I love Quora. The wealth of authentic answers that I read from intelligentsia users has broadened my knowledge to a great extent. But lately, I have come across some disturbing questions that question the national integrity of Nepal and hence that has made me mad enough to report such stupid questions to the Quora team. Questions such as “Is Nepal poor?”, “Is Nepal dying?”, “What if Madhes becomes a separate state/ the next Crimea?” and “What if Nepal becomes a country like Macau and Hong Kong that are partially controlled by China?” By now, I know that most of you have been injected with hatred and anger that such questions do get posted and there are people who do want answers to such ridiculous questions. But I am not going to discuss all of these questions in detail here for all they have a common reason to seek attention among some Nepali folks.
The reason is pretty subtle. Since the day we were born, everything we were taught was taught in an unproductive way. Now, you guys just tell me, if our books and all the people around us have nothing to depict our country but only poor then won’t we be susceptible to believe that what we had been part of was always a poor country with no hopes of ever climbing to the developed world category? It is obvious. We are treating Nepal the wrong way. Most of our social science books start with the statement “Nepal is second richest country in terms of water but it is really poor when it comes to hydro power production.” Or “There are huge possibilities to develop Nepal but it is poor enough to make any progress in any possible front.” Now just modify these statements a little: “Nepal is the richest country in terms of water resources and we are making sure that we get the second spot as well in hydro power production. It is down to us to make sure we turn it into reality at any cost. No matter the circumstances, WE ARE GONNA MAKE OUR COUNTRY THE BEST.” Now, the impact is revolutionary. Every kid who understands the statement is made to believe that Nepal is in the pathway to evergreen development. He then makes sure to contribute to the process in every possible way whether he becomes an engineer, an accountant, a manager or in any way that guides Nepal to the top.
Let me tell you guys- Nepal is NOT poor. It never was and it never will be. But it is our thoughts that are turning against us. Want me to give an example? What adjectives do first come in your mind when some foreigner asks about our country? Poor, corrupt, undeveloped, poor quality of life, dejected or polluted. Don’t bluff but these adjectives are what you picture first. To save you the trouble, you begin to highlight about the Himalayas, audacious Gorkhali soldiers, Gautam Buddha, Sagarmatha, Annapurna/Everest Treks, thousands of temples, and so on. But deep down, all the adjectives you think are negative. Just the words you speak aren’t. Patriotism saved you.
Maybe it is your fault that you have lost hope in developing Nepal. Ok, it is not yours. Maybe it is mine. Seriously. Yeah, I admit that I am at fault. I am just lazily writing this post censuring the bad aspects of Nepal when I should have gone out and get involved in building a school for children in rural areas or teach the families that their children should not completely take care of the household matters or of their siblings but instead should get enrolled full time in the nearby school. That could have made a difference. Instead, I am once again continuing to criticize my own country.
Nepal is not poor. Look around. Everywhere we look, deep down, we know that progress has to be made. There are infinite ways to make a living and really commit ourselves to start a development revolution. Ok, ok, I understand. There is not a stable government. There is not a constitution to begin with. I admit that these are crucial but these are just excuses that our school level books have sprouted in our minds when they put in a question: What are the reasons Nepal is poor? That word once again. We should not worry about the strikes impeding the development. Commitment has to exponentially increase and action must be taken immediately. We should not hesitate to invest in development projects. Maybe with a bit of stubborn nature, we can outclass the political pressure and move towards development era.
Nepal is not poor. Haress, pheri yaar. I have heard numerous accounts that our country tops when it comes to hospitality and smiling at the strangers. See, we are rich. We need to change our mindset. Just go out there and make a difference. Maybe my blog is contributing to some percentage. Maybe you can start an organization, maybe a Youtube channel to promote Nepal’s greatness. Anything that can eradicate the question “Is Nepal really poor?” from Quora.
I beg you guys to love our country and make an impact. I beg you guys to never regret when your kids ask the country you came from and what you did to help climb the nation higher than the Everest. I beg you guys to please, please never ever ask the question “Is Nepal really poor?” but instead yell out “Yeah, this is the country that I lived in and boy, it’s the Best Wonder of the World!” I beg you to transform the way your families think about Nepal. I beg you to convince them they too are responsible to turn their dreams into reality and should act but not only complain by saying “My time is over, son. I could not do anything and am too old to do something new. I leave the rest to you.” Nothing is over. I beg you to learn how South Korea became the nation we all know now when it was in a worse situation than we ever were.
I beg you please never tag our country poor. We all are at fault. One day, I want you guys to believe and say wholeheartedly, “This is the country that people once lost their hopes of development. But our mindsets transformed and look son, where we are now. There are still more to be done. Let’s get going.”
NEPAL IS RICH. JOIN IN!