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 how would you judge this article of prashant`s win ?
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Posted on 09-24-07 1:06 PM     Reply [Subscribe]
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I was really surprised when I read this article. Actually, I was very glad that Indians still know that Darjeeling, sikkim and all other parts belongs to Nepal and we want it! Guys, read this article...


The politics behind Prashant's Indian Idol win EnlargeIndian Idol contestants: Puja Chatterjee, Ankita Mishra, Emon Chatterjee, Prashant Tamang, Meiyang Chang and Amit Paul.

When he decided to try his luck at the Indian Idol reality show, winner Prashant Tamang probably did not dream that he would make it to the top.

Even if he did imagine that, the 24-year-old from Tungsung village in Darjeeling district could have never thought, even in his wildest dreams, that for many in Nepal his win would become a symbol of political victory over their southern neighbour India, frequently regarded as an arm-twisting bully.

For nearly two months, Nepal agonised over Indian Idol while its own contest Nepali Tara went ignored. Indeed, the Nepalese contest had to change its timing since no one watched it while it clashed with Idol.

Why would a nation ignore its own talents and devote its energies to promoting a singer whose ancestors originated from Nepal?

The answer is because, for many Nepalese, Darjeeling is still part of Nepal.

In the 19th century, Darjeeling and other parts of Sikkim had been annexed by Nepal. However, as the British East India Company tried to open trade routes to Tibet via Sikkim, Nepal waged war against the Company and lost.

As a result, it was forced to sign the Sugauli Treaty and withdraw from all the territory it had occupied in Sikkim, Kumaon, Garhwal and much of the Terai.

Though the British found it difficult to govern the Terai and restored some of it to Nepal, Darjeeling, Kumaon and Garhwal remained part of British India.

When India obtained independence in 1947, Nepal hoped to get back its wrested land but did not.

Since then, the dream of achieving a "Greater Nepal" some day in the future with the lost area still remains in the mind of the Nepalese.

Royalists had been demanding a Greater Nepal and the Maoists, the opponents of the royalists, want it as well, demanding that the Sugauli Treaty be scrapped.

There has been no formal treaty between Nepal and India after 1947, even after Sikkim's merger with India in 1975, which Nepal regards as the annexation of Sikkim.

Nepal still does not formally recognise Sikkim's "annexation", nor has India sought recognition from Nepal.

Therefore Nepalis still regard Darjeeling as a part of Nepal that should be restored and Prashant Tamang is considered a Nepalese.

His victory Sunday therefore is the victory of Nepal over India in a way, which is why, despite his Indian citizenship, the fact that Prashant speaks Nepali at home, which constitutionally is an Indian language as well, is being regarded as evidence of his being a Nepalese.

Ironically, actress Manisha Koirala, who carved a niche in Bollywood, was never an icon in Nepal.

One reason was probably because she came from one of Nepal's most influential families and the average Nepali did not identify with her.

Her popularity also took a dive after she supported King Gyanendra when the king tried to seize absolute power through an army-backed coup.

Nepalis feel that Manisha obtained stardom with the help The politics behind Prashant's Indian Idol winof the Indian film industry, she did not "defeat" thousands of Indian contenders to attain success.
Posted on 09-24-07 1:12 PM     Reply [Subscribe]
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articles r written by intellectuals whereas country is run by politicians who don have brains.nothing much!

Posted on 09-24-07 1:45 PM     Reply [Subscribe]
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well said high voltage.............................I firmly believe that Darjeling, Sikim and all the land British India took from nepal should be returned...since there is no formal take over......It was the British who took it from Nepal so British government should also be pressurized along with the Indian government to hand back land that actually belongs to Nepal.....................and the only way I see it happening is by immense international pressure..............our government is apuppet to India...unless we have an anti India leader who is not scared of India.............
Posted on 09-24-07 2:19 PM     Reply [Subscribe]
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The question is, do you think the people of Darjeeling & Sikkim care about merging with Nepal???

Folks in Sikkim are pretty well off. They have decent jobs, nice houses and most folks have a car. Now why would folks from Sikkim who are living peacefully want to join Nepal whose Govt. is a joke and un-peaceful all the time?

As far as I know, a lot of folks in Nepal think people from Darjeeling are no good. I have seen & heard many folks in Ktm say these guys from Darj are hawa and these gals from Darj have loose character. And most of these folks have double standards.

BTW, I am from Ktm.
Posted on 09-24-07 3:42 PM     Reply [Subscribe]
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High Voltage said it very well we are being destroyed by brainless leaders.
I agree with that Darjelling Sikkim, Kumau Gadhwal shuld be part of Nepal but there is not much we can do about it. Only thing we can do is that to protect and save what we have.

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