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  • Voice Of The People

Jan 26, 2018-

It is quite right that the decentralisation of Nepal portends the coming of better times. But, before blindly joining in to chant shallow development mantras, political apathy must be addressed. Casting a vote does not suffice, especially not in a polity with sprawling adenoid-like patrimonial power structures. An active citizenry—not only adept at seeing its own negligence but also its duties in driving the political process towards more equality and sustainable growth—is mandatory at this watershed. Only if politicians and citizenry work hand in hand making federalism work, can the foundation for development be laid (‘Agenda for prosperity’, January 23, Page 5). The departure from centralised politics can be a chance, but it also harbours risks as even more avenues of corruption open. For now, it shall be treated as a one-time opportunity for politicians, central and regional, to regain trust irresponsibly gambled away in preceding political periods. On the other hand, it’s the constituency’s urgent task to cast off its recent character of a largely fatigued, lacklustre mass and take seriously its duty to check political processes. This foundation established, any path towards development can truly successfully be treaded on. 

- John Hildebrand,

via e-mail

 

FACEBOOK ADDICTION

Today, modernisation has become so rapid that it’s not wrong for us to say technology and development are synonymous. All age groups seem to be mesmerised by technology; people are so busy that they don’t have time for their family and relatives. Mark Zuckerberg also might not have thought that his creation would someday become a basic need (‘Facebook doesn’t like what it sees when it looks in the mirror’, January 19, Page 7). Whether parent or child, people’s first priority is always Facebook these days. Today begins with new uploads on Facebook and ends with replies to comments. Within a short time, Facebook has become such a craze that children have forgotten their culture, but haven’t forgotten how to upload selfies. More damning, the study has found that Internet addiction is as dangerous as drugs. It is presented as ‘digital heroin’. This is because Internet addiction leads to the release of neurotransmitter Dopamine comparable to the levels released during drug consumption. This complex world has captured youngsters’ minds so much that their clothing style, language and habits of diet are shaped accordingly. These technologies have been a boon, but if they are misused, they will become our master. Technologies are meant for our usage and betterment, but if they are addicting, we’ll have nothing except the nostalgia of a better past.

- Abinash Devkota,

via e-mail

Published: 26-01-2018 08:18

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