July 3, 2011Kishor Uprety
Actually I did understand it the very first time. However, I was just playing with the word in the lighter vein.
However, the situation on the ground with regards to natural resource of Nepal is really “interesting” in the sort of Chinese way typified by what is happening to the people living near Koshi. The average flow of Koshi is over 200,000 cusec and any flow more than it could be deemed a flood. However, the flow this year is yet to reach 150,000 cusec but people are already clamoring “flood” and blaming Koshi River without understanding what has caused the flooding. Koshi barrage (dam) was basically built to control flood and also to divert water for irrigation in the areas downstream of this barrage. It was built so close to Nepal-India border that Nepal doesn’t benefit at all while she has too internalize the negative externalities, mainly inundation and involuntary displacement. Conversely, if the barrage is to be taken out, there will neither be flood nor displacement in the areas upstream of this barrage. People are forgetting that what is happening is the manifestation of adverse impact of Koshi treaty, hence colonialistic exploitation of Koshi River.
With best regards,
Ratna Sansar Shrestha, FCA
Senior Water Resource Analyst
From: Kuprety@worldbank.org [mailto:Kuprety@worldbank.org]
Sent: Friday, July 1, 2011 17:39
To: Ratna Sansar Shrestha
Subject: RE: FW: Our opposition is only against colonization of Nepal's natural resources
Dear Ratna Sansar jee
No, actually, I really find it interesting (not in a Chinese way). "Interesting" meaning "real good" but I wanted to avoid being judgemental.