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Janajati rights



A meeting to discuss the Janajati Movement on Monday at the Orchid Hotel turned into a call for a violent revolution for the rights of indigenous peoples. Some of the most radical rhetoric came from former security officials involved in the suppression of the democracy movement, like ex-DIG Debilal Tamang ex-general Kumar Phudug who lost the elections from the Maoist party. "There is discrimination against those of Mongloid blood, and this is supported by westerners," Phudung told the gathering. He also recommended getting support from the Chinese. Organisers included film director Yubaraj Lama and Ang Gelu Sherpa of the NC. Not everyone agreed with the formation of a new Janajati party, saying a strong pressure group was needed. However, Krishna Bhattachan and Mukta Tamang said in their working paper that only armed struggle wouldwin the Janajatis their rights. "The Janajatis were used by the Congress in 1950, they were used by the Maoists, the British and the Indians made us carry guns, now let us get ready to spill our blood for their own rights," Tamang said. Not everyone agreed, but most participantssaid the 218 Janajati CA members weren't doing enough for their rights.



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