Shreedeep Rayamajhi

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sadly Nepal turning into a bad tourism destination

" Nepalis are cheaters" this is the reality which we all Nepalis have to face, we were sitting in a restaurant and having food when suddenly in the middle a Portugal couple requested our help. She was trying to communicate with the waiter in English about ordering the food but the waiter was having troubles in explaining her the menu . We were at Momo Hut restaurant located in the middle of the Thamel and I was pretty surprised when she approached us and said all Nepalese are cheaters and thugs, at first we were like what? then after few minutes of reconciliation and hearing her version things seemed quite justifiable.

She was very furious and she had only one version of saying Money money is what they want, so I tried to understand her situation.  Apart from  that when you are a foreign tourist in a foreign land and people constantly trying to loot your money then what will you do? you will probably retaliate that's human nature.

Perhaps, her interpretation was right as if you were asked to pay NRS 20,000 for a car reservation for a whole day (30KM)  wasn't that too much and paid Nrs 400 for 4 bananas I think I would be blown off.

She explained the situation and further initiated a talk and requested us to help and  we tried our best in giving them best solution about what to shop and where to go. I was amazed how easy it was to change people's mentality but why are tourism entrepreneurs of Nepal not understanding the fact that these individual tourist matter hugely in promoting our name and destination.

One review in a travel blog and you will have thousands of people adding their comments. Today its a global world where internet connects us in every possibility of making things visible. Its not just a scenario of what happened here in a restaurant but its a case of a county's image, pride and prestige.  

But there is a confusion in all the tourists that come here in Nepal, as with the recent commercialization of blogging and travel websites, people get overloaded with more negative attitude and when in reality things happen it seems out of proportion. For some who come prepared its just something that they new and for some who don't its like a living hell.

Reality is in case of any issue there is no direction or follow up about what to do or when they  face problems,  they have no one to reach out for help ?

Nepal has been world renowned for its hospitality and culture and in this long run of commercialization and globalization I think we have lost the essence of the real culture and tradition of Nepal's upbringing. Reality bites as Nepal is evolving as one of the top holiday destination but with such facts of Hawkers and lack of management of prostitution in the name of culture and tradition things are slowly degrading. Our destination is getting expensive in the name of  13 % VAT and 10% service charge where in most cases the service we use hardly has any service. so what should we expect ?

 My question is, IS NEPAL A SAFE DESTINATION FOR TOURIST?  Are we doing enough from all sides to promote it?

 Now is the right time to think

 

   

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Bad political culture and criminalization in nepal's Politics

We all have seen and heard this so many times and still every time it happens, we just have one answer  this is it.  Criminalization in politics is not new and it has been well addressed and adjusted, but one thing that surprise me is how  political leaders defend their criminal counter part in terms of justice.
They are subjected to public interest and development but when it comes to their own self interest, I believe this is what that drives them to think more about themselves and their party than the nation. Nation first or for the nation is a lost concept that make no stance, it's the party mentality that drives them and for this they cross any limits.  

They say they are servants of public and at times they lead the public with the help of same groups of people who trouble and extort the public. what an IRONY!

I mean to say these criminals are offenders of  law and they are nuisance to our society their rights are not our primary concern but in-fact a secondary one as they are threat to other normal people  and rule of law. So defending such criminals in terms of any stage or on any terms is a question of not justice but un-justice to the normal public upon whom you have be accountable to.

The recent killing of the famous criminal Chari aka Dinesh Adhikari  was indeed a situation of sad truth but for a most wanted criminal who dies in a  cross firing with the police stands no option of investigation or objective. God he was  a hard core criminal who was subjected to cases of extortion, wildlife killing and many more other cases which were unjustifiable by our law and still one of the leading politician is trying to search justice is matter of lack of shame. 

Mr. Politician one thing you have to understand is public apathy is not a question of what you show and say its a question of credibility and accountability. You cannot be defending something unsocial and question public about accepting it with in the periphery of society. Something that is beyond rule of law is beyond in any terms of acceptance.


  This shows the infiltration of criminalization in Nepal's politics.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Narendra Modi addressing Nepal's Constitution Assembly

Addressing the Nepali Constituent Assemble, the Indian  Prime Minister #NarendraModi spoke in Nepali bridging the gaps in between the Indo-Nepal relationship. The mileage to the speech was his recognition that  proclaimed Gautam buddha was born in Nepal and honored the brave blood  of the Bahadur gurkha's who have been fighting with pride and prestige for India.

