Thursday, September 15, 2016

Gagan and his controversies

In recent years, Nepal’s political culture has seen changes from variation of leaders who have come from vested interest to being burden to the name of leadership. There are few who have spoken thunder words and when the time came they did nothing. Just like that Nepal's political world has again seen some changes in facing the so called political changes where a young political leader Gagan Thapa has been made Health minister. Gagan who is in his late thirties represents the young group of leaders who have been seen pointing fingers at their own party of orthodox party politics and sad political culture.
Though regarded as a dynamic youth leader but his popularity decreased with the limitation of his controversies.
 In his past he was seen voicing issues against Ghaite, one of the most wanted criminals in Nepal police who was shot dead by the Nepal police. Ghaite was a hardcore criminal who was politically linked and Gagan was seen voicing human rights issues against the killing of Ghaite. Apart from that in yet another controversial issue, he was seen supporting “IAMWITHDRKC” Campaign.

This campaign has been going on since past few years in context of brining transparency and accountability in the health industry. Prior being a minister he was noted and reported voicing support to DR KC’s campaign but now after being the same health ministry he is silent about the issue.
May be he is working towards studying the issue but from his side these days he lacks speaking anything about the campaign and the whole issue.
I think Nepal’s political culture needs a fresh starts where morale, ethic and values need to be recrafted within the political culture and practice. If you look at current practice political leaders of Nepal like dogs, they bark in ways of catching attention but when it comes to action they are like balloons.

The lack of leadership and the generation gap in Nepal’s political culture has frustratingly resulted in involvement of crime, corruption and compromise of public welfare where political leaders are busy in creating values for their post and position. Public welfare has just been an issue of debate and controversy that not only gives them opportunity to manipulate. Nepal needs new face for leadership in defining the role and governance of public welfare. Public governance or welfare need better address in terms of real time action and practice. Government’s role should not just be prescribed to limitation of bureaucracy but should be proactive in safeguarding the rights and responsibility of people. 

           

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Once again demeaning and insulting add

 


There has always been biasness in regards to cultural values and tradition in the context of protecting one's language and culture. We are very sentimental and enclosed to our heritage and tradition. Especially in the context of Nepal when you talk about the big brother attitude of India, time and again we have encountered advertisement insulting Nepalese community. This has been a major issue of the anti-Indian feeling where bullying another community in terms of making mockery is just not new. It has been part of the entertainment industry where Nepalese people and their community have to face this. India is a big country where Nepalese community and Nepali Language  is a part of their region and time they are subjected to such kind of acts.

From the Gurkhas bridge to the history of people who are world renowned in the world for their heritage of bravery have been insulted time and again in the various form of showcasing weak mentality.

The Gorkha Samaj in India has filed a case against Indian Online Shopping Company Flipkart accusing of presenting a Nepali minor as a sentry wearing  a Nepali Bhadgaunle cap, constituting disgrace to the entire Nepali community in the world, reported Indian media.










Sunday, August 7, 2016

Nominations of Ambassadors pulled back



The Prachanda Led Government has withdrawn the nominations of 14 individuals for ambassadors. The government has widened the distance among the political parties after withdrawing the names while the nominees were waiting for the parliamentary hearing.The meeting of the Council of Ministers on Friday had withdrawn the names of 14 individuals from the nomination as they were recommended by the previous government.

How practical is it that every 9 months the government will be changing and every new government will be withdrawing the name list of people forwarded for the position by the previous government.

The current practice by the Prachanda's led government has shown a sad practice of political culture and difference in between the political scenario of Nepal. By pulling off the people, they have shown the bad politics and manipulation in the name of leadership and power.

In Nepal, the political culture is highly influenced by nepotism, corruption, power and manipulation, where people and their voices are the last steps to the main objective of position and power.





Monday, July 18, 2016

Aditya Dahal, Google boy receives 10 million from the state

With controversy, the KP Oli led Government on Friday has decided to provide Rs 10 Million assistance to the Aditya Samrakshan Pratisthan (Aditya Protection Foundation), an organization formed to take care of Aditya Dahal, the Google boy.

