Indian involvement in instigating the chaos and violence in Terai for the last three months is an open secret.
This has once again been proved with the latest violence in Birgunj during which one Indian national was killed in an action carried by Nepali policemen. The killing took place when the security force had to open fire to counter the violent protestors belonging to the United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF) who were staging sit-in there.
Not only the deceased person was Indian, but the two protestors the police arrested for violence at the no-man’s land in the Birgunj-Raxaul border point also belonged to India.
On the one hand, this incident speaks volumes on the furtive involvement of Indian nationals in the unrest in the southern belt. On the other, it has also shown the Indian administration can stoop to any extent to fulfill its selfish desires.
It let as many as 229 Indian vehicles go back to India through the border point in Birgunj after the police dispersed agitators from Miteri Bridge there. However, not a single goods-carrying truck or oil-carrying tanker was allowed to enter Nepal although India had promised to do so.
The government has rightfully taken the very Indian move as a cheating. The Home Ministry stated," India didn’t cooperate to the Nepal’s request of allowing Nepal-bound goods, oil tankers and cooking gas bullets to enter Nepal."
The UMDF, which is protesting against specially the federal model in the new constitution, on Monday declared that it would not continue its talks with the government. It showed such posture citing the use of force by the police to disperse the dharna-staging crowd at Birgunj.
On Sunday, the negotiations had taken place between the government and the Front on the possibility of reviewing the boundaries of the present seven Pradeshes.
The Front has been demanding for carving out one or two Pradeshes from Mechi to Mahakali covering the whole Tarai region. Such agenda of Madhesi parties is inimical to the long-term sovereignty of the country and the interests of the other Pradeshes and the people living there. They also know well that their demand is devastating and cannot be fulfilled. So they have never shown a scintilla of sincerity in resolving the dispute through dialogue.
The Mashesi leaders are just acting as political stooges of the marauding and manipulating New Delhi.
The seven-point change the South Block wants in Nepal's new constitution cunningly back the divisive agenda of Madhesi parties. Moreover, it also alludes at the hegemonic desire of India to turn Nepal into its vassal state.