The Terai Battle continues

(BEFORE YOU PROCEED TO READ, PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THIS ARTICLE DEALS WITH A SITUATION HAPPENING IN 2015, NOT NOW! Archived.).Human life became cheap in the Terai, while selfish interests and dull ignorance block solutions. It is not enough to repeat slogans like “Buddha was born in Nepal!“: Buddha has to be visible in the behavior of the leaders and the people, not in their mouths…


The sister of one of my Nepali friends lives in Birganj. She phoned her up yesterday and then she spoke to me. They cannot leave the house, and cannot buy anything outside. Even one person cannot leave a house. What for, anyway, all shops are shut… Their children are locked up at home, schools are closed down. All streets are empty. Or full: with troops of local Madeshis, and troops of police forces. They can do just one thing: watch it all from the roof… They wanted to leave Birganj a few days ago, but it became too late. Now they cannot. How long will the indefinite curfew last? It reminds me of the Battle for Jerusalem, or the isolating of the Kathars (Albigens) in a castle in France: when the free movement in a city is blocked, trade also stops and soon there will be no food ad no medicines.

 

Birgunj2 curfew with blood stain myrepublica 1 sep

Above photo from Myrepublica.com shows the 1 Sep, 2015 curfew, yet the apparent blood-stain proves that this street was some time ago full of protesters and security forces…

Nepal’s inhabitants are actually divided in a mere 3 castes, not all those 150 castes about which children are learning from school books: 1. the caste of permanent protestors, strike-issuers and political activists of any kind, 2, the caste called Government with Police, Army, security forces etc., and the last and least respected caste is actually 3, the caste of normal citizens, who do not want anything special just to live a simple, normal life in peace, study and work. These 3 “castes” can hardly manage to co-exist now, because they all have their own very different interests. The best would be to create a 3-model federal state, 1, Banda-Pradesh, 2, Sarkar-Pradesh and 3, Normal-Pradesh…

But seriously, my Nepali friends are telling me, this is just like the previous Civil War between the royalists and Maoists. Peace-process? What is that? When was it last time? The reality of Nepal is again the very same curfews, same type of strikes and violent clashes between the “nation” and “kings”. At least it is made to look like that for the outsiders. The truth is that the majority of Nepalis do not belong to any of the two fighting groups,  but they are the ones whom none of the two, neither the various activist parties who are protesting against this or that, nor the Government forces, ask for their choice.They are just hijacked by the protestors to inflict pressure on the Government for the cause of the agitators – by their expected impatience with the strikes, which would, ideally, provoke them to join the agitator’s protest. But that is not enough, as when Government is unable to communicate with the agitators, they use army force and curfews, harming, again, mainly the normal peace-loving citizens…

This seems to be an endless cycle, when people are injured and killed on both sides, provoking sentiments of revenge – on both sides. Studying similar situations in human history, like the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, or the Protestant-Catholic conflict in Ireland, could probably help the leaders to understand the mechanism, and prevent more loss on precious human lives.

The Maoist insurgencies are said to have killed 16 000 people over ten years. The current Terai Battle managed to take the life of 16 people in two weeks…

As this website focuses mainly on Halkhoriya, Bara District and Ram Bahadur Bomjon, the missing peace promised by Bara District’s “Buddha Boy”, cannot be ignored. There are secret events concerning Ram Bomjon and his victims of kidnapping, violence and torture in 2012, which had involved Kalaiya and Birganj. These shameful and unethical events, in the full knowledge of local authorities, had enstamped the future of the region with the very same “values”.  Huge money had been involved, which blinded those who had to ensure law and human rights in Bara District, but failed. Apart from the tragical Western-Nepal Kailali clashes, currently Birganj, the Southern border town in the vicinity of Halkhoriya, became once again the center of the Terai violence, after the “Kalaiya-Simra War” of February 2015:

Death toll from Birgunj firing reaches four, scores injured (Update)
RAUTAHAT, Sept 1: Four people died, while scores other got seriously injured as police opened fire at demonstrators defying indefinite curfew clamped in Birgunj on Tuesday. The deceased are Dharmaraj Singh of Maniyari in Parsa, Dinnath Sha and Jaya Prakash Saha of Parsauni-8 in Bara district and Sohan Saha of Parsa.

