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Rajendra Keshari Pandey


Size is not Geography and It takes two to tango

I am 54 years old according to my age, but sometimes I am like a kindergarten child. This childish nature has invited many pleasant and unpleasant incidents into my life but to me this is beautiful. Like a child, I also prefer simple words. Understanding the basics and practising simplicity in life and living has opened many avenues to me. Some of these simple and beautiful words which I like so much are: Big, Small, Round, Air, River, Earth, Fire, Water, Sun, Moon, Sky etc. Among them BIG and …

small are my favourites.

Let us comeback to the title, “Size is not Geography.” Correct, it is not and it also takes two to tango. That is right, but in Nepal since our early childhood days we are taught, but not made to understand the implications, that Nepal is a small landlocked country surrounded by BIG giant neighbours. This theme is continually repeated throughout our childhood education, but rarely is it suggested to us the great potential of this tiny country’s position if a balanced diplomacy between our neighbours is to be maintained. An equal and beneficial relationship with both giants on the doorsteps can truly benefit Nepal.

In our college curriculum Nepali was one of our main subjects. A particular favourite of many students and mine was a book by Nepali Poet Laxmi Prasad Devkota. Reading his essay KE NEPAL SANO CHHA? (Is Nepal small?) really opened my eyes and had a great impact. I enjoyed the essence of this essay very much, as Devkota tried to promote Nepal’s position in this world and its importance.

In his writing Ke Nepal Sano Chha? He gives some beautiful examples of the potential and importance of ‘small’. His comparison of a human body with its eye is lovely. He writes: an eye is very small in size in a human body but it has immense importance. Small is beautiful. People have paid tremendous prices for small things like gems (diamond Kohinoor) or Ek Mukhe Rudrakshya.

Nepal’s small size is not a bane instead it is a boon. Careful and balanced diplomacy with our two giant neighbours can benefit us all in many respects. Our size and strategic location can surely be utilised to boost to our economy, trade and commerce. Nepal could be the best transit point for the giants of Asia if this “small” potential is capitalised upon. Therefore, I say: “Size is not Geography” and It takes two to tango. So, let us use our small but vitally important location and dance equally in unison with our two BIG partners.