Monday, 23 July 2012

Poverty is a grand design act of Money, Power and Position Hunger men

Working in the development sector of Nepal for the last 15 years observed the situation of rural Nepal, especially of Rolpa in 2008 while working for German Technical Corporation (GTZ) I realised that poverty is man-made situation.

Indeed! Poverty is the grand design act of cleaver MONEY, POWER and POSITION hunger men for their own sake of benefit whether we believe or not. Therefore, it can be said that poverty is a weapon of mass destruction of mankind. Whether or not we like to hear this but that is the bitter truth if we think and analyse the context with open mind in broader perspectives and listen what a genuine and experienced people have to say about it ! 

"Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.”- Nelson Mandela

"Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime."
-Aristotle (384-322 BC)

Due to grand design planned of the MONEY, POWER and POSITION hunger past rulers poverty is still rampant in Nepal and because of poverty still majority of Nepalese are illiterate. Based on the multidimensional approach of poverty index developed by the Oxford University experts (include 10 variables such as education, heath, electricity, drinking water, assets, etc treated as deprivation indices) the incidence of poverty in Nepal and average intensity of deprivation across the poor were estimated at 64.7% and 54% respectively [1]. For comparison, poverty ratio estimate based on US$1.25 per day criteria as per the World Bank has also been given, which was derived to be 55%. By all accounts, these estimates show that poverty in Nepal is extremely high. However,  instead of appreciating a new approach that has been followed, National Planning Commission has rejected the estimates entirely.

Without making anything concrete to contribute in the upliftment of the status of poor and man-made poverty, Nepalese literate, urban and elites youths and people say I feel proud being a Nepali or belong to this group, etc. That's an EGO of them with their illusion without knowing the fact of our country. 

Disgusting to to hear their stupidity in the false pride since "Nepal is among the poorest countries in the world and currently ranks 157 out of 187 countries on the Human Development Index."  [2]. Similarly, according to the most recent Nepal Living Standards Survey-III 2010-2011, Nepal has an adult literacy rate of 56.6%, with a huge disparity between males and females, 71.6% and 44.5% respectively [3]. And sadly literate also LOVE to remain in an illusion without trying to find out the truth! Thus culprits for the underdevelopment of the nation is literate people. Not the poverty and our leaders/politicians. We've to THINK for ourself. Question EVERYTHING we 'think' we know!

❝The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.❞ 
-Prof. Stephen Hawking, British theoretical physicist, cosmologist and author 

"The only good is knowledge, and the only evil is ignorance."
-Herodotus, Ancient Greek historian, lived in the 5th century BC (c.484 – 425 BC), and known as the "Father of History"

Nepalese so-called literate or educated people talk BIG BIG things but our country economic is depend upon the remittance of less educated boys and girls. Shame to those literate or so-called educated people. We/They are just NATO "No Action Talk Only".

1. Online Newspaper article titled "Nepal Poverty Reduction: Myths or Reality" by Dr. Dilli Raj Khanal accessed from
2. The World Bank,,contentMDK:22147453~pagePK:141137~piPK:141127~theSitePK:223555,00.html
3. Online Newspaper article titled "Literacy Rate Pronouncing Nepal's Fate" by Dr. Sanjaya Gajurel, March 2012 accessed from

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