In the Fulvariya village in the District of East Champaran in Bihar there was a meeting for unification of Hindus organised by youth from here. The information that we got about the country Nepal bordering this village arouses curiosity.
1. A village in which Nepali currency is accepted
The border of Nepal is two kilometers away from this village. Switching on the radio would start the Nepali radio station. Nepali currency is in rampant use in this village. One of the devout Hindu youths who purchased Sanatan Sanstha Holy texts of value of rupees 9 gave us a five rupee Nepali currency note (5 nepali rupees are equivalent to 3 Bharatiya rupees) and the rest in Bharatiya currency. When we asked the youths how the Nepali currency could be used in Bharat the youths said that it is accepted everywhere in this village. Though after leaving this village this note would become worthless for us, understanding their problem and out of curiosity we accepted that note.
2. Characteristics of the note
If you observe this note, it does not have the picture of a Nepali politician unlike Bharatiya notes which have picture of Mahatma Gandhi. It is an attempt to depict that the Himalayas are their legacy. In reality Himalays are a legacy of Bharat too which it needs to project to the world. Such efforts help in propagating our uniqueness. Nepal has accomplished that by depicting the Himalaya on the currency note. When will Bharat make such efforts?
Another specialty of this currency is that at the top of the note is printed the word ‘Shri’ which is the practice in Bharatiya culture when starting a letter. Shri means opulence and currency symbolises that. Only one question ruminated in my mind after seeing this note, when will ‘Shri’ appear on a Bharatiya currency note?
3. Unguarded border
The Bharat-Nepal border adjoining Fulvariya village is unguarded, there is not a single security guard. At a distance of 50 meters from here on the Bharatiya side were BSF soldiers. But they were not restricting movement between the two countries. Nepal did not have a single soldier guarding its border. We walked into their territory easily. As the border is unguarded Bharatiya labourers do farming in Nepal and vice-versa. Many Bharatiya farmers also have land on the border of Nepal and travel there daily, for farming.
4. A symbol of blended cultures
The region adjoining Nepal border in Nepal is called Madheshi. Bihari culture is followed here with respect to language and conduct. Bihari youths from Champaran District marry Nepali girls from Madheshi and vice-versa.
Due to the mission of spreading Spirituality we got an opportunity to see this blending of Bharatiya and Nepali cultures.