It has almost been more than two months since the devastating earthquake in Nepal, the world has finished rallying for it in great deal and gone home by now, and the country is left alone to start the monumental tasks of healing and rebuilding the nation by its own. It took almost ten thousands lives, made more than twenty thousands injured, broken the livelihood of hundreds of thousands of people, and affected millions. People are still busy on playing politics, fulfilling personal interests and enriching themselves and the ineptitude of the government can be said in just one word – sitting-duck. Talking is cheap, if talking alone can make a nation great, Nepal would have already been undoubtedly the greatest country of the world by now, and all they need is a platform so they can keep talking on forever. If you don’t have one, create one and divide the nation – but the talking must go on.
You can say “You are also doing the same here, writing from the comfort of your office and blaming others and nothing more.” I do agree with you, but my friend, I am a writer and my job is to write. My responsibility is to find problems in our society, try to highlight them and bring it to the public and relevant authority so they can find necessary solutions. We are all just like a part and screw of a whole machine, each and every part must play its role properly in order to make the big machine roll, and all parts have equal significance and responsibility in the running of that very big machine. The big machine is needless to say the nation, every citizen must play its role and I am no exception.
If you are familiar with my writing, I am sure that you are pretty aware of the fact as well that I have already written a lot about Nepal’s grim situations and I am not going to bore you to the lull again by repeating the same things again here. Having said that, there is still one fact about Nepal that we can all agreed upon, and if we are to gain some respect and dignity from the outside world, there is still a lot to do by all of us, and we must start working together now. It is precisely what I am trying to do here; my job is writing and I am just doing my bits to the cause of rebuilding our nation.
After the party is over, all the guests will go home and at the end it is us who have to clean up all the places again. The current situation in Nepal is no different; we must come together by putting all the differences at a side, and start making the big changes as required by the urgency of time. But this time, we must not only work smartly but also take difficult decisions and we must realize that a new approach on building our nation is a long overdue. Instead of wasting time on already tried and tested methods, we must find a new industry that can not only give us a new direction but also compliment our existing facilities, and eventually take us to the new height that we have been dreaming for so long. Nepal is a landlocked country, it has no direct access to the ocean, and industries which require heavy transportation are simply unviable in our place. Mountainous terrains won’t make roads building easy, without sound transportation system and easy access, no industry can survive and air cargo is too costly for all. It also doesn’t have a good source of skilled workers; the governmental system is too bureaucratic, crippled with corruption and red-tapes; and the atmosphere is simply not good enough to sustain any new business. As of that, the only way to improve is to create a completely new business environment, educate its people and the whole government system including banks, and start building a new industry from the bottom one brick at a time. And for that purpose alone, there is nothing better than the Internet Technology, IT in short for Nepal, and it should start developing a new, vibrant and nascent IT industry that can serve the world without even having to leave your place for once. It will save all the hassles of exporting goods through India’s troublesome ports; you don’t need to have good roads system; everyone can learn and train to be an IT professional; it is also the demand of the modern age; delivering it to the final customers won’t be that cumbersome as it is now; receiving payment is also very easy through internet hence banking system won’t become a hindrance; final goods can be delivered by air; and finally if we try it really hard as a united nation, believe it or not, it is a viable option.
Now here is the list on how we can achieve that.
1. First of all, we must believe that it can be done, and that is the hardest part.
2. For the sake of the nation, let’s believe for once that we can do it.
3. We must put all of our efforts, time and money into this one and nothing else.
4. We must convince everyone to stop being selfish for once.
5. All the governmental officials and leaders must stop taking bribe for at least now.
6. Ask our big brother from south to help on this noble cause.
7. If they refuse, ask our northern giant neighbor and they will certainly come.
8. Invite all of our best brains from the diasporas to come back home.
9. Hire the best ones from the industry to lead the industry until we are ready.
10. Tell all the youngsters from the nation to study there for free.
11. Let the professionals plan, build and run it until it is fully profitable.
12. And never intervene.
If we can do it, our future is safe and we all who have a pinch of care about our country can take a sigh of relief. But I am sure that just like all the other times before, it won’t make any differences at all to most of our people and its value will remain nothing more than the pica of this space that I have used to write it onto. Pardon me for my skepticism expressed here, but sadly that happened to be the truth of our people and you should understand my position – no offence but nothing can be expected from the people of Nepal in return. If I keep writing about it, it is simply because it makes me happy and as you all know, I always write for my own self. Nonetheless, if my writing makes someone out there happy, that is a bonus for me and I will take it as a compliment and accept it with a warm and grateful heart. Thank you!
TIM I GURUNG/AUTHOR AT ISSLCARE – http://www.timigurung.com