Nepal’s history, present and identity as told by it’s buildings; in brief

It is said that dwelling is an expression of identity.  The various rhythms of change and history also resonates with in the dwellings of a city and a country.

What does our historical buildings tell us?

As I started in the beginning, the dwellings we live in are expression of our identity, the rhythms of changes and history resonates with our dwelling. We have Kathmandu’s pagoda; a very proud architectural history that spread far away around Asia and our temples and buildings and in the remote villages which still tell us that proud story of Araniko. We have the Singha Durbar which still tell the story of Rana dynasty. We have the Janaki Temple which still tell us about the Rajputs and how different religions exchanged brilliant ideas in the past.

Pagoda: Our history tells us that Kathmandu valley’s indigenous Newars developed their own distinctive style of traditional architecture, of which the multi-tiered “pagoda” temple is the most famous and young Araniko spread the building’s artisans’ fame far and wide – even to the court of Kubilai Khan of Beijing. Kasthamandapa in the heart of Kathmandu could probably be the best example of pagoda. The pagoda has then spread everywhere in Nepal, especially in the hilly regions’ Hindu/Buddhist temples and Shah King’s courts such as in Gorkha and Nuwakot.

Ranas: Then centuries after Pagoda, came neo-classical architecture derived from the architecture of Classical Greece and the architecture of the Italian architect Andrea Palladio; the Singha Durbar of Chandra Sumsher. These types of architecture were resembled in most of famous Rana era buildings in Kathmandu valley such as Sital Niwas and few buildings outside valley such as Rani Mahal in Palpa.

Rajputs: Along the few iconic buildings outside Kathmandu is Ram Janaki Temple, in Janakpur; a Rajput architecture in southern plains of Nepal which is mix of classical-neo classical architecture and Islamic–Hindu architecture.

Hilly Region: From those iconic architectures, Nepali society has adapted mainly pagoda buildings as form of temple all over hilly region. If we look at the dwellings in hilly region of Nepal we see resemblance of pagoda in most houses as the form of multiple eaves. In the hilly region where weather conditions are windy and occur heavy monsoon rain, the multiple eaves are very handy to protect the walls and main structure which is usually mud-stone and timber. This could be the reason behind the popularity of this kind of architecture everywhere in hill Nepal.

What does our modern buildings tell us?

Modern Cities: But the dwellings in cities in Nepal tell different story, a sad story of loss of identity and disconnection from our history. In modern cities in Nepal, the only form of architecture is haphazard concrete structure that neither reflect our history nor support the weather conditions, nor are sustainable and energy efficient. The destruction of our identity started as soon as the Rana rule was over and Nepal became more open. The trade with India and open boarder meant exchange of ideas and goods. Then came the concrete jungle which is slowly eating our history, culture and more importantly health of the inhabitant.

Regulation: As, I was looking in internet if there was any national (Federal) level building regulation in Nepal, the official government twitter handle replied that “We don’t have any national building regulation in the form of statute/law but there are “code of conduct” developed in local level.” This reply shows how much disorganised, helter-skelter and lawless direction “New Nepal” is heading. Along with the buildings in Kathmandu and major cities in Nepal, we are slowly losing our identity and health too. Just like our cities, our Nepali identity is becoming more hypocritical; we talk about Madheshi identity but destroy the Mithila heritage and replace with concrete jungle, we talk about the Newari identity but destroy the pagoda and replace with concrete jungle.

The concrete jungle in Kathmandu is unsuitable for the weather condition and causing health crisis in the habitants. There is need of research on it but from observation and experience I can say that the concrete house which freezes in winter and roasts in summer is killing its inhabitants. The haphazard neighbourhood and living spaces is causing mental, social and physical problem to its inhabitants.

