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Rip off the public

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- Guffadi
Rip off the public

May 30, 2014-

Our incompetent government celebrated the 7th Republic Day with the usual circus acts such as releasing the pigeons, a security personnel march-past and showering of flowers from Army helicopters. We need some creative folks to organise such events instead of the civil servants who have been following the same routine forever.

Save our pigeons, flowers and fuel. Yes, even the pigeons must be cursing our clowns who hold the birds as if they would like to eat them for lunch. The flowers can be used to honour the real heroes instead of the freeloaders. And Nepal Army should be using their helicopters to rescue the common folks caught in natural disasters instead of hovering over Tundikhel and showering flowers on our buffoons.

 We have been a republic since 2008 but people are still struggling to live a decent life while the corrupt clowns, civil servants and contractors are busy ripping off the public. This is a New Nepal but we seem to be sticking to the same old routine. Let’s hand over the other half of Tundikhel back to the public because the army doesn’t need the space except to hold such parades for our buffoons. And our security personnel are better off helping the public instead of wasting their time rehearsing for such events.

Our incompetent government must move such functions to the National Stadium. And instead of just our corrupt netas, civil servants and diplomats enjoying the show, please invite the public as well. After all, if people had stayed home instead of taking to the streets, our netas would not be having fun today.

Next year, let’s have the Republic Day celebration at the National Stadium and provide at least half the seats to the common folks. The programme should start early, at six in the morning, and conclude by 10 am, so that we can all go home and enjoy our daal-bhaat instead of getting sun-burnt and suffering from dehydration if things extend into the afternoon.

We should have all ethnic groups show us their local dances and skills such as horse-riding, shooting arrows and much more. And please get rid of the security personnel march-past. We should instead put in place a march-past featuring all ethnic groups so that our children will know more about other cultures instead of coming under the impression that army helicopters are meant for showering flowers and carrying banners.

The event should be broadcast live so that those of us who don’t get tickets to the show can enjoy it at home. The government should also provide at least one packet of milk each to all citizens so that they too can enjoy tea because not all of us will get to drink tea and eat biskut with the President.

We do not have enough troops and weapons to display during the Republic Day parade like the Desis. But we can at least invite a bideshi guest of honour like them and maybe ask him for some dough for our development projects.

It’s a shame that our incompetent buffoons decided to postpone the celebration of International Everest Day this year. It would at least have been a kind gesture if our netas, civil servants and diplomats had taken a minute of silence to remember the Sherpas who lost their lives in the Everest avalanche recently during the Republic Day parade.

Common folks care about the country whereas our clowns only care about their cousins and cadres. If it had been one of their own who had perished on Everest then they would have received millions of rupees and been declared martyrs.  

Our netas remind us that foreign hands and right-wing forces want to take away all the gains made so far. But it is them who have done nothing to institutionalise the democratic republican order in the country. Nepotism still rules.  

The political parties themselves are not democratic and yet they preach what they do not practice. Our Home Minister himself violates traffic laws and parks his vehicle in the middle of the street. He does not need to use the zebra-crossing or the overhead bridge while crossing the road because he thinks he owns this land of ours.

And SSP Ramesh Kharel should not rant against his seniors because they are all hard-working cops who had hoped to become AIGs without buying new briefcases for Bam Dev. Well, we already have our new AIGs and let us all believe that our Home Minister and his crew promoted them based on their merit instead of moolah!  

Let us all take a minute to remember and honour our martyrs who sacrificed their lives for a better tomorrow. We should also do the same for our Sherpas who perished while climbing Everest. Our incompetent government may forget them but we must not. The late Maya Angelou said it best: “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated.”

Guffadi is a grumpy old man who blogs at guffadi.blogspot.com. You may contact him at maguffadi@gmail.com

Published: 31-05-2014 09:41

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