A must readable article by Rewati Raman Dhakal, Biratnagar
“Nepal is one of the poorest country in the globe”. I knew this when I was in primary school. “Untouchability, poverty and disparities I see when I was in secondary level”. I found Nepal under debt a decade before in newspaper. But I didn’t paid concern because I was indulged in my solo business study, searching job, doing job.
But few months ago, when I meet a new friend I got the chance to encounter and deepen with the some truth regarding Nepal. My new friend was friendly and he had a positive view towards Nepal. I shared him about my studies, association with social institution and my job as well. He was Michel from South Africa. He had completed his university from USA and later he started his career from internationally recognized organization. He had already served in Burundi, Iraq, Afghanistan and some more countries around the world. We talked on the several topics and issues. I shared him about Nepali people, culture and especially about my community.
He was upset by incessant bandha asserted by different parties, groups, institution and people. The haphazard traffic mechanism which allow the domestic animals in highway and subway, poor literacy rate, unequal access on quality education, the gap between have and have not, the rampant child labor, the harshening dowry system and incompetent government to hold the constituent assembly election and to establish rule of law.
During our conversation, he emotionally and with sympathy said a word “You are behind”. I surprised, listening the word “You are Behind” because I used to think myself a successful, aware and independent youth. I have had always anticipated a wonderful future for my family and myself being brought up well with good schooling, good job and a bit of inheritance property as well.
After an hour long chat we departed for that day and later I interrogated myself in silence…. Am I only behind? Is rampant child labor only my fault and weakness? Have I ever played any role to dysfunction the socio economic situation through appealing bandha? Is it me, who is responsible to break the traffic rule and factors to foster dowry in society? Could I alone bridge and narrow down the gap between have and have not and demolish the rooted corruption? Could I play an important role to hold the constituent assembly election?
Analyzing the word “you are behind” I discovered that I alone is not behind. We nearly three crore Nepalese people are simultaneously behind. I realized that constituent assembly election to built new Nepal is an aspiration of Nepalese people. Dowry, child labor, recurring bandha, corruption gap between have and have not, illiteracy are the common challenge to all of us. My new friend Michel might have said the word “You are behind” after listening superstitious practices in our culture and from his personal experience, observation, reading and analysis.
My visit to new friend taught me an important lesson in my life. That “Single prosperity has a mere value and it cannot be perpetuated for a long time”. Because he would not have said the word “you are behind” knowing my academic and financial status. But he told to me the word “You are Behind” in aggregate, according to the ongoing situation of Nepal and HDI. I learn, man being a social being his/her identity is appended with his family, friends, community, culture, and nation. Individual identity gives us pleasure or woe only when one is alone. When we join the family, community, groups and institution new identity add with us. Like, when we are at home we are son/daughter, when we are in job we are either account officer, doctor, secretary, surgeon, engineer, professor and more. Similarly in world cup, when Romario shoot goal we say Brazil won the game.
I realized that personal prosperity and identity is not enough. To heighten the status of nation is a prime challenge to Nepalese now because our goodwill and fame have been overshadowed by internal conflict, Corruption and bandha which has paralyzed the system and worsen the identity and dignity. So, I would like to request all Nepalese people from different walks of life to work genuinely to demolish the bad practices, disparities to uplift the status of nation As we have the song gaun… gaun bata utha basti basti bata utha, yo desh ko muhar pherna lai utha. Because, if we want to widen our identity up to international arena our nation should be well recognized first. And if we want to boom your dignity then nation’s identity should flourish first. So, let’s work honestly to uplift the status of nation and for positive transformation.