At least 30 people are said to have been injured in Parsa and Bara district in police action today.

4 demonstrators killed in police firing in Birgunj, 1 in Kalaiya
At least four demonstrators were killed in police firing in various places of Birgunj of Parsa and one in Kalaiya of neighbouring Bara during violent clashes on Tuesday….

Protesters defy curfew

One protester dies in police firing in Kalaiya
22-year-old Hifajat Miya died as police fired during clash, according to SP Lokendra Malla. Miya had received bullet in his chest. Another protester Mukesh Yadav was injured in police action and is receiving treatment at Kalaiya Hospital.
Police had fired rubber bullets and lobbed dozen shells of teargas after protest turned violent.

10 injured in Birgunj police firing (UPDATED)
“Fresh clashes between police and protesters at different areas of Birgunj on Tuesday have resulted in severe injuries of ten Madhesi Morcha protesters. Meanwhile, three others — hospital assistant Binod Mahato and Police Constable Narendra Chaudhari and Atabariya Devi– have been injured after police opened fire at the premises of Narayani Sub Regional Hospital in Parsa district today. Mahato has sustained injuries on his back and Chaudhary on leg. Likewise, two others were injured after police opened fire at protesters at Nagawa of Birgunj. Police resorted to fire after demonstrators pelted stones at the law enforcement agency. On Monday, one protestor identified as Dilip Chaurasiya, 25, had died during the demonstration. Following Chaurasiya’s death, irate protestors had begun fresh demonstrations this morning.  Local administration has enforced indefinite curfew in Birgunj since Monday evening”

ASHAMED TO ADMIT FAILURE?

The current situation is just something that everyone with a basic intelligence would consider a reason for a total change of the course, a total transformation, a dramatic re-consideration of the whole political tradition from its roots. Yet the politicians residing in Kathmandu seem to live in a virtual reality, in their own isolated universe of endless and senseless meetings, discussions without any outcome for years.  They seem to belong to a different Nepal, and use a different language which the agitators, parties, strike-issuers just fail to understand. The repeated diplomatic slogans issued to the mainstream media by politicians from their comfortable armchairs, are just missing the point, are like peas thrown on the wall… Who is there to listen to the daily calls for patience, calls for peace, calls for talks, calls for ignoring talks, calls for protest, calls for this or that…? The agitators?

But why did they start to agitate at all? Should not the leaders ask this burning question? Do they really think that it is just normal that 16 people must be shot and dozens injured just in a few districts in two weeks, as a price for a federal administration and a Constitution? Federalism at the price of a 2-years-old shot to death…  Constitution which caused 16 people’s death… Are these not alarmingly inauspicious signs to anyone who just faintly cares about the traditional Hindu or Buddhist wisdom, that should be an automatic requirement for leaders of a country which boasts “Buddha was born in Nepal”?

They have tried those slogans, but no-one believed them. Should they not ask why? Recently they have tried convincing by an Army Force too. Yet again, the desperate Madeshis do not mind to be shot at, and even bring their children and wives as living shields. When none the slogans to keep peace and patience, nor the army power helped, where to turn for advice, where to find a solution?

FALSE GURUS CAN GIVE ONLY FALSE BLESSINGS

In the past kings had turned to priests and real gurus, Yogis, Jyotishis and holy people of different religions for advice. Those times the main criteria to define a true saint was not how much money he had, how many helicopter rides could he afford, how big a crowd queued up to him or how many (rich) international followers donated big money to them! The criterion was based on the moral and spiritual reputation of a guru. For example spiritual and moral giants like Khaptad Baba or Shivapuri Baba, Swargadvari Baba etc.- had been all regularly consulted by ruling Nepali kings and politicians. On the Buddhist side, real saints like the passed away Tenga rinpoche , Dilgo Kyentse rinpoche or the 104 years old still meditating Chatral rinpoche could show bright examples of ethics and real, applied spirituality for Nepal. They were (and still are) real gurus, real Yogis and real Tapasvis – not desiring political power for themselves, thus their advice was pure and usually worked.

