A Bad Trend Engulfs Nepal


Recent rise in "mob" rules has set a different way to get things people want. Talk about the manhandling of a doctor in southern Nepal or vandalizing of a nursing home in Kathmandu, both present a bad attitude of people which might consequently affect our country. Are we up for a mob rule? While it is a good idea to have well-informed and critical society to run the country smoothly, these mob attacks do not help us. Are we heading for a complete chaos in the country?

One way or the other, we are the one who is losing this battle. A bunch of "brainless" people attacked a doctor alleging him for poor service to one of the patients who lost his life later on. And now the hospital reciprocated by shutting down all other services except emergency. Himalayan Times writes:

The Lumbini Zonal Hospital and other dozen health facilities of Butwal were closed today following an attack on a hospital doctor and vandalizing of the hospital and other nursing homes yesterday. According to Lumbini Zonal Hospital Superintendent, Dr Kedar Nath Sharma, all hospital services, except the emergency ward, have been closed indefinitely following after mob attack. The hospital management has demanded action against the miscreants.

Did we gain? Who won the battle? At the end, it is us, who have to suffer. We need to teach these people about co-existence and mutual respect. This is not the end of the story. Kantipur writes:

An angry group of people vandalized Everest Nursing Home, at New Baneswor in the capital Wednesday morning alleging the doctors for the death of a patient. Tulashi Ram Gautam 69, a critical asthma patient of Hetunda died at 5 am in the hospital due to the negligence of the hospital and doctors.

While we should make the authorities pay for their negligence, destruction of property does not help us. We, the Nepalese, should learn to get away from barbaric methods of conduct. Agreed, the nursing home made a mistake, but we should make them realize in a peaceful manner. Day by day, Nepalese are prooving to be more chaotic and difficult to control. This "mob rule" is not a good trend if we want a peaceful and a prosperous Nepal.

(based on various news pieces from Kantipur and Himalayan Times)


3 Responses to “A Bad Trend Engulfs Nepal”

  1. sanobhai Says:

    Put yourself in the shoes of the relatives of the person who died. You are from Hetauda. You took a huge loan to bring your dad to Kathmandu. You probably don’t know anyone in Kathmandu or anyone higher up who can scold the higher ups who manage the Nursing home. You strongly believe that it is doctor’s negligence. You probably talk to the doctors and the doctors dismiss you. What are you to do? You are to say “Oh, I should ask for an appointment with the higher ups and explain to them and demand compensation”? Do you really think it is realistic for him to expect that the higher ups will give him a fair hearing?

    I suggest a different way of looking at it – it is not mob rule. It is the expectation that there is no fair hearing to address grievances for poor and for someone who has no leverage. If you are convinced that there is no fair hearing, often it expresses in incidents like this. People who read and write the blogs have different ways of addressing such grievances – you might actually be allowed to talk to the doctors and the managers and so forth and demand an investigation and that is why we don’t (usually) engage in such activities. If I was from a village and I was being dismissed and all the doors are suddenly slammed shut, I honestly don’t know what I would do. Should I expect that the nursing home would launch a credible and accountable investigation? I probably would not even know there is such a concept.

  2. dreamnepal Says:

    I think the recent rise in such activities is evidence to a growing attitude towards “mob rule”
    Look at the beating of the doctor in southern Nepal, or setting the police van on fire in Kathmandu, or blocking traffic because one thinks something is unfair to them in their eyes.
    Aren’t these things giving us some hints as to how we are heading towards a mob rule? We do not know there is such a concept about investigation? Dude, give me a break. Everyone knows about court. And, if someone doesnt know, then we are up for a deep shit. We need to educate people then.
    But, how can someone break into a hospital? There are dozens of other equally sick people. What if someone else died because of the attack of the mobs? Who will be held responsible? Give rise to another clash ? Let people fight?
    So, I seriously think we need to think more….Think Before We Act!!

  3. sanobhai Says:

    You are calling this a mob rule. That is the effect seen on the surface and I don’t think there is any disagreement to that. Care to think about why that is happening? When more than half the country is illiterate you are telling me everyone is expected to know what investigation means? They are to believe that investigation launched by Nursing home is going to be fair? About the other incident, apparantly the driver that got into accident a few days ago ran to the police station and begged for protection from the passengers that were determined to beat him up. The police station refused to accomodate the driver(from what I read). The state was not able to give them security. In that case what are the drivers to do? Are you going to ask the drivers to take days off, pay some lawyers, file some cases in the court?

    Yes it is easy to call them mob and dismiss them but if you think about why some of these things happen the revelation almost always leads to dissastisfaction over how one is treated and from their perspective there does not seem to be any other course of action. Don’t tell an illiterate guy, or a literate guy, who can barely survive on 2000/month salary in Kathmandu, to go to the court and fight the people and the government agencies that have been unfair to him. The world looks different if you put yourself in his shoes.

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