• Voice Of The People

Apr 7, 2017-


Nepal Trade Integrated Strategy (NTIS) 2016 has recognised the potential for product and value chain development in the tourism sector (‘Tourism pumped Rs177b into Nepal’s economy’, March 31, Money I). China and India can be our potential customers for tourism services. Nepal can attract large numbers of religious and adventure tourists from India, China and other countries. We should therefore diversify our tourist destinations. Tourism accounts for 7.5 percent of Nepal’s GDP, a figure that is expected to rise to 8.3 percent by 2027.

Promotion of tourism increases employment opportunities, decreases poverty and enhances the quality of life. Tourism provides good opportunities for Nepal to take advantage of its geopolitical location. However, this requires high promotion and marketing in the international arena. For this, concerned bodies like the Nepal Tourism Board should be effectively mobilised. And Nepali diplomatic missions around the world should also be utilised. 

- Umesh Thapa, Kailali


I am an apolitical person. I have little knowledge of politics. However, I do know something about human tendencies and how people tend to play the blame game. Rabindra Mishra, the well-known Nepali media personality, author and philanthropist has embarked upon a political career (‘We want to inspire Nepali youths to believe that politics can be noble’, March 20, Page 6). People have expressed a number of different views as to why he is trying to become a politician. 

I have been following his interviews long before he relinquished his role as a media personality. His inclination towards politics was evident in earlier interviews as well. On some occasions, he asserted that politics is not a dirty game, but that politicians are not handling it correctly. I firmly believe that Mishra does not have any dubious motives behind becoming a politician. Mishra had a host of opportunities open to him; he could have pursued any of them. Yet he chose to embark on a political career with the intention to help Nepal. We need to appreciate his commitment to hose down the decades-old stink that permeates the Nepali political landscape. If you, as a citizen, are not doing anything for Nepal, then do not criticise people who are trying to help. We must appreciate those who are attempting to do something that will promote the welfare of the country. 

- Shiva Neupane, Melbourne, Australia


A recent event reflects poorly on politicians, particularly those from the mid- and far-western regions of Nepal (‘Neighbours thrash Dalit boy for entering kitchen’, April 1, Page 1). These politicians constantly refer to instances of social discrimination, inequality and oppression. However, they have done nothing to control such instances of violence. If such inhuman atrocities like those perpetrated against the Dalit boy are not checked and controlled, we might see yet another movement for a separate Dalit Pradesh. The government must make perpetrators of such violence accountable. Examples must be set so that this region, growing in lawlessness, will treat everybody, but especially the Dalits, with respect. Perhaps the government could take a leaf out of Lord Krishna’s book. Lord Krishna went against class boundaries and washed Sudama’s feet. Meanwhile the NGOs that are confined within Kathmandu should migrate to regions where such discrimination is most prominent—such as areas in the mid- and far-west—to campaign against instances of untouchability, chhaupadi and other social ills. They should be based in these areas permanently, so that their efforts are most effective. 

- Manohar Shrestha, via email

Published: 07-04-2017 08:07

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