LETTERS: Remittance and Yarsa
Apropos of the news story “Yarsagumba lifts living standard of rural Nepalis” (THT, Jan. 8, Page 10), despite the successive governments’ claims of hydro-electricity, agriculture and tourism as the country’s economic saviors, migrant jobs and niche herbs like good old yarsa will save our day and lives. With 13 hours of official load shedding and many additional hours of unofficial power outage, increasing dependency on foreign agro-products for our daily needs, and growing unemployment and dangerous under-employment of mellow, highly experienced and western educated tourism employees, including multi-lingual guides, time has come for breaking away from the official clichés of hydro, agro and tourism. It would be best to send many a tourism worker and trader and their families on paid adventure holidays to pick and pluck Yarsa for two months during the tourist off-season. No amount of picking and plucking of tourists from the airport will earn as much as Rs. 600,000 in two months even during the peak season. Nor will any amount of potato harvesting ever guarantee this sort of windfall. The government must, therefore, open the yarsa picking festival to all and anybody that can pay the fee or wants the thrill and adventure high up in the Himalayas. At the same time, the government should also meet the foreign job demand that reportedly stands at over one million a year. Foreign remittances coupled with the Himalayan viagra will rapidly push this republic up on the per capita income chart. Depending on hydro, agriculture and tourism will only create grave economic statistics in the country.
The issue of sexual violence has got centre stage in the play Jivan Chalirahanchha (life goes on) that is being staged at a temporary tent set up at Balmiki Campus, Exhibition Road. The play that kicked off on January 4 is a part of Travelling Theatre - a campaign which was put forward by theatre artiste Rajkumar Pudasaini. It is a drama which depicts a real story which took place in Nepal. The story is about a female journalist named Kenipa Singh who is raped by a first class government officer Kamal Mani Nepal. Although she files a case against the officer, she had to wait for eight years to get justice by putting him behind bars. Even though the play is not very powerful in its depiction for the fact that the characters have not done enough in order to present themselves, it puts light on the fact about Violence Against Women (VAW) cases which occurs in our country with one of them being raped. It is the most dangerous violence used against women which continues to occur. Let’s hope that the play should be shown in other cities of the country too if we have to do something needful and strong against the social crime.
Pratik Shrestha, Kathmandu