Kathmandu, July 31:

Litterateurs from the indigenous communities have been protesting against the recruitment of Nepali youth in the British Gurkha Army. They claim it only promotes imperialism. Many litterateurs in their creative works have highlighted that the Gurkha recruitment is an

‘injustice’ to the Nepali indigenous communities and thus the recruitment must immediately stop. They, however, have not been able to provide solution to the consequences following the termination of the recruitment. “The Rana rulers permitted recruitment of Nepali youth in the British Army to save their dictatorial regime. The recruits have been used to fulfill the interest of the imperialists,” said Bhogiraj Chamling presenting a paper on “Trend of Nepali Literature and Ethnic Problem” organised by Samanwaya Publications. “The Gurkha soldiers have also been used to crush the voice of the indigenous communities who demand their rights at various parts of the world.”

Literary works written on the theme of exploitation of the simple Nepali youth by the British include Kunjini by Laxmi Prasad Devkota, Letter from Lahure-1 and 2 and Lahure Ful: Ma Timro Nam Ferna Chahanchhu by poet Tirtha Shrestha, Aakash Ganga ko Tirai Tir, a novel by Ganesh Rasik’s and Daya Krishna Rai’s poem Lahure ko Katha ra Japan Ko Byatha including several others. Chamling further said that the new generation of the litterateurs from indigenous communities have started writing on cultural awareness and ethnic pride by rooting out their age-old inferiority complex.

“The only reason behind the misfortune of the indigenous people is the monarchy and that is why a number of promising poets from the indigenous communities are raising their voice for a republican set up through their creation,” he said. They have also been actively disclosing the injustice meted out to them by the State, opposing the parliamentary system for not being able to cater the problems of the workers from the ethnic communities and are also demanding autonomous regions, Chamling further said in the paper. The new generation litterateurs including Bhupal Rai, Sravan Mukarung, Rajan Mukarung, Upendra Shrestha, Hangyug Agyat, Kumar Lingden, late Swopnil Smriti all have been opposing the imposition of Hindu religion to the indigenous people.