GREEDY Laughs: Nepal's Eco-Comedy Revolution

Published On: November 3, 2023 07:00 PM NPT By: Shaswat Acharya

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the thrilling world of eco-comedy, where the stage is set for an uproarious ride that revolves around the star of the show. We'll refer to the project simply as "GREED by ABC'' to maintain discretion. This intriguing narrative unfolds without revealing specific details to keep the jungle lion at bay. It's a tale of economic growth seamlessly entwined with environmental goals and social inclusion. But wait, the real punchline is that this showstopper isn't quite what it seems. It's akin to opening a pack of cigarettes, and hidden in the fine print, you discover that it's all about loans. Ta-da!

Picture this: Nepal feels like it's the kid in the schoolyard getting picked on by an intimidating senior. The senior makes a mess, and Nepal ends up cleaning it up with a loan. And guess what? Nepal is not okay with it! Ram, Sita, and a billion others aren't either. In fact, some protesters even visited ABC's office and were asked if they could speak about the issue in English. The reply? "Yes." The response? "You got a good education." It's like saying, "Speak English, get a golden ticket," which is, well, strange. With this mindset of people leading ABC, you can expect what kind of project is there to expect. And the fun doesn't stop there! Some influencers have hopped on the eco-comedy bandwagon, making it seem like they're promoting the next viral TikTok challenge, but in reality, they're talking about loans for environmental conservation.

As Nepal finds itself on the verge of potential blacklisting, the idea of repaying these loans through income-generating methods seems implausible. But what if they could repay in the form of cleaner air, carbon sequestration, or biodiversity conservation? If these intangible assets could be monetized, perhaps it wouldn't be such a bad bargain. Nevertheless, there's a strong dissenting opinion. Some declare, 'Stop the Eco-loan circus!' while others argue that even grants to tackle climate change are not the solution. They should clean up their own mess. To elaborate on this, let’s delve into this moral puzzle with a thought-provoking question. Is it morally acceptable for an individual to drive recklessly, trigger a fatal collision, and then attempt to escape responsibility by offering a bribe to his driver, shifting the blame onto them? The interpretation of this situation is open to your judgment, leaving room for personal perspective.

Nepal, my dear readers, seems to have forgotten its own idols. It's as if they've replaced their homegrown heroes with someone else's glossy headshot in their office. It's a sentiment that finds resonance in the words of the funny Nepali comedian, Nailendra Bhimkhada. In his poetic wisdom, he humorously points out that these politicians might not care about their own country because they prefer imported vegetables and packaged milk over the nourishing mother's milk from their childhood. This whimsical observation by Bhimkhada serves as a satirical mirror reflecting the notion that some politicians may prioritize personal gain over the well-being of their nation. It's a thought that prompts contemplation and encourages us to question whether these leaders are truly aligned with the interests of the people they serve.

Not only politicians, folks! We're all tangled up in this blame game. It's like a never-ending sitcom. The comedy gets even darker when we look at those people in conservation groups. They've turned their noble cause into a money-making blockbuster! They're out there trying to break records, doubling the counts of species. On the other side, we have the whole zoo situation. Is it a fair deal to put our furry friends behind bars just to keep the kids entertained? As a Nepali, you probably know firsthand about the five-star accommodations for our beloved animals in the zoo. Not only them, we've got fingers pointing everywhere: at the media, scared to rock the boat by publishing juicy stories, researchers slicing up their work into salami slices for their 15 minutes of fame, and organizations doing the community adaptation dance without even inviting the community!

Now, let's zoom out and look at the bigger picture, just to see the whole thing as a maze of errors—wild, wacky, full of eco-comedy, where someone doesn't know where to start the repairing process! At times, it feels like it might be simpler to pick up that eraser and start fresh! But in a way, this whole story is filling the bucket of "Paap." It's like we're realizing that we've been consuming too much junk food, and it's time for some "Balens."

|Yadayada hi dharmasya glanir bhavati bharata |

|Abhythanamadharmasya tadatmanam srijamyaham |

| Paritranaya sadhunam vinashay cha dushkritam |

|Dharmasangsthapanarthay sambhabami yugeyuge ||

"In each era, when righteousness wanes and unrighteousness thrives, I manifest myself to protect the virtuous and annihilate the wicked, to establish the principles of dharma.

It's like a cosmic script, and we're all playing our roles in this eco-comedy.

(P.S. This comedy doesn't pick sides; it's all in good fun.)


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