Kanhaiya Prasad Sah (pic), a motorcycle mechanic in Birganj, did not take part in protests till the last day, but he was a regular in the early days of the movement. He said he lost interest when he saw Madhesi leaders trying to finish off each other in Birganj.
“Everyone wanted to be our messiah, but nobody really cared about rising above caste and religion,” he says. “Each political party is trying to expand its base in Birganj, and even Baburam Bhattarai’s New Force is trying to gain a foothold here, but I don’t think there will be another uprising anytime soon.”
Most Madhesis feel embarrassed by the way their leaders conducted themselves in front of Indian leaders, or their involvement in black-marketing of fuel during the blockade. Sah says: “Our leaders must correct themselves to win our trust again.”
In Kathmandu this week, Madhesi leaders say they want to continue protests. But on the ground here, it looks like it is easier said than done. They first have to win back the trust of their own people.
Published – Nepali Times, On mar 10, 2016