But the current “kings” of Nepal are turning to fake gurus, who can be easily even criminals or black magicians, yet they could be useful, they think, because of some magical powers they are believed to possess, and because of the international worshippers (what means international money!)… Yet now the responsible leaders  of Nepal can see how fake gurus give fake advice, fake blessing brings fake peace and fake stability… Supporting fake gurus brings simply fake results.

Exactly because Nepal’s leaders did not care about the real traditional Dharma of their ancestors, but the “money-fame-tourism dharma”, the country had lost the grace of its Devas (gods) and Pitris (ancestors, believed in Nepal to protect the family, clan and nation) . Fake gurus who harm human beings can never give good advice to a politician: they use a politician for their own selfish purposes only, as a stepping stone to their own power.

A “blessing” from a false guru is worse than a curse from a saint.

After Ram Bomjon had entered the “high waters” and became an all-powerful magnate, who could, as nobody else ever in Nepal, delete 3 online medias with dozens of articles about himself, and stop police and courts investigate his twenty or more crimes – after this had been allowed in Nepal from 2012 and especially from 2014, the country and the nation had stepped into a downward course. This course culminated in the earthquakes of April and May 2015, and finally in the current political unrest, The Terai Battle.

This is not an upheaval with any hope and constructive plans: this is already just an avalanche which would pull down to self-destruction everyone involved, with people dying a senseless death, if not stopped now, by wisdom and an honest search for solution.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A POSTPONING MAGIC AND A LASTING BLESSING

Followers of Ram Bomjon like to emphasize that the peace-process in Nepal started in around 2006, the same time when the young Tapasvi had first sat for his (allegedly 6-years) meditation. They see it as a miracle. While it is unquestionable that the 10 years lasting Maoist insurgence had finally forced the end of the kingdom in Nepal, creating a condition for a new and modern democratic state during the alleged “tapasya” of Ram Bahadur Bomjon, who had “promised” to bring an end to the violence, the question remains, if that was rather a result of propaganda, illusions, his Siddhis (magical abilities) than a real “divine” healing of society’s tensions.

The difference between divine grace and magic is well-known among real spiritual people: while the “miracles” of magicians are only temporary, short-lived (though nonetheless dramatic and rapid!), a divine blessing has a transformative, lasting effect. Ram Bomjon’s influence on Nepali society from 2005 created such a dramatic and rapid change, that seemed to become a lasting peace. How long it actually lasted?

The peace-process, so hardly earned, started to deteriorate soon, until from about 2012 it dissolved into a never-ending chain of disputes and protests of different political parties. 2012 was also the year when Bomjon had introduced his strange “dharma”, based on spectacular speeches about non-violence on crowded Puja rituals, while doing a lot of violent acts against kidnapped human beings behind the stage. That is also the year when Bomjon had introduced witch-hunting of alleged “enemies” and “disturbers”of his alleged meditation, as a legitimate “Dharma”,supported by politicians, police, and even foreign worshippers.

The “revolutionary dharma” of associating brutal crimes with chanting rituals with incense and bells, and worshipping Bomjon’s person as a god is the specialty which Bomjon had established in Nepal, and the authorities and the media all seem to agree with this “new path”.

Yet what we see from 2012 in Nepal, cannot be called peace-process anymore, because it is not peace and not even a process anymore. It does not lead anywhere. Old, forgotten tensions among Nepal’s castes, genders, nationalities, religions, had surfaced again, yet with an even bigger force then during the monarchy. How is this possible, if Ram Bomjon is supposed to have blessed Nepal with his alleged “miraculous”  inedia and allegedly motionless meditation?