Somewhere in the long speech he also highlighted the possibilities of Nepal and showcased his visions and plans. The addition attraction was the Mahakali bridge which he said to be one of the vital core factors for the relationship. Similarly, his HIT formula of  future cooperation, satellite program for the SAARC, increment in scholarship, possibility of hydro power and telecommunication problem added his personal interest in Nepal. Though he clearly retaliated the direct interference of India in Nepal's political scenario but he humbly and diplomatically touched the relevancy of Nepal's location and its strategic location in India's concern and priority.

Analytically and strategically looking at the speech, Modi's speech was highly motivating and concerning. As Modi forecast his visions and plans, he also  highlighted Nepal's strength and weakness. If you look at the strengths he focused more towards future cooperation and using the hydro power and exploitation of  resources where as about the weakness he was more silent and had a definite approach of being a big brother.



One thing to be noted was the recognition of "Gautam buddha being born in Nepal" yes we all know this and even the UNESCO has recognized it. So an Indian prime minister saying it in front of the CA sounds more of a diplomatic dose to the group of Nepali Political leaders rather than of being more straight towards having the past treaties and agendas that has impeded the Indo-nepal relationship.

Apart from that an outsider highlighting the possibilities in Nepal certainly makes me feel inferior that we did nothing in Nepal and our political leaders are worthless and they have not done anything where it's just a point of thinking.
 
Likewise, Modi showing concerning over the sunkoshi  was just an emotional point, we all know that if the sunkoshi blockade would  not have solved then the koshi barrage would have threatened the Indian boarder and Indian habitat in its terrain.

Frequently mentioning the current state of India and how it has progressed was not a question of substance.We all know India has become a super power and with that it has gained its pros and cons.

The real state of friendship would have been correcting  the past treaties and how Nepal has suffered due to it so Mr Modi how about fixing the problems first and then forecasting  future plans.

Another point to be noted that Nepal has become one of the center of concern due to security for India. The most wanted criminal and terrorists have been infiltrating through Nepal and in the past the Indian security agencies have already listed Nepal as a security threat, so there is no option for India except to have cooperation in every possible way.

The Nepal Government did everything that was possible to make him feel content highlighting the message of Indo-nepal relationship.  The Kathmandu Metropolitan city which always failed to keep the city clean made its best possible effort in keeping and showcasing the city beautiful. Similarly various rehearsal were done to make the event a point on attraction.   Being the 4th influence and powerful person of the world, modi's security was protected in 4 layers.
  

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

We nepali are Tax Slaves


The budget 2071-72 is about to be announced and I am surprised by the way the political leaders and bureaucrats are thinking and making policies.
It’s a simple mathematics about the tax and income level and why is it that after paying tax, Service charge and VAT in most of the daily consumerable goods, still the public is out lashed with more taxes.
The government what so ever does not effort in reducing the prices where every day the prices of consumerable goods are going up but when it comes to giving benefits and relief there is no point in even saying it?

In average if you look at the market you can do the calculation yourself?
It doesn't even take more to get the number and how restrained we are by our tax rules.

The GDP per capital for 2014 is estimated to be USD 1600 that is roughly (1600*95.82) which is 1,53,312. My question is how a normal person can survive when there is a crisis situation like this. Economic depletion is killing poor and the gap between the rich and poor is gaining its peak.

Normal food:  It costs NRS 100 (plain food), if there is a family of average 5 people which is very common the mathematics goes like this

Total food expenses =5*2*100*365=  3,65,000

Our Tax system has a tax redemption of up to 250,000, to pay 1 Percent

DO YOU get it !


Today if you look at taxes, we pay 200% vehicle tax while buying a car or a bike and still the government is not able to give better options for public transport system. If there is no alternative to public transportation then the taxes in Bike and Car cost less than 10,00,000 should be redeemed. This is not logical that the government trying to evade the public from facility. It should rather facilitate than to hinder. Taxes in normal terms go for higher earning so why not have 400% taxes for cars and bikes costing more than 40,00,000 that is practical. On one hand the government is not able to facilitate with proper transportation system and its imposing more taxes, what a strategy?

How evident is it that there is no facility and still we all pay taxes.

The average money that the government thinks is below the minimum earning capacity. Our Government just wants the public to pay taxes for no benefits what so ever.

