Jeet Bahadur Gurung, a happy watchman who greets him daily while coming and going to the India-Nepal News Society, is silent these days. Going through some kind of latent suffering. The person who is tickled by his cheerful commentary and naïve curiosity has a heart, his sad eyes as if he was asking, Shaam ji, what is happening?
New term of Nepalese citizenship: In fact Jeet Bahadur Gurung is among the nearly 60 lakh Nepalese citizens spread across the country, who live and work in India and who have never understood the difference between their birthplace and work place, nor the idea of leaving India. Nepali Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s India and Hindi statements and political upheavals there, constitutional amendment in Nepali Parliament on land dispute, clash on the border, construction of helipads and paths in the fog of apprehension, closure of Kali river bridge in Pithoragarh Knowing that the news of Nepalese citizenship for Indian daughters-in-law, and the latest news of Nepal’s offering of land to China, concerns them more for their future than they know about the historical relationship between the two countries. Works fastening. The reason for this assurance is not just the open border and the compulsion of passport-visa, There is also common Hinduism. Not only Hinduism, but also Buddhism. Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha, the originator of Buddhism, the birthplace of India, is in Nepal, while his nirvana site is in Kushinagar, India.
But the current development of India-Nepal relations is threatening the Gorkhas settled in India. About two years ago, the tension situation that had arisen in them over the news of the deadlock between India and Nepal on the Madhesi movement has returned. The Mumbai metropolis itself is home to more than fifty thousand Nepali Gurkhas. Probably more than any other city in the country. Most of them are engaged in works like Watchman and Cook. These Gorkhas extend to the rural areas of Rayagad, Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg in Konkan.
Gorkha of Mumbai more educated: There are between three and four lakh Nepalese Gorkhas in all the cities of Maharashtra. The Gurkhas of Mumbai are more educated and in better occupation. Many of them belong to the middle and upper classes. There are also celebrities like Gopikrishna, Sitara Devi, Ranjit Barot, Vinod Pradhan, Sushma Shrestha (dance, music, film) Jeetu Rai, Shiva Thapa and Sunil Chhetri (shooter, boxer and footballer) Lakshman Shrestha (art). After the abundance of chefs, cooks and waiters in the defense sector, security agencies and the hotel industry, the community is now trying to make a mark in the business and industry sectors as well. You can also see Nepali youth in doctors, engineers, scientists and other higher positions. I know many such Nepalese who have made their mark in difficult circumstances through struggle and living.
he need to eradicate prejudice: Prejudices have created an image in our mind that if someone is a Gurkha, he will definitely be a watchman, a waiter or a small-time laborer. We forget the biggest feature of Gurkhas, which is their fearlessness, hard work, devotion and honesty. The contribution of Gurkhas in patriotism and patriotism is no less than any other society. We forget that Gurkhas count among the bravest soldiers of the country’s armed forces. Then why is it that Nepalese Gorkhas hide their identity in home, neighborhood and office? Well now, there is improvement, but there has been a time when people in the community publicly hesitated to speak Nepali and celebrate their celebrations openly so that no one would die. There are many such maladies.
Rohit Pradhan, joint secretary of the Indian Gorkha Integration Association, says that sometimes we are called as Chinese. Another issue is the thousands of Nepalese girls battling poverty, exploitation and sexual diseases in the red light areas of Mumbai and other cities. As far as the issue of citizenship is concerned, the concerns of the Gorkhas settled in India should be removed from the government announcements issued from time to time. The Union Home Ministry’s statement that if a Gurkha is residing in India and has his Nepali citizenship, after his case was handed over to foreign tribunals amid questions arising on his Indian citizenship in some states including Assam. If there are valid documents to do, then it will not be considered as illegal migrant. Actually, this has been going on since the 1950 Friendship and Peace Treaty under which Nepali citizens enjoy the same facilities as Indian citizens.
Unbreakable Relationships: The current controversy is becoming serious. Before taking any step in this regard, we should think that the way in which the rhetorical rhetoric on regional nationalism is coming from both sides, is it appropriate for bilateral relations between the two countries? Nepal holds special significance in terms of our foreign policy due to the geographical, religious, historical, cultural and economic ties that have been in place for centuries. The deteriorating relations between the two countries can also become a headache in terms of threats like illegal migrant, fake currency, drugs and human trafficking. Gurkhas living in India realize this.