You should not get amazed to see the written slogans like ” Limbuwan Kshetra” or “Limbuwan Nepal” or even ” Limbuwan Pradesh “in the front body of the public vehicles in the east part of Nepal . We people of east Nepal have been seeing this like written slogans in such vehicles especially in micro bus, and mini buses running in the local route of east Nepal. A kind of imagination came in my mind , one of the Limbu leaders may have purchased this bus and he may have written this slogan in his bus .But in recent days the numbers such buses with this slogans have been increasing day by day . Now a days it is so hard to find the bus with no slogans like this in east Nepal . Who writes such slogan ? one of the bus drivers told the Limbu men asked the bus to stop and they wrote the slogan in his bus last week at pathari of the Mahendra Highway , between Ithari and Damak . he added he would not like it to be written in his bus still he could not denied,because he has to pass by the same way everyday . I asked why they may have written such type of slogans ? The bus driver told they would like to have the independent state of their own throughout the land which the ancestors of Limbu had ascribed in the past , which the Limbu people had to loss after wards .The amazing matter is that Limbus are less then 10% in the area which they wish to establish as the Limbuwan Pradesh .A kind of curiosity emerged in to my mind ,do the Limbu people simply wish to show their existence in the present transitional period of restructure of the nation or something else is hidden behind this movement .As a student of social science, I remembered sir Dor Bahadur Bista, who told nationalism is in crisis because of the regionalism before 25 years ago . The same hypothesis came to be true in course of reviewing literature about this movement.King Prithivi Narayan Shah had given certain land of the east Nepal to the Limbu people while conquering the Nation .He had fear with these Limbu people ,so he convinced them with the compermise that,he would grant the Kipat land to limbu people and for this the limbu people had to approv his activities and they would not attack him .Later The East India Company would attack and conquer Nepal in India .But they were also afraid of the physically strong and brave Limbu peoples . so they conspired to weaken Nepal by recuiting the Limbu peoples in their national Army. they forwarede the same policy by taking the rest of limbu people in their tea state- sikkim and darjilling .During this period, the local Brahmins were very claver because they would go Banaras , take study and come back to their own villages. Till this time the Brahmin had not so much land in the area of limbu people.Besides the king Prithivinarayan Shah had restricted the Limbu people from selling the Kipat Land .So now the educated and claver Brahmins conspired over the gentle Limbu People and in a Royal Visit they made the king to grant freedom of selling the kipat land as per their desire. Now the clever Brahmin captured the kipat land in their hands and made the remaining Limbu people penniless with different legal and administrative conspiration .Now a days the Limbu people have also been enlightened with education and knowledge. So they have also been struggling in quest of their originality. I think all the above facts are the basic background for their this movement .still I don’t think that their demanded area should be declared as the Limbuwan independent area and every thing there should be carried with the original Limbu custom, tradition and language .Because this area is also origin area of other cast and community . if we separate our nation with particular culture and language we will be entrapped in a very gloomy forest of undevelopment. So I ;d like to suggest these Limbu leaders to accept the existence of others too .
Posted by: Ramesh Bhattarai | अप्रील 26, 2007
East Nepal : Limbuwan Nepal…?
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