some encouraging news amongst mostly discouraging ones

It is impossible to not feel pain when your country is burning. It is a shame that people still need to die to be heard. But it is a greater shame that people who are entrusted with keeping peace themselves create violence (watch Nepalgunj video). I am surprised international reporters, even those who have been reporting on South Asia and Nepal for long, call madhesis "people of Indian origin" when distinguishing them from the people of hill (not that there is anything wrong in being people of Indian origin). Most madhesis have been in madhesh since prehistoric time of Buddha and Sita, long before hilly people including kings and Ranas came from India. Moreover except Tibetan Nepalis and Sherpas, to my knowledge, most Nepalis originally came from India anyway. What a shame that we are made foreigners in our own native land? What a shame that we have to prove our "Nepalipan"?

However, I am glad that there are some non-madhesi groups that are showing solidarity to the madhesi movement. It is very encouraging, and we still have hope for our country:

1) Indigenous community expresses solidarity with Madhesi movement

2) Sadbhavana warns of pull out

3) "Issuing a joint statement after a discussion in the capital on Friday, 32 noted civil society personalities, including intellectuals from Medhesi community, called upon the government to see to the demands of Madhesi groups without bias."

"..Those signing the joint appeal included Dr Sundar Mani Dixit, Padma Ratna Tuladhar, Charan Prasain, Prof Dr. Birendra Kumar Mishra, president of the Federation of Nepalese Journalists Bishnu Nisthuri and former Nepal Bar Association president Shambhu Thapa."

4) "Speaking at a press meet, civil society leader Dr. Devendra Raj Pandey said, “We will go to express solidarity with the genuine demands and urge protesting groups to maintain mutual harmony.”

"Pandey also informed that civil society groups have been putting pressure on the government to address the genuine demands of Madhesis."

“The genuine demands of Madhesis proportional election system and state restructure should be immediately addressed,” said one of the members of the group, Shyam Shrestha."

Source: nealnews.com

Hopefully, few bad elements that are giving genuine madhesi movement a bad name will not be successful.

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