For a Nepali, many things happening in the country may seem obvious, natural or just ordinary. I remember, as a teen in Kathmandu, I used to believe that eve teasing or harassing girls on the streets happens around the world. I was so wrong, there are places where harassment is not taken lightly.
Reading a visitor’s account of Nepal is perhaps the easiest way to take a step back and examine ourselves. It is like reading a focus group’s take.
Alice Verheij discusses in detail her concerns for Nepal. She lived in the country for 5 months this year and laments it’s political instability, rivers turning into garbage dump and the attacks against the press.
Sure, some see commentary like this as a fly by attempt to pass judgement in a country one knows little about, but It is wrong to dismiss visitors who express concern about Nepal. Instead of seeing it as a judgement, Nepal has to see this as an opportunity to examine itself.