Thursday, April 28, 2011

RE: Things to Learn by all from Laos

April 28, 2011
Rabindra Man Shrestha
Nepalconsult (P) Ltd.

Rabindra jee

Thanks but no thanks. Thanks for sharing the document with me, but no thanks as I already am familiar with this project that Laotian people will curse for the life time of this project and many generations to come. ADB ostensibly has implemented this project to reduce poverty. But it doesn’t do any such thing. This project rather enriches the filthy rich and further pauperizes the poor in Laos. However, as Laos is a closed state no opposition is brooked.

There is a parallel between Nepal-India and Laos-Thailand. India wants to build wrong projects in Nepal for their benefit as Thailand has succeeded to do so in Laos. But in Nepal, as we are an open society, there is no restriction in dissent and which has succeeded to forestall Indian design on Nepal’s water resources. Unfortunately, for Laotian people, as no dissent is allowed, Thailand is succeeding in this model. I wonder if you have visited Laos! One can understand this only after looking at things first hand. If Laos continues with this type of “development” model, they will have to continue as a nation in medieval state for ages to come.

Therefore, we definitely could learn things from Laos that we shouldn’t be building projects like NT 2 in Nepal.

With best regards,


Ratna Sansar Shrestha, FCA
Senior Water Resource Analyst

From: Rabindra []
Sent: Monday, April 25, 2011 16:55
To: 'Ratna Sansar Shrestha'
Subject: RE: Things to Learn by all from Laos

Dear Ratna Sansar ji,

Please read the attached document and circulate as appropriate.


Rabindra Man Shrestha
Nepalconsult (P) Ltd.

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