Probably, you all are aware of the blockade imposed by India to Nepal. It’s a blockade by a largest democratic country to the forever sovereign, free & youngest democratic republic country; it’s a blockade by an emerging giant to a landlocked country; it’s a blockade by one to another who are destined to be same from many aspects; it’s a blockade of one to another who are forever nearest & dearest; shockingly, it’s a blockade of humanity, it’s a blockade of right to live.
The Indian action is just came in front after we promulgated our long awaited constitution from the constitution assembly with the vote of 91 percent members. It is really historic, nowhere in the world the constitution was promulgated with such a big vote from people’s representative. Being a neighbor, India was expected first to welcome our decision, but there is opposite. Due to the current unrighteous action, taking account of purely internal matter, almost all Nepalese are facing difficulties, so many industries are about to close, so many schools, colleges, hospitals are facing problems, so many public service centers are facing complications, so many child and women are suffering. Being born to smile, Nepalese people are still smiling and facing the challenges as well as giving strength to the government not to back from the decision of more than 90 percent people’s representative.
In our history, we never doubted the largest democratic country, our closest neighbor, member of our own family and never expected such an inhumane action. Probably our mistakes were, we always respected & valued the Indian culture, believed its philosophical base, supported the Indian position & felt proud of its economic emergence as regional power center. Beyond the formal diplomatic relation, we are connected by informal, heart to heart, cultural & blood relation, we were one before few millennia. Respecting our multidimensional relations, we made our tongue resemble to the Indian tongue; we made our taste resemble to Indian taste, we made our sentiment resemble to Indian sentiment, we made our art of living resemble to Indian way of living. Respecting our long and sentimental resemblance, we never gave the importance of trade route on our northern border, and now we come to conclusion that we did a mistake, that was the greatest mistake.
Dear intellectuals, the value of freedom is same for all, no matter a small country or big; no matter a poor country or rich; no matter a famine country or resourceful. We should respect each other, give importance to one another culture and extend the global fraternity because every tiny action ultimately align to the humanity.
In each country, there are numerous internal issues and only that particular country is responsible to settle down its own. In extreme case, if a country asks for international support, then only the other country can extend its interest at the cost of humanity. A sovereign country should not establish a special relation to a particular community of another sovereign country, instead it should be a country to another country as a whole. It’s a surprising that why India, being such a big & democratic country, interfering the purely internal matter of our country and coming to the extreme inhumane action of blockade.
The current world is highly interconnected, even a big & rich country should depend upon the small & underdeveloped country. In such a reality, think of the interconnection of landlocked countries and its dependencies of the trade route with the neighbors. We all know the petroleum products and cooking gas are the basic needs around the world, even India is rely on the other importer as petroleum products are not its original products. What a shame! Being such an emerging country to block such basic goods to neighboring landlocked country without a major issue.
Dear Friends, our sovereignty & freedom are more valuable than our blood, it is even a pride of south Asia. Even the British Empire who almost conquered the world, tried to peril our sovereignty many times but failed. We respect our people’s aspiration and can solve our problem ourselves. Please convey our message to your leaders, bureaucrats, diplomats and all other stakeholders that Nepalese people are ready to face any imposed calamities but never surrender to risk their sovereignty. Your diplomacy is failing in Nepal. Anti-Indian sentiment is spreading in an unprecedented scale and the world is seeing after your mentality probably you acquired from British Empire.
As the citizen of interconnected world, we should practice to respect neighbors, value the humanity, and expand the global fraternity and most importantly the human right of free living & movement. Why Indian intellectuals are silent in such a crucial time? Why the Indian people, educated from a broad and a holy tradition, are silent on such extreme time? Why the Indian Saints, who are educating love, fraternity & human values around the world, are silent in such situation? Why not you pressure your government to follow the international treaty of trade route and protect the right of landlocked country? Our people fought for your freedom, for your security, for your prosperity and for your identity. In return you paid with dominance, blockade and threat our right to self-decision. You are the descendent of holy masters of oldest human philosophy, you are the grandson, daughter of many enlightened Gurus, and you are the true student & follower of Mahatma Gandhi. Oh! Why you are still silent dear Indian people? How your country can be a permanent member of UN Security Council with such a tiny mentality? Still why Indian intellectuals are silent, my dear friends?
From the commoners, we can’t see the further deterioration of situation and further defamation of Indian foreign policy, we are only the country being happy from our core with Indian emergence, and we are only the country to value Indian interest in international arena because we are long connected from the heart. So, let your real politician decide the relationship with Nepal, Let your culturist and sociologist suggest the relationship with Nepal, let your enlightened masters advise the relationship with Nepal but strictly, let not your gang of over smart bureaucrats and intelligence dominate & play with our long, holy and people to people relation as our relation is not mentioned in any laws and policies, it is even can’t be rationalized from our general understanding but surely, it is built-in in our heart.
You are the only people who can stop the further humiliation of millions of Nepalese, and millions of Indian Nepalese residing in India.
Expecting your serious interest and role.
-Dinesh Chandra Panthy,