'Delhi HR group suspects RAW involvement in Madhesh turmoil'
In its latest briefing paper, the Asian Center for Human Rights based in New Delhi released September 1, 2009, suspects the role of RAW (Research and Analysis Wing, India) in flaring up violence in Nepal’s Tarai.
RAW is India’s notorious intelligence agency mostly involved in destabilizing neighboring countries more so, Nepal.
To add, RAW works directly under the command of the Prime Minister of India.
The briefing paper entitled, “Madhes: The challenges and opportunities for a stable Nepal”, the ACHR maintains that the media reports that claimed that RAW and other Indian Intelligence agencies of India have had links with the armed Madhesi groups as correct.
“Some news magazine reports suggest that RAW and other Indian agencies had been in close contacts with these groups. This is perhaps correct…”, the report mentions.
More interestingly, the report in an implied manner also holds the Indian government suspect and responsible for aiding the current Madhesh turmoil.
“The Indian State, not necessarily(?) is providing support to these groups”, the report states.
“…but the support to these groups is understood to be coming largely from the local politicians in Bihar and UP, not necessarily the Indian state”.
Importantly, the report further states:
“To be fair, India is in a hot seat. Kathmandu feels that it (read India) backs the Madhesi movement to undermine the Nepali State. Madhesi actors feel that India does not adequately back their movement, and only uses them as a bargaining chip with Kathmandu. But Delhi complicates the situation further by attempting to micro-manage party politics and sending multiple and conflicting messages to different actors. The top policy-makers have the institutional memory to know that encouraging identity chauvinism so close to the border will invite instability, but lower level state officials and non state actors may have a vested interest in fomenting a new conflict.