Ordinary Nepalese vent anger at political elite - Nepalee.Com

Ordinary Nepalese vent anger at political elite

May 01, 2012 KATHMANDU — Soaring heat of Summer sun, dry and dusty Kathmandu street and political clashes between parties and different ethnic groups, General Nepalese are vent in anger towards political parties for not promulgating new constitution in time.
As summer approached street vendor Binod Paudyal withdrew his life savings and decided to pursue his dream of opening a restaurant serving authentic Nepali cuisine to backpackers and tourists.
Two months later his business is floundering because of civil unrest and the 39-year-old, like millions of ordinary Nepalese, has seen his optimism crushed by what he believes is the intransigence and corruption of the political elite.
“I took a huge risk and invested 1.5 million rupees ($17,500). But there was a series of strikes which crippled me,” said Paudyal, who has a wife and two young children.
“The customers stayed indoors and we often had to close the restaurant. At times like these when there are strikes and political uncertainty, no one wants to venture out to enjoy the evening at a restaurant.”
Last Sunday Nepal’s political leaders failed after years of wrangling to meet a deadline to write its first post-war constitution and parliament was dissolved, leaving the country with no legal government.
Nepalese went on election back in 2008 and elected the 601-members of constituent assembly to draw up the constitution, but the collapse dashed their hopes for a new social and political order in a country that remains deeply unequal.
“I am worried because the situation is very uncertain,” Paudyal, who used to operate a street booth in Kathmandu selling passport photographs, told reporters.
“I’m not sure whether I will be able to continue in such dismal conditions.”
Similarly, Thousands of young youths are busy preparing their backpack and arranging some cash from the lenders to go abroad to seek for job and stay safe from the current situation of the country. If you just count the numbers of youths flying out of Kathmandu international airport daily, you will find the real situation of jobless youths and their immediate family members who have lost their hope for anything better could happen inside the country.
Nepal’s main parties have squabbled over power and positions for decades, and political corruption has led to widespread disillusionment in a country hobbled by strikes and chronic power shortages.

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