I welcome you to the legendary tale of Nepal. A country where rules are meant not to be broken but gets broken anyway. That’s because hardly anyone realizes there was a rule lurking in its vicinity until the denizen gets questioned by authorities. And to your knowledge, it is a shame that the authority I am referring to doesn’t even have the faintest idea why the denizen is being punished! 

That doesn’t mean that we are very lenient. We have rules and regulations governing every aspects of the society. And when matters really get worse, there are police officers committed to bringing justice.

Contrary to the popular belief, it’s just that we fail to get charmed by those regulations. For example, once the Home Ministry of Nepal, Mr. Bam Dev Gautam, was found violating the traffic rule as he publicly came out of his vehicle in the middle of the road, walked to the divider and slowly stepped on the other side of the road by crossing over the divider. He wasn’t in any zebra crossing. Now, the point here is, at a time when the traffic police were imposing strict regulations to curb the accidents in the valley, how could they not punish the Home Minister for similar offenses that would grant the public a Rs.500 fine? The answer, my folks, is that, here, rules do not imply to the Big folks–those lucky people who can easily get away from the punishment by staring at those officials and giving a The Rock look, as if to convey that ‘Hey, I did that! Any questions? Good, I wasn’t expecting any.” As simple as that.
The news says it all! Photo Credit: Naya Patrika

I am not trying to bring out the big fish analogy but, instead, am shedding some light on the fallacies of our nation’s policies that have crippled our development agendas. Everywhere you look at, there are examples as clear as day to justify the aforementioned claim. The citizens have been shrouded in a mist of lies in order for the authorities to deliberately accuse them of being ignorant to country’s rules and regulations. 

Although we claim to be democratic, our actions speak otherwise. The rules don’t affect the drivers of our nation. We can’t yell out that they are drunk and steering in the wrong direction. That is the way it is. Our safest bet is not to get on the car at all. Because if we do get caught in the accident, it will be too late to report the traffic policeman that the driver was drunk. By that time, we would be convicted of hallucinating in broad daylight as the driver tends to be the traffic policeman’s best friend. The rules don’t affect the doers but affect the passengers.

It is why I find some truth in the adage ‘Nepalko kanoon daibale janoon’ (Only god knows the real rules of Nepal.) Rules must be equal for everyone and the punishment as candid as ever. We shouldn’t be afraid of imposing strict regulations to our gods even if it means getting banished from the territory. That’s all I can argue about. So let us bring in some rules where we can say, “All right. Let’s see who gets punished no matter the honorable post they are elected to!”


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