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frank talks about ground reality in Nepal

Unity within diversity: Our Nepal

हाम्रो नेपाल -विविधततामा एकता यस्तै छ: सबै आफुमा मिठो छौँ तर मिले झनै मिठो !
तर नमिले चाहिँ तो खाली कप जस्तो है कि कसो? :)

सत्य यहि हो यो देश र देशवाशीको ।

Our Nepal – Unity within diversity : Yes we are all delicious alone: but much more delicious together :) Yet if we fight, we are like that empty cup isolated out there  (towards the top of the picture) !

The Nepal Advantage: 11 reasons to invest in Nepal

Why Invest in Nepal ? Here are 11 fresh reasons:
  1. We have the best location – The China India proximity
  2. We are connected to the world
  3. Time zone advantage for US and European companies
  4. Cost advantage for global companies
  5. Coming out of a period of political uncertainty
  6. Success stories – Lack of global companies competing so whoever enters will win
  7. High quality talent pool (coupled with lack of global firms here)
  8. Strong education system generating great young talent
  9. Great weather, friendly people and breathtaking terrain
  10. A young and rapidly urbanizing population (fastest in South Asia)
  11. Many growth areas exist in Nepal
Please download and read this full document pdf . It is filled with common-sense rationales and specific examples. It is quick to download and written by Prasanna Dhungel and me.
• Do read it and give us ideas to improve it for next version.
• Feel free to distribute it where-ever you want. Show it to any foreign investor friend who wants to know more.Here is the short link to remember and share:

short link to remember : http://bit.ly/nepaladvantage

Thank you !
Ujwal & Prasanna

30 predictions for Nepal by 2030

I often get asked what will happen to Nepal in the future ? What’s in the future of Nepal? I typically answer, “How the hell should I know?” or smile back “Good’ or plain ‘Okay”. But there are certain gut feelings I have about what Nepal would end up in the not so far future.

So here are my 30 predictions on the state of Nepal at 2030 (roughly 20 years from now).

  1.  All the politicians you hate /despise /curse (click here for a small list) WILL be replaced by one of you passionate ones who have NOT yet joined any political parties or started any.
  2. The top 10 businesses in Nepal will be the ones that haven’t even started yet!
  3. More people will leave Kathmandu than enter it.
  4. Majority of visitors to Nepal will be for religious reasons.
  5. Nepal’s biggest export will be water. International stock markets will trade Nepal’s Water in some form on  (Just like Oil is now)
  6. Nepal Police will only fire less than 850 bullets in the entire year.
  7. 1 out of 4 Nepalis will hold dual citizenship.
  8. Nepal will host Cricket’s ICC World Cup. Will they win? I hope so.
  9. Land prices will be higher in the hills than in the plains or the valleys.
  10. No visa required to travel between Nepal, India and China. (Think Europe today)
  11. Nepal, India, China and possibly couple other neighbors will share a single currency. Buddha will be on one of these notes.
  12. Inter-national marriages will be common. “Within your caste ” marriages will be rare. And Nepalis will marry more Chinese than Westerners.
  13. Watching Soap Opera Serials as a favorite past-time will be long replaced by socializing on massive multi-player online role-playing games (MMORPG). No one will “watch” television anymore.
  14. A Trans-gender will be among the top decision makers for Nepal’s society and culture.
  15. A warrior code called ”वीर चक्र” based on a set of life rules focused on integrity, chivalry, responsibility and derived from Buddhism & Hinduism will be how a powerful minority of Nepalis and foreigners world-wide live by.
  16. Poets, Bloggers and Artists will be headline makers.
  17. Every Nepali will be online 24 hours a day through a smart device(in the form of eye lens) that is 100 times more powerful than the iPhone. It never runs out of battery.
  18. Mass media like Kantipur, Nagarik, Himal and Himalayan Times will have been long replaced by customized news delivered to your device aggregated from people you respect and subscribe to.
  19. Nepal will have an adult interactive video industry.
  20. Nepali citizenship will also be gotten based on “deserving” basis not just by being born here.
  21. Nepal will  beg for less aid and send more aid by primarily donating “water”.
  22. Nepal will be known more for 1000′s of its beautiful man-made lakes (water reservoirs) than for its big mountains.
  23. Issues like Women’s rights will no longer be an issue in Nepal. The struggle would be on the right to be offline or rights of other living organisms.
  24. A small vocal group of xenophobic nationalists who call themselves pure-bred, will arise targeting ‘non-pure’ Nepalis in Nepal.
  25. History will write Nepal’s decade of 2003-2012 as ‘the lost decade’,  decade of 2013-2022 as “the leap-frogging decade” and decade of 2023-2032 as “the enlightened decade.”
  26. The rich will get richer, the poor will get also get richer at a faster scale. But the gap between them will remain significant.
  27. Nepal government will enforce timed occasional “Bandh” to improve a Nepali’s ‘family’ life which has suffered because of workaholic culture.
  28. Most Nepali homes will run primarily on solar energy.
  29. Nepal will have a net population loss. (fewer people born than dead)
  30. In 2030, Nepalis will proclaim me as the “new Nostradamus” but of course I will refuse any such comparisons and sue you all for defaming me :P

So which ones are your favorite?
How about you add your own predictions for Nepal by 2030 below! (lets see what you got.  It’s time to think outrageous !!! )

 

आफ्नो दायित्व पनि पूरा गरौँ : धुम्रपान रहित नेपाल

नेपालमा बिभिन्न ठाँऊमा धुम्रपान गर्न मनाई छ।

किन?

