A letter to our Honorable Prime Minister
A young Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes died on November 27 from the head injury he got from cricket ball on the field. Kabul was bombed once again. Pakistani actress Veena Malik Bollywood was sentenced to 26 years in prison on blasphemy charge.
We all Nepalese were glued to our television sets watching with pride our honorable Prime Minister –as the chairperson of the SAARC – sitting beside other executive heads of the SAARC countries in the podium. We watched treaties being signed and saw Modi and Sharif shaking hands.
The job was well done to decorate the Kathmandu Valley, and rightly so, to welcome the delegates. But, do we pull our socks right here and end?
As a young breed of Nepal, I do not wait until the date for the promulgation of constitution by the Constituent Assembly (CA) crosses yet again to make my voice.
We were sad to have missed the first date of May 28, 2010. We were surprised when the CA was dissolved by the Supreme Court a year later, although we were most likely to miss another date anyway. Elections and new 601 CA members; and we sincerely hope 22 January is the deadline.
Time and again a new "superstar" emerges from a different party claiming the post of prime minister. We definitely do not lack leaders; all we lack is leadership.
I speak as one of the younger generation, which is referred to as the backbone of any country. We don’t blame His Excellency Sushil Koirala alone for the faults in Nepal’s politics surely. We all are a part of it.
We do realize that Nepal is in transition phase. A phase that began with royal family massacre in 2001, then the end of monarchy in 2008 to make way for a Federal Republic Nepal.
We do realize Nepal's journey has been tough. It had to lag behind by 10 years due to the decade-long conflict.
We do understand that even though revolution might occur late, no time is wrong time for it.
But the face of ‘Naya Nepal’ is mostly a comic show. Haami sahmati ko prakriya ma chaun (We are in the process of forging consensus) has become the most comical statement ever conveyed to Nepalese. It is high time that the party’s interest didn’t contradict a nation’s interest.
We rightly agree with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi's view: to frame a constitution not on the basis of majority but consensus.
It has become clear now that India or any other country is not interfering in internal politics of Nepal. This is a plea from a young Nepali to Nepal's prime minister. You are the pen, we are the ink. What’s stopping you to write a country’s destiny?
Lighting up the capital was not an end but a beginning towards infrastructure development, implementing the power treaties, scaling the economies upwards, and to write the constitution on time. We wish that the morning of 23rd January, 2015 will not be the morning incompleteness and rage. Here is a tweet sized tale dedicated to you, Prime Minister:
Mats laid for namaz
Hands joined in prayer
Minds bent into silence
A bird sparkling to fly
For all of them,
The flight of hope is yet to take off
Challenges for reconstruction
One of the major challenges faced in the reconstruction process of Nepal is the absence of elected local government. Lack of government in local level was reflected in the major pre-disaster and post-disaster events, where it took months to reach the affected region and still no widely-accepted data is available. In the absence of an elected local government, top-down approach of governance has its own accountability deficit.
Apil KC/Keshab Sharma
Making sense of Adityanath's rise in Modi's India
The most notorious incitement of communal hatred by Adityanath was his exhortation to 'kill ten woh log ['them' meaning Muslims]' rather than knocking the doors of legal system 'if one Hindu is killed' in riots.
Kathmandu means so much to me, and it looks like for people who promise to be the agent of change for the better, their own names mean a lot. A lot more than Kathmandu it seems.
Identity and nationhood
Whoever says nationhood is not important would be lying. For example, belonging to a particular nation may give certain advantages to a person that one belonging to another nation would not get.
Traffic Police in Kathmandu
As busy and hassling as the traffic system in Kathmandu is, the Traffic Police here have to handle an equally strenuous job. Over 1,400 traffic officers in and around the Kathmandu Valley battle against the pestering traffic and air pollution each day.
Menstrual taboo outdated
I have seen my sisters and friends isolated and treated in discriminatory manner during their first menstruation cycle. They were not allowed to look at the sun, to touch water source, flower, fruits, any male family member, nor even hear their voice. The activist may claim the situation has changed and I do agree but still during every month my loved ones turns into untouchables beings.