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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Addiction of dependence

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The trade versus aid Song  by Samriddhi The Prosperity Foundation provoked me again about the parasitic nature in Nepal. People have developed the psychology that  the government should provide goods and services for their life and blame the government for not being able to provide their life as they expected. According to APA Dictionary of Psychology, psychological dependence is the “dependence on a psychoactive substance for the reinforcement it provides.” This psychological dependence has become an addiction in context to Nepal and made us parasites.

At an average, I merely find people who think they are responsible for their good and bad on their own. To stop to expect from the government to prosper ourselves is one of the main war that Nepali people have to fight with themselves. And to stop to be dependent on the foreign aid is one of the war Nepal has to fight. By nature, voluntary exchange of goods, services and love amongst, have been the basics of life. Identifying the strength and resources within and converting them to the goods and services that can be exchanged voluntarily / traded with others is the only way an individual can prosper his life. And the same is valid to the nation.

 Nepal and Nepali have to break the addiction of dependence be responsible to ourselves, if we really want to prosper our life.

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.

In Nepal : Are we really seeking Freedom ?

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Originally Posted @ anuj.liberty.me

Nepal has a history of series of revolutionary fights for the freedom. We have experienced various changes in rule and governance. We fought against the Rana Regime . A sort of Democracy was obtained in 1951 which was robbed again by King Mahendra and started Panchayat system (1962) in Nepal. In 1990 “People’s Movement I” brought an end to absolute monarchy and the beginning of constitutional democracy elininating Panchayat System. After undergoing a decade of civil war , in 2006, “People’s Movement II” ended up the monarchy and a run for the “Constitution Assembly” started up. We have already surpass “Constitutional Assembly I ” and the “Constitution Assembly II” is in action.

What have been Nepali people expecting from these changes in governance for so many decades is only the Freedom. But are we Nepali actually seeking Freedom? Being a Libertarian, I do not think we have been searching for freedom these many years. From my prospect we have been fighting to hand over our freedom to some middleman called as politicians in the form of government.

We have expected long these decades for the government to make good policies for the national development and prosperity. We have fought to send our representatives who will be in the government to care for us and feed for us. We have long been fighting by our lives to surrender our life to a third party who will be making the plans and policy to how to run our business and living.  Some third party guides us which way to walk, what communication to use, what education to receive, what health services to use, what we plant in our farm, what business we do, what achievement we receive. Is that what is called Freedom for Nepali ? Are we really expecting freedom or are we expecting our freedom to be robbed?

Analysing Petroleum Price Hike and the strike

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The Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) has jacked up fuel prices effective from Saturday afternoon. Diesel and kerosene prices have been hiked by Rs 1 per litre, while petrol has become dearer by Rs 2 per litre. As per the new rates, diesel/kerosene will cost Rs 100 per litre, while petrol will available for Rs 125 per litre. The price of aviation fuel sold to domestic airlines has been hiked by Rs 10 per litre to Rs 130 per litre, and that sold to international carriers has been increased by $50 per kilo litre to $1,300 per kilo litre.

With this revision, NOC’s monthly projected loss will come down to Rs 1 billion from Rs 1.15 billion. NOC dropped its plan to raise the price of LPG fearing possible political backlash, sources said. NOC faces Rs 733 million in monthly losses from its LPG business alone. On a LPG cylinder, NOC incurs Rs 523 loss.

Nepalese students protesting at fuel price rises set a parked bus on fire and vandalized other vehicles on Wednesday during a strike in the capital Kathmandu, leading police to make more than 60 arrests.
The city-wide strike, called by student unions to protest at an increase in the price of petrol, diesel, kerosene and aviation fuel last week, saw schools and colleges shut and most government vehicles stay off the roads. Some 2,000 police patrolled the streets, detaining protesters as they tried to enforce the strike by stopping vehicles.

A question just stroke to me. NOC’s monthly projected loss will come down to Rs 1 billion from Rs 1.15 billion. How is this covered? or How has this been covered? Of course, the loss is ultimately coming upon the head of government, as it owns NOC. How will the government cover the loss? The absolute answer is from the tax paid by country people and or loan, either of the way, it is covered by the sum of money that otherwise should have been sanctioned for the development projects. Thence, the loss is going to be covered from the payment of the fund collected from and for all Nepali people.

I do not know which group and with what motives, are the students calling for the strike. But its obvious, it tends to add the burden to all Nepali, by reducing a part of the burden of the consumers of the product. If the NOC gets loss, the loss is to be covered by the fund collected and should have been targeted all people. The consumers of the product may be in balance, but it is to rob the non-consumers. To summarise, the strike is called up to rob the non-consumers. Wouldn’t it be better that the cost of the product be beared by the consumer of the product. In my view, NOC should not make up the price to go for loss. The single penny of loss of the NOC is the direct loss of non-consumers and low-consumers of the product.

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.