Situation report On use of force by Police during recent movement declared by 30-Party Alliance
Information compiled by: Terai Human Rights Defenders Alliance (THRD Alliance).
Date: 20 January 2015
Arbitrary arrests and detention and excessive use of force by police during recent political rallies in Terai
Information Compiled by: Terai Human Rights Defenders Alliance (THRD Alliance)
The right fight, SUKHDEV SHAH
The arrest and possible imprisonment of Madhesi intellectual and political activist Chandra Kant (CK) Raut by Morang police on September 13, 2014, has opened new fissures in Nepali politics and has far-reaching consequences for the future of democracy and the country’s sovereignty.
Silencing dissent, Dipendra Jha
The arrest and subsequent processing of CK Raut hints at political interference and is highly suspect
Madheshi separatism, SUKHDEV SHAH
Of all the people I am aware of existing around the world, Madheshis of Nepal are the least aggressive, least assertive, and—relevant to the present context—with the least revolutionary zeal. This kind of zeal, of course, is needed to usher in a regime change or, more decisively, create a different nation. It, then, is absurd that such a revolutionary group has emerged in Madhesh.
On CK Raut, DR ANAND JHA
An unprecedented event is taking place today. Chandra Kant (CK) Raut from Mahadeva village in Saptari district is being tried for treason—a charge that could send him behind the bars for life. If you are a Madheshi, you will probably talk about this day with your kids and grandkids in the years to come.
Mission Madhesh, BISHAL THAPA
Dr CK Raut wants an independent Tarai state, largely representing the Madheshi population, to secede from Nepal. For that belief, he is now in prison.
The chauvinistic circle, CK Lal
Some facts are so blindingly obvious that they fail to register altogether until someone else points it out. A college student in Massachusetts is researching the impact of remittances on elections of Nepal. He recently wrote in a personal note: “Just generated a word cloud of all political party names in Nepal from the raw data of 2013 elections. Scale of the word is proportional to frequency in the list of all candidates running for election. Colors also change by frequency. We sure do have a lot of nationalist and communist parties.” That perhaps partly explains the reason behind failure of the country in formulating a new constitution.
The schizophrenic polity, CK LAL
There is an old saying usually attributed to early Marwari traders awestruck by the architectural splendor and pristine beauty of Kathmandu Valley: Gajab Kashmir, Ajab Nepal! A building spree and resulting urban chaos since the early nineteen-eighties have almost eclipsed magnificent monuments of yore. Toxic smog rather than invigorating mist hugs the valley floor throughout the year. However, the Ajab description of daily life—quaint customs, syncretic culture and carefree attitude—continues to make the Nepal valley distinctive in its own ways. The uniqueness permeates the polity of the country making the modern state of Nepal an archaic wonder.
Game of brinkmanship, CK Lal
A lot has changed at Hanuman Dhoka police detention center. Back in 1985, youngsters asking for whereabouts of ‘forcibly disappeared’ physician Dr Laxmi Narayan Jha of Janakpur were often threatened that they would meet the same fate if they persisted with their enquiries. A group of concerned people that wanted to meet engineer-scientist Chandra Kant Raut early this week were politely told that they were holding the accused on behalf of the Biratnagar police and meeting for anyone other than the immediate family wasn’t permissible.