Igniting the light for World PEACE LOVE LIBERTY

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Students For Liberty – Nepal igniting the light for the World PEACE LOVE LIBERTY on the occasion of World Peace Day, 21 Sept.

Students For Liberty – Nepal igniting the light for the World PEACE LOVE LIBERTY on the occasion of World Peace Day, 21 Sept. @ Bijaypur, Dharan and BP Chowk, Nepalgunj .

The world is growing selfish rapidly, and there’s no harm with it until people understand and respect the rights of each other. When the liberty of the individuals are respected, people feel love and this love maintains the peace in the society.<meta http-equiv=”X-Frame-Options” content=”DENY” />//

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Students For Liberty – Nepal igniting the light for the World PEACE LOVE LIBERTY on the occasion of World Peace Day, 21 Sept. @ Bijaypur, Dharan.

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Students For Liberty – Nepal igniting the light for the World PEACE LOVE LIBERTY on the occasion of World Peace Day, 21 Sept. @ BP Chowk, Nepalgunj

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We the Parasites

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Humans have acquired the parasitic nature very long ago. I always come to remember my time during higher secondary education, most of the lecturers had a very speed lectures that most of the students used to miss to make the notes. I also used to miss some important points and I had a friend who used to capture everything the teacher spoke. So, I frequently had to copy some of the notes from him. I more I started to fill up the contents I missed, the more I started to miss to write the note. And by the end of the year, I had fully been depended on him to make the notes and had to copy the whole notes from him. I had become a parasite. Its not the story of single me.

According to Shlomiya Bar-Yam of New England Complex Systems Institute “A parasitic relationship is one in which one organism, the parasite, lives off of another organism, the host, harming it and possibly causing death. The parasite lives on or in the body of the host. Usually, although parasites harm their hosts, it is in the parasite’s best interest not to kill the host, because it relies on the host’s body and body functions, such as digestion or blood circulation, to live.” ( @ link ).

 

From my prospect, we Nepali are a colony of parasites, the parasite depended on the government. Some of we are parasitic by nature, most are parasitic by circumstance, but the worst ones are the parasite by choice. We expect the river to bring the gold to us, so that we could make our fortune ( The River and The Gold). We expect the government to think for us, be responsible for us, provide us education, provide us health, provide us employment, provide us food, provide us clothing, provide us shelter, provide us refreshment and everything we need to live the life we dream. We have become the parasites. This is one of the reason we are still poor. And the most worse part is we do not mind being parasite on Government. We do not see the option what we could do on our own.

But its time now, we realize that we are living poor, because we expect the government to make our fortune, which does not work any more in this competitive world. Every goods and services needs to be produced and this requires the cost, which we should be able to pay for. We must understand that if we want to be something then, we have to do something. And if we want some more, then we have to do some more. Its time now, that we own ourselves and be responsible for the good and bad for ourselves.  Yes, Nepal ! Its time for Liberty now.

Is Nepal poor? Then why is so?

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We can divide people in around 2:1 ratio for the answer of the question “Is Nepal poor?”, majority saying “Yes” and remaining saying “No, but Yes”. However, if we take a LCM, Yes is the lowest common factor for the Question. Nepal is among the world’s poorest countries. One third of people live below poverty line. More than a quarter population are insufficiently fed and some 7 percent of people are worried about meeting two inns every day.

Why is Nepal Poor?

Discussing on the topic we can come through various points from the educational, social, geographical, political and various factors that has led Nepal to be poor, some of which I would like to discuss.

1. More than 60% Nepali do not have higher education

2. Nepal is a land-locked country (No sea border), and between two densely populated and powerful countries

3.Complicated Geography with more than 60% area falls in Mountainous region

4. Majority of Nepali cannot read, write and/or speak English

5. Corruption

6. Immoral Politicians

7. Manpower and Brain Drain

More or less we come to feel each of the reasons are the factor that has caused our country to be poor. But in my understanding all of these are just the part of our Culture of Blames. For me “Every excuse are Lies”, and all these reasons are just the excuses each of us make to blame the nature and group of people to separate ourselves apart of it.

1. The fact may be true that more than 60% percent of people do not have higher education. But I find no clue, how this affects the country to be poor in a real sense. If higher education was the factor responsible for people being poor, then around 60% people should have been below poverty line, which does not applies. Neither does it apply that none of the educated ones are living below poverty line. I can say it, because I have seen the scenario of many graduates living the life below poverty line. We have a mixed population of with and without higher education living in various level of life standard. In fact, except come exceptions, most of the people with higher education in Nepal are living poorer lifestyle than many of those with no higher education. In fact, education does not teach people how to become rich. Its the knowledge, experience, skills and literacy within a person, that determines the lifestyle one tend to achieve.

2. Switzerland and Hungary in Europe and Mongolia are also the land locked countries that have significantly higher lifestyle. Belgium and Luxembourg are also between comparatively dense populated and powerful countries Germany and France. If they can be developed, why not Nepal. It can just be an excuse not a real reason.

