Here are two photos that I recently came across of the Gurkha soldiers in Afghanistan. Thank you to Suniita Adhikari for sending over the photo she found of Prince Harry with the Gurkha soldiers. And the person who took the photo of the QOGLR troupe, you are a legend. The photo has already become so ‘Facebook’ popular. Unfortunately, it has also invited a lot of criticisms. I have a huge respect for the Gurkhas, the soldiers from the past and the soldiers of the present and tomorrow. Their loyalty, dedication and sheer determination has given them a heroic status. It’s unfair to label the Gurkhas as being a ‘sellout’, if that is the case then please think about the many Nepalis who have gone to study abroad and ended up making a living there. Likewise, many highly-skilled and educated individuals from Nepal have also left for better opportunities abroad. Trying my best to steer away from any debate here… One must also acknowledge and realise all the direct and indirect advantages being brought over by the Gurkha Money! Remittances, development and so on. However, this alone is not enough and I understand that.
Complaining about Nepal is something we all do but we seriously need to stop. The time to seek solutions is nearly past us yet we fail to acknowledge it. With the network we have, with the resources we can access and the money we can get, together – we are on a road for a better Nepal. Politics and the situation; it will always remain a challenge. Yet, that does not mean we give up hope, let us learn to look over it, look around it and take the leap for the betterment of the nation and the people. The ongoing brain-drain and migration of many educated youth surely does not help. Nepal needs those ready to take action, we’ve got too many thinkers, we need doers; to take the lead and be an example that others would wish to follow. Realistic is what we need to be. Our teachings and the awareness that we raise today won’t make the change we want to see at this instant. Let it spread… have patience…
Things will change.