The ‘Xi’ effectChina will probably take over the world in the next 20 years, and India will be an economic giant. But what about us?
The Chinese President was in town briefly and we got ourselves a few repaired roads along the route the president would be driving and a temporary grassland in Tinkune. Maybe our government should invite world leaders every other week and we will probably get done with potholes and cracked roads in the city.
Xi was here for less than 24 hours. And if our government was creative and really wanted to promote Nepal and impress Xi, then he would not be holed up in a five-star hotel. We would have taken him for a mountain flight, or even better taken him for breakfast with Oli at Everest Base Camp. Then, we could have asked him to tell his people to visit Nepal in 2020, instead of France, America or other western countries. If we could have pulled that off, maybe we could have even beat the target of getting two million passport-stamped tourists in our land.
Before Xi dropped in Nepal for a quickie, Xi was in India. The Chinese have now invested billions of dollars in India and the Indians have also invested in China. And they both know that our incompetent politicians and chiya-kharcha seeking civil servants have not done their job to uplift this country and its people. Our politicians still think we can play the ‘India’ or ‘China’ card against our chimekis but the rest of the world knows that India will always be a major player in our domestic affairs and China has accepted that as well. But our ignorant clowns never do their homework and we fail to get a good deal with our chimekis.
Our communists look at the Chinese Communist Party and dream of a one-party rule, but what they fail to understand is that you can’t do that unless you bring an economic revolution in this country and our youth can make a living here instead of going to foreign lands to earn a few Dinars and Ringgits. And when it comes to corruption, the Chinese are different from the Indians. They either send the corrupt to jail for life or end the person’s life. We are lucky that we do not have capital punishment in this land because if we did then the innocent common folks would be sent to death while the corrupt would continue to have fun.
China will probably take over the world in the next 20 years. India will be an economic giant but will have to deal with inadequate infrastructure, poverty, religious and caste conflict and free-roaming animals on the streets. If India wants to catch up with China then it has to invest heavily in infrastructure and handle its internal conflicts with care. But what about us? Well, we have to deal with our lawmakers who are actually lawbreakers themselves, who are getting arrested left and right for sexual assault, murder, extortion and other illegal activities. We have no one to blame but our political parties who have sidelined their honest and hardworking cadres and have chosen slimy contractors and criminals to represent the party in the House.
We have new ambassadors sworn in for Australia and Spain. What can we say about our government when it goes against the recommendation of its own Ministry of Foreign Affairs and appoints people with no diplomatic or government experience? If you are above the age of 35 and have an undergraduate degree, no criminal record and conflict of interest then you are eligible to be an ambassador. The person who will be heading to Australia is a Dahal. Nothing against all honest and hardworking Dahals in this land, but Prachanda is giving your clan a bad name. Winter is coming, and if our Emperor had his way then most of the top positions in our government agencies would go to his cousins and cadres.
Our new Ambassador to Spain is Dawa Futi Sherpa. She is the daughter of late Pasang Lhamu Sherpa, the first Nepali woman to climb Everest. She meets the bare requirement but it helps when your family is worth billions of rupees and is close to Oli Ba. Nothing against Dawa but all she can do in Spain is visit the office of Barcelona FC and probably invite Messi to play a minute or two of football in Everest Base Camp. We should have sent her to the US or some other European country where she could promote Nepal and especially target a package to those who want to climb Everest. And her relatives own Yeti Airlines and other reputed tour and travel agencies. Would it be a conflict of interest or maybe that would help us bring in an extra million high paying ‘climbing’ crowd?
There is nothing wrong with sending byaparis and near and dear ones to foreign lands as ambassadors. The Amrikis do it. Many major political donors, who are mostly byaparis there get appointed as ambassadors. So maybe we are just following the US model instead of the Chiniya model where they send the best of the best to represent their land.
And the future King and Queen of England are busy visiting Pakistan. Where did we go wrong? We got Harry while his big brother has no plans to visit our land. I think we are getting disrespected by the House of Windsor. This is what we get for more than 200 years of loyal service to the British Crown by our brave gurkhas?
I think Prince William only wants to visit places the British colonised. If Prince William had an ounce of respect for the Gurkhas then he should have visited Nepal too and told the Brits to visit Nepal in remembrance and respect for the thousands of young Nepali men who lost their lives fighting for the British Empire in the two major world wars.
Suraj Vaidya dai should visit the UK, India and Singapore and play TV ads there saying ‘The Gurkhas have saved your ass and now it’s time to move your ass and visit the Land of the Gurkhas’. Suraj dai can bet the target if he does that!