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- MANSI KARNA

Nov 23, 2017-The world today has blossomed into the fragrance of the 21st century. Globalisation has played its part in bringing people closer. While there are people promoting globalisation and thus global employment, there also are people who choose to abide by the sentiments of nationalism and go for local employment. There, however, is an upsurge of passion among people when it comes to foreign employment. While globalisation and worldwide employment is something a majority of people understand and consider to be a subject of appraisal, nationalism and domestic employment comes as a matter of surprise. 

Also, anyone choosing to express disappointment at foreign employment is confronted with a number of staring eyes. The fact that our country is a developing country is understandable. A majority of the people live below the poverty line, and the demarcation of the poverty line itself is said to be faulty. A plausible explanation for this is that there has been a constant rise in prices of things, but the demarcation of the poverty line has remained constant for years. With these things prevalent, an increase in the number of people going for foreign employment is understandable.

Foreign employment, however, is not only sought after as a means to satisfy one’s needs. It has apparently developed into some kind of a status symbol. One intriguing thing about Nepal is that ample personal freedom is granted to its citizens. A mélange of the materialistic era, global convergence and freedom to see, watch and go to foreign lands have given rise to the desire of people to reach beyond their capability. It is not, very often, a desire to learn or do something for one’s country but a craving to outdo their near ones in terms of materialistic possessions. How beneficial are the variances in monetary values between countries! It serves to help them reach their goals.

Indeed, we belong not merely to a country, but to the entire world; and we do believe in cosmopolitanism. Should that be any reason, however, to ignore the land we have inhabited for long? Should the ideology of cosmopolitanism exist within us only to enable us to expect more for ourselves? The fact that we tend to perceive it more 

as a matter of pride, instead of viewing it as a compulsion, is startling. Despite the fact that foreign employment helps to enhance the country’s gross national product, the overwhelming desire among people to actually vacate their country for personal motives is hazardous. Is it possible for real cosmopolites to let their motherland be devoid of trained and qualified people? This adversely affects its growth, which further demotivates other citizens to stay in the country, and thus creates a fatal vicious circle of underdevelopment.

Published: 23-11-2017 07:38

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