3. The geographical feature of Nepal in unique and comprises of around 3500 micro climate. This provides Nepal to grow most variety of crops than any other country in the world and I view it as a positive aspect. Nepal bears 8 tallest peak of the world out of ten along with the peak of the world “Mt. Everest“. The beauty of mountains is famous all around the world. The main problem is not the mountains and the geographical complication, the problem is we do not know what we have got and how to manage it for the benefit. How can we say the geographical feature to be barrier for Nepal to develop when we have not used it to produce goods and services and acted it just as a burden.

4. English language skills is not at all a constraint for development. We can look at the example of Thailand, Belgium, Korea and many more who developed even after hating English.

5. Corruption is a common problem for all developing and developed countries. Even India is not untouched by it for a nearer example. It bears a share but not the real reason why Nepal is poor.

6. Nepal and India share almost the same sort of Politicians, who forget the election agendas after the election and the voters after they have voted. So, why is India having one of the world’s fastest developing country and Nepal remaining almost same.

7. Philippines is the most exporting country in terms of  Manpower. In fact, this export was one of the main reason what Philippines have achieved. The exported manpower are in fact generating more revenue and contributing more for the development of the country then similar ones residing inside. There are exceptions for everything and exceptions cannot be the reason why Nepal is poor.

Mental and physical poverty are related to each other.We are poor because of our Culture of Blames, when something goes wrong. We never take responsibility even of ourselves and look at others to do for us. We are always eager to take the credit of that good thing which we were never part of. Not only the leaders of Nepal are suffered from this illness but all sections of populations. We are more eager to preserve what we possess then to generate we do not have.

Unless and until we Nepali do not change our attitude towards entrepreneurship, and relay on limited enterprises to support our general livelihood, we never develop, we never grow rich. History is evident that, only the industrial revolution can enhance the living standard of people and industrial revolution is only possible when we have Free Market,  a market in which there is no economic intervention and regulation by the state, except to enforce private contracts and the ownership of property. Trade policy in Nepal is really one of the constricting factor blocking Nepal for the economic development.

The answer for “Why is Nepal poor?” is really complicated, but it is the fact that no nation can develop without appropriate trade policy and entrepreneurs.

Culprit for Corruption: Person or Power?

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ImageIn the Corruption Perception Index-2013 published by Transparency International, Nepal ranks 116th, with 31 points on a scale of 0-100. Last year Nepal stood at 154th position with 27 points. This situation seems improving, however Nepal still is one of the most corrupt country in the world. The Index scores 177 countries and territories on a scale from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). No country has a perfect score, and two-thirds of countries score below 50. This indicates a serious, worldwide corruption problem. – See more at: http://cpi.transparency.org/cpi2013/results/.

If a question “Why is Nepal underdeveloped?” is blindly thrown to the air in Nepal, it is more likely to receive the same answer “Corruption”. This may be probably none of us have been left sacred out of corruption directly or indirectly. The sectors most seriously affected and involved in corruption in Nepal are: Bureaucracy, Politics and Business, however there’s no place left without corruption.

Corruption, in general, refers to the abuse of power and/or resources for the personal, professional or financial gain. Why do people abuse their power? I had a similar post on “Who is the culprit, Politicians or Power?” I am no expert, but I believe I have come to understand human nature up to some extent. Of course, its the person who become corrupt, but its not who the real culprit is. Blaming a person for what his corruption and chatter that you would never have been corrupt, if you were in his place would just be an utopia. I say, most of us are not the corrupt one, simply because we do not have power to be so. If only we had the chance to corrupt and had an easy escape, most of us would also have been the same. A human is not born with corruption, he acquires it from the surrounding by his experience of exercising power. “Had there been no power in an individual to abuse upon other, would there be corruption?”

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It is we who invited corruption in our society. It is we who provided an individual a greater power then others, that made him indifferent from other, to have the authority to exercise power upon others. Its we who provided him power to impose his decisions on others. Its we who had him the only alternative so he could conceit in his power and tend to take the benefit of it. As quoted by Lord ActonPower tends to corrupt”, I believe its the power we grant to people or group of people that tends to corrupt rather then the man himself. For me, “the man is just a vector”. Had not he been in the place, there would be someone other doing the same or similar.

However, its not my point that corrupt people are innocent. My point is, they are not the real culprit. The system of rule by a person is the main culprit. Its however there is still a question unanswered; “Rule of Law: Will the Dream come true?” In my view, not only Nepal, but in every nation, unless and until a person or a certain group of person is powerful than law and have the power to play the law, Corruption never fades.

Understanding Rights

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I have found no person uninterested about “Rights”. When I was a kid, I was taught in the school about the three fundamental rights : Food, Clothing and Shelter. Neither my teachers felt necessary to let me know about how they get fulfilled nor had I any interest in knowing. I had just considered those 3 aspects of life as fundamental rights. Nowadays, people have added many things in the list like: Water, electricity, education, health, speech, information, employment, recreation, reservation etc according to the society they are inhabiting and according to their convenience. Many of the times we have answers rumbling around us, but we remain unanswered. On going through “Man’s Right” by Ayn Rand, it was the first time I get a clear picture.

