MJF Government Accord, a
A 22 point agreement signed on August 30 between the government
and the Madeshi People’s Forum (MJF) has betrayed the Madhesis.
The accord was made in direct contravention of the spirit and sentiment
of February Madhesi uprising and its continuity which has sacrificed
scores of lives. The farcial agreement was nothing of a novelty
which had not been addressed in one way or the other by the comprehensive
Peace Agreement and the Interim Constitution. Moreover, the accord
has stripped Upendra Yadav off the false title of the messiah of
Madhesis. His petty individual vested interest and regressive patrons
have been exposed among the Madhesis. The abandonment of proportional
representation in the Constituent Assembly and autonomy in a federal
state proves Yadav of selling out to the reactionaries and royalists.
The accord has utterly failed to address the genuine political,
cultural, economical and linguistic issues of Madhes. It can be
merely phrased as being the agreement between bourgeois congress
and regressive Yadav.
The accord does not have the consent of the major alliance CPN(Maoist)
Comrade Prachanda has lambasted it as “extremely objectionable,
flawed, deceptive and conspiratiorial”. Ram Chandra Poudel’s remarks
that “Dev Gurung Minister for Local Development declined to take
part in the talks” is ridiculous and childish. Didn’t Mr. Paudel
get in his mind that the refusal of Mr. Gurung was an explicit disagreement
of CPN (Maoist) with the accord?
There are certain clauses in the agreement that are highly objectionable.
The 15th point categorically agrees for handing over of Maoist seized
property and weapons to concerned parties which clearly violates
the Comprehensive Peace Accord. Likewise the 15th point says the
removal of all the charges against the leaders and the activists
of the Forum. Can a civilized society set free the culprits of Gaur
Carnage and other communal genocides in Madhes? Don’t they need
to be convicted and persecuted by court of justice? Should they
be given a clean chit like the convicts found guilty by the Rayamajhi
The royalists set free in the past are in their last resort to
foil the constituent assembly election scheduled for Nov. 22 in
order to restore the autocratic monarchy. A series of bomb blasts
in the capital on Sept. 2 that killed 3 civilians and left over
two dozens injured was deliberately planned by them. The cowardly
and heinous act was aimed at thwarting the CA polls just less than
3 months ahead.
The so called Madhes based underground seemingly Hindu fanatic
outfits Terai Army and never heard before Terai Uthan Sangathan
all projected to have taken responsibility. The Mysterious identity
of Mr. John, chief of Terai Army causes a lot of speculations on
the mind of Nepali nationalities. The obscure figure is very likely
to be unmasked like Upandra Yadav who has been kicked out of the
group by the dissidents.
There are various groups agitating both in Terai and over hills
in Nepal. The recently made accord has failed to convince the armed
and unarmed agitating groups numbering about over a dozen in Madhes.
Unless the genuine demands of Madhes are met and the round table
conference suggested in the Maoists 22 point pre-requisites of all
the agitating forces and eight Party alliances is held, Nepal can
not return to normalcy and a conducive atmosphere for free and fair
constituent Assembly election can not be created.
Madhes will get a permanent remedy for all her hue and cry if the
Maoists’ 22 point pre. requisites are implemented. An inclusive
state structure forwarded by the Maoists is highly praise worthy
and scientific. Based on geo-political, economical and cultural
feasibilities, Madhes state committee, for example, has been made
up of the districts of Mithila, Bhojpura and Awadh regions. Each
committee has been further divided into a sub committee in terms
of the indigenous majority population. Kochila sub-state committee
consists of Jhapa, Morang and Sunsari in which the Rajbanshis (Kocha)
are a majority among the indigenous population occupying 9.2% of
the total population of Jhapa to National Census of 2001. Mithila
covering Saptari, Siraha, Dhanusa, Mahottari and Sarlahi is inhabitated
by the Maithilee speaking Madhesis population 12.30% of the total
population of Nepal. Bhojpura accommodating Rautahat, Bara and Parsha
is populated by the Bhojpuri-speaking people (7.53% of the population).
Awadh sub-state committee adjoining Nawalparashi, Rupandehi and
Kapilvastu, has been populated by the Awadhi-speaking Madhesis who
occupy 2.47% of the population of the nation.
To conclude, the nation can not return to tranquility and evolve
as a new Nepal without ensuring autonomy, right to self determination,
federal democratic republic, end of monarchy and full proportional
representation in the Constituent Assembly Election which will in
true sense, unite the nation by uplifting all the margins-Madhesis,
indigenous, Dalits, women, disables, Muslims and other repressed