Posted by: Rajendra Keshari Pandey

I have always said that I do not discriminate against any caste, creed, colour, race, or community. For the development of this country I support a good cause whoever does it, a good intention whoever has it, and a good attitude whoever shows it. I support good people whoever they may be. In this context I am taking the Ranas to demonstrate a similarity with the past and present plight of this country.

The Rana’s history is a long story but one incident is worth revisiting. When the British were about to leave India they gave Nepal’s Government a good opportunity to expand its territory. Since Nepal had supported the British Government and fought on their behalf they were pleased with us. One example being the suppression of the Nizam of Lucknow in India, an incident now known as the “Lucknow loot”. The British Government wanted to gift something to Nepal as a good will gesture. So they offered Nepal an extension of their border to the sea. However, the ruling Ranas responded that Nepal did not want to extend its territory because then educated people would enter and might threaten their regime. The Ranas did not care about the country getting sea access, only that their regime would gradually collapse if educated people gathered here. So unfortunately Nepal became a land locked country and a great opportunity was wasted due to the self-interest of the rulers. This is an example of the how fearful selfish autocrats are of an educated population.

The Ranas always preferred an uneducated and unaware mass. A flock of sheep in human form is easy to rule and it looks like we are now heading down the same track. Although now there are many schools, colleges and universities in this country to supposedly educate the masses, the standard of education is not good. It is just a big pretence that we provide a quality education here. The ability to meet a world standard does not exist in our system due to various reasons. Some examples are: frequent bands, closures and strikes of various interests and denominations.

It is very common in Nepal that educational institutions remain closed and that directly hampers the students. The numerous holidays (bidas) here that other countries do not have, also affects the amount of tutoring students get in a year. Somebody’s Aunt’s cat dies; there is a Bida, somebody’s this happens, Bida. Some Tom, Dick and Harry visit this country, Bida. Every week it seems there is a holiday that is celebrated around the country with big drinking and eating parties. This sort of holiday, singing, dancing and celebrating all the time has had a devastating effect on the national economy. The excessive holiday culture prevailing in this country has hampered the pace of development and education is often the hardest hit and first targeted by various parties. For a country that already has a poor quality education system as well as a poor living standard these types of bands and bidas will make it even more difficult for students to complete their courses. If they do get as far as to sit for exams they are again hampered by some kind of disturbances and notice is given to suspend examinations at the last minute. How long will this type of nonsense prevail in this country? Why is there no control in such matters? Why does nothing work properly here? The overall impact of such activities will affect the whole nation. But who cares about the nation? When the party politics is put above the needs of the nation. Happy are our politicians seeing the half educated mass that is being developed to facilitate their rule just as the Ranas did. Rana revisited applies here. Disturb and prevent education, shutdown factories and business sectors and create general chaos. What happens with this sort of activity? The country goes back 50 years whereas other nations are moving forward. These bands, bidas and chaos will only support the political parties aspirations not the nations. Rana Re-visited?

RANAS REVISITED was last modified: December 19th, 2009 by Rajendra Keshari Pandey

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