Took away from Janakpur visit of President Bidhya Devi Bhandari

Took away from Janakpur visit of President Bidhya Devi Bhandari

by Radha Paudel

Rt. President Bidhya Devi Bhandari
The poor network connection put me in more pressure due to not able to connecting with friends so I was too much scared on Rt. President Bidhya Bhandari’s Janakpur visit for Bibaha Panchami due to potential tragedies while I was on the way back to Kathmandu from my two-week independent trip of eastern Terai Dec 16, 2015.  Finally, I knew that there was no any human casualty at all. I felt relieved because shading blood in conflict is most dangerous, already 50 people died at the name of Madhes protest 2015. Because I have observed that the situation was beyond control of leaders, the sentiment of people was stretching and increasing depression across all age people. Meanwhile, I constantly getting message of counter preparation from both sides. Unfortunately, the Janakpur failed to demonstrate her wisdom as people are thinking culturally and historically by accusing President’s presence as impurity, bad luck etc.  More importantly, Janakpur missed the opportunity to respect her state’s head and a woman and mother. I literally shocked.
The situation was more tragic due to spreading the impurity and misshapen in Janakpur through social and other media. Everyone so furious and accused to Madhes people, leaders and protest. The UML’s sister’s organizations, leaders and supporters condemned by press release, sit in protest and few NGO/CSOs followed the same after 5 days of incident. Surprisingly, didn’t find the voice from the democrats’ side except few ones.
There is no doubt that there was violation of human right of a woman and representative institution of entire nation. But the nature of act associated with political links; i) people are getting so frustrated due to more than four months protest, ii) the UML recently decided to interface with Madhes people and many abusive statements are constantly throwing up from UML’s side including Prime minister and iii) the president Bidhya Bhandari was belong with UML before resume the presidency.
More importantly, this incident has taught few other perspectives, i) status of social transformation: in about 60 years development discourse, the mind set of people was full with like about 3000 BC so much to do for human right, peace building and empowerment. It also demands to develop or change the traditional ways of reaching out people. In this connection, at immediate purpose, ignorance of such news by media and activist would be best for cultivating culture of peace, ii) Structure of protest: Unlike Maoist protest, Madhes protest is composed of all forms of people in relation to caste, class, region, religion, political interest and ideology, who are living in Madhes. In this connection, the people who are demanding non-secular country or any radical voice could join in protest and do as an opportunity. In short, Madhes protest is contradict with Maoist protest, and iii) feeling of isolation and stateless:  due to more than four months protest, the general public were feeling stateless and isolated. Anybody can attempt wrong things in such situation.
By considering all facts and experience, the meaningful dialogue is only one means to settle conflict that Nepal should learned from 12 years Maoist conflict and other many countries globally. There could be many ways to criticise, condemn and defend but the meaningful dialogue is only one permanent solution for bringing peace and prosperity. Thus, all political parties, their sister organizations, media, human right institutions and individuals should speak up urgently to put pressure for meaningful dialogue. The President, Bidhya Bhandari was used due to immature decision of government.  A person could born at hill or Terai, as a man or woman, as black or white etc. or it is not choice of an individual so no one has right to discriminate and everyone obligate to cultivate the culture of peace no matter who is the person, from where and what is doing. It is called Miteri, a mutual love and respect beyond marriage and blood regardless of class, caste, gender, region, religion etc. Each of us who love Nepal can speak and stand up for meaningful dialogue instead of blaming, shattering, pulling, pushing and all. Because peace everyone’s business and process.

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