MISSED OPPORTUNITY

  • Voice Of The People

Jun 16, 2017-

For 12 long years he has been a ‘guest’ in Nepal’s jail, but no tourism trader in the country ever thought of marketing his exploits to promote tourism (‘Charles Sobraj to undergo open heart surgery’, June 9, Page 3). Charles at one point in time was more famous than Nepal, which many mistook for Naples. Erstwhile hippies who have been transformed into affluent ‘haves’ would have paid top dollars to revisit Nepal to listen to his stories and wine and dine with him. If anybody thinks this is a crazy idea, think again. The Brazilian tourism industry benefitted by hosting equally notorious bank robber Ronnie Biggs,  who pulled British tourists by the plane load. Jeremy Meeks, who was recently deported from England is an outlaw who has become a hot model and a tourist attraction.

Our traders cannot think beyond Everest, Buddha and tigers. Tourism is the most versatile business in the world. India TV is talking about tragedy tourism, referring to continuing indebted farmers’ suicides in Madhya Pradesh. There was talk of slum tourism in Mumbai. There is bunker tourism in Vietnam. Nepali event managers and hotel sales clerks have been stuck with ‘Hippie Night’ for theme dinners for the last 40 years. The fact is that, in tourism, the sky is the limit. We can have Charles Night, Marx Night, Guillotine Night, Malla king Night, even Kot Parba Night for the amusement of luxury visitors. With only sand dunes and camels, Dubai has turned into a fairy tale tourism destination, attracting over 14 million tourists within a decade. It is the lack of imagination on the part of our officials and tourism entrepreneurs that can stymie tourism growth. For 12 years, we have lost an opportunity to profit from one of the most colourful and iconic criminals in history, who has been a subject of Hollywood films and paperback bestsellers. Truly an opportunity lost.

- Manohar Shrestha

via email

FINES FOR ROAD MAINTENANCE

On May 30, Nepal police started a very robust and challenging campaign to punish the pedestrians guilty of violating traffic rules (‘Action against jaywalking: Pedestrians cry foul as traffic cops act tough’, May 31, Page 2). However, this campaign proved short lived and was recently scrapped by the Metropolitan Traffic Police Division (MTPD) (‘Home minister stops fine on jaywalker, June 14, Page 2). But during the time it was in effect, an estimated Rs 424,000 was collected on the first day. Additionally, various people chose to be in police custody for three hours rather than paying off the fine. I believe that the money collected in a certain area should be used by the police department within that area to maintain roads in the vicinity. For example, the money collected in Maharajgunj should be given to the Maharajgunj Police Quarter, who will then have the authority to use it for the maintenance of the road and under the supervision of the respective ward.  

-Kobid Panthi

via email

FUTURE OF TOMORROW

Many of us look back on our childhoods with fondness and warmth. We have had our 

share of bitter-sweet memories. 

So imagine if you had no childhood and only the instinct to survive as memories. That is the reality for approximately 168 million children worldwide (‘Why child labour 

persists’, June 13, Page 6). Children are the future of tomorrow. Their quality and personality will determine the nation we live in. It is therefore necessary for all societies to nurture a strong, healthy and intellectual youth. They are the ones who will lead the country, so it’s their right to lead a happy childhood and not have it 

snatched away in the form of child labour.

- Sumeru Sambahangphe

Bhaktapur

Published: 16-06-2017 08:29

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