Nepali diplomats and diplomacy…. this


When a man develops in himself sheer lust for money or prefers to amass wealth to an astronomical amount, he or she can opt for any method to get the things desired come what may. Ambitions breed more ambitions; the increasing thus if not tamed on time further grows to an undesirable extent and thus the person prefers to get himself engaged in corrupt practices. At this time, the person become blind and thus does not gauges the pros and the cons of the methods applied to earn money.

Today’s story is a real one. However, the name of the said “ambitious” person is withheld for understandable reasons. We do not want to expose him as he is all set to shoulder a great job in a foreign country soon.

By this time you must have guessed that the person about whom I am going to write must be a diplomat. Certainly he is a diplomat.

A diplomat as is defined by the Oxford Dictionary is the one who “is in the diplomatic service, eg an ambassador, person clever at dealing with the people, a tactful person.

Similarly, diplomacy is defined by the same dictionary as “management of relations between countries by each country’s representatives abroad.

So this was the definition of a diplomat and of diplomacy. Now let’s come to the point.

The story dates back to the mid 1990s. This diplomat was posted in Delhi.

Perhaps his desire to construct a posh building in Kathmandu upon return to Kathmandu after completing his Delhi assignment this poor Nepali diplomat began “selling” duty free Scotch Whiskey to some reputed Hotels in Delhi.

The process continued for long. Thus the money began pouring into the house of our diplomat.

A diplomat enjoys the liberty of buying articles and goods from a duty free shop where the diplomat is exempt from paying the taxes.

However, the intelligent Delhi Police some how or the other got some information about the selling and buying of the duty free “scotch bottles” by our Nepali diplomat.

One fine morning, the Delhi Police nabbed our diplomat and put him under custody for hours and hours. Some even say that the Nepali diplomat was inside the Police bar for some good forty eight hours.

The news trickled down to Nepal and the press in a subdued voice made some stories about Nepali diplomat’s arrest in Delhi.

Thanks that this diplomat was a man close to the Nepali Congress. When the news of his arrest reached to the ears of Girija Prasad Koirala, he instantly telephoned Chandra Shekhar and the latter some how or the other managed the NC close diplomat’s release from the Police.

This is how our Nepali diplomats posted outside have been found performing acts that in no way could be brought under the category of diplomacy.

One Nepali diplomat similarly was some years back was found engaged in shop-lifting. Other one, misbehaved with the receptionist at the embassy and made the girl pregnant. The host government wrote letter to recall this Ambassador. Cases galore.

Well, we don’t have any grudge with this Nepali diplomat who was arrested in Delhi or even we don’t bother as to how our diplomat’s function in the countries posted.

However, where we disagree with the decision of the government is when the “same” tainted and painted diplomats are being sent to shoulder “diplomatic” assignments in a place which is more than Delhi.

Having said this, we wish all the best to this “particular” diplomat but warn that the Delhi episode must not get repeated.

If he indulges in the same corrupt practices, there would be no Chandra Shekhar or the likes to save him. Chetana Bhaya….

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