Future: There is still time to save our identity in our buildings and in our cities. The dwellings which our ancestors designed and developed are not just identity but also suitable for weather condition and will keep us healthy. The Federal government must act now and develop a clear, precise and applicable and sustainable national housing regulation. This should immediately be followed by the national and local governments. It is the time architectures, historians, public health professionals and conservationists come together and voice for a Federal, national and local housing regulation that is sustainable, healthy and expresses our Nepali identity that’s reflected in Kasthamandapa, Singha Durbar, Shwyambhu and Janaki Temple.

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Buddha, nagging monk and Nepali Congress Cadres

 

We recently had Buddha Purnima, remembering the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. We pride ourselves that Buddha was born in Lumbini in modern-day Nepal, around the year 563 BCE. But how much do we learn from him? How much, we as a Nepali read his story and teachings and follow?

Here I draw two parallel modern Nepal story where some Nepali are doing opposite of what Buddha taught.

Buddha’s teaching: 

  • Buddha and his disciples

One day in monsoon season Buddha was walking by the jungle with his disciples. On the way they reached a river which was starting to flood due to monsoon rain and there was a beautiful young girl wandering by the riverbank trying to cross the river. Buddha saw that and offered his help to the girl. Holding her hand Buddha helped her cross the river; the girl thanked him and went her way, Buddha and his disciples went their way.

When they reached their destination, one of the monk expressed his unhappiness about the incident, Buddha smiled and said nothing. A few days later Buddha was preaching about meaninglessness of earthly relationships, the monk again said “As monks, we are not permitted a woman, how could you then hold the hand of that girl?”

This time Buddha replied, “I left the girl a long time ago at the riverbank, however, you seem to be holding her hands still.”

The moral of this story is that mental attachment to an idea or earlier experience blocks the full experience of the present here and now. Attachments slow the mind, interfering with appropriate responses to the immediate situation. And eventually distract us from our progress and future development.

Two stories of Modern Nepal:

  • Historic Peace deal in Nepal and Kanak Mani war cultivation company

12-Point Understanding between the Seven Political Parties and Nepal Communist Party (Maoists) leading to Comprehensive Peace Agreement between the Government of Nepal and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist). In this agreement, the parties pledge to work towards democracy, peace, prosperity and social advancement and ending autocratic monarchy. The parties agree that the National Army and the Maoist army shall be under the supervision of the UN or any other reliable international actor, to conduct fair elections, and to accept international mediation during the dialogue process. Including through the establishment of a National Human Rights Commission, a Truth and Reconciliation Commission and a National Peace and Rehabilitation Commission.

Although main leadership and majority of population have moved forward from the war there are people like Mohan Baidhya (Kiran) and Netra Bikram Chand (Biplab) complaining about Maoist and Nepal Army integration. There are also Kanak Mani Dixit and company nagging about the war time events and complaining about TRC and NPRC. Kanak Mani Dixit war Cultivation Company benefits a lot from war, the more war and death the more of news for his media group and more of so called human rights agenda for his empire and eventually more donation. His mere existence is a sad existence who lives on the benefits from people’s death. Fundamentally the same applies to Netra Bikram Chand too.

The moral of this is that unnecessarily nagging to an idea or every war time experience blocks the full experience of the present here and now. Attachments to their personal benefits from war slow Nepal’s progressive socio-political change and prolongs transition period, interfering with appropriate responses to the immediate situation. And eventually distract us from our progress and future development of the country. This will benefit people like Netra Bikram Chand and Kanak Mani Dixit but the country will suffer.

  • CPN (Maoist Centre) and Nepali Congress leaders & protesting NC Cadres

Ruling coalition partners–Nepali Congress and CPN-Maoist Centre–have finally agreed to partner up for elections of mayors in two metropolitan cities of Nepal.

Some of the Nepali Congress cadres in Bharatpur are furious about the alliance and think teaming up with Maoist is unacceptable because they were the enemy at war time. Maybe some of these Nepali Congress cadres still have hangover of war like the disciple of Buddha whereas the leadership has moved forward from it.

