Category Archives: philosophy

philosophies and guides that shape my thoughts

“यस्तै हो, के गर्ने” बाट >>> “अहिले नगरे कहिले, हामीले नगरे कस्‌ले”

यो देशमा भै राखेका उथलपुथलको पछाडि संक्षिप्तमा भन्नु पर्दा यहि एक बाक्यले हामी एक एक नेपालीहरुलाई संबृद्धिको बाटोमा जान रोकिराखेको छ।

” यस्तै हो, के गर्ने ? 

यो बाक्यलाई अब हाम्रो मनमस्तिष्कबाटै निषेध गरिदिने कि, सके संबिधानबाट नै निषेध गरिदिने कि ? :)

मुल मुद्दा हाम्रो सोचको हो, कुनै पार्टी शिद्धान्त वा ब्यक्तिबिषेशको होईन। बरु अब यसो सोच्दा कसो होला?

” अहिले नगरे कहिले”   र     “हामीले नगरे कस्‌ले ? “

 

अनि आँउदो नेपाली संबिधानको नारा नै यहि राखे कसो होला ?

We are inches from success in Nepal!

Wordle: closer to success in nepal
Each of us here in Nepal complain how we are headed for certain failure or doom or crash. I feel we are very close to success provided we make a strong stand for rule of law in this country. (re-read the previous sentence 2 more times to realize the importance of this)

Here are 4 opportunities I see that unlocks prosperity into Nepal, and how they can be turned into reality, and what is the main barrier. I hope you lead yourself to removing this main barrier, I call ‘absence of rule of law‘.

Opportunity 1: The Himalayas are the water reservoirs for more than 1.3 Billion (1,300,000,000) people on Earth. Even the next conflict will be on Water. We better harness our liquid gold fully. Water is the next gold.

Action taken till now:The Government is trying to attract the Foreign investors by begging its neighbors or other countries directly. And it is trying to make every-one inside Nepal happy and rich immediately while asking for direct foreign investment (which it mistakes as foreign aid).

Take this Action instead: Stop begging. Start enforcing the rule of law. Let the Entrepreneurs figure out ways. Just be a good Watchdog (literally).

Opportunity 2: Lumbini is the birthplace of Buddha who possibly with the right branding, 1 Billion (1000,000,000) Buddhists in the world would love to visit. Janakpur is the birthplace of Sita revered by Hindus, and one of the must visit places for another 1 Billion (1000,000,000) Hindus. Add Pashupati Nath and 2 the 4″dham” holy pilgrimage sites and more…, and you have a complete prosperity package for Nepalis.

Action taken till now: We recruit passionless bureaucrats and disliked politicians market Lumbini’s importance in the world. You beg others to help you. Hiring yet another Foreign consultant to make grand plans won’t help. We are all for the idea but short on execution.

Take this Action instead:- The magic is in how we execute our plans. How about recruiting internationally acclaimed Nepali citizens or even our foreign Nepal lover friends as our goodwill ambassadors to this job? Just focus on establishing a rule of law so that responsible citizens and entrepreneurs figure out how to get a billion Buddhists here at least in our lifetime. Believe us, we can.

Opportunity 3: More than 2 million Nepalis are outside Nepal earning at least twice a Nepali earns in Nepal. (5 Billion dollars a year?)

Action taken till now: We use our remittance bringing brothers and sisters as milking cows but treat them like shit. Our government workers treat them like third class citizens, steal their luggage at airports, con them in taxis, and loot them in guest houses and don’t give loans to their families for all the work they have done to bring the country out of poverty.(Full article on how we treat remittance workers here)

Take this Action instead: Make remittance workers feel secure, i.e ensure rule of law. Give dignity back to Nepali citizens. Encourage banks to lend to their families, their earnings in the Arab or Malaysia is THE collateral!
Also when Nepalis return back to Nepal with skills, help them come back and start something. Help Nepal lovers, like NRN and foreigners back by easing their stay here if they create opportunities in Nepal. You are the rule of law. Here is how you can help in detail.

Opportunity 4: 75% of Nepalis are under 35 and at a resourceful, healthy age to work smart and hard. Most Nepalis are at the least bilingual in languages spoken by millions if not billions of people around the world.

Action taken till now: Successive governments are putting money into formal education. Concentrating on education is good but it is of not much use if we don’t link education directly to opportunities, which increases our prosperity.

