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Stop Interfering in Nepal - A statement from concerned citizens in India

4 October 2015

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Statement

Stop Interfering in Nepal

After seven tumultuous years following the overthrow of the more than two century old monarchy which led to elections to form a Constituent Assembly, and many governments failing to fulfill the task of finalizing a Constitution, at last on 20th September the president of Nepal has promulgated the new Constitution amidst support from overwhelming majority of the CA and people. The Constitution creates seven states in a secular, federal system.

At the same time it is opposed on the one hand by the religious fundamentalists who want to make Nepal a Hindu state and on the other hand by the leaders of Madhes and Tharu sections in the Terai region bordering India, who demand recognition of more rights and representation in the Constitution.

Nepal is a small country of 29 million people sandwiched between its two bigger neighbours, China and India. While China has welcomed the Constitution, India has expressed unhappiness that it does not fulfill the aspirations of the Terai people. This has further embittered the relation between the two which is already not satisfactory due to the big-brotherly attitude of the consecutive Indian governments which the Nepalese people see as an expansionist policy. It is the right of the sovereign people of Nepal to elect their representatives, to decide what ruling system they should have, to frame the Constitution and to make any changes in it. The Indian government has violated this principle of peaceful co-existence between neighbouring countries.

We, the undersigned extend full support to the people of Nepal on the occasion of the promulgation of their Constitution. We oppose the interference of the Indian government in the internal affairs of Nepal. It is the right of Nepalese people including the people of Terai region to make any changes in the Constitution promulgated on 20th September. We extend warm greetings to the people of Nepal in this important phase in their struggle.

4 October 2015, New Delhi

  • Asad Zaidi/ Poet, editor
  • Anand Patwardhan/ Film maker, Human Rights activist
  • Akhilendra Pratap/ Gen. Secy. All India People’s Front
  • Amarjeet Kaur/ National Secy., Communist Party of India
  • Anil Sadgopal/ Educationist
  • Amit Bhaduri/ Academician
  • Anand Swaroop Verma/ Journalist, Editor ‘Samkaleen Teesari Duniya’
  • Anoop Saraya, Physician
  • Aurobindo Ghosh/ Advocate, Human Rights activist
  • Amalendu Upadhyay/ Journalist, Hastakshep.com
  • A. K. Arun/ Editor ‘Yuva Samvad’
  • Anil Chaudhary/ Social Activist
  • Anwar Jamal/ Filmmaker
  • Ashok Kumar Pandey/ Poet
  • Arun Tripathy/ Journalist
  • Abhishek Srivastava/ Journalist, ‘Junputh.com’
  • Atal Tewari/ Journalist
  • Amit Shukla/ Advocate
  • Avinash Pandey/ Journalist
  • Bhupen Singh/ Journalist
  • Bhasha Singh/ Journalist
  • Bhaskar Upreti/ Journalist
  • C. P. Jha/ Journalist
  • Debbrat Biswas/ Gen. Secy.,All India Forward Block
  • Dinkar Kapoor/ All India People’s Front
  • Dulali Nag/ Lecturer
  • Dilip Khan/ Journalist
  • Digambar/ Writer, Social Activist
  • Dharmanad Lakhera/ Writer, PWA
  • Feroz Mithiborwala/ Human Rights activist
  • Faisal Anurag/ Social Activist
  • Gautam Navlakha, Author, Journalist
  • Girish Mishra/ Economist
  • Govind Pant Raju/ Journalist
  • Himanshu Kumar/ Social Activist
  • Harsh Kapoor/ Journalist South Asian Citizens Wire
  • Hiranmay Dhar/ Social Scientist
  • Himanshu Ranjan/ Journalist
  • Ish Mishra/ Jan Hastakshep
  • Jaya Mehta/ Joshi-Adhikari Instt. Of Social Studies
  • Javed Naqvi/ Journalist
  • Javed Anis/ Journalist
  • K. N. Ramchandran/ Gen. Secy. CPI (M.L.-Red Star)
  • Kumar Sundaram/ Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace (CNDP), INDIA
  • Kuldip Kumar/ Journalist
  • Kishan Kaljayee/ Poet
  • Kamal Nayan Kabra/ Economist
  • Krishna Pratap Singh/ Journalist
  • Kumar Rajesh/ Journalist
  • Kaushal Kishor/ Poet, Cultural Activist
  • Kamta Prasad/ Translator
  • Kumar Narendra Singh/ Journalist
  • Mangalesh Dabral/ Poet, Journalist
  • Manoranjan Mohanty/ Former Prof. Delhi University
  • Musarraf Ali/ Journalist
  • Mallika Shakya/ South Asian University
  • Moinuddin Ahmad
  • Meher Engineer/ Political Commentator
  • Madan Mohan/ Novelist
  • Mohini Bhoj/ Poetess
  • Mahendra Pratap/ Lecturer
  • Manoj Kumar Singh/ Journalist
  • Manoj Pandey/ Poet
  • Nityanand Gayen/ Poet
  • Nirmalangshu Mukherji/ Academician
  • Neelabh/ Poet, Journalist
  • Prashant Tandon/ Journalist
  • Peeyush Pant/ Journalist
  • Panini Anand/ Journalist, Cultural activist
  • Palash Biswas/ Journalist
  • Pranav Priydarshi/ Journalist
  • Pankaj Singh/ Poet, Journalist
  • Pankaj Srivastava/ Journalist
  • Pramod Mallik/ Journalist
  • Pankaj Bisht/ Novelist, Editor ‘Samyaantar’
  • Qurban Ali/ Journalist
  • Raghu Thakur/ President, Loktantrik Samajvadi Party
  • Rahul Pandita/ Journalist. Yale World Fellow
  • Reyaz-Ul-Haq/ Journalist, ‘Haashiya’
  • Rajendra Sail/ Social Activist
  • Ramu Siddharth/ Journalist
  • Ram Shiromani/ Journalist
  • Ravi Hemadri
  • Ravinder Goel/ Lecturer, Activist
  • Rabin Chakraborty/ Weekly Frontier
  • Ramji Rai/ Editor ‘Samkaleen Janmat’
  • Ranjit Verma/ Poet
  • Ramendra Tripathi/ Former Civil Service
  • S. Sudhakar Reddy/ Gen. Secy., Communist Party of India
  • Swapan Mukherji/ Polit Bureau Member, CPI-M.L (Liberation)
  • Shivmangal Siddhantkar/ Gen. Secy., CPI-M.L.(New Proletarian)
  • Shiv Joshi/ Social Activist
  • Seema Azad/ Political activist, Dastak magazine
  • Sandeep Rauji/ Journalist
  • Shekhar Pathak/ Historian, PAHAD
  • Shahnaaz Imrani
  • S. R. Darapuri/ Dalit thinker
  • Shamshul Islam/ Cultural Activist
  • Sudhendu Patel/ Social Activist
  • Shastri Ramchandran/ Author, Journalist
  • Suvrat Raju/ Scientist
  • Tanveer Alam/ Academician
  • Ujjawal Bhattacharya/ Poet, Journalist
  • Vishnu Khare/ Poet, Critic
  • Vijay Singh/ Editor ‘Revolutionary Democracy’
  • Virendra Yadav/ writer
  • Vineet Tewari/ Gen. Secy., Madhya Pradesh Progressive Writers Association
  • Vishnu Nagar/ Poet, Journalist
  • Vidya Bhushan Rawat/ Social Activist
  • Willy D’costa/ Social Activist