The moral of this story is that few Nepali Congress cadres still have mental attachment to war era idea or earlier experience which has blocked the full experience of the present here and now. The present or now of Federal Democratic Nepal is that there is no war and there are no enemies. There was 12-Point Understanding and then A Comprehensive Peace Agreement. The appropriate response to immediate situation is that all the parties who believe in democratic republic should stand together by eliminating fassist Rashtriya Prajatantra Party Nepal of Kamal Thapa. The attachments to the war era seems to have slowed the minds of Nepali Congress cadres in Bharatpur, interfering with appropriate responses to the immediate situation.  And eventually this and likely events distract us from our progress, peaceful politics and future development.

 

FlyDubai and journey to Nepal.

After seeing the  news about FlyDubai racially discriminating Nepalese passengers, I recall some of my  journey to Nepal here. In my experience, invisible racism and discrimination of Nepali migrant workers begins from immigration officials of Tribhuwan International Airport.

Scene 1:
Abu Dhabi, International Terminal: 3
We have been travelling for last 15 hours and we are really tired. So we are lying about a chair trying squeeze our body and put feet on top of the handbag. In about 2 hours before the scheduled flight people start to gather in a small gate of terminal 3. Mostly migrant workers, all shape and size, age and gender. Some of them seem to know each other and start talking while some don’t know anyone and start showing smiley face to start a conversation: Where are you from in Nepal? Or Where is your hill home? Where did you come from? Which company you work for?

As most of the passengers gathered, it was noisy in the area and we decided to put our heads up and see what was happening. And about an hour before our flight some people seem restless. Every time there was some announcement of arrival/departure/passenger etc some of the waiting passengers would run towards the gate because they didn’t understand what was the announcement for. And every time they ran towards the gate the Etihad officials at connection desk would loudly shout at them to sit down with an angry face. And they would return to their seats quietly.
On the flight back, the way some people were running and the way the Ethiad officials shouted still shocked us. My wife was especially concerned and told me that it’s racist thing. She reminded me there were some French tourists as well among passengers and when they went to inquire after some announcement (just as Nepali workers did) the officials seemed much calmer and friendly and would explain that the announcement was not for boarding.

Scene 2:
Etihad, Flight EY 0292 Economy
On the plane we had seat next to one very young looking migrant Nepali worker who was returning home from UAE. When the air hostess came to our seat offering drinks, the boy was confused. He didn’t understand what she was saying so my wife told him that she is offering drinks if he wants. He promptly said beer, and my wife translated that to the air hostess or probably she understood the word beer anyway. She then poured some whisky on a plastic glass saying there were no beer left. The boy wasn’t bothered and started drinking. But we were shocked again. My wife had translated what he wanted and when there was no beer left why would she offer him whisky and even wouldn’t bother asking him if that was okay with alternative. We now started to talk between us in English that this is something very humiliating experience for us as Nepali. The language barrier of migrant workers and the bad attitude or invisible racism of airlines employees were so prevalent all the way.

Scene3:
Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
As the flight landed, the passengers cheered and clapped. I can imagine their joy of landing in Kathmandu, probably with some money in the pocket, gifts for family and being able to hold the head high and most importantly speak and be heard and feel the existence of being.
But this happiness didn’t last long for many migrant workers. As Nepal’s immigration rule everyone have to fill up arrival/departure form in TIA and many migrant workers are illiterate or not able to fill up this tiny form. The way Nepali immigration officers and airport police were treating to those unable to fill up form were even shocking. Some immigration officials were heard shouting “You can fly, you can earn money, but can’t fill up a tiny form eh?” Me and my wife helped a group of elderly people who said were returning from visiting their children in USA and UK. After filling up around 9 forms we decided to run quickly to the baggage claim because in TIA, broken, lost and stolen baggage is a norm. So we had to make sure we go to claim area asap and get hold of the baggage.

