Sunday, October 23, 2016

Shame on you President Bidhya Devi Bhandari

It has been reported and pictures have surfaced in various social media about the Nepal Army assistance picking up shoes of president Bidhay Devi Bhandari and her family members. It is not just once that this has been witnessed but pictures of various occasions have surfaced showcasing Nepal Army personnel picking up shoes of the president and her family.  

The Nepal Army has been proving the president with various level staff for various purpose in terms of proving assistance and support towards the position. But the pictures that are surfacing are telling different stories of  orthodox mentality and how these people are exploited in the name of their daily work.

We live in 21st  century where equality is the basis of our human rights. Making people work inhumanly highlighting low respect and treating them with discrimination is a crime.

No matter what they are civil servants and they should be respected not just as an individual but for the organization that they represent. by such acts, it clearly shows the lack of political culture and orthodox mentality that still resided in the political hemisphere of Nepal.

Bidhay Devi Bhandari may prove to be the first woman President of Nepal but she fails to be a true leaders who has no respect for a civil servant and a poor Nepali.

Shame on you Mrs President


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Sushila Karki Vs Lokman & in between people are suffering the consequences

It seems like a joke when you hear the Lokman Singh Karki's case. It is completely insane and  extending like a chewing Gum where now Sushila Karki the chief justice is playing her cards.
As you can see the headlines that the Supreme Court on Tuesday recommended action, including imprisonment for 15 days and Rs 1,000 fine, against one of its junior officials on charge of dereliction of duty and two employees of the Kathmandu Metropolitan City Ward No 10.

I do not understand why the public servants are being targeted, its a open war in between Lokman and Sushila Karki why are they fighting their battle with the help of power and position.

Just to prove the facts:
The SC decided to review his appointment as the CIAA chief, the notice asked Karki to be present before the SC himself or send a representative along with whatever evidences he has within 15 days of its delivery. Karki, who was appointed as the chief of the anti-graft constitution body for six years in May 2013 amid big controversy, will now have to be present himself before the apex court or send his representative within 15 days.

 "Advocate Om Prakash Aryal had filed a writ petition challenging Karki’s appointment.  A division bench, however, on September 24, 2014 quashed Aryal’s petition that sought revocation of Karki’s appointment."

Recently responding to a latest writ, a division bench of Chief Justice Sushila Karki, Justice Bishwambhar Prasad Shrestha and Justice Sapana Pradhan Malla, on September 16 observed that there was fault in the two year-old order.

The Justice trio said the case over Karki’s appointment would be reviewed as it raised a question on constitutional provision about high moral character sought for the constitutional position and whether Karki, who served in the Palace for six years, two months and 10 days, was eligible for the position.

The Justices observed that considering Karki’s service in the palace for the 20-year service criteria fixed by the Interim Constitution for the appointment in the CIAA was against the Principle of Constitution Construction.

Aryal has asked the SC to see if Karki, who was accused of corruption and held responsible for suppression during the People’s Movement II during the royal regime, was eligible to be the CIAA chief.

It's completely illogical how the chief justice is taking it back on Lokman. Lokman in the past has been furious aginst  Public figure Kanak Mani Dixit who was accused of holding foreign bank accounts, share holdings in international banks and occupied illegal government property by the CIAA.

After the arrest of Kanak Mani Dixit, Lokman took some outside measure where Sushila Karki was not comfortable. The revelation of Sushila Karki being relative of Kanak Mani Dixit wife further lands her in moral position but she has been smart enough not to acknowledge that and not obeying her orders certainly seems like her ego is hurt. The tussle in between the power and position has certainly created a situation where reality cannot be ignored that there are thousands of cases that are pending and still waiting for the hearing where a case of no value is getting so much of importance.

This case certainly highlights the credibility of Nepal judiciary system and how much it is politically motivated. I am not supporting Lokman but I am in favor of taking out personal grudges at this level.
She certainly proves to be a weak leadership.
It is really sad how the Supreme court is challenging its own system and creating problems. It is not only hampering its own image but due to weakness of such leadership it is staining the image of the whole judiciary system.

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 bringing 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.

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