“There is a saying in Tibetan, Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength…’’ said the Dalai Lama. Nepal, one of the least developed nations in South Asia are having some of the worst times in their country’s history. Nepal is sometimes known to the world as the last country to be ruled by a Hindu monarch. Nepal, like most nations face humanitarian issues like poverty, corruption, and human trafficking, despite all that, it does not fail to bring thousands of tourist every year because they are home to one of the world’s highest peak. Around this time next year and the following year after, the Nepalese will forever remember the tragic earthquake on April 25th, which killed thousands and destroyed world heritage monuments.
As a sister country to Nepal, Bhutan should taken as an exemplary model of good governance and self less rulers. However, I think, the people of Nepal who ‘Hardly,’ live in their country and their rulers are least interested to move forward from where they have stood a decade ago. A significant number of times, the country has relied on foreign aid to support government related activities. In 2001, when the nation was struck with another tragedy, the massacre of the royal family by Prince Dipendra which most Nepalese themselves have long forgotten, a series of rebellion occurred after which the Nepalese Prime Minister Sher Bahadur appealed to donor countries for more aid as Nepal’s economy was almost down the drain.
The recent tragedy has led to billions of aid flowing in the country. I mean, that literally is money which some people in Nepal have never ever imagined in their entire life time, however the sad part to that, ‘Foreign aid,’ is, if it will ever reach to worst hit areas. Critics world-wide including Nepalese working in third world countries have questioned how transparently the funds will be allocated. Peace prevails in Nepal, but that is no good if development fails to occur. Journalists who have studied the country’s economy for almost a decade have concluded that foreign aid in Nepal almost never reached allocated areas.
Singaporian born Nepalese, Uges Limbu, a songwriter, composer, and actor based in NewYork is among the few nepalese who remain sucessfull. Because of the recent crisis, Ugues not only delayed the release of his new album, Sahara, but also help donate money, food, and cloths for the earthquake victims in Nepal. “It is not about trusting the government. During this period of crisis, it is the red cross whose role is important. Therefore we are sending all our donations to Nepal Red Cross,” replied Ugues when asked why relief materials were not sent through the Nepalese government.
Only few Nepalese(upper class and the wealthy) decide to return home after studying abroad, the country then is left with majority of,’Uneducated population,’ who take part in the elections. “Will most Nepalese ever live to see wise leaders who will save the country from,’Day light,’ corruption and poverty?