bahadur, Kamal Thapa and Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh told us. They were thriving, the churches were booming and the missionaries were preaching in your neighbourhood while Nepal was a Hindu kingdom constitutionally; there was King and Kamal Thapa was minister of home affairs. So why did Mr Thapa close his eyes while Christian Missionaries were preaching in front of Narayanhiti Durbar ? My friend, we should understand that, at that time he was in power, he didn’t need you, he didn’t need Hinduism, but now he desperately needs you to go out on street ans shout louder, burn tire and kill Christians, Muslims and Buddhists so that he vcan go into the power.

Lets come back to Christians and you. YOU – what were you doing while the Christians were bribing money, offering job and converting your neighbour to Christian. There is something called the law in Nepal. And the law says it’s illegal to convert someone to other religion by manipulating or by force. YOU – my friend, what were you doing while the Christians were collecting the children and keeping them in illegal foster home and teaching them Bible in Sunday school ? well, that time Khum Bahadur Khadka was in Jail, Kamal Thapa  didn’t tell you and the RSS and BJP were too busy in India to come come back to power again. So you didn’t know about Christians until they told you.

The Fact

The Christians will never stop preaching and sending missionaries because that is their religion, that is what Jesus told them to do. They often go to North Korea and Iran to preach. The money, the job and all sorts of things Christians offer, there is law to stop it. Go tell the police about the illegal foster home, illegal conversions ask  your neighbour pastor about his business. AND more importantly the Nepali society should IMMEDIATELY stop being racist and haters.  The caste systems, the so called untouchables (Dalits), the poor, the women all should be respected so that they will not look for the alternative religion. Nobody wants to stay Hindu and be tortured and being hated like animals, should we not stop this so that our Dalit, Tamang community do not convert to Christianity ?

If Nepal goes back and becomes a Hindu nation again, there is risk that our beautifully blended uniqueness will die. The Buddhists, the Kirats, the Muslims of our country will be excluded. Today, the Buddhists, Kirats, Muslims of Nepal are more and more conscious politically and about their culture and religion. If anyone wants to underestimate this, to suppress them like the Shah Kings did they won’t be quiet like in the past. So hurting their sentiment will bring division. And the problem could be worse.  The corrupt, the criminal, the terrorists, the Mr nobody, will come back and rule us. It’s not about Christians, it’s about respecting our Nepalese brothers and sisters. Hindu nation was secretly inserted into constitution of Nepal just 55 years ago, before that Nepal wan’t a Hindu nation. Now, unlike 55 years ago our Buddhist and Kirat and Tamang brothers and sisters know what’s going on. Our political consciousness has arisen. The religious minorities won’t stay silent, there may be division. While we are chasing “foreign religion” , are we not inviting Indians Hindu extremists ?

I believe that we will act on our free will. We will act with our conscience and compassion and let Nepal remain a country of all of us.

Peace.

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.

If Laxman Thakur can, why can’t Chitwan? Why can’t Jhapa? Why can’t you?

When I was reading the news of Laxman Thakur in Annapurna Post about how he is planning to give refuge to some 500 people in his home town, I was so filled with emotion first and wanted to know whether his mother tongue is Maithili or Bhojpuri, I even tried to translate some ‘nice’ words into Maithili to say thank you and to tell him how proud I was of him. I know he might be better than me in Nepali, but I wanted to be Laxman Thakur, I wanted to say thank you to him in the language he learnt from his mother. After a while I couldn’t stop thinking about the news. I had different ideas in my mind. I suddenly started to think, if he can convince his villagers to accommodate some 500 people what about the rich and developed districts like Chitwan? If the village is reachable by good conditioned road, if there is no risk of landslide or further damage, if the family is healthy and hasn’t got vulnerable member they should remain where they are and government must help them in their place. We are strong people and we can rebuild. But, if the village is at risk of landslide, people are vulnerable, people are traumatised, there is no road and difficult to reach then they should be relocated temporarily or permanently. There can be three different ways to accommodate people in dire need: 1. People can take shelter in the houses of the relatives or the generous ones like Laxman Thakur. This will be basically temporary shelter during monsoon. The people will return to their place or find work and move out in maximum 6 months’ time. The people who have lost homes and nowhere to stay and also there is risk of landslide or other problem in their place can take shelter in such Home Stay. The aid agencies or government should help the accommodating family with the food and other aid. The accommodating family should be selected carefully. The EQ victims should not be accommodated with the family whose member has records such as child sex abuse or other criminal or suspicious record. This can be tracked with the help of local police or local community leaders, head teachers etc.  The government and local authority should appeal the people of the nation to help and if interested accommodate people in their homes for six months or so. 2. The local authorities of unaffected districts like Chitwan can provide permanent or temporary accommodation to the people of need. Temporary shelters should be for the similar people the same as earlier mentioned and they will be back to their places of find job and move out after maximum 1 year time.  The shelter can be tents or government suggest temporary shelter of tin or other local materials. It is important that water, sanitation, security and other basic things are provided in these temporary shelters. The Local authority should be careful that these places should not turn into slum in future. The failure of the central government to rebuild the EQ victims’ village/town can result in long stay in these settlements and turn the place into slum. So the very careful, clever and determined effort plus sound co-operation between the Central government and local authority is crucial.  Permanent settlement should also be provided by the local authority of unaffected areas where Earthquake Victims (EQ) are unable to return to their place because of risk such as landslide or trauma or some other genuine reason.  If every unaffected district take their share of responsibility the problem will be solved much faster and effectively. While settling the EQ victims the local authority must respect the local people’s concerns. It is wise that the integration process is started from the beginning and the security and the health of both the EQ victims and local people is not compromised. Cultural, religious and ecological issues should be considered before selecting the area for settlement. The early involvement of local community organizations and community leaders, use of local volunteer will help building harmony and good relationship with the EQ victims settling in their neighbourhood. Nepalese are known as friendly people, so if there is good management there won’t be issue in integration. 3. Government should rent the houses in the unaffected and developed regions to provide immediate shelter to the vulnerable EQ victims like pregnant women, children, elderly, disabled, sick and injured. They should be able to live with their family in the rented property and government should provide the rent, food and other aid. This will help people recover from the trauma and also their family will be with them. The other family member should be encouraged to find work, or the NGOs or Aid Agencies’ focus should be training them in construction and other sector rather than buying them bottle of mineral water.