Enough is Enough: Citizens on Streets, Protest in Pandemic

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We, Nepalese people, have been a kind of passive audience for all the drama going around us. Passive in the sense, the earlier protests and mass movements in our history were driven by the political agendas of some political leaders.  The time has changed, the youths are now self- driven choosing to speak up enough is enough.

Definitely, social media has influenced many of us to share our political views. #slogans have way more influence than we think. #slogans can go places through social media. In recent days, we have been seeing people protesting on the streets for the unacceptable things happening around us. Hence, more voices are raised in social media as well. Voice is raised, either as a voice against government actions, or a voice raised for justice because now, enough is enough.

As well as that, these voices sometimes remain unheard for whom they were actually meant for. Hence, the relevant action doesn’t take place as a consequence. However, these voices pressurize the authorities to take some action. Also, at least compel them to view the scene through the eyes of the public.

Nepal has been under Stay-at-home lockdown since 24th March 2020 as of Nepali Calendar 11th of Chaitra, 2076. People have been co-operating with the government’s decision since then. Besides, the businesses are shut, school and colleges are shut, travel service is shut, but we have co-operated really well.

However, during this period some mishaps have occurred leading people to come on the streets. Certainly, life will be changed a lot after the end of this lockdown. Read more about life after lockdown. Subsequently, people are protesting for justice and the right conduct of governmental activities.

Below are some glimpses of people protesting on the streets in the mid of this pandemic. Clearly, we do not intend to hurt anyone’s sentiments with this article.

Enough is Enough: A Rage Against the Nation’s Preparedness and Prevention Scheme for COVID-19

The annual Budget announcement in Nepal is full of after-effect criticism most of the time. The budget sounds over for some and under for some. Indeed, it can be considered as one of the critically active areas in Nepal’s Finance and Budget Ministry. After the announcement of the budget, the announcers and planners need to go through a lot of public criticism.

On 28th May 2020, the Government announced the allocation of over 10 Billion Nepalese Rupees for COVID-19 prevention and preparedness. Conversely, Nepalese people were not ready to accept that this much amount was spent on this area. The reason people were skeptical about this announcement was, we have not seen any specific preparedness and management for the prevention of this pandemic. This has lead people to come to the streets and question the government. Also, read more about the very popular blame game of politics and government.



#enoughisenough
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#enoughisenough
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#sanitizegovernment
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#sanitizegovernment
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#sanitizegovernment
#enoughisenough
#sanitizegovernment
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#sanitizegovernment
#enoughisenough
#sanitizegovernment
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#sanitizegovernment
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#sanitizegovernment
#enoughisenough
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#savenepal
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#sanitizegovernement
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Justice for Navaraj: People’s Voice against Cast Discrimination Injustice

23rd May 2020, when Nepal was still under lockdown, brutal killing of 6 young boys took place at the Rukum District of Nepal. A shame to say, cast discrimination was the reason behind this inhuman activity.

This unfortunate event occurred in Rukum. Navaraj BK, a 21-year-old boy from Jajarkot, along with his 5 friends were mercilessly beaten up and then thrown into the Bheri river.  All this, because the so-called lower cast boy Nabaraj wanted to marry a so-called upper-caste 17-year-old girl from another nearby village called Soti.

This made youths to protest for justice to these young deceased boys. Furthermore, this also raised awareness in youths regarding this rooted social misconduct which is still seen practiced in some places in Nepal. Contrary to this, any behavior or action of cast discrimination is considered an offense and has provision for legal punishment as well.

Photo Credit: EKantipur epaper
Photo Credit: @keshav The Kathmandu Post
Photo Credit: Naresh Shrestha, The Himalayan Times
Photo Credit: Rishi Baral, The Himalayan Times

Kalapani is Ours: People United to Claim for Kalapani, a Disputed Territory between Nepal and India

This is a political and international issue between Nepal and India regarding the disputed territory of Kalapani in the Far West region of Nepal. Furthermore, this issue was raised earlier when India published its new map on 4th November 2019, including Kalapani as its own territory.

Even so, Nepal has been protesting against India’s inauguration of a Himalayan link road in the disputed territory of Kalapani.

Later, on May 21, 2020, when Nepal released its new map by including the disputed Kalapani area, some tension raised between India (Media) and Nepal. This has lead youngsters to come on the streets even in the midst of this “COVID-19 stay-at-home lockdown” to support the Government’s decision of the new map.

Photo Credit: Amish Raj Mulmi, Al Jazeera
Photo Credit: The Kathmandu Post
Photo Credit: Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters, Al Jazeera

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