It is not new for a Nepali to hear this. If there is a group of people gathered with some flags, no matter what the occasion may be, we hear “jindabaad” and “murdabaad”.
It was Prithivi Jayanti. The birthday of the king who ‘united’ Nepal. There is always a debate though, did he unit Nepal or expanded the then Gorkha kingdom? Anyways, at least, for now we have one ‘single’ Nepal.
My point here is something else.
Most of the time, I see Nepali people being so energetic and enthusiastic about chanting jinda-murdabad. It was PN Shah’s birthday, why not just wish him Happy Birthday, offer flowers and leave? Instead they were chanting slogans against the government, other leaders and political parties.
Not to forget the traffic jam created by the mass in front of Singha Durbar. Nowadays, people gather so easily for a rally and jinda-murdabad thing. What if they cleaned the streets with the same enthusiasm?
I feel really bad seeing Nepali people who waste their time and energy in the name of patriotism: wastetriotism.