IT IS NEVER TOO LATE … (Fuel Crisis Saga)

Posted by: Rajendra Keshari Pandey

Yesterday evening Nepal Radio’s news about Government of Nepal importing a limited amount oil from China was an eye opener for us. Readers, please note the wording a “LIMITED amount of oil from China”. When you see numerous fuel stations who boldly write on a piece of paper “PETROL CHHAINA”, Nepal’s Prime Minister finally as well as cautiously requested China to supply a limited amount of fuel to this country. This is great news, right thinking, and the start of a balanced approach, and a good gesture on the part of the Chinese Government. Though late, it is never too late in life for certain improvement process. Life is always about living and learning. This country is suffering from an acute fuel crisis; the step (though limited) of Mr. Girija Prasad Koilrala is commendable.

The rhetoric that Nepal is a landlocked country should be obsolete now. There are many landlocked countries in the world: Austria, Switzerland and others, but they are not neighbour locked.        Co-operation from their neighbours has provided them with many good opportunities. We are all aware of the fact that Nepal is sandwiched between India and China, so we use this term but my personal belief is that Nepal is not landlocked country it is locked in by India. We have a proverb in Nepal, which says, “You do not need to worry so much if the King is annoyed with you, but if your neighbours are annoyed with you then it is a problem. (Raja risaye Na daraunu, Chimeki risaye daraunu). Therefore, we Nepalese always try to maintain good relations with our neighbours. However this should be equal in terms and not limited or biased. It is interesting how the tourist arrival figures in Nepal view Indians differently to Chinese. This data always shows Chinese as foreigners! This must be rectified now.  If your house is between two others, you do not treat one house as a neighbour and other differently. When both are neighbours then one cannot be otherwise.  A balanced diplomacy, mature relationship and balanced gestures should be implemented between the two equally. There should not be disparity between two neighbours.  Let us hope, though belated that it is never too late and the fuel will reach this country from China. This should prove that a good and equal relationship with our neighbours is beneficial to this country.

IT IS NEVER TOO LATE … (Fuel Crisis Saga) was last modified: September 11th, 2013 by Rajendra Keshari Pandey

Blog Comments

  1. Lava Kafle

    I woke up at 4:30 AM. Went to Stay for Queue by dragging my bike for 3 kilometers. Chances for getting fuel worth NRs 300 (4.4 ) litres of petrol as my bike had 0 drops left. Tehre were 50 other taxis, and 20 bikes ahead of me who were waiting for the fuel since overnight.

    I could not go to office next day in public transport because you know ..the current transport status in Nepal Capital Kathmandu, the jams, worries, delays, wait time, served time, Money Change discussion, and sometimes fight with the ticket collector. So I had no other hope.
    Time ticked by and somehow the grilled door was opened a little and experts started banging the tanker Belly. Some expert said oh only one chamber has fuel. The time was 6:30 AM. It was already 2 hours and I could not go and stay somewhere else as my Rs 2500-3000 helmet was recently stolen and I could not allow my bike to be stolen.
    Time ticked by and my patience started to throb my heart as if the huge water reservoir is going to burst the dam. An hour later, some internal staff came and locked the door. I tried to call in vain with cellphone to various authorities if we will be supplied fuel. I looked at my back. there were 1000 bikes and ahead of me 100 taxis lined to 2 kilometers away.
    God, Nepalese are doomed with fuel shortage, why? What crime had Neplaese committed so they are experiencing this situation.
    I started counting the hours spent till now and imagined how I could have utilized the time if i were beside my favourite beloved PC.
    After 9:00 AM the police appeared and I took a long heavy breathe in. I filled the NRS 300 (4.4 litres) fuel that would support me for about 6 days and Zhoom away.

  2. pawan

    This has nothing to do with cultural proximity, balanced relation with our neighbours. There is nothing wrong when govt try to ease its people’s lives here. Why bother when govt seeks extra source of fuel, huh? India has been great helper in the past, and hope will help this time around too.

  3. NOC

    Rajendra ji, Most important factor in current situation is payment of fuel. So i think it doesnot matter whether we import from China or India. It will be good if we are importing from China, do you think this is the final solultion?. Even if we donot pay to Chinese exporters we will stop getting from there also. After then where do we go probably Pakistan or Bhutan or Bangladesh. Now every one wants permanent solution, that is Oil Corporation should be able to send all payment to India or China whatever. This is not possible without marginal profit to NOC. I think this is not a complex issue but why politicians is making it political agenda.

  4. Pawan

    Hi Friends,

    Great news that ! So, China is going to help a Petrol thirst Nepal. So far sounds good.
    But, there is one point from Rajendra and Aneesh’s comments that I would differ. That is, treating the two neighbours with parity. Thinking deeper on it, I do not see India and Nepal as only neighbours, but there are lots of strings that bind the two countries much closer than the “neighbour relation”. Many families marry their daughters across the borders. Many businessmen do business without fear across the borders..and that too with out any problems. And the reason for that is not just the geographical proximity, but the cultural proximity. Both countries have almost similar traditions, customs and culture which binds the countries together. Even the royal families down west of India have made relations with the royal family in Nepal. Many Nepalese work in India and many software companies of India, do business in Nepal. I question if China is really so Nepal as India is.

    Well, I personally believe India and Nepal are great relatives and not just neighbors. and that is well accepted by citizens of both the countries. To be frank, I have experienced that myself when I was treated so nicely by my Nepali friends during my visit of 8 months to Nepal (yes, I am an Indian). Even India treats Nepal on disparity when compared to its other neighbors like Srilanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives(Pakistan cannot be mentioned here, its a different scenario). When the agitation was on its full swing in Nepal, on request from Mr. Koirala, Mr. Singh from India visited king to convince him. So, politically too, we have proximity.

    I do agree that India probably over exerts its dominance on certain issues, but again, there the political will/strength of Nepal should try to control this. But Nepal has its internal problems which is making it possible for India to show its dominance. For this, Nepal should primarily sort out the internal problems and preferably restore democracy.

    There is no doubt that Nepalese always try to maintain good relations with the neighbours. But asking to treat China and India similar way is not really feasible in the current situation. China has never been a friendly country and has a dubious past of attacking and snatching, evident from Taiwan, Tibet etc. So, its in favour of Nepal to maintain much closer relations with India to negate/avoid such situations with China.

    I am not talking this with a view as an Indian, but a friend and admirer of Nepal, its lovely citizens and the proximity that India share with it.

    So, Let India Nepal Relationship flourish forever.

  5. Aneesh Lohani

    A great post, Mr. Pandey. This is good news. Hopefully, this will continue. Nepal can be in a balanced position if we import petroleum and other essential commodities equally from China and India, and also collaborate equally with the two countries on important inter-development works.

    Nepal has paid a heavy prise for being India-locked. The extension and/or expansion of Indian influence and products in Nepal may have reduced commoditte prises, but they won’t help Nepal develop its own industrial culture and technological development. Nepal should look to invoke Chinese investment. China can transfer its technology, industrial culture and important projects to Nepal if they are held in confidence that the two countries can be strategic allies. This will put pressure on the Indians, too. We have to find ways to benefit from both our neighbors that are enjoying double digit economic growth.

    Entrepreunership plays a vital role in an economy by limiting government influence and control over socio-economic activities. If all of our problems are on the hands of politicians – who usually safeguard their own interests – the nation will go nowhere. Relations on the entrepreneurship level between our neighbors – that are guided by enterprise and profit, rather than political interests – will help Nepal.

    Let’s hope Nepal really comes forward with a development agenda with priorities in national interests, technology, industy and burgeoning private sector.

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