Nepali Times
Constitution Supplement
Ethnic liberty first



Janajatis are deprived of their right to utilise their water, land and forests as guaranteed by ILO Convention 169. The government is selling medicinal herbs, wood, rocks and soil without taking permission from the rightful owners because Janajatis don't have access to politics.

Once the provinces are created based on ethnicity and the rights over water, forests and land are ensured, they don't have to look to the centre for development activities and locals will be employed.

Creating federal units without the right to self-determination is impossible. It should be understood as the right to secession. It is a provision to take decisions on our own but within the purview of the country's interests.

The ethnic issue should be resolved before class conflict. If we want to resolve the class issue, all should be employed, which is impossible. But the people are rendered unemployed, impoverished and disrespected just because they are Magar, Tharu, Dalit or Muslim. How can this be a class issue?

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1. Anuj
"ER is a provision to take decisions on our own but within the purview of the country's interests." This statement represents the heart of idea of what ethnic people feel about the need for change in Nepal. If this problem is solved in the first place, peace will prevail in our country !!

2. Maaiili
"Once the provinces are created based on ethnicity and the rights over water, forests and land are ensured, they don't have to look to the centre for development activities and locals will be employed." And you'll live happily ever after?? Get over it!!

3. Anuj
Nobody said that !! Point is, Ethnic Republic and Ethnic Paradigm incorporated in the developmental and political sphere is going to lay foundation for social harmony.

4. May
Dream on, Anuj.

5. Maaiili
Really? Have you heard of Ethnic Republic anywhere else in the world? There are other nations in the world whose people are multi-lingual, multi-ethnic, multi-class..but haven't heard them divide their nation into different ethnic zones. If that were to be helpful, who wouldn't have done it?

6. jange
3. Anuj- "Point is, Ethnic Republic and Ethnic Paradigm incorporated in the developmental and political sphere is going to lay foundation for social harmony. " Perfect NGOspeak. Can I use it in my next funding proposal?

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