Machhapuchre Bank

Spice of Life

By P. Kharel

NC’s reawakening
Nepali Congress has begun a reawakening programme in various parts of the country, ostensibly to create greater awareness among ordinary people about the general situation and, at the same time, to bring to the fore the “inefficiency and authoritarian of the communist government headed by KP Oli.” NC’s leadership, realising that inactive workers would be a great loss, decided to launch the exercise.
Clearly, the phase-wise campaign whose final schedule is slated for winter is also aimed at boosting the morale of the party’s rank and file, who has been at a loss after the 2017 election debacle. It is an admission of having let the people down after rendering to waste the many opportunities it had over the past three decades in heading governments. Opportunism is what caused the severe setback to the extent that commentators have warned it of being reduced to the fate of the country’s first political party, Praja Parishad, which ushered in the era of organised protest against the Rana rule.

Oh, social media!
On the usage of the Internet by higher secondary level students, what approach are their parents and teachers to adopt? It is a delicate question in view of their wards not very fond of being interfered with and, at the same time, the seniors’ sense of responsibility toward the young ones. When young researchers approach this scribe for an opinion, he advised them the following:
This category of school students are at an impressionable age. Much depends on their parents and tutors for guidance and encouragement in Internet use. While parents can speak to them about the opportunities offered by the medium for upgrading their knowledge and making use of entertainment materials, their wards might feel intrusive if they get the feeling of being watched and tracked too closely. At this stage, teenagers want and expect some privacy and a sense of respect from their elders, that is, they want to be treated as fast growing up boys and girls.
In Nepal, the general feeling is that most senior school students find the Internet a convenient source of various materials for their random curiosity, mostly without a structured pattern of use. Parents worry that their children’s time on the medium goes waste whereas the wards could feel get the impression of being tailed by the watchful eyes of their parents.
Teachers can contribute considerably to their students’ meaningful use of the Internet in terms of quality knowledge related to their studies and other aspects of their academic lives. Class work and home assignments can be linked with the Internet use. Developing a habit with surfing the Internet for information adding to the clarity, explanation and elaboration of various topics has a positive bearing on similar information that help a young student grow up to make maximum use of the Internet that opens up vast avenues for knowledge, entertainment and assistance in creative work so essential for a life-time education.
The Internet is a mixed blessing. If used judiciously, it informs, educates and entertains an individual no end. If treated as merely a toy for continuously unstructured curiosity with little or no relevance to quality life, including academic pursuits and professional career, a great opportunity can get lost. Hence parents and teachers should make special efforts at gearing their wards to benefit from this Information wonder of a medium. Teachers should encourage students to refer to materials available in the Internet for their studies, including assignments.

SAG management
So the long-delayed South Asian Games is rescheduled to be held in December. After a rescheduling for a long time and then holding the National Games this spring, it came to light that the National Sports Council displayed poor management. Food and accommodation were far from being satisfactory. As some the essential segments of infrastructure were not ready, events had to be embarrassingly withheld and, in fact, swimming events had to be scheduled to a private hotel swimming pool.
Yet, NSC Member-Secretary Keshav Bista claimed it to be a grand success, adding another scinitillaing chapter in “the golden age of Nepalese sports that my tenure in office is”. Such boast by someone who keeps on displaying rank poor management, failure to honour event schedules is ridiculous. It is only his political clout emanating from his membership of Prime Minister KP Oli’s Nepal Communist Party (NCP) that enables if to float in immunity.
Had the NSC been led by someone from a team of non-ruling party, NCP members would have whipped up frenzy against the incumbent with the intent of compelling him to resign. In case the top person did not step down, other means and methods would be used to downgrade and demoralise the one holding an important position under a previous government that was no long in government partnership.
And NSC is only one of the numerous examples of political activists getting away with anything with their party affiliation offering them blind protection and patronage without accountability.

Without comment
Journalist Yubaraj Ghimire in Jana Bhawana weekly: “There is no mechanism for making parliament responsible… Peace process in Nepal is not home made.”

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