On the way home in taxi from airport, we kept talking what would stop this discrimination and verbal abuse of migrant workers on travel. Can international airlines to and from Kathmandu be asked formally to make translator available on board and at connection desk? Can workers be given some Basic English lesson before they leave country, which would be useful during their travel? Can the menus in airlines operating from/to Kathmandu be made available in Nepali? Can the airport officials and police in TIA given some education on morality and customer service? Can government make arrival form available on board in plane so that people have time and can help those who can’t fill up forms? This was a practice UK did:- they did make international arrival form available on board through airlines before landing which gives plenty time inside plane for people to help those who can’t fill up from.

Country Roads

I went home to Nepal after 2 years to see that the country had gone backwards in development and social change. But the smile in people’s face and Himalayas were as prevalent and defiant as death. Here is the first part of my experience. Roads.

Roads

The first welcome after escaping the chaos of Tribhuwan Airport was by armed police patrolling dusty roads of Kathmandu, barking stray dogs, street vendors and darkness.

The roads seemed much wider but gave a feel of a battlefield with the dust, bumps, noise, speeding bikes and microbus and pedestrians crossing roads dodging the death. I felt like I was in the middle of the Valley of Ashes in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby and the two eyes of Shwyambhunath temple were  the eyes of Dr T. J. Eckleburg.

At hometown in Chitwan, the roads were even wider but the mountain (I mean literally mountain as high as buildings) of dust meant it was almost impossible to see a meter away. The trucks emitting the clouds of black smoke would make it even worse.

The construction of roads seemed to be going on massive scale in town, on highways and in hills of Gorkha. But later knew that these construction were on pace of a sloth posing millions of peoples health and safety a dreadful threat.

Road Bullies

Apart from the dust and smoke thewe was unbelievable intolerable level of bully from the drivers and helpers of public transport; bus, taxi, rickshaw etc. One day the bus in Tandi to Narayangarh route took us from Tandi to Bharatpur and stopped saying that’s the journey done. When asked with a city warden lady she shouted that was our mistake to take particular bus. Frustrated I reported to the traffic police and he would just node his head and wouldn’t speak.

The other day in Kathmandu the taxi wouldn’t go in normal meter, demanded triple the fare I had paid other day. Again went to police and he replied that the taxi driver can decide if he wants to go or not and in meter or whatever price. In the matter of 3 minutes there were around two dozen thug taxi drivers surrounding me which was scary in fact.

In the long route going to Gorkha from chitwan, the bus was so overcrowded, when it approached near traffic post near Gorkha, asked some of the passengers to drop off and walk. I was so tired that couldn’t be bothered calling traffic cops who wouldn’t help anyway.

Population went bigger, public vehicles got smaller

Another surprising and completely illogical and damning thing about roads in my hometown Ratnanagar was that I noticed the population had almost doubled, house number increased, shopping centres and hotels opened. But the public transport had gone smaller!! There were smaller vehicles where you could hardly crouch. There used to be small auto rickshaws which were thrown out of Kathmandu because they were too pollutant, could carry around 12 people. Now they were still running plus there were many smaller vehicles that hardly carried 4-6 people.

I wondered whoever gave permission/ route permit to run that vehicles in Chitwan must have his head filled with pig’s shite otherwise normal person with common sense wouldn’t permit such crazy idea.

Masked Population

Everyone out of house were wearing mask in Chitwan. This was like everyone was out from operation theatre or as if there was some epidemic going on and everyone was dead scare to breathe. Well, Kathmandu is polluted and I would call it Narakpalika नरकपालिका (hell) instead of Nagarpalika (Municipality) but No one would expect Chitwan to be that polluted, being in the middle of huge rainforest and natural heaven.

But yeah, if you still run the auto rickshaw which were thrown out 20 years ago because they were so polluted, if you permit hundreds of tiny vehicles suitable for chicken, as public transport and dig roads leave the mountain of dust over people’s houses – what can you expect. So there were almost everyone (and me as well), sick with respiration related diseases and common cold, sore throat, sore eyes, runny nose. Despite the masks the smoke and dusts were clear winners.

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.

 

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.