Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Do your writings bring about any change?

Dear colleague

Thank you for reverting back.

First of all I appreciate the fact that you agree with me that my "reasoning and logic they make sense to Nepal." There are many who disagree with me and some even allege that I do all this to get "paid," which is outright silly as I have explained in my article itself.

Looking at positives there are concerned citizen of Nepal like you who read my writings carefully. Besides, at least few people have started to listen to me. In the past the likes of me were treated as pariah. One concrete evidence of it is me being appointed as a member of National Development Council last year, which approved current plan prepared by NPC.

However, as far as bringing about any change is concerned, the result isn't very encouraging. However, it isn't that discouraging either as proved by following two examples:

We succeeded to get Arun III (201 MW) cancelled by world bank in 1995, which paved path for private sector involvement in hydropower starting with Khimti. Instead of just 201 MW, if Nepal had gone ahead with Arun III, Nepal succeeded to add 355 MW in the system and importantly private sector has been attracted in hydropower sector. If Arun III hadn't been cancelled, there was no way for Khimti to be implemented and consequently, other private sector projects also wouldn't have moved forward. The silver lining of implementation of Khimti, notwithstanding the fact that it has been highly condemned, was that private sector realized that there is profit to be made in hydropower.

Similarly, I count West Seti too as a success. SMEC planned to export peaking electricity from it at less than 5 US cents and provide water free of cost to India. now with CWE developing it, Nepal is being prioritized for electricity and lean season augmented flow of water will be harnessed in Nepal for its multidimensional uses.

I don't know whether these are "small" changes or big ones. In any case I will continue with my crusade till my last breadth.

The other positive aspect lies in "conscience." My writings have succeeded to shake conscience of many, although they may not admit that I am speaking in Nepal's interest. It is easy to wake up a person that is actually asleep, but no sense in trying to wake up a person that is pretending to be asleep.

Second facet of conscience is my own. Future generations to come will blame our generation for the mess that they will inherit due to adverse impact on Nepal's overall economy (having to go abroad for employment, balance of trade and payment deficit for failure to produce in Nepal to at least substitute import), lifestyle, etc. But it will not be possible for them to blame me personally, as I have done my duty by speaking up and telling people that "emperor is not wearing any clothes" contrasted with the masses who are praising the emperor's nonexistent "clothe."

Thanking you once more and with best regards,

Ratna Sansar

On Mar 8, 2015 … … … wrote:

Ratna Sansar ji,

While reading your reasoning and logic they make sense to Nepal. I am just wondering do your writings bring about any change, however small, in Nepal in any quarters? If not, why not?


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