- INCORRECT USAGE: Indian Origin
Many media reporters often refer Madheshi as “Indian origin” people, while same is not used for the hill people. If Madheshi are Indian-origin people, so are the ruling class people (Bahun, Kshetri etc.) and even King’s dynasty. Madheshi and these ruling classes can be referred collectively as “Indian origin people” when contrasting with other Nepalese with Chinese/Tibetan origins, but this adjective should not be used only for Madheshi, specially while contrasting with the hill-people like Bahun/Kshetri.
- INCORRECT USAGE: Migrants
Madheshi are not migrants, but they have been living in Madhesh for thousands of years, since Vedic era. Janakpur is considered the capital of the Kingdom of Mithila. The kingdom of Buddha was there circa 2500 BC, Tirhut and other states were there. Shah kings didn’t take Madhesh as it was empty, they had to fight hard and use many mean tactics with Tirhut and other armies, to conquer it.
- INCORRECT USAGE: Indian people migrated into forest-cleared areas in Madhesh
Where massive forest clearing took place, like in Jhapa and Chitwan, it was not people coming from India, but people from hills who migrated there and occupied Madhesh. Many aborigines were replaced by these hill migrants, and forced to become bonded-labours.
- INCORRECT USAGE: Madheshi could not integrate into Nepalese society
Madheshi have been living in their own way for thousands of years, have their own language and culture; why should they change their way just because their lands came under Nepal 200 years ago? This demand is direct cultural imperialism. The rulers have been already forcing their culture, their language into Madhesh since it fell under Nepalese rule. Children must have to study in language of ruling-class, one cannot get any work done or get any job without using language of ruling-class, people were/are forced to wear the dress of ruling-class (daura-suruwal-topi), and yet you say Madheshi did not integrate into Nepalese society, and did not try to be Nepali?
- INCORRECT USAGE: They CAME to Nepal, they are not ORIGINAL Nepali
Madheshi didn’t come to Nepal, they have been living in Madhesh for thousands of years, whether it was known as Kingdom of Mithila, or Kingdom of Buddha, or Tirhut or other name. Madhesh became part of Nepal ONLY about 200 years ago, and thus Madheshi became part of Nepal.