Nepali Times
From The Nepali Press
Hollow nationalism, Kantipur

HEADMEN (from l-r): CP Gajurel, Ram Bahadur Thapa, Mohan Baidya, Netra Bikram Chand, and Narayan Sharma of CPN-M during a meeting at the party's headquarter.

Leaders of the CPN-M have made fools of themselves by prohibiting the entry of cars with Indian number plates and Hindi films that 'insult' Nepal. There is no doubt that Nepal's sovereignty is under serious threat and our nationalism is facing a crisis. Events in the past year have shown how foreign intervention is on the rise and the head of the caretaker government even admitted publicly that 'the keys lie elsewhere'. But at a time when the peace process has taken a positive turn and when all parties should be looking to resolve the deadlock together, coming out on the streets to protest against neighbours in the name of protecting nationalism is ill-conceived.

This is not to say that political parties remain silent when nationalism is really in crisis. However, they must find better ways to express their concerns about bilateral and domestic issues, while also maintaining cordial diplomatic relations. They must not resort to populist slogans when dealing with the complexities of contemporary geopolitics.

All Nepal-India related issues need to be handled delicately and with great foresight because the countries have close socio-economic-political ties and our citizens interact with each other through the open border. Campaigns to stop Indian vehicles or films affect relations right down to the local level. No one can deny the legal protection offered by both states to each others' vehicles or the pragmatism that demands their entry. Besides, India is Nepal's only supplier of petroleum, and many of our daily necessities also come from across the border. Nepalis will only suffer if India decides to cut supplies.

Moroever, there are other crucial issues between the two countries that need attention and vehicle entry or films don't fall in this category. Vehicles and movies are already covered by the 1950 Peace and Friendship Treaty. A better move would be to call for the treaty to be revised.

During the 'sideline' talks held between Minister of Foreign Affairs Narayan Kaji Shrestha and his Indian counterpart SM Krishna at New York, Krishna made his country's displeasure clear. Shrestha ensured that vehicles would be granted safe entry into Nepal and no Indian citizens or vehicles would be harmed. The Nepal government must start practicing what it has promised to India.

The NC-UML were quick to point out that their anti-government protest is different from the CPN-M's 'nationalism campaign' and refused to support the program. The opposition should not influence bilateral issues from the street, and it has made the right decision to distance itself.

The way CPN-M is trying to protect nationalism is simply wrong. Diplomatic issues must be solved diplomatically, and the correct channel for that is through the government. Targeting vehicles and films will take us nowhere and such foolish ultra-nationalism will only stifle the growth of progressive nationalism.

1. who cares
these terrorists are not demanding what we need to protect our country, but rather going for good for nothing just for self promotion.

what we need are-
first; totally ban indians from getting nepali citizenship, all kind of.

second; scrap citizenship of those indians- their children,grand children... , who came to nepal after unification.

third; solve boarder problem.

forth; renegotiate river treaty. 

fifth; barbwire the boarder.

sixth; ....

2. Nirmal

It could be that Baidhya faction's style of working is quite embarrasing and resembles nonsense patriotic bark however it'd be foolish to undermine the core issues of the demands being putforth. That is to activate the country's productive market and avoid any kind of dependence that goes against the national economy.

 When Baburam told people that it would be better to merge Nepal's economy into India's, it only showed how lazy he is as a ruler. May be Baburam Bhattarai and many nepali people are used to see no abnormality with the huge presence of indian and chinese products in Nepali market but how long a country can be called self-sufficient with such a miserbale dependency being exercised for generations. So, If we are to do nothing productive in our own --and it is very easy to do nothing than assuming serious responsibilities-- let Nepal merge like Sikkim into India. For sure we'll have the access to basic commodities cheaper and easier than now. If not let's have loads of bollocks to create our own products and find a just market for Nepali products. 

May be there are so many hidden interests behind, willingly and unknowingly to parasitize Nepali economy but since when trying for a self-sufficient economy could result in anti-indian sentiments?

3. SuRa
Dear Editorial,

You definitely have a soft corner for our neighbour country but I doubt if they resonate the same feeling ?As much as Nepalese leaders need shift their attention to diplomatic resolutions, your board should stop patronising them, instead produce a more convincing arguments with more research done and how Nepal has been suffering economically and politically under their famously prejudiced trade policies !! Not necessarily to wage a war against them but to keep them informed of how aware we are or inform them if not so to the least ! No ?

Said so, I am not suggesting bouts of anti-India columns or arguments but it is acceptable to be provocative and put forward your opinions that I am clearly lacking in this piece. To be honest, your writing is a mere coverage of current situation in Nepal and in defense of our neighbour.

We want an editorial that resonates the voice of Nepalese people and makes us think beyond !

(11 JAN 2013 - 17 JAN 2013)