The Cabinet meeting approved the  decision to support the five-year-old  boy who suffers from physical disabilities since his birth. He recently returned to Nepal from San Francisco after a medical tour which was supported by the Nepal Government.

The Nepal Government favoring Aditya has certainly questioned the transparency and public governance in terms of social welfare.

After the decision, people have taken their frustration to social media where they are raising voices aginst the decision.
Why should Aditya's foundation be supported by the government ? He is not a star nor a social personality who has contributed to the society. The government's decision of helping the foundation certainly highlights a lack of transparency and vision.  

People have been questioning the government about the decision. The reality is if the government starts to donate 10 million to every foundation like this, There are more than 1000 foundations registered which are genuinely working for the cause.

What would be an impact for those organization who are working for the cause, shouldn't they all be getting the same amount ?


     


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Fake Certificates are not a problem but needs better solution

These days the Nepal Government is interrogating and investigating certificates of most of the bureaucrats and other professionals in cross checking their validity. The Nepal Government and its concerned Departments are checking and confirming the originality of certificates obtained from various institutions which was submitted by the officials while applying for civil servant post and other important position in public welfare policy.

It is certainly wrong  to obtain an advance degree or to apply for a job on the basis of false certification or certificate but with a huge numbers turning around, it seems like a chronic problem.
Every other individual in a government department is coming up with the issue, it seems there is some problem with the overall education system of Nepal which is stagnant and rigid towards adapting and listening the voices of public.

So what is it that makes the people use fake certificates?

  1. Limited orthodox course study  
  2. Lack of vision and expertise in designing the education system
  3. Lack proper policy 
  4. Lack of development and research
  5. Lack of leadership 
  6. Orthodox mentality of education and knowledge based on certificates 
  7. Lack of proper skill based education 
  8. Limitation of  growth and development of industry
  9. Certification more powerful than skills
  10. Public policy weakening 
One of the amazing thing is these people who are allegedly caught with fake certificates are skilled professionals who are currently working in the society with high reputation and high performance level. Its not that they are not doing their job properly but its their credibility and accountability on the part of their morale and ethic that has been questioned

I think its one of the major problem of our society that has a preconception of  focusing and understanding the importance of high marks and percentage. when you score a high marks you have to study science or engineering, it doesn't matter what the interest of the child is but his scores matters. So these kinds of preconception have been predominant in practice. Similarly, the tendency of focusing certain field of study to certain marks and percentage is also another problem where a child scoring less percentage has a restriction of joining management and humanities only. I think its these pre-conception that are ruling and motivating the use of fake certificates.
    
By saying this I am not in support of fake certificates but I am against the orthodox education system that manipulates and produces students that are like vegetables. I am against the education system that fails to update against the modern development and growth where knowledge is pride more than certificates.

"Apart from that specially if you look at the trend of migrating workers every other person has a fake certificate as one of the government has set normal standard of education for applying through the legal channel to be minimum SLC and they acquire it by paying a minimum amount of money, " said a Foreign migration" agent in condition of anonymity.

Likewise, it is a sad situation in this country that it requires no education or standard to be politician but it requires a top level mindset and competency to work for the Nepal Government Bureaucracy.

One cannot just image when a non educated illiterate politician  would advice a MBA joint secretary to do a job properly. One can just imagine the frustration and level of absurdness.

But this is reality and what has been happening people who work professionally need certificate but people who are responsible for the public do not require any level of education        



Sunday, June 12, 2016

Ban the Military Grade Guns from public reach

United States(US) has always been very liberal and open  about its gun policy. Every now and then there has always been a great debate about the gun policy  and its regulation. Similarly, every time when there is an event of mass massacre or killing, the issue of public access of Arms has always confronted the public policy of US with a hard hitting punch of reality where it has been escaping the issue under the scope and role of personal security.

It's a sad reality but US government has been ignoring the reality behind the fact that more and more people are getting killed due to easy access of Arms and ammunition than any other cause.  

