Obstacles to the Development of Nepal
Dr Brian Cobb is an American citizen working as a Nepal emergency and critical care medicine professor. He wrote Obstacles to the Development of Nepal in 2005.
1. What are the fundamental obstacles to the development of Nepal in your view?
Though Nepalese people are intelligent and eager to work to reform a new Nepal due to a lack of effective democratic leadership, they are bound to stay behind. There is an excellent vacuum between people and leaders. In addition, dishonest and corrupt political leaders, unstable government and disunity among people are bound to make Nepal a developing country that needs help to step up.
2. What are the aspects of development for Nepalese, or how is the result possible in your view?
One should never forget Singapore doesn’t build in a single day. It took almost 50 yrs to step into the process of infrastructure development. So Nepalese need to form a new party, including professionals from different fields with progressive visions and new ideas. Unity and support of each community are a must. Nepalese shouldn’t waste their precious time on violence. It’s time to wake up now. A great people like Nelson Mandela should have to born to reform the new Nepal.
3. The Maoist leaders promise to make Nepal a Switzerland; how do you take them and their words?
I don’t believe Maoists, including the seven party’s promises. For them, commitments are made to break. They only use Nepalese people for power, money and fame. The majority of Nepalese don’t support these eight political parties. Despite this, they are forced to show their belief and prevail by putting their fingers in their mouth. One day, the Maoists become simple, and the next, they take out their weapon. They are only political, not developers of Nepal. These eight parties represent only some of the people of Nepal.
4. If you don’t support these eight parties, do you favour monarchy?
There is no question in supporting the king, but corruptions were more minor compared to the Nepali congress government and multiparty government. But the king could have been more successful in showing new directions, implementing new development policies, and solving the armed conflict in great time and opportunity.
5. How do you observe the Terai crisis and its demands?
The crisis in Terai is, of course, in favour of madeshy, tharu, and janajati. If they get what they deserve, they can grab the opportunity. Though their representation is in the parliament again, they are of high caste-like, like Sushil Koirala and so on. Presentation among themselves can bring or can act for their betterment of them. The Terai people are denied equal opportunity; upper-class people are exploiting them. So it should need immediate solutions. Fighting against each other was never fruitful for the new Nepal.
6. Why do people and Jana Sena support Maoist leaders?
The people and Jana Sena support Maoist leaders and their voices because most are young; upper-class people use them. They need to keep their family economically, physically and mentally. So there is no other way to join the armed conflict and walk on the way they are compelled to move and show support.
7. Finally, what do you urge Nepalese people?
Finally, I request Nepalese not to participate in violence; it’s the wrong way. Disputes and problems should be done in the parliament, not on the road because these movements hamper whole societies and systems. Youth constitute the majority of people who try to enhance youth power and form new parties, including intelligent people with high morals, values, norms and expectations, un ethnic and uncorrupt. Corruption is like AID viruses.
At last, your vote should be based on vision, accountability, personal background and record. If you get a negative form, then don’t participate in voting. Your votes provide strength to involve in wrongdoing and let your country go backwards. Please be careful.