“At whose expense?”, the question by her, struck in my head deep. At whose expense should one be provided with food, clothing, shelter or any other so called rights. Who is responsible for “Right to life” of a man?, he himself, the government or other third party? In the article, Rand clearly illustrates: “the right to life means that a man has the right to support his life by his own work (on any economic level, as high as his ability will carry him); it does not mean that others must provide him with the necessities of life.”

Similar for the case of property and speech respectively as: the right to property means that a man has the right to take the economic actions necessary to earn property, to use it and to dispose of it; it does not mean that others must provide him with property. The right of free speech means that a man has the right to express his ideas without danger of suppression, interference or punitive action by the government. It does not mean that others must provide him with a lecture hall, a radio station or a printing press through which to express his ideas.

This helped me to understand the right of an individual more clearly. I am completely convinced with Rand about the only one fundamental right i.e. man’s right to his life (this entails his freedom to act on his own judgement, for his own goals, by his own voluntary, un-coerced choice) and all other entities to be the consequences and corollaries of his action. One has the right to education, it does not mean he should be given it freely. Every goods and services should be produced and if some man are entitled to by right to the product of others, it means the producers are deprived of their right. Taking the goods of others in free is stealing and make others provide service in free is enslavement. And nobody has the right of stealing or enslaving others. The conclusion is rights does not mean getting goods and services in free, right refers to get those through voluntary exchange in between.

What about the government? We pay the tax and in return the government should provide them in free.

Is it? I am not convinced.

What is the source of income of the government?

Tax.

Who Pays?

Economically active citizen.

Who receives?

Shared Amongst all for common good.

Then theres some questions. Are not economically passive getting the output of the toil of others? Isn’t it an enslavement?

Who gives the government authority to collect tax? They take them from coerced policy and law. Isn’t it stealing to take the outcome of others by force wherever they use? Isn’t stealing a stealing if its for noble purpose?

Then how can a government run to provide the facilities to people? I now say, why should the government provide the goods and services produced by others? The producers shall manage them. We all know how better we care and manage our property comparative to others.

Then whats the role of government? The answer is simple “Protect the rights of its citizen” through rational rule of law and voluntary exchange of the service.

In general, we have always been expecting the government to take better care of us and provide us the every goods and services. But being rational, we must think “How it comes?” I say – I no longer need the care of the government if it comes from theft. Being a man, I believe in myself that I have the ability to have my living on my own strength. I can support myself from voluntary exchange of my skills, knowledge and toil. In fact, each of us can, and most of us are doing so. Understanding rights helps to change our attitude regarding how we live our life. I just want to leave a question at last: “Do we want to enslave others and/or steal?

Who is the culprit, Politicians or Power?

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Two centuries ago, an army Commander Bam Bahadur Thapa had said “Sak6au jagir nakhau, sakdainau jagir khau : Jhanda muni basa tara durbar napasa” in English: “If you can do not get employed (work under other esp. government), if you can’t then get employed : Remain under the flag, but don’t enter the palace”. This was the period when politics was concentrated in and around the palace and he got fade up from that. As the politics started to come out of palaces and to more then hundred parties and numerous number of leaders, politics has been becoming even worst and the number of people to blame it has rose abruptly.

Is politics really bad? Can the politics never be good? Or the way of politics has become bad ? If the way has been bad, why do we blame politics, which is just the victim of amoral politicians?

From my childhood, I used to believe the reason for this is bad people getting into politics and therefore good people should enter politics to reform it. But thus far I have seen Nepali politics, the people I believed to be good and hoped that s/he would change the bad pattern of the politics turned out to be even worse when they reach to the power. So, now I believe the present scenario of politics is not the outcome of bad people in politics, they became bad after they went there. And thus I don’t blame to the politicians, not even in my heart.

I tried to figure out what makes a good person bad after they get indulged in politics. And now I have the answer “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”. It not the people, the culprit is the power, – the power to have control over other people, the legal authority to think about the good and bad of other people, and the power to deviate people in the direction they want through the amendment of constitution, law and policies. And once they experience this power, the desire of more as a human nature, turns even the good ones to bad.

I therefore find, the power to change the life style of a large group of people, the power to direct people to the ideology they want leaving behind no alternative, the power to force people to sacrifice their rights in the name of common good and many other powers that make some people to be superior then others to impact as their desire is the culprit, that has made the current unpleasant political environment.

I dream of the society ruled be law and the law not to be changed by the desire of some countable intellectuals. I dream of a free society, where one does not have to compromise his/her rights in any moment of the life. I believe when the power of people in government and parties, over others people starts to be limited, the reform of politics gets started. Its a long way but not an unachievable target.