20 jan 2010
The letter of memorandum
Honourable Prime Minister
Dr. Man Mohan Singh
The Government of India
South Bloc, Raisina Hill,
Embassy of India
Subject: Don’t interfere in the internal affairs of Nepal and return the encroached land back to her
On behalf of the Nepalese Solidarity Forum(NESOF SWISS) Switzerland, it is to draw your attention that we the migrant Nepalese people working in Switzerland are disappointed by the recent political dealings on the part of the Government of India. We strongly feel that such acts are at odds with the longstanding aspiration of peace and prosperity of the Nepalese people. You are aware that Nepal is now at a very serious crossroads at which Nepalese people are impatiently waiting for a forward-looking political way out from the constituent assembly. They are keen on establishing forever a New Nepal free of feudal exploitation and colonial domination.
In order to achieve this, Nepalese People have struggled for years. Mainly, the ten years of people’s war, and founded upon it, the United Mass Movement, April 2006, had played a decisive role to make the leadership of the old feudal system, the monarchy, kneel down before the people. The historical Constituent Assembly election took place and the first meeting of the Constituent Assembly formally declared Nepal a Federal Democratic Republic. With these historical events in the politics of Nepal, Nepalese People had considered that they were independent and sovereign. However, a series of happenings in Nepal show that bourgeois political parties, on the backing of external forces mainly the Indian State, have been creating hurdles in writing people’s constitution but pushing the country towards war. Your Army General’s insistence that Nepal Army is the only force that can fight Maoists in Nepal and no PLA in block, except individually, must be integrated has been echoed by the bourgeois parties in Nepal. It has stunned us.
More than 60 thousand hectares of Nepalese land has been enchroached in Indian territory of 54 different places, including Kalapani. Among 3558 boarderline pillars, only 2358 of them are in original position. There are also reports of thousands of Nepalese People being displaced due to encroachment. Beating, rape, looting, capture of land etc by Indian side is common in those areas. Apart from this, so many unequal treaties including the so-called ‘friendship’ treaty of 1950 have panicked us for several years.
We request Indian Government to acknowledge equal relation with Nepal based on the principles of Panchasheel. The land encroachment and border related disputes must be settled through bilateral talks in diplomatic levels. Since the boundary dispute between Nepal and India is connected to the history of Nepal, this should be resolved symptomatically by wider bilateral relations. Both the countries must initiate a dialog, set a joint surveying team and start scientific demarcation. Border control will also help stop the criminal activities carried through the existing porous border.
We therefore strongly demand for a positive approach from your side towards the logical conclusion of the peace process in compliance with the CPA, invalidation of the old unequal treaties and writing of the new ones for mutual benefit and establishment of friendly relation based on equality. We are hopeful that your role will lead to a positive result.
Nepalese Solidarity Forum(NESOF SWISS) Switzerland
19th, January , 2010