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 Citizenship issue used as a political tool by jokers
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Posted on 06-22-20 2:58 AM     Reply [Subscribe]
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So, there has been a clear division between the Communists and the rest on this issue of naturalized citizenship to the women who are married to Nepali citizens. The women have to wait for seven years to become a “Nepali,” while the males married to Nepali women can never be a Nepali. That is very strange. It is absolute discrimination.

People with legal background have illuminated on this issue. Nepal’s new law seems to be informed by the Indian citizenship law that requires seven years to be naturalized. So is it s tit-for-tat? Maybe, but it is more of a political stance of the Communist and the other political parties too who support immediate citizenship.

In reality, these laws have not been able to work accordingly. In the border region, many Indians have dual citizenship. If needed, some money will get you citizenship. There are reported to be few ministers in the Nepal government who have dual citizenship but are hiding the Indian nationality.

The question we need to ask is this: Why the citizenship law? Of course, the simple precept is that those born in the country will be more patriotic and will work for the benefit of the country. People born outside the country, cannot be loyal and work for the benefit of the adopted country. Hence there is a law in The U.S. that prevents naturalized citizens to hold the highest office. Yes, that is why the famous Austrian immigrant to the U.S. Arnold  Schwarzenegger could and did become the governor of California, the most populated and largest state in the nation, but he cannot run for the presidential election. This is one time when he cannot say, “I’ll be back.”

The automatic citizenship is based on two fundamental precepts. Jus soli and jus sanguinis. Jus soli is based on being born on the soil of the country, something the U.S. recognizes hence has been abused by immigrants to have what is known as the “anchor baby.” Women have traveled to the U.S. to have babies there so that they are automatically U.S. citizens. Jus sanguinis is based on ancestry, the blood lineage. Nepal practices this ancestral citizenship right, not birth.

Jus matriomii, related to marriage, is the tricky one. Usually, the world accepts that the women will take the citizenship of the husband’s country. But how long do they have to wait? When will they take their adopted land as their homeland? Well, it does take some time to change nationality. If a woman has to wait for seven years, is that not itself a cause for disparity and rights in their family? While the alternative proposed by those who say “sindoor and citizenship” together, might also be a little troublesome. While the social, economical and property rights might be attained sooner, political rights are the cause of concern. Given the case of Sarita Giri, the concern is genuine. However, there are already checks for them in Nepal’s constitution.

The crux of the matter is that the Communist Party chose to impose seven years wait as a political tool. They felt that after the new Nepal map and amendment of the Constitution, they are perceiving that the people are on their side and this would exploit their nationalistic stance.

In case of Nepal, this is ironic. These same politicians and the Communist party that sees threats from giving citizenship to married women are the ones hell-bent on passing MCC, totally handing over the sovereignty to a foreign business entity. What is this duplicitous character? Nepal is under threat from these leaders than the married women who might be married to Nepalis males. These ancestral citizenship holders are shameless, immoral, and traitorous leaders.  

Given that the citizenship law of Nepal is already discriminatory against women, this should not come as a surprise. However, the main lesson for us is that in light of the history of distribution of citizenship in millions to Indian nationals in the past, and the ease with which citizenship is sold in the border area, these politicians are the real posse that pose the greatest threat to Nepal.

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If you have to put a finger on one thing that caused many government change in Nepal, about 17 governments, in last 20 years, is directly and indirectly related with India. I am not saying India changed the government in Nepal. It is the Nepali politics that changed the governments. One politician will go to India and make a deal for a project because Nepal has no company big enough to take on the big projects. Other party will seize this opportunity to use anti-India sentiment to topple the government and come to power. The deal may not be fair, but deal is a give and take. The bigger party will generally take a bigger piece.

Hope this will reduce the Indian fear in Nepali politics. And, young Nepali people will be able focus on their career and family, and not worry about India.
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As long as Nepal elect rulers who have an inferiority complex, bows to the White and the Indian masters, then there is no hope for progress here. Nepal needs leaders who understand the international system, their own history, and Vedic culture, and goes to politics actually to serve not for power and name. A person who has embraced the truth and lives in truth will raise the status of all around her.
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Yes. Nepal is at crossroad at the moment with MCC and citizenship bill. My personal opinion is that, anyone married to a nepali will need to wait at least 15 years to be recognized officially as a nepali. Each country has its own culture, history, demography and geography. What is applied in the US or in Europe should not be automatically applied to Nepal. My physical structure, size, taste in style and color might not be suitable to wear a navy blue sized L blazer. So just because an American wears it does not mean it should be forced on me.
Nepal is stuck between two of the most populated countries in the world, of which one has made it clear that it wants to gobble up Nepal.
India's main strength is its gigantic population. It uses them to spread lies like the birth country of Bouddha, why Nepal never got colonized by the british, its own history mixing up India a country with India a sub-continent, etc etc. It believes that a lie repeated many times by billions of people will one day become truth. This seems to work as many foreigners believe it.
It has used its population to annex Sikkim. The recent change of Kashmir's status in Indian constitution will now give hindu Indians the right to buy lands and houses in Kashmir. The muslim majority of Kashmir in few years will find themselves in minority. Then again a referendum will take place and Kashmir will forever and officially belong to India.
So yes one needs to wait 15 years to become a Nepali. That's my opinion.

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