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NRNs – Group of Nepalese with Mid-life Crises?

Hundreds on Nepalese who have spent almost half of their life abroad and who have been suffering from severe mid-life as well ass identity crises are these days meeting in Kathmandu valley. Most of these fellow Nepalese left Nepal early in their life and managed to reach a success point (only by their own definition) in the foreign land. Most of them have house or two in a foreign country, kids at colleges and some fund for investment. At mid-stage of life, they need one thing which they do not get in the foreign country. That is, recognition. No one in their neighborhood knows them and no one address them as “Ram Sir,” “Ravi Sir,” “Shiva Jee,” and “Gita madam.” A few millions they earned by hard work or by luck have not been big enough. They are neither Desh Deshpande from Sycamore nor Luxmi Mittal from Mittal Steel. These Nepalese are now back in their homeland seeking media coverage and proximity with corrupt politicians who can be bought sometime merely by a bottle of black label Scotch whisky.

NRNs contributions to Nepal have been next to nothing to date. The leader of the group, Upendra Mahato, who allegedly earned several millions by doing some export/import between with Western Europe and Russia right after Soviet break-ups, has brought no innovative ideas to Nepal. These traders, who are likes of Mahato, are just jumping on the bandwagon – investing on over-crowded financial institutions, small to mid-size hydro-power projects and buying real estate in Kathmandu valley. Nepal does not need them if all they bring is some money to buy real-estate and zero idea. Nepalese in Nepal have enough money! We do not have entrepreneurial leaders who can start new risky ventures and create millions of jobs.

We should tell these jokers not to promote “chakaribaaz” in Nepal by hanging around with dumb politicians. We need NRNs who can bring new idea to our nation, who show us how to execute giant ideas and who lead by example. Let us appreciate these NRNs for coming to Nepal and spending few bucks as tourists. Let us be open to them and ask them to show us what they know better than we know. What Mahato and others are doing is not much better than what Chaudhari and Amatya groups have been doing in Nepal for decades. Development drive has to come from millions who are in Nepal, not from these dozens of so-called rich Nepali from abroad. Let us not hope much from these media flash seekers. They are in Nepal as they need us, not because we need them. We all, however, should welcome them as they are our own and they are neglected abroad and are hungry for some kind of recognition. They want someone to tell them loudly “How rich you are! How great you are!”