Whenever I look at our country and it’s people, I really feel proud that our country is progressing, that our country is becoming a better place to live in. Now that we have long buildings, paved roads, and captivating vehicles, we are developing.
Now that we have a healthy life, quality education, and employed youths, we are developing. Every year we are moving a step ahead in the list of the developing countries. Is not this a matter to be proud of? It is. Thanks to some genuine people and leaders of our country who are really working for the country’s sake.
But there is another side of our country that nobody talks about; the dark side which is being suppressed by development. The side that makes all of us rethink if the country is really developing. Development doesn’t only mean long buildings, paved roads, and employed youths.
It also means peace and security, it also means equal right and freedom, it also means good governance and political stability, and it also means law and justice. It’s a sad scene to realize that we still dream of these things in our country. The country of love and peace, the Nepal that our ancestors handed us, has changed a lot.
There is no doubt that our country is developing. Indeed it is. And we are overwhelmed by the physical development of our country so much that we often fail to notice that the voice of many raped victims is still unheard and they are yet to get justice.
And rape cases are increasing day by day: according to the data maintained by Nepal Police Headquarters, the incidents of rape increased by 18% in the year 2019 compared to 2018 and there are still many rape cases which have not been reported to the police for several reasons including social taboos and perceived fear.
And also racism has still not gone; it’s still prevailing in many parts of our country. Some people have still not been addressed as citizens, in their own country. People are still protesting for their rights whereas some are still fighting for justice. Some homeless children still sleep with an empty stomach. Some children still wake up to horns of vehicles and start working for rest of the day so that they could get to eat something as the day ends and sleep peacefully with the hope of a better tomorrow.
Most of us fail to encounter this another side of our country: This is the side that we really need to notice and work on so that our country can march on the path of physical as well as non-physical development. Development is a long term, never-ending process and it takes time.
Any country’s progress and development shouldn’t be associated only with its physical aspects. A country also needs to develop the mentality of its people. A country also needs to maintain law, order, peace, and love. I believe that the day is not far when we will be able to say that our country is really developing and we will be ever proud of our nation.