तथ्यांक अनुसार नेपालमा सूर्तीजन्य पदार्थको सेवनबाट मुटु, श्वासप्रश्वास, क्यान्सरजस्ता रोगले दैनिक ४४ जनाको मृत्यु हुन्छ भने यसबाट सिर्जित हुने रोगको उपचारमा १६ अर्ब रुपैयाँभन्दा बढी खर्च भइरहेको छ। 

कहाँ निषेध छ ?

  • सरकारी निकाय, शिक्षण संस्था, पुस्तकालय, विमानस्थल, सार्वजनिक सवारी साधन, बालकल्याण गृह, शिशु स्याहार केन्द्र, बृद्धाश्रम, अनाथालय, बाल उद्यान क्लब, सार्वजनिक शौचालय, चलचित्र घर, सांस्कृतिक केन्द्र, होटल, भोजनालय, सवारी प्रतीक्षालय, रंगशाला र छात्रावासजस्ता स्थानलाई सार्वजनिक स्थल तोकेर धुम्रपान प्रतिवन्ध गरेको छ।
  • सार्वजनिक स्थानमा धुम्रपान गर्न नपाइने सूचना देखिने गरी नराखे सम्बन्धित निकायले समेत ५ हजार रुपैयाँ जरिवाना तिर्नुपर्छ।
  • ऐनले १८ वर्ष नपुगेका र गर्भवती महिलालाई सुर्तीजन्य पदार्थ बिक्रीवितरण गैरकानुनी मानेको छ।
  • त्यसैगरी सुर्तीजन्य पदार्थको बिक्रीवितरणमा प्रवर्द्धन र प्रायोजन हुने सन्देश सञ्चारमाध्यममा प्रचारप्रसार गर्न पाइँदैन।
  • यसको उल्लंघन गरे कसुर हेरी एक सयदेखि एक लाख रुपैयाँसम्म जरिवाना हुन्छ।
  • त्यसैगरी शिक्षण संस्था, स्वास्थ्य संस्था, बालकल्याण गृह, शिशु स्याहार केन्द्र, बृद्धाश्रम र अनाथालयको सय मिटरभित्र बिक्रीवितरण गर्न पाइँदैन।
  • ऐनले फुटकर चुरोटबिँडी बिक्रीलाई समेत प्रतिबन्ध गरेको छ।
  • सय मिटरवरिपरि र फुटकर बिक्री गरेमा १० हजार रुपैयाँ जरिवाना गर्नसक्ने प्रावधान छ।
  • ऐनले तोके अनुसार कात्तिक १८ देखि उत्पादकले चुरोट, बिँडी र खैनीको प्याकेटको बाहिरी भागमध्ये कम्तीमा ७५ प्रतिशत स्थानमा ‘सुर्तीजन्य पदार्थ स्वास्थ्यका लागि हानिकारक छ’ भन्नेजस्ता व्यहोरासहित स्वास्थ्य मन्त्रालयले तोकेअनुसार सेवनले भएका घातक असरको रंगिन चित्र प्रस्ट बु‰ने र देख्नेगरी छाप्नुपर्छ।
  • यस्तो चित्र नराखे ती कम्पनीले ५० हजार रुपैयाँ जरिवाना तिर्नुपर्छ। अहिले उरुग्वेमा प्याकेटको ८० प्रतिशत भागमा चेतावनीमूलक सन्देश र चित्र राख्ने प्रावधान भए पनि अन्यत्र यस्तो व्यवस्था छैन।

धुम्रपान रहित नेपाल बनाउने होईन त ?

Nepal is beautiful. It doesn’t need to change. We do.

Nyatapola in Bhaktapur

Nepal is beautiful. It doesn’t need to change. We do.

Bagmati, near Sundarijal is refreshingly pure. As we touch it, we start turning it toxic. We need to change our habits.

Krishna Mandir in Patan is heart stopping! The houses we have built around it, since, aren’t. We need to re-think what “progress” means.

Kathmandu is fresh. Just smell the air as you walk down on its streets at dawn. As the day progresses we turn it into a smog hole. We do need to reconsider our life-styles.

The apples of Mustang are delicious! How many of us have tasted them? Yet we import apples from the US daily. We need to reconsider our priorities.

Nepal is peaceful. We sure are provoking it to become increasingly violent. We do Nepal bandhs to install fear in its air. We spread negative news day after day to poison it. We fill it in with “yestai ho” mentality to depress it. We really need to chill !

Nepal remains united. We are hellbent on fragmenting it. We are provoking each other in nastier ways, in the name of our ethnic groups, religion and areas and philosophies. We burden her by demanding our rights from her, without being responsible for protecting her. What would be our identity without Nepal?

Nepal is youthful! 82% of Nepali are under 40. We are sweating in and out of Nepal making ourselves known for our passion, dedication, hard work,loyalty and bravery. How about our rulers?

Nepal is rich. It provides for nearly 30 million of us. Yet we choose rulers who do everything to rob it and strip it down. We need to change the way we make our choices.

Nepal is strong. It can handle every problem we hurl on it with grace and humility. We need to ask, do we deserve her?

Nepal is beautiful. It doesn’t need to change. We do.

(a version of this was published in Folio magazine)