Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Hydrocratic dreams and patriotism

May 18, 2011
Dear colleague

Thanks. Glad you like it.

Answering your question about the hydrocracy (politicos, bureaucracy, intelligentsia, business community, renowned economists etc. involved in hydropower) is not easy. Especially in view of the availability of “clean, clear guiding signposts”, as you have rightly put. One easy answer would be that they always “bend towards the wrong direction” because they simply don’t understand. But I have met and dealt with almost all of them and their IQ level is comparable with yours and mine, if not higher. The other logical conclusion is your statement that “they (are) much less patriotic than us.” However, I don’t feel like believing this. Hence, I am in a dilemma as to what is the right answer to your question.

Then you go on to ask “are they themselves governed by others?” This makes it easy to answer the whole thing. Yes, these people are governed by “greed”. They pay lip service to patriotism etc. (bold for emphasis; because for them patriotism is something to talk about along with everything else and profess to be patriotic which doesn’t need to be put to practice) but if something as silly as patriotism comes in their way of garnering wealth, then this is the first thing that they will gladly trample without a thought; as appropriately put by Samuel Johnson: "Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel." They will not think twice before mortgaging national interest if it suits their purpose; even sell it a few silvers. But will take refuge to it when everything else fails them.

With best regards,

]Ratna Sansar Shrestha, FCA
Senior Water Resource Analyst

Sent: Saturday, May 14, 2011 13:59
To: Ratna Sansar Shrestha
Subject: Hydrocratic

Ratna Sansarjyu


Why is that politics and bureaucracy always bends towards the wrong direction irrespective of clean, clear guiding signposts?? Is it because they want to show off their power? Or are they much less patriotic than us? Or are they themselves governed by others? Wonder.


--- On Sat, 5/14/11, Ratna Sansar Shrestha wrote:

From: Ratna Sansar Shrestha
Subject: FW: Hydrocratic dreams
To: "Ratna Sansar Shrestha"
Date: Saturday, May 14, 2011, 1:37 AM

Using hydro-dollars to mitigate our trade deficit is a mirage

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