Limbuwan Bandha: Commuters Suffer as Calls for Identity Echo
The Limbuwan Bandha, a yearly event on July 22nd orchestrated by the Rashtriya Janamukti Party, has once again brought the transport market to a grinding halt, leaving long-distance commuters in a state of inconvenience.
For years, the Rashtriya Janamukti Party has marked the 22nd of July as a day of closure for Limbuwan, supported by other political parties and organizations advocating for identity recognition. This tradition stems from a historic event – the treacherous treaty signed on July 22, 1831, between the Gorkhali army and Limbuwan. This treaty marked the unfortunate merging of the sovereign nation of Limbuwan into Nepal, following a series of unsuccessful battles.
Since the year 2066, the Rashtriya Janamukti Party has been using this date to declare a one-day shutdown, symbolizing a black day in memory of Limbuwan losing its autonomy. This year, identity advocates have rallied behind the bandh as a protest against the name “Province 1 Koshi.” As the day unfolds, striking individuals have closed down prominent areas like Bhanuchok in Dharan, as well as the Main Chowk in Itahari, among other key locations in the eastern region. Essential services, including ambulances and milk vans, continue to operate amidst the shutdown.
Meanwhile, auto rickshaws, tempos, and motorcycles continue to traverse the inner roads, while educational institutions remain closed for the duration of the bandha. However, the absence of long-distance transport options has taken a toll on the general population, causing inconvenience and hardship. Bishnu Thamden, a prominent youth leader advocating for people’s liberation, has consistently called for a shutdown on July 22nd. This time, the demand is clear – the province’s name should reflect its identity as Limbuwan Kirat.
As the Limbuwan Bandh unfolds, the impact is felt by commuters and residents alike. The inconvenience faced by those who rely on long-distance transport highlights the importance of recognizing and respecting regional identities. The echoes of history still resonate in the calls for autonomy, urging authorities to consider the aspirations of the people.
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