Being born in Nepal is like being born as a TAX SLAVE, Your government just wants you to pay taxes in everything that you do, rest is history……………………



Saturday, July 12, 2014

5 corers to the member of parliament can make our politicians accountable

I think the idea of giving 5 corers to the Member of Parliaments(MPs) directly for assisting various regional public and social work is a great initiative. It would be a direct investment from the state to the MPs to public.As right now due to lack of proper mechanism most of the development work budget gets freezed or corrupted due to lengthy procedural administrative work and most of the times when the real work needs to be done things don't work according to plan. Reality is most of the times, the budget gets freezed at the end of the fiscal year in absence of proper mechanism and the administration in view of finishing the budget misuses the funds in unnecessary projects. This has been happening from the past few decades and it has been practiced all along. I feel sad that the money that could have been used for proper projects gets cramped over some unnecessary unwanted project that was not even in view of consideration and the money gets wasted in view of getting freezed. The habit of working late or working without a efficient strategy is what has lacked the Nepal Government's Administration

What's the use?

Like said, previously the money channeled through many hands so there was more chances of corruption but since the money would directly be given to the MPs hope they would be more careful and accountable as their name and reputation is involved.

Apart from that corruption cannot be stopped, it can only be controlled and I think this is the best way to make our politician more accountable but there should be effective monitoring mechanism from the public and the state.......


I think its better for the MPs aleast to try to make it use when we have already given everything, why not this

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

No political culture in Nepal


Previously, during the king's regime when the roads would be blocked people protested in many ways. Now after the declaration of federalism when the same politicians who opposed the kings way of making public suffer are applying the same techniques of making the people wait hours in the sun in the name of security, the public are in a dilemma. The normal public is pissed with the political attitude of ignorance and carelessness.
  

It's beyond public apathy to make the public suffer in the sun in the name of security,  politicians who have no ethics and Morales 

We had only one King and now due to so called pro-democratic movement we have 100s of kings. They block the roads and public service any time and any where.......

Brazil looses their World cup dream

Wow what a match in between the rivals of the  FIFA World Cup football ( #fifawc2014) in an epic battle of sportsmanship. The Germans lead their way to victory in playing the best  strategy to target their opponent's  defense in making the best use of playing their game. The Brazilian team coughed their skills.
The gods of football are dead, they have been turned to humans as they are merely players. More or less  Nemar's absence makes the team no more than just a lousy player of ball not GODS. The stadium is silent in tears in support of BRAZIL. This is an end to the world cup dream for the Brazilians football fans around the globe. One thing that needs to be noted is the game of football has been changing, from the 70's when football evolved, the game has changed so much that previously it use to be ruled by one or two star players saving the day but now the game has took over where the team is responsible for making that effort to make victory. In the past big names have evolved in the glory of footballs like Pele, Madonna, Roberto Carlos,  Roberto baggio, David Bekhham,  Zinedine Zidane etc all these players made history with their dedication and hard work but now things have changed,  the football that use to be just a game of 20 players have evolved as a team effort of strategy that demands more better techniques.

Billions of football fans are watching the match live with 110 TV station directly showing the match, what a sad day to mark  the history of football in the making for Brazil. for a country that lives breathes and talk football a worst day to remember.

Well evolved with better strategy and interest, football is more than just a game.

Its a record defeat by Germany over Brazil. Finally we can say the gods of football are dead.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Nepal's Football, Corruption at its best !



what can I say ?

Power and post can certainly make it look big and matters even in case of law. Going through transitional phase, Nepal is facing difficulty in every aspect of its development and growth.

With such traumatic experience reality is something that always subsides its affects in various ways.
Once again Ganesh Thapa, the president of the  All Nepal Football Association(ANFA) is in controversy of misusing funds of ANFA for personal purposes.
The Vice President  and the team of ANFA led by Kishor Rai claims that Ganesh Thapa has been using ANFA’s money for his personal use. The team has filed a case at CIAA in regards to investigating transparency and accountability under his leadership.

Kishor Rai VP of ANFA was quoted in Rajhdhani daily that “Ganesh Thapa claims that he has contributed his life for Nepalese Football but in reality he has been using ANFA’s fund for his personal use instead of investing in the development of Nepalese Football.”

Following the corruption case of Mohammed bin Hammam, The Associated Press revealed that Thapa transferred  an illegal amount of $100,000 from Bin Hammam in 2009. The money was deposited into the personal bank account of his son Gaurav Thapa who is also a FIFA Referee.

FIFA banned Mohamed bin Hammam, and accused him of using the Asian Football Confederation bank accounts to conduct his private affairs.

Thapa later reveled  that he had borrowed the money for his personal use which to this day is controversial. The CIAA had stepped up but the case vanished in view of his political connection with his big brother Kamal Thapa who is the chairman of the Ratriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) Nepal.


