|Picture courtesy: Mr. Pradhan Photography|
Last week, I saw two photos that reveal the emotion within Nepali immigrating for jobs, especially to Gulf and other Asian countries. I don’t think we deserve this. We Nepali, do not need everything perfect. A bit of mismanagement, a bit of delay, a hint of carefreeness –these are things we have been digesting easily and essentially is also an inadvertent result of our cultural and social ethics. As much as we are friendly, there will be hint of carelessness; as much as we are tolerant there will be hint of negligence; as much as we are open we invite unsought hazards.
|Picture courtesy @sr_suraj twitter|
But things have gone out of hand so much that we have to wave good bye to our loved ones, not with the feeling of adventure but with the feeling of a twisted gut. That decision is made not being able to fathom another last resort to pay mortgage for the last harvest that did not happen. The nervousness of an 18 year old boy leaving his parents to work in scorching heat in hard labour, the nervousness of a 40 year old women who knows only Nepali, to work as a domestic worker in a completely different cultural setting full with risks of mental and physical abuse. Somebody has to be accountable for that. All of us can’t shy away from taking responsibility. At least those of us who have access to read these very lines, we are privileged enough to change course of history and bring justice to the worthy.
People with degrees and capital must look at themselves in the mirror and take responsibility. Blaming political leadership is one thing, but they with their incompetence being able to serve this long is beyond any reasonable excuse. They are not staying at top due to their connection with foreign intelligence agents or their shrewd political move but due to ridiculous submission of our educated middle class. The knowledge that our degrees have brought has not been sufficient enough to create jobs for the hardworking. While, the World Cup Stadiums are being built by our hands, we at home have not been able to provide employment just by repairing our only National Stadium after the earthquake. Instead, we have looked for shortcuts into easy INGO money or security of the bureaucracy. The capital that we have has not been invested wisely enough to create jobs to negate the need of foreign employment.
The right question is we have not worked hard enough. We have been indifferent to the emotions of people whose blood and toil makes our country run. Look, what an example we have been, that our fellow brothers and sisters feel proud to come home with an LED TV rather than an innovative entrepreneurial idea that avoids the tragedy of returning back. With most of our ancestors being self-sustaining hardworking peasant one way or the other, success today means being in luxury without running the hard mile. It’s time we expect no less from each other and disown the incompetent thugs who have stagnated our leadership. But that should not only start from a political front, but by waves of youth ready to work hard shamelessly in their own soil, not behind curtains of a fancy Visa or PR documentation.