Being sick in Nepal is not a crime but State loot is

Telegraph Nepal

Becoming sick or suffering from certain ailments is not a crime. Instead it is the natural phenomenon and Mother Nature knows how to provide justice to those who were in need of her benevolence.

Bluntly speaking, being sick is a natural occurrence as the physical body loses its immune system, suffering of various colors and shades come into play. The spoiled cells of the body damage the healthier cells. And the process thus continues.

If this were to be believed then we must admit that the entire nation is sick for a multiple of reasons. Primarily, the nation is sick because the ruling top hats were lying in the hospital bed and the others, who mean and count in national politics, are expected soon to follow booking their hospital beds in advance.

The fact is also that since the advent of 1990 change, becoming sick or declaring that one has been suffering from some mysterious ailments, fake or real, too has emerged like a boon in Nepali political spectrum and those who do not have even "cough and cold" become suddenly pale and here is our generous and benevolent Nepali State which comes to their rescue by opening the vaults of the national exchequer. Such magnanimity could rarely be found elsewhere in the globe. Wish that some countries learn from Nepali practice. Nepal as a nation-state has set a sort of precedence and been fortunately or even unfortunately was encouraging the Nepali politicians to declare themselves as unwell person to enjoy the Free State money. And such a pronouncements allows one for free medical treatment in places like Medanta to Singapore to New York and to Japan as well. At times the Nepali stickmen demand or at best the State itself motivates the ailing personalities to ask for Airlift to the country which may ever be the case for treatment  depending upon the domestic rank of the person being lifted by Air Ambulance.

Beginning late Girija Prasad Koirala, Khadga Prasad Oli and very freshly Prime Minister Sushil Koirala for some ailments have already been airlifted to Bangkok, Singapore, Medanta or even to New York. And the fun is funnier than expected in that such airlift is being graciously paid by the national exchequer which has not even a single rupee for those destitute residing in the remote Nepali mountains, hills or for that matter in the Terai plains who were in damn need of one single tablet of paracetamol. These ignored and the most hated lot, in the eyes of those who fly abroad for treatment, are left to the mercy of the Almighty who has apparently vowed not to come to the rescue of the Nepal's poverty stricken lot. The Almighty must be thanked for his cruelty exhibited towards the Nepali people reeling under abject poverty.

In the long list of those who have misused the State money first comes Nepal's Permanent President, Dr. Ram Baran Yadav, who for a minor health check up rushed to Japan and the doctors attending him in Tokyo told Dr. Yadav that he was perfectly alright.

Interestingly, when the money spinners from the State coffer go for such luxurious health check up outing, they oblige their stooges and the hangers on also to give and impression to those hanging around the leader(s) that he takes care of all of them thinking little that his or her outing may break eventually the vertebral column of the Finance Ministry. The Nepali ministry of finance is also generous in that the men in the said ministry conclude in advance that if the process gets disrupted then what will happen to their sickness as and when they themselves suffer from fake or real ailments?

In all, the line is set for all those who have joined politics and the national politics, called democratic or for that matter the republican order, summarily has benefitted only to those who were the cadres of the major parties, mainly the Nepali Congress, the UML and the Maoists. Smart business that politics has become.

The manner the organized State loot is being carried out, let's hope that those who accompany the leaders for treatment abroad also enjoy travelling allowances and that should definitely be a hefty amount hopefully. After all when the State compassion is there, the accompanying marionettes should also have been awarded a lovely amount thinking that why a Nepali national should be not allowed to go in for a shopping in dollars or Euro?

By and large, the State is on the verge of financial collapse. How to control the practice and who will bell the wild cats' remains a mirage?

Mind it that the US medical practitioners have suggested PM Koirala to drop in New York once again for final check up after three months, now two months remaining. This means the State will have to bear one more unwanted financial burden. Thanks great Nepalese that they have been carrying with them these national burdens. No qualms.

But yet since these ailing politicos, the so called second generation leaders ranging from sixty five to approaching eighties,  were the sons of this soil and thus we wish them a good health so that they can loot the nation in a much bigger and energetic way when the ailments get corrected.

Never mind, the State will pay each and every bill. We have the republican order which allows such loot. Long live the order that is now in force. 

The Telegraph weekly editorial August 13, 2014.

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