Send Friends 2 Nepal With Zero Money

What’s happening this month ? I’m going to share with you some info and links. But before that, please allow me to share what’s in my mind.

Our new government is now old. Years of wrong doing won’t change at the snap of a finger. We all are used to waiting. So, Let us wait more.

Since we have had a new government, it seems that the days of Nepal Bandhas are over. Finally ! Hurray for Tourism !

Plus, no need to mention the growing number of tourists coming to our land.
Now, it feels like, more people know about Nepal than ever before. It just feels like it only.

When there is peace, lots of things change.  Look -  our tourism website www.welcomenepal.com is updated more often, now, and we saw the birth of Trekkers Information Management System, now an Ad for Indian Tourists, and early start for the  Tourism Year 2011. Tourism Organization is surely doing lots of work and is busier than ever before. In today’s world, you can actually see inside an organization through their website.

Welcome Nepal’s new section “Send Home a Friend” wakes me up.
How about you ? Just think of those four words. Send home a Friend. Isn’t that effective branding ?

Could “Send home a friend” be a  knock on the doors of our so called “Social Organizations of Nepalese” living in luxurious cities abroad ? You know what I mean.

By the way, these such social organizations are just support groups. Because their main activity is Dashain and Tihar Party. Nothing is wrong with that since festivals call for togetherness, good for busy folks. But, you can compare these organizations with a group of friends in Ratnapark having tea and nothing more.  Instead of tea, they have Beer. Social in name only, many of these don’t even help new Nepali students coming to their land, and their website is the first thing in mind perhaps because a member wants to practice web design or they simply don’t know picasa and flicker exist. I don’t mean to be a guru of everything, but the way majority of them work, has damaged the names of those who are really doing something for NEPAL.

Ever wonder why the most populous country INDIA has less Nepali Organizations than in AMERICA ?

A while back, I read a blog by a Nepali on this topic. Here is his blog post where he describes his Contribution for Nepal without spending any money.  Asking people to visit Nepal doesn’t cost money.

But why aren’t we, Nepalese, doing it then ? Most of us are used to taking orders.

A free advertising for Nepal and it’s really a simple idea too. All we have to do is make a statement…. Hope you will visit Nepal someday. Now, please don’t take it from me, take it from Motherland, or take it from our Tourism Organization which can’t work alone; it needs all the support we can give.

Now, away from this topic,

I just happen to be working on a new section for nepalvista.com, it should be up and running by next week or so. New feature will be announced at the forum.

For now, please take a look at this wonderful work by Discovery Channel.

Dsc.discovery.com – Convergence – Everestbeyond 5 cameras, 13 days and more, and it does what it says…Climb Everest From Your Chair

with love,

Bhupendra Lamsal Sharma
“Hope you will visit Nepal”

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Dear Bhupendra ji,
Thanks for the good idea and look forward to more of this kind of ideas. Yes, we must do something for our beloved country Nepal.

Actually we Nepalese are the most and best hospitable persons in the world. Any foreigner speak their heart. So You do not need money just what you need is willingness to experience this hidden paradise. You are not only visiting Nepal, but also experiencing knowledge for your future activities.

Strategic Nepalese National Security Paper

Nepal’s vision is “unity in diversity”. The mission is to integrate all Nepalese regardless of gender, ethnicity, race, colour, sexual orientation, and disability, and provide them with a new constitution based charter of human rights. The objectives are to provide human security to all Nepalese for basic security needs like food, water, shelter, health and education for free by 2050 AD.

The strategies to meet objectives is by integrating via merits 5,000 Maoists cadres in the Nepal Army, and 4,000 in the National Police and remaining in alternative security forces (i.e. from 15,000 registered Maoist cadres). Nepal should decrease the Army size from current 80,000 to 25,000 over next five years, and from therein for generating national income allocate about 12,000 as peace keepers, and peacemakers for the United Nation’s (UN) peacekeeping operations overseas. The size of the National Police should be reduced from current 30,000 to 20,000 over next five years.

From herein allocate 5,000 to the UN’s peacekeeping mission overseas. Nepal’s reputation will be enhanced as loyal, and well branded soldiers, and police with the famous Gorkha name intact. There is need today for developing National Security Council, through strengthening the Ministry of Defense, and facilitating a national discourse on the strategic purposes of Nepal’s security establishment. The other allied strategies to achieve the vision will be to win hearts and minds of Nepalese people in an ongoing basis as the paragraphs below will state, and findings in conclusion reveals how strategies will be met in a sustainable manner (Chalmers, 2009).

National core competency of Nepal cannot be reduced in any moment, and circumstances, which consists of its sovereign interests. Such is the core value that the true patriots of Nepal are willing to sacrifice ultimately with theirs’ sweat, tear and blood as it is required now, and in the foreseeable future (Adhikari, 2009). In recent times Nepal’s vital interests have gone unprotected, when India did not allow the very protection of Nepal’s territory at Susta, Bara and Dang through ‘land encroachment’, which has disturbed the preservation of Nepalese national prestige. Thus, it is the moral duty of all Nepalese to protect the nation to be a failed state and/or make it remain as a fragile state (Adhikari, 2009).