The truth is that if he had any credit in ending the Civil War, that was a temporary miracle. What magicians can only do, in the traditional belief, is to POSTPONE the illness, the tension – they can never diminish it. Even if they postpone it just for 5 years, they harvest the reward: receive admiration, money, popularity, even worship as a god… But when the long pushed-down spring cannot be held back anymore, the tension kicks up even with a bigger force than before! The political, national, religious etc. tensions of Nepal had been simply held back for a time, “pushed down” by the appearance of the “miraculous Tapasvi”, about whom his Sangha spread over the Internet that “he is believed by some to be the reincarnation of the Buddha”…

The illnesses of society, nation and the land had been held back by magic, which needed to ensure popularity for the magician himself. As soon as the postponing effect lost its power, Ram Bomjon knew that a catastrophe is going to soon unfold by the bursting up of the sleeping tensions, seething long under the surface of a “peaceful democracy”. The illnesses of the nation had not been healed by any divine intervention. Because they could be definitely healed only by a really spiritual personality, who has the ability (and especially the wish!) to heal it. No matter what the advertisers and PR is spreading about Ram Bahadur Bomjon (calling him openly the Maitreya Buddha), he is not such a personality! Having behind him a long list of unethical, immoral and even criminal deeds,and leading his followers to the same, he only brought shame and harm to the Dharmic traditions of Nepal.

When Bomjon knew that the artificially “hypnotized” tensions would soon wake up, he speedily arranged a passport for himself. Planning to leave behind the chaos that he helped to create by a nearly institutionalized immorality, he would simply leave the country to boil in its own heat. All those political and religious authorities and popular celebrities, who were ignoring Ram Bomjon’s crimes against dozens of human beings, in the hope that the favor of Buddha Boy would grant them success and power, prosperity and popularity by his “blessing”,  can now see where did this tragical mistake lead. When the powerful ones ignore the cry for justice of the poor, that can never bring real and lasting peace.

The only solution is for politicians to return to the original Dharmic ethics of Nepal, to return to the implementing of law, and not to make exceptions in the case of influential “gurus” and rich cults with inflow of dollars..No one should be above the law, not even miracle-maker “buddhas” or “tapasvis”.  There should not be any double-standard anymore. In the West, especially USA, the big and powerful are also called for responsibility if they do any crime. When politicians start to respect the human rights and ensure fair justice, even for those who are poor and politically unimportant, and will have the guts to protect the rights of any human being harmed by the rich and influential ones. When the Government will not allow crimes done against alleged “witches” and girl-children, brutal rapes and tortures of women, then Durga Devi, Nepal’s ancient patron goddess, will return to bless the land. Yet a land where crimes against women are even named “dharma” (by Bomjon), and where rapes of children, often ending with murder, are not stopped but allowed to even grow in number, such a land does not invite divine grace from The Mother.

If a Nepali leader will wish to have a lasting peace, he should not turn to fake gurus and magicians, but to the original Dharma of his grandfather and grandmother, be it Hindu or Buddhist. Because that was the time when the first Western visitors were amazed by the good-heartedness, hospitabilty, honesty and kindness of the then innocent nation, living a hard-working life in the hills and plains under the Himalayas.

It is not enough to repeat slogans like “Buddha was born in Nepal”: Buddha has to be visible in the behavior of the leaders and the people, not in their mouths.

IS AN ADMINISTRATIVE CHANGE A PRIORITY FOR AN EARTHQUAKE-HIT COUNTRY?

Should leading politicians of Nepal not start to deal with the priorities like earthquake relief, education, health-system, rebuilding people’s houses, abolition of witch-huntings, punishing rape and VAW more seriously, abolishing bloody traditions and animal tortures in the name of “dharma”? Should they not concentrate on ensuring enough food and houses for the inhabitants? Electricity. Jobs…

Human life became so cheap in the Terai, that it even does not make the politicians stop in their course. When babies are shot at or children carried to violent protests, when women come out wielding swords, it is still not enough for the leader parties and leader individuals in Nepal to start a deep self-analysis? Where did I fail? What was my mistake? Why these Madeshis don’t believe my words and promises anymore?

