Fri, 13 Dec, 2019

Never Let Go of Our Nation’s Pride

By Kundan Shumsher Rana

“Necessity is the mother of invention. A need or problem encourages creative efforts to meet the need or solve the problem.”: Plato

This is a famous saying said by the Greek philosopher Plato. As we can understand, only when there is a need for something will a solution to the problem be at hand. Without facing any problem, no one can develop. A country needs to go through something big to develop. So, what Nepal is facing right now might be rough, stressing, hard and unpleasant, but it is needed. All of these problems, in my opinion, is a necessary evil that we Nepalese people need to face together and solve.

Nepal-India has always been a love-hate relation. For centuries now, the two countries have had many a time friendly and sometimes unfriendly realtions. During the period of King Prithivi Narayan Shah, the two countries were at war. Skip a couple centuries, and Nepal along with India helped the British during the time of the second World War. During the regime of the Rana Prime Ministers and King Tribhuwan Bir Bikram Shah, India helped Nepal during an internal turmoil. After that incident, the political relation of Nepal and India has always been shaky though in overall, it has been was good. India has in many cases tried to interfere with Nepali politics and often succeeded. Many ministers of Nepal are said to be puppets of India and they try to sway the political decisions as India wants them to. It is also greatly speculated that India is trying to take over Nepal. This is why India is trying to sway the Nepalese public into thinking that they need India for everything. This is in a large way true. We Nepalese depend on India for many things from food to daily necessities. We need India to supply us with rice, wheat, clothes and many other things. If we take a look on the roads of Nepal, a substantial amount of vehicles is from India. India also provides us with the fuel to run those vehicles. So, you can see how much dependent we are on India. A Nepali citizen admires the Indian media more than our own Nepalese media. If we look at our TV, a large portion of the channels broadcasted in Nepal is Indian. So, we Nepalese youth are force fed Indian propaganda.

Today Nepal is facing many crises. Political crisis, fuel crisis, resource crisis and mainly identity crisis. The blockades at the Nepal-India border are harming the daily lives of the citizens of Nepal. India is refusing to provide Nepal with the needed resources that a person needs to live their daily lives like food, clothes, fuel and other things as well.

We must unite to overcome this period of turmoil in the country. The strikes in Terai region are harming the country. Thousands of people are suffering due to these strikes. Supplies are being denied to reach their destination. People fight with each other over small matters like skin color, caste and so called “social standing”.

The other crisis that we mush band together to solve is the fuel crisis. We can see long lines of vehicles that stretch for miles. The owners of each of those vehicles must wait for a long time to fill their tanks with fuel. But we can now see that, there are some solutions that are coming up. Things like fuel sharing and carpooling are becoming popular. People have started to walk more, give strangers lifts and more people nowadays are riding bicycles. This is not a permanent solution, but it is doing some good to the society. I am sure that we can find out a permanent solution to this problem.

So no matter what the crisis is, we must band together and stand strong. We must not give up our pride and our independence. We must try to maintain our pride as Bir Gorkhalis and we must never bow down upon others.