It is desirable to see the nation grow out from the rank of least developed nation, which is to that of a transition emerging market economy by 2050 AD. This implies moving away from stage one to stage 2 development, which is defined, based in competitiveness evaluation of Nepal’s institutions and policies and other factors. It is also measured via productivity of the nation through economic competitiveness like institutions, infrastructure, macroeconomic stability, health and primary education, higher education and training, goods market efficiency, labour market efficiency, financial market sophistication, technological readiness, market size, and business sophistication and innovation. Currently, Nepal remains in the bottom of the list competing with failed nations like Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan (Porter & Schwab, 2008-2009).

The Royal government of the day stood in ‘stoic silence’ as the nation was involved in the Nepalese Maoist uprising from 1996 to 2006. Now, the conflict has ended, and regime change has occurred, Nepal is once again united in diversity. It is time to send a loud and clear message to India with a vision formulated by Gautama Buddha of Lumbini, Nepal that says, “Love your neighbour” (Adhikari, 2009). This is just the new beginning for the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal without a national constitution, transformational leader to heal the wounds of domestic civil war, disarray of national unity with countless aspiring political parties. There is now vision, mission, goals or objectives and strategy for national integration for Nepal. For starter, good role model is South Africa, which can be taken from what it achieved under Nelson Mandela (Pandey, 2009).

Historically the destiny of Nepal was based in the vision of Prithibi Narayan Shah of Gorkha, who united Nepal like Bismarck of Germany. He saw in his vision that Nepal was a ‘Yam plant straddled between two giant rocks’, which by analogy implied great neighbours China to the north and India to the south. Nepal as it has evolved, and in different phases rocked between China and India through carefully charting its own destiny. Many mistakes were made and Nepal also paid heavy price accordingly with abundant examples in the history of modern Nepal (Pandey, 2009). Nepal should continue chartering its own independent foreign policy by not taking any side of any unilateral or regional hegemonic power. Nepal should join regional trade forums, and multilateral institutions to gain business sophistication, and increase its person power for the knowledge economy.

It is time to bring Nepal totally unscathed from the various hotchpotches of political conflicts induced locally, and ward off Nepal’s national integrity, sovereignty, and unity in diversity stemming such opportunistic threats to the nation as it stands today from India. So far political system change has occurred as desired by the sovereign people of Nepal. However, preservation of national security and interests remain wholly intact, which deserves immediate attention from all responsible patriotic sections of the Nepalese society (Thapa, 2009).

According to a UN Integrated Regional Information Networks, IRIN (2009) Maoist senior leaders have lost control to incidents caused by party workers, who make intimidation, threats, and extortion. The International Crisis Group (2009) opined totally halting the policing functions of the Young Communist League (YCL) is a must to aid in developing trust in the local communities all over Nepal. YCL is a vigilante group of unemployed and disillusioned youths, who regularly are alleged of beatings, kidnappings, extortion and even murder. Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (2009) indicated that the YCL was formed in 2006, which is mainly composed of former People’s Liberation Army (PLA) commanders, and they are in age from 16 to 40. YCL have “attacked political opponents, journalists, alleged drug users, and individuals suspected of extramarital relations” like the Taliban in Afghanistan (Human Rights Watch) or (HRW 2009). Therefore, for national security, and national interest YCL should be banned immediately to bring peace and harmony to the local communities of Nepal.

OHCHR (2009), opined that majority of rural population are politically underrepresented, and excluded from access to justice, and other public services. Thus, there is vicious cycle of poverty to these living in the margins, and are systemically discriminated based on theirs’ gender, ethnicity, caste or sexual orientation. So far the failure of the peace accord has failed to address these concerns, which has resulted in numerous protests, and strikes, particularly in the Terai region, which borders with India. (UN, 2009).

OHCHR (2009) reports about significant rise in the in the number of gangs, and armed groups in the Terai region, and indicated that these groups are unpredictable catalyst for extreme violence and crime. Furthermore, protests in the Terai region are linked to the issue of the rights of the Madheshi communities, who are Indian ethnic minorities, and backed by Indian grand strategic design to ultimately takeover Nepal like it did to Sikkim a long time ago (HRW 2009, p. 276).

India perceives it may have a positive overall role in Nepal. It took a radical position in bringing the Maoists into the political mainstream, and pushed for elections, when there was severe international opposition. United States saw everything through a narrow focus through the ‘war on terror’. However, India tried to manifestly micro-manage the process of what Nepal is now. Moreover, on the election front India got its calculations wrong by ‘predicting’ Nepali Congress and United Marxists Leninists would do well. However, Indian attempts ‘to roll back the Maoists mass popularity’ by attempting to use Madhesi political activism through starting, and backing specific pro Indian Madhesi party failed, when it was ‘routed in the elections’ (Chalmers, 2009).