Take this Action instead: Lets switch formal education to customized education. Lets teach children ‘Critical thinking’. Make them learn ‘community leadership’ or ‘entrepreneurship’ or being the ‘first follower’ (building support network)? Make ‘moral studies’ a practical subject. Learn languages like Chinese! Let us all remember that our ability to survive and thrive depends on how well we work with our two giant neighbors. Lets push all our energy on this. Hold teachers, parents, education sector accountable by enforcing the rule of law! If you are learning for a clue, maybe Nepal can learn from Finland on how to improve our education system.

Take away to Nepali rulers: Dear ruler, stop trying to make everyone in Nepal happy immediately, all the time and at the same time. You simply can’t. But your duty is to take the country forward (And we know, it takes time and in steps). To take it forward, the simplest step is to uphold the rule of law.
Take a vision (any vision) and follow through it. People may grumble now, but they will thank you later. We, people are the sheep, Be a watchdog to lead us to salvation. Don’t be a selfish wolf you are now. There won’t be sheep left if you stay so. You will starve yourself if other wolves won’t have destroyed you by then.
Want my tip? 

Establish rule of law in Nepal !

Take away to Nepali citizens: Lets push actively (on the streets, if need be) for our government to set up a system of “rule of law”. Nepali citizens are more than capable to handle the rest. Will we citizens force our rulers to set up a system of ‘rule of law’ ?

We are inches from success (and prosperity)!

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Responsible Citizens + Accountable Leaders = Prosperous Nation

Responsible Citizens + Accountable leaders = Prosperous Nation

Responsible Citizens = Citizens who feel it is their own responsibility to change their neighborhood and their environment. The more fortunate ones have the moral duty to lead this change. Responsible citizens change themselves first. Then they change their neighbors. They create and support a system that rewards responsibility. They are provokers who propose alternate solutions (केहि गरौँ, मेरो देश, मेरै दायित्व” kind) unlike critics who are usually cynics (doubters, complainers यस्तै हो, केहि हुन्न kind).

Accountable Leaders = Leaders who are answerable to those who put them in positions of influence. They find the time and energy to answer questions posed by citizens of their country and help remove negativity in the society. Accountable leaders hold their attitude, behavior, life-style to the highest standards demanded of any leadership. They usually would make a lot of mistakes but are more than willing to learn and rectify again and again. If they don’t know the way, they will not get in the way (for others).

Prosperous Nation = A nation where each family is prosperous enough to feed, educate and care enough. A prosperous nation believes in sustaining its citizen’s way of life along with sustaining the environment they live in. It has a critical mass of responsible citizens and accountable leaders. It does not stick itself to any dogmas, philosophy and continues to educate its citizens to be examples to humanity.

Responsible Citizens + Accountable leaders = Prosperous Nepal (or your country)

Maybe this video will explain more…

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)

देश भक्ति के होला ?

देश भक्ति के होला ?
थाहा भएन मलाई। 

तर देश भक्ति के चाहिँ होइन रहेछ, यो ब्याख्खा गर्न आँट्छु :

  1. यति थाहा भयो कि देश भक्ति भन्या मार्कसवाद, पुँजीवाद, राजावाद, मावोवाद ,जातीबाद, धर्मवाद, अधिनायकवाद कुनै पनि सिद्धान्त होइन रहेछ।
  2. आफ्नो हक-हित खोज्दा अरुको छिनिन्छ कि छिनिन्न – मतलबै नराखी हिँडनु पनि होइन रहेछ।
  3. हक मात्र खोज्ने तर आफ्नो जिम्मेवारी बिर्सने पनि होइन रहेछ देश भक्ति।
  4. अरुले गु खायो भन्दैमा आफुले गु खान पाउनुपर्छ भन्ने पनि होइन रहेछ।
  5. आफ्नो घर आँगनलाई चिटिक्क पार्ने तर टोलको वास्था नगर्ने पनि होइन रहेछ देश भक्ति।
  6. धन, पद, ठाँऊ कमाउदैँमा देशको सेवा गरेँ भन्ने सोच्नु पनि होइन रहेछ।
  7. अरुले आएर यो ठाऊँ बनाई दिई हाल्छ नि भन्ने आकाशे खेती सोच राख्‍नु पनि होइन रहेछ।
  8. पुर्खाको “बीरताको” आड लिएर आफुलाई बीर ठान्नु त झन के होला र देश भक्ति।
  9. चुपचाप सहँनु अनि आफुलाई महा धैर्यवान ठान्नु पनि त होइन रहेछ।
  10. देशको लागि मर्छु भन्ने तर देशवाशीको पछाडि लाग्नु पनि होईन रैछ देश भक्ति।

देश भक्ति के होला त ?

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