Ganesh Thapa has been elected unopposed as the president of All Nepal Football Association (ANFA), from past 19 years. 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

No Freedom of expression in Nepal: Criminalization of freedom of expression



Criminalization of freedom of expression is an evolving problem that has been an issue of study and discussion. Especially in  developing countries due to lack proper policies and mechanism law is being misinterpreted in causing  by the government. The question that evolves here is whether the government wants to act like a regulator or facilitator?  Understanding the situation different laws and regulations are created to facilitate the public under various provisions of social welfare. For having clarity in understanding these provisions, these core values are segmented in various international laws.

In-fact, in today's world of globalization when there are no boundaries, any type of un-justice in and against is marked by standardization.  

The Nepal police has confirmed that they will arrest anyone who would be writing against them. In recent practice people have been arrested just for commenting or opining in social media site like facebook.
Under the Interim Constitution of Nepal secures the right of every Nepali citizen to freedom of expression and right to speak.
It is a sad thing, but how the government agencies are using the law to slack normal public instead of fighting criminals.

The article 47 of the Nepal Eletronic Act 2068  says
Publication of illegal materials in electronic form: (1) If any person publishes or displays any material in the electronic media including computer, internet which are prohibited to publish or display by the prevailing law or which may be contrary to the public morality or decent behavior or any types of materials which may spread hate or jealousy against anyone or which may jeopardize the harmonious relations subsisting among the peoples of various castes, tribes and communities shall be liable to the punishment with the fine not exceeding One Hundred Thousand Rupees or with the imprisonment not exceeding five years or with both.
(2) If any person commits an offense referred to in Sub-section (1) time to time he/she shall be liable to the punishment for each time with one and one half percent of the punishment of the previous punishment.

Abed El Rahman was arrested for commenting on a Facebook status and was put under police remand for 20 days. He had commented on a journalist’s facebook post of a story, ‘Improving security in Saptari’. Rahman on May 31 had commented as ‘how he to pay Nrs 50,000(USD 500) to bring back his looted motorcycle.’ He was released on Friday under the order of the Kathmandu District Court against the deposit of Nrs 5 thousand rupees (50 USD). The Saptari Nepal Police arrested Rahman under article 47 of Nepal Electronic Transaction Act 2063 for 5 years imprisonment and Nrs 0.1 Million (1000 USD) fine.

Similarly, in another case, Raju Prasad Sah was arrested for commenting against the current Home Minister Bam Dev Gautam, quoting him, “He should be shot in his back” on a photo that was shared on the official facebook page of the national daily. The Story was covered by a national Daily Naya Patrika that featured the photo of the current Home Minister of Nepal crossing the freeway neglecting public safety rules at a midday on a busy road.

CRUX
The government agencies trying to regulate  voices of people online is certainly not a proactive move. We live in democracy and in a democracy every individual has the right to speak and freedom of expression. Any individual getting arrested just for the sake of his statement that too in a social networking site is not acceptable. Criminalization in freedom of speech is not a scenario of  law, but it's a topic of discussion and research. The rigidity of the government agencies in understanding the law shows the wrong use of power and authority.    

Our Interim Constitution secures the basic rights of every citizen of Nepal, regardless of who he/she is.

EVERY INDIVIDUAL HAS THE RIGHT TO SPEECH AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Female Lawmaker assaulted what an irony every day hundreds of women live this



A news Published in the Himalayan Times dated  2014-06-11, reported that, " An unidentified man on Wednesday afternoon assaulted a female lawmaker  Rita Shahi,  representing Nepali Congress, right under the nose of the Constituent Assembly (CA) building in Baneshwor. Lawmaker Rita Shahi underwent a verbal spat with a fellow passenger in a tempo in which she was travelling. Later, when Shahi was preparing to get off the vehicle at her stop, the man thrashed her and ran away."

The next day, it made it to the news. The third day the crook was nabbed by #NepalPolice and was brought by the book.
My question is, there are 100s of Nepali women who get #sexuallyAssaulted #sexuallyHarressed in public transportations everyday and does anyone care?
Nobody cares!
So why this partiality, why is Nepal police more focused about a lawmaker and prioritizes power, status and symbol. Isn't a public service organization suppose to give priority to law and public first.

Why does normal public the tax payers  and citizen come in their least priority?

 Why is our system so power centered where the taxpayers are least bothered?
Are we suppose to be happy that something has happened or do we think its time things should change regardless of how these issues should be taken in consideration by Nepal police?

We need change in action......