The tensions between numerous big and small political parties should be reduced via confidence building projects. Nepal should consider Maoist combatants to be integrated in new security organs as soon as it becomes practical, with remaining in the cantonments, and based on theirs’ merits in new security organs like the border security forces, and industrial security forces. Just assessing such vision has some merits but it may not be possible as the records of the former combatants are less than desirable to the local communities. Alternatively, they may be mobilized as flora and fauna security forces, and mobilized as infrastructure pioneer forces (i.e. utilize them for construction of school, roads etc.) (Bhandari , 2009).

Alternatively, others can be part of a national inclusion program and be provided with special technical and vocational training, and when they are ready they should be absorbed in various jobs demanded by the market. Others who desire should be given money, and they should earn their living through self-employment themselves. For some former combatants should be given special package program (i.e. compensation and vocational training) so that they can go to their own home (Bhandari). The more options are available in choice making the better it is for the national security and national interest in the medium to long term.

The demand of Maoists to condemn the president for not sacking the Chief of Army recently should not be condoned. The hassles by them opposing unilaterally about the constitution that reflects multiparty democracy should not be tolerated either. Every stakeholder of peace for Nepal should give priority to bringing about a comprehensive constitution as soon as possible. This should be implemented to secure national security and national interest of stability as soon as possible. The issue of Maoist cantonments should be managed according to peace accord. The workings of the special committee and technical committee (i.e. of peace accord brokered by UN) should be made transparent, also they should be held accountable to the national parliament. All these things should be kept in focus and blended smoothly and fast with some sequencing mechanism in place (Bhandari, 2009).

The parliament should be inclusive of international and national non governmental organizations in this national security initiative, which will provide a basis to win hearts and minds of the oppressed people of Nepal. They all bring cumulatively expertise and specialization in alternative formats to combat slackening pace of development, to fight injuries, and diseases, reduction of hunger, and poverty, in diffusion of knowledge, education, and training, mitigating violence and conflict, to provide relief of the oppressed women, children, and disabled, provide social security for the poor, and vulnerable, and further provide contribution for credible and sustainable future development of peace, progress and prosperity of Nepal (AIN, 2008-2010, p.1).

Vital task lies ahead to reduce poverty in Nepal. This initiative requires invigoration after a decade long conflict. While the peace accord is starting to stagnate and people are perceiving escalation of another Maoist insurgency, which is a symptom of rising and persistent inequality along ethnic and gender lines, non delivery of basic public services, lagging opportunities of income, and employment for the rural sector, where majority of the poor live. This weakness has to be addressed very fast as the top most priority by the government of the day. There is lack of public expenditure, and budget allocations again in basic social security needs delivery to the poor in meeting primary education, basic heath, nutritious food and so on as decentralized government is dysfunctional in the local communities. There is increased corruption in the central government, the Army generals are looting the fund brought in by soldiers via United Nations’ peace keeping missions for private use, same can be said of the national police, who are abusing the basic human rights of local people and have not been able to provide justice. The power of the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority should be increased through transparency and accountability; to reduce epidemic on going corruption and human rights abuses (IDA & IMF, 2003).

Nepal is vulnerably exposed to global climate change faces increasing various intensities of multitude of natural hazards such as flood, landslide, earthquake, fire, cyclonic winds and hailstorms, cloudburst, drought, famine, and epidemics. Further, Industrial accidents, explosion, traffic accidents and hazardous events linked to poisonous substances. Statistics reveal past disastrous events during 1971-2006 reveals epidemics takes the largest toll of life every year, which implies Nepal is extremely vulnerable to bird flue and now Swine fever. In addition landslide, flood (including the flash floods) and urban or rural fire are the principle hazards in terms of their extent and frequency of occurrences, which causes significant upheaval to society and economy well above what Nepal can afford. The National Strategy for Disaster Risk Management in Nepal should be linked with the national security strategy in meeting the goal, and objective of ‘disaster resilient Nepal’ in providing guidance to improve policy, and legal environment in prioritizing the strategic interventions (NSDR, 2009).

In concluding this strategic national security paper for our glorious motherland Nepal, we have introduced a vision, mission, objectives and strategies (i.e. the main one being inclusive of all and allied ones to win heart and minds of all Nepalese). The successful outcome will be based on the tactics that Nepalese soldiers earn hard currency from UN peacekeeping missions, which will be utilized in meeting the ongoing operational costs of remaining allied and interrelated strategies, with the main national security strategy in partnership with various tiers of governments, private and non governmental sectors. Thus, our mission will be accomplished when we see the confidence of our citizens grows, and peace, progress and prosperity grows to unite us all for happier days ahead in future to come.

Long live Nepal.
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Rana ji, what would the new form of Govt do to boost tourism in Nepal ? Would Nepal Adapt to certain laws to prevent damage to Tourims sector such as Bandhas? And any ideas on ways to boost Nepal’s tourism would be wonderful. Thanks for your lengthy post.

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