Recently, I walked through New Road after nearly a decade. Much of what I saw was no different from what it was like ten years ago—unruly traffic; pedestrians jostling to navigate through the crowded sidewalks; trash piled on kerb side.
Economic development (Arthik Samariddhi) and nationalism (Rastriyata) are two of the Oli government’s foremost priorities. The government’s policies and program and the budget presented to the parliament help to understand the economic development part. Time will tell whether the development targets are realistic or public relation hyperboles.
The Oli government has declared “Rastriyata—Nationalism and “Arthik Sambriddhi”--Economic Development as its priorities. The Chinese largesse provided under the Belt and Road initiative (BRI) is expected to fuel the economic development part. A look at China’s aid policy and its delivery in developing countries provides some pointers to the difficulty of navigating Rastriyata through the policy maze.