Could that “federalism” not wait? A country which is only slowly climbing out of a national catastrophe which killed nearly 9000 people, does not need to spend huge resources on administrative refurbishing as a priority! Do the hungry earthquake victims, living in makeshift plastic shelters, care if they belong to Parsa District or the Federal State nr. 4 or 5..? Do the landslide-victims care if their house had been swept away by the river of Morang or Federal State nr. 2? An administrative change creates a huge financial burden on a state which should use all its money to return life to normal to its citizens hit by catastrophes. To move offices, create new and new offices, supply them with staff, computers, logistics… Who would benefit from forceful administrative changes?

Instead of focusing on how to name, how to define and frame pieces of the country, Nepali leaders should concentrate on the real issues when daily people are suffering in torrential monsoon rains, as they lost their houses in the earthquakes. Media writes about villagers not being able to even have salt or oil for cooking! Do such people really need new administrative offices? No, they need an urgent compassionate help!

If there was more intelligence and professionalism in Nepali politics, they would not create this civil unrest because of a basically unimportant issue of how to call the pieces of land? Everyone seems to want special rights in Nepal now, but somehow they forget that the very first human right should be the fact that they are Nepali citizens… Until recently to most Nepalis that was enough. Now every possible group took the opportunity to fight for its rights: women fighting for citizenship rights through the mother, homosexuals for more rights, Hindus for a Hindu State, Christians and others for a secular state, milk-producers for better conditions to sell milk, medical proffessionals for medical reform… I was just thinking yesterday, oh God save Nepal from the stage when Muslims go to the streets… If some pseudo-Muslim militant group or ISIS picks up the mood in Nepal, hijack the traditionally peaceful Muslim community of Nepal, misusing the country’s current vulnerability, then that would be really the end, I fear… And today it is in the news:

Muslims, teachers support ongoing agitation
Rajbiraj, August 31

MUSLIMS:
“Local Muslim people of Saptari today held a massive demonstration in the district headquarters Rajbiraj, in a show of solidarity with the ongoing agitation launched by Madhesi Front Saptari to protest against the preliminary draft of the statute and the proposed federal model.

tht muslims protest 1 sepAbove: the protest of Muslim Community in Saptari, Eeastern Terai on Sep 1, 2015 is reminding the Government of their rights. 

While Hindu nationalists and now even sadhus repeatedly try to create a Hindu State, fearing the influence of Christian missionaries:

TEACHERS AND HINDUS:
A demonstration was also held here today by teachers of community and private schools in the district, expressing solidarity with the agitation in the plains. The teachers vowed to halt all teaching-learning activities until the agitators’ demands were met.”

 

A rally being taken out by Vaidik Sanatan Hindu Religion Jagaran demanding Hindu identity in the constitution, in Rajbiraj, Saptari, on Monday. Photo: THT

Above image; A rally being taken out by Vaidik Sanatan Hindu Religion Jagaran demanding Hindu identity in the constitution, in Rajbiraj, Saptari, on Monday. Photo: THT

And not to leave Kathmandu out:

Firing at Baneshwar as pro-Hindu cadres breach prohibited zone

…the holy city of Sita, Ram’s wife, Janakpur also lost its peace:

Janakpur tense after protestors vandalize police office

…and central and eastern Terai continues to flash protests:

Strike paralyses life in Saptari

Nine including police inspector injured in clash in Chitwan
CHITWAN, Aug 30: Nine persons including a policeman were injured in a clash that took place at Narayangadh on Sunday during the shutdown called by the Tharu Kalyankari Sabha, Chitwan.

So yes, it might be that due to the overwhelming support from all authorities of Nepal, Ram Bomjon, the famous “Buddha Boy” brings the much-needed tourists (actually hardly a few tens of foreigners belong to his international Sangha!) back to Nepal. But apart from a helicopter trip to Bomjon’s Sindhupalchowk settlement, they would be soon not able to visit any tourist attraction, because of the curfews, violent protests and prohibitory orders… And yes, they would probably bring some dollars to the country, but most probably invest into salaries for the guru’s attendants, for torture materials and concrete houses to imprison further victims, and food for the Sangha…

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