Army and Nepali

Posted by: Rajendra Keshari Pandey

My recollection of an incident which occurred some months ago in Kathmandu is interesting and different. What I am writing here may not bother someone, but this is a fact and people should keep in mind. It was a cool evening when I was returning home from a stroll. Suddenly what I see nearby my home is quite a number of army men in plain clothes. I was little bit anxious to know what was happening there. Since I could not get a clue, I ventured to ask one of the gentleman why they were there. I …

got no response from them. I thought these people were hanging around my home area but I should of-course find out what is happening there. So I asked another person the same question and got this answer. I was told very bluntly, “DO YOU SPEAK WITH ARMY MEN LIKE THIS”? “DO YOU DARE TO QUESTION US”?

WOW, I was puzzled to hear such a rude answer from a public servant. Being a Nepali I was asking a simple question with another Nepali because it affected? When you see new faces suddenly around your vicinity simple questions like this do arise. Now look at the response a Nepali receives from another Nepali just being an army man? His response bound me to write this article. “DO YOU SPEAK WITH ARMY MEN LIKE THIS”? I politely told this person who is the Army? Are not army men Nepalis? I was done with this gentleman and went home without further delay. At home I was pondering over what happened. This is totally a wrong notion they have bred into them. Reason could be obvious. Servicemen are not briefed properly here in Nepal when they join army and my guess is: they are not made aware of their main duty, which is to serve the Citizen and Nation.

A person does not become army from his birth time or birthday. It used to be so in Nepal during Rana regime when a so-called First Class Rana’s son was born, he became a General, but not any more. Those days are gone with the wind and the system is changing. A person is born Nepali first and then only when he/she is enrolled in the Army, then becomes an Army man. It is as simple as that. Nepali army has a long tradition of being par-excellence, which one may call a gem. This quality of Nepal Army was misused by vested interest and for vested interest. Having gained name and fame of being a well-known force for Peace Keeping Mission and recently in one African Country when there was a need of such Peace Keeping Force, Nepali Army was chosen in number one rank. But, such small act of negligence and blunt answers as I mentioned above could easily defame their glory and it could jeopardise their career.

I was not surprised by that blunt answer of that service man; instead it encouraged me to write this small article as I mentioned earlier. First comes Nepal then Nepali and only one can say I am a policeman, service man or army man. Each and every service man of this country should be taught from the very inception, that they are a public servant. They should respect the public and give more respect to the taxpayers. Why taxpayers need respect is obvious, taxpayer’s money is their bread and butter, their salary, ration, clothing and even the brass and badges they wear come from a citizen’s money. A nation is basically a land area; it becomes a country with the presence of Citizens. Otherwise it becomes no man’s land. A taxpayer’s contribution is directly connected/attached to a servicemen body and life. No servicemen should ignore or misbehave with any citizen. There is nothing wrong in asking questions or needing required information with anybody in this 21st century. A citizen has a right to question even The President, Prime Minister, or whoever, if it is a genuine question.

Few days later I found out that one army officer was promoted that day and that was the whole hue and cry. The whole area was cordon-off very tactfully, which I think simply a wastage and misuse of taxpayer’s money in pomp and show. Thanks to the management for this type of education and training they receive. Until and unless this type of attitude is not corrected in time they will not gain public faith and confidence, it will not and never enhance them. In Nepal nobody is allowed to think above Nepal and Nepali, and this has become a fact now.

Army and Nepali was last modified: January 30th, 2007 by Rajendra Keshari Pandey

Blog Comments

  1. ArmyWellWisher

    Well, I don’t agree to the above. Why a person gets such slap or remark while talking to Army men? May be the guy who got the slap was a moron or a dick head and who knows? The guy in the example might not be using a polite and friendly gesture while inquiring to that officer.
    Armies by their profession they are supposed to command and be laud and bold enough to counteract criminals and suspects as well.

    When we pay tax to government, we ensure that we are protected and secured against any disaster or upheavals. Haven’t you heard about the rescue team of Army, who risk their lives to rescue civilians whenever there is a flood or land slides or a plane crash? They do serve their community and go to the extent of risking their lives for sake of peace and protection of country.

    Talking about rudeness, you might be rudely behaved when you been to hospital? You talk about Army Man being rude and what would you opine about a Nurse or a doctor being ruthless and careless with a severely injured patient. I have seen medical persons being rude and inhuman while dealing patient and the caretaker. I won’t conclude that all medical personalities are like that, I idolize Florence Nightingale. It depends on how you perceive any situation.

    Some Nepalese army men may lack self conscience and discipline. This doesn’t mean that all Army men are rude and inhuman. They cannot be generalized. I know armies who show much respect to civilians and they are perfectly gentle and descent as well.

  2. sameer karki

    :!: Hello uncle
    The article was fairly good.You have exposed the truth.The truth of Army culture in Nepal.Yes Nepalese army is really not aware of what they are,rather of how they are moulded.
    I would like to share one of my recent experience
    regarding the rude behaviour of Nepalese Army.It was last week.
    I was in army barrack at Lagankhel.An applicant had inquired one of the army men about procedures of applying.May be he asked twice or thrice and then the soldier got annoyed for no reason,slapping him hardly.There was no any big thing to get slapped.I was very upset with that incident.
    But uncleI think we should not just generalize them.May be there are some good men over there.If not at least we can hope of them.
    I would surely share you opinion with my fellow applicants and collegues.

  3. goodconcern

    goo concern mr. achuyt, but Nepalese Army and Police are ruthless, cruel, and no manner. Even Indian Army display best behaviour in normal/abnormal situation because India has real president and people there know humanity.

  4. Achyut Adhikary

    Dear Mandai,

    It was nice to know that you write such an interesting article. I am sorry to hear that you were not responded properly.

    Regarding your article, you are two hundred percent right that Nepal army should be trained
    properly and Nepal comes first then other thing.

    I wonder whether you asked yourself beforeraising your questions or not about the mental
    stage of that army person on that day, on that
    momnet. I guess he was not celebrating his promotion over there and we do not know how long he was there for plus we do not know whether he had had his lunch or not. I guess so many things
    must be going thru his mind besides being possible
    victim of the security situation. He was not cool but he was cold, then it comes in my mind why?

    I think I would let you to write further about
    the possibilities that army man not being happy on
    that day. There may be a need of psycho analysis.

  5. nepali

    yes, nepal army, police need to be revamped. Unless their old tradition is changed, they do not think as public servant.

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