Looking at the mentality of people in US, the point of being safe with a gun is more prized then the point of guns falling into the wrong hands which is more vulnerable  seems radically ignored. I am not an expert in management of legal arms and ammunition  and its law but I feel the public should have limitation and regulation in terms of  access to the military grade weapon. I mean to say its military grade that is optimized for maximum performance which needs to be understood and researched. There is no point in arguing whether there is a right to security or not but giving access to the public to military grade arms is something like giving ticking time bomb to a kid.    

The Orlando shooting in the pulse restaurant is yet another example of weakness of the limitation of gun policy. Omar Mateen, used an AR-15  a military grade assault rifle to kill 49 people,  and 53 more sustaining injuries. As of now report suggest Mateen legally purchased the two guns used in the attack from a shop in Port St. Lucie two weeks before the shooting.

I believe US being the most powerful country is vulnerable when its comes to its internal policies, it need to open up in terms of standardizing the policy and facilitate the public with the priority of security only. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Kalo Pothi a different movie in the face of Maoist struggle



Watching #KaloPothi was yet another pain in the face of #Development, with so many awards and critically claiming to be one of the best movies but I was fairly happy with the movie. I felt the movie was made targeting abroad screening and for international awards.  It was more of a story of a small boy who went through the violence and stress of social cultural barriers. One thing that I like about the movies was the entrepreneur skill and the rich casting. The movie moves around the whole story of a Hen and I guess it prioritizes and symbolizes the role of females in our society and their struggle for upliftment as well.  

The movie run around the time of  2001, during the  ceasefire. Prakash and Kiran, are two young boys in their teens who are close friends and study in the same school. Though close friends but they are culturally  divided by their caste system and financial position. The whole story moves around the friendship of  Kiran and Prakash  and about the missing hen left by Prakash's  sister who join Maoist in view of her social discrimination and poverty. The duo start their journey with in action and events of the fragile ceasefire and social discrimination.

A very simple story with a different angle, I must say. Right now the Nepali movie industry is following into the league of capitalizing the trend of indigenous people and focusing more towards cashing the popularity of dalit issue. The movie is also more aligned of getting more edge over the international awards and cultural aspect of emotionally blackmailing the viewers.

Gauging more to the climax, It focuses to a different perspective of a young boy who experiences  the trauma of seeing, feeling and being part of the violence and killing. The movie niches down to an attitude of a common man mentality and cultural difference of Mugu where the great cinematography and story-line rules in. Though the movie is a lame in its beginning but it hits back in its climax with the scenes. In discrete way of understanding the racism  and difference of cultural upholding but to a brighter side it also shows the importance of education and how people of lower communities are taking up education as a solution for their upliftment. 


In view of the violence the movie also takes into account the illegal killing and sad story of innocent people who suffered the consequences of being part of the Maoist struggle.  


Though various International Development organization and other Non Governmental Organization have been lobbying the issue of cultural discrimination but  the movie highlights a different image of a #Dalit or indigenous people studying at the same local school. It may be a cliche to the whole aspect of social cultural debate but poverty is something that certainly has a price and its very hard which is the same every where. 


The movie majorly focuses on the perspective that widens the horizon of how minority group of people  adapted the trends of struggle and #Violence  during those days. It depicts the gap between the real political scenario of what happened and how it was portrayed.
#Equality survived ages of contemplation in the brink of #Change 
where it searches new meanings of adaptation and social collaboration

A perspective of the unknown eyes that seamlessly searches for the basic, a boy felt and wanted. It was just some smiles of happiness that perishes in the bloods of innocent people fighting the great #Janayuddha or the political constipation of power and regime...


"Kalo Pothi is the first Nepali feature film to be featured, nominated for and win the International Film Critics’ Week of the prestigious Venice Film Festival. "

Sunday, June 5, 2016

No Governance at public Departments of Nepal



If you talk about the current situation in most of public departments of Nepal then its very sad in terms of providing services and facilities. Though these department  are established with the motive to provide  public with  services and facilities  but then  there is a huge gap of  corruption and nepotism that goes around. These public departments are not monitored nor are the Civil servant staff trained to treat the public in proper way.

