Kapilvastu, Nepal: A gathering and interaction 3 “Ja” campaign program has been held at Tharu Welfare Assembly in Gorusinge, Buddhabhumi Municipality-2 of Kapilvastu. “We fought for others hundreds of times; now let’s fight for ourselves for the last time was the slogan.
Addressing a program organized by Tharu Welfare Association Tharuhat (Tharuwan Joint Struggle Committee District Coordinating Committee Kapil Vastu), by Tharu Welfare Association central member Vishnu Kumari Chaudhary stressed on the need to address the demands of the Tharu community so as not to infringe on the rights of any caste.
Member Chaudhary also said that the Tharu Commission and other people were abused in the election in their name. Demanding the release of Tharu leaders including Resham Chaudhary and Laxman Tharu from the Tharu community, Chaudhary urged the general public to save their existence.
Explaining that “Ja” written on the banner of the interaction program means public awareness and mass mobilization, Chaudhary also said that there is no alternative to make the community aware for the benefit of the Tharu community.
Speaking on the occasion, Tharu Welfare Association central member Rukmini Tharu said that the Tharu community is not Hindus but Buddhists and it is important to adopt a strategy. Stating that the responsibility of ensuring the rights, interests and entitlements of the Tharu community lies with the younger generation, she stressed on the need to take the lead in every field including education and politics.
Taking into account the questions of the participants in the meeting, Tharu Welfare Association clarified the purpose of Tharu Welfare Association and mentioned that other than social work, Tharu Welfare Association’s policy is out of the question.
Stating that the Tharu youth generation should not remain silent to get the rights, there is no alternative for the Tharus across the country to move forward as one. She shared her experience of the “Jagran Abhiyan” from Mechi in the east to Mahakali in the west. Tharu expressed her experience that “During the campaign, a person asked me a question: ‘We have become the garbage thrown on the road.’
And I replied that yes, we have become garbage, but we are engaged in the campaign to make organic manure by collecting the same garbage in one place and one day we will take the same manure to the field. ”
Kishor Biswas, central member of the Tharuhat Tharuwan Struggle Committee, said that Tharus are used as a vote bank. He said that the communists used the Tharu community in the past with guns on their shoulders but now they have insulted the Tharu community.
Member Biswas said that the state has been imprisoning Tharu community leaders one by one since the Tharuhat movement in Tikapur.
Stating that existence of the Tharus is in a trap, he said that the Tharu community from East Mechi to West Kanchanpur would lose their belonging if they did not unite. He said that the Tharuhat Tarai and other parties formed in the past have used the Tharu community to commit suicide.
Stating that Tharus are dinosaur and powerful community of the country, he said that the Tharu community is the one to save Nepal. Member Biswas said that the campaign will be launched to save the identity of the troubled Tharu community, depicting the survival of the Tharu community. “It was used to provoke the Tharu community,” he said.
Similarly, former M.P Bishram Prasad Tharu said that Tharus need to be aware. He said that every Tharu leader and organization associated with Tharu would play an important role in saving the existence if they unite.
Tharu Welfare Assembly central members Janjir Prasad Tharu and Sumitra Tharu said it is important for Tharu people across the country to move forward unitedly for the rights, interests and entitlements of the Tharu community.
He said that the movement would be strengthened only if the Tharu leaders, who were living in jail during the Tharu movement, were relieved.
The gathering and interaction program was chaired by Tharu Welfare Assembly Kapilvastu District Chairman Uma Shankar Tharu.
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