8 Aug, Kathmandu – Speakers have said that indigenous nationalities are the identity of overall Nepal.
At a programme organised by Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) on the occasion 23rd World National Indigenous Day here today, they said that the role of indigenous nationalities was significant for independence as out of four martyrs who got martyrdom during the movement against the Rana regime, three were from indigenous community (Newar).
Saying Nepal got membership of the United Nations only after submitting the Ranjana script, the script of the Nepal Bhasa language, they said that people from indigenous community should not be discriminated as the second class citizens.
The speakers also demanded that language, culture and religion of indigenous nationalities be enlisted in the constitution, autonomous provinces be created and National Indigenous Commission be formed.
They also stressed that an Indigenous Nationalities Ministry should be set up.
On the occasion, Speaker Onsari Gharti said that although people have got the new constitution as per their aspiration since long, it has now become challenging for its implementation.
Gharti said that the indigenous nationalities are disappointed after the new constitution failed to incorporate their sentiments and this sentiment could be incorporated through constitution amendment.
Saying there should be proportional representation of indigenous nationalities in every organ of the state, Chief Whip of the Nepali Congress Chinkaji Shrestha drew the attention of the government to adopt the inclusive and proportional principle in days ahead.
Similarly, lawmaker of the CPN (UML), Sher Bahadur Tamang, said that sentiments of indigenous nationalities could be incorporated only if 70 per cent indigenous nationalities are elected at parliament and local-level.
Likewise, former Minister Indra Bahadur Gurung said that indigenous nationalities could not get their rights without agitation while Chairperson of Newa De Dabu, Nareshman Tamrakar, said that the constitution should be amended to address the demands of indigenous nationalities.