It always my way or highway where the public are bound to suffer the consequences of bad services and facilities. Today #WED2016  I went to the Department of Transportation and Management (DoTM) for my pollution sticker. I was firm about my rights and what I need to do so I was not framed but despite that I was asked to use and I refused it.

I believed that for change you have to stand up from inside, so my take was that on Environment Day 2016 no matter what I would take the Vehicle Pollution Test and get a green sticker. It is my responsibility at individual level to promote pollution free vehicle and I think what better to do it than today.

While waiting for my turn, I was surprised to hear the stories of People and the current agent trend that is adapting upon the public services which is directly promoting corruption to a new level.

You cannot make things happen or cannot do a public work without the agents. You have to pay extra money to hire an agent for the quick services. If you try to do the job yourself it will probably take ages not because you will have troubles knowing  the public but the staffs won't cooperate. The problem here is not the cooperation but the adaption of the agents services in public services and governance. These agents are so powerful that they have their own affiliation and working strategy.

The staff are  rude and they just out lash their  frustration upon the public like anything. It completely  impossible to even deal with them at person level.

 Another sad Aspect of sad public governance is the public line up from 4 AM for the application submission of driving licence and still after waiting in the line for hours they are turned down depending upon the random number of application accepted by the DoTM staff.

Sad Reality but yes there is no public service or governance in Nepal.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

what is a BLOG?


Personally, I think Blog is a form of expression in a desired way. It is a free way and will of expression that has no limitation of boundaries. You blog because you want to express and that's what make it beautiful. It's you and your voice with no minimum level of adulteration of any sort of fake expressions.  It has no interpretation and meaning, it is your voice for the action and things happening around you. It is closely related to a distinct human behavior that is more subjective to resistance and survival.

As said we humans survived the evolution process because we could always fight and voice our will. I guess blogging is yet another adaptation of will and survival that has evolved in the most protagonist way in materializing the form of a skill.

Its a free will of connected words in creating a meaning.  

I think its the inner side of your voices and experiences that comes out in available form of communication or social media or through your actions. Defining and contrasting it within a pattern or limitation is not a blog but a more precise form of tactile writing.

To be very specific blogging may be an interest but for most of the people its a repercussion of interest that comes with a feeling of expression. It may be a series of expression but it has various sides of collaboration and condition which needs to be understood.

As per person and case, Blogging comes as an addiction to speak against action or against impunity or writing in terms of easing your thoughts and cognitive process.  The visibility and clarity  of what you see and  think is something that completely affects your blog.

You can just release your frustration or anger with your words that are more effective to express in terms of human behavior.

I say "Blogging is a silent art of fighting that has more power and conviction to fight against impunity or for justice."  


 


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Everest at its peak of its limitation: 464 people in 4 days

Opening after 2 years, this season Everest seems to be overcrowded with people and more excitement. After the  devastating earthquake things have completely changed, the numbers have gone up with more people coming back to scale Everest.  It has been officially reported that around 464 climbers, have been scheduled to climb Everest in the next four days. Surprising but its true, though many tourists and climbers died last season during the devastating earthquake  still the name and fame of Everest has not gone down. But 464 people in 4 days seems like over the top number but the reality bites. I think the Government of Nepal needs to seriously think about these high numbers. Its a complete exploitation of the natural resource and pushing it to the limits is not a good sign.

Royalty can be an effective revenue generation but every step that marks Everest leaves behind some form of climatic and carbon trace at Everest as well. We need to evaluate and think about the consequences of crowding people at Everest. It is not a joke that so many people are living and breathing in that ecosystem  that is so fragile and delicate.

Now when the climate change is directly affecting Everest region the huge number of people interested in Everest certainly adds more problem to current. It may look good from the income generation perspective but from climate change and ecology perspective its harshly affecting the delicate environment which is build upon thousand of years of conditioning.

We have to think about the image and other impacts,  its not just the people, its their waste, their carbon foot print which make a huge difference rather than the royalty that they pay.

The whole Everest region ecosystem is on the verge of risk  due to various contamination in such condition the numbers shooting up certainly showcases how careless and blind our government is towards Everest.



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