Print Edition - 2015-12-24 | Oped
Woe is us
Dec 24, 2015-
The fingers of the hand might have become tired after counting the series of tragic incidents. But the woes of the citizens do not seem to be ending. Three quarters of the year have almost passed, but the misery of the
people has not gone away. The country, which was shaken up by the massive April 25 earthquake, has not seen any signs of relief since then. The Madhes agitation and shortages created by the trade embargo followed on the heels
of the natural disaster. The times of
horror are not over yet. The homeless should now be ready to face another challenge as the winter has descended upon the country. The people who are already suffering are receiving fresh torturous wounds as the days pass.
Bad times started right away after the beginning of the Bikram Sambat New Year. First, the Great Earthquake which shook the nation to its foundations within a minute. Another severe tremor jolted the nation after 17 days. Houses fell again, and those that had been damaged by the previous shock came apart. Subsequent aftershocks absolutely rattled the mental status of the people, and they found spending the nights in the open fields a safer option than sleeping in their own backyards. Avalanches, landslides and floods made things worse, leaving several places cut off. People were forced to leave their beloved areas for some strange safe location. The testing times continued as the days were hotter at times and the rains were heavier at times. Families lost their sources of income. The country was affected economically as property worth billions was lost. About 9,000 people lost their lives in the disaster. Cultural heritage sites like old palaces and temples collapsed, and the iconic tower Dharahara broke and fell into pieces.
The country got its first constitution promulgated by the peoples’ representatives. However, it was not able to satisfy everybody, especially southerners. Madhes had already started burning months before the winter started. The Tikapur incident, which can be taken as one of the most unpleasant tragedies, was the harbinger of further obstructions, disruptions, curfews and collisions. Nepal’s closest neighbour imposed a trade blockade causing obstructions to the supply of day-to-day essentials including medicine, fuel and food. We are at this stage of the tale right now. People have been forced to sit on the roofs of buses, wait for days in serpentine gasoline lines, unwillingly pay high taxi fares and face similar other countless difficulties.
More than a quarter of Bikram
Sambat 2072 is still left, and this tale of dreadful events may have a happy ending if the agitating parties, opposition parties and government work for the country and the people. They could end this chaotic tale and set things right. Maybe from next year, article writers like me will be able to pick up their pens and describe positive scenes.
Published: 24-12-2015 09:50