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
We take pride in Sagarmatha and also Bhagwan Buddha. We should introspect as to what has been “our” contribution in the making of both. The tallest mountain landmark is the outcome of tectonic push against the bigger landmass creating the upward drift that created the Himalaya. Prince Siddhartha, on the other hand, was born 2556 years ago or 23 centuries before Nepal got unified under Prithivi Narayan Shah. Siddhartha is believed to have attained enlightenment at the age of 35 or around six years after leaving Kapilvastu.
All this pointed that the election will be held with public support despite efforts by those against it. But all that changed after three people were killed in Rajbiraj after the police opened fire on Madhesi Front cadres who were ‘hurling petrol bombs’ toward the venue where UML Chairman KP Oli had just finished his short address.
Men at work
Currently the larger part of our urban area resembles a war zone with bulldozers and mechanical diggers running amok. What is left behind the unfinished work typically consists of mangled water pipes, jumbled up and torn telephone and electric wires, mounds of dug earth and gravel heaps, unfilled ditches and incomplete manholes.
A great aviator in the Nepali skies
Deepak was not only a competent pilot but also someone who had the inner strength to always remain cool, calm, and collected. That nature helped him make a total of three emergency landings in his career as a pilot when he suddenly had to deal with technical malfunctions while flying an aircraft.
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.