The blockade at the borders of Nepal has been going for more than two months now, which has made everyday lives of citizens of the country difficult. Things have come to a standstill and like every other problem; the citizens are waiting for things to be better and are hoping the situation to improve. As much as we are united during this time, the circumstance is similar to what our country experienced six months before. We had a fear of not being alive as the earth shook, an earthquake which occurred continuously, and a jolt which made us run for our lives. On the same note, at the present scenario, we have a fear of when the existing crisis will resolve.
Individuals have already started finding options for cooking other than using Liquefied Petroleum gas. People are preparing food on induction heaters, wood pieces and other ways as the cost of the gas cylinder has gone exorbitantly high. We all know how price fluctuates when supply does not meet demand, but the way the prices are being quoted at this situation of emergency is crazy. So is the story of fuel, the predicament has made people buy petrol on the price which is five times of the original rate. As much as we should not be encouraging black marketing, the situation has compelled many to do so. There have been individuals who have been standing in the queue of petrol for more than twenty four hours and come home disheartened. There have been numerous fights at the petrol queue. Some who were lucky to receive fifteen liters of petrol for their cars soon realized that more than half of it was air. As a friend of mine said, we could have petrol coupon been provided via SMS, which would be a win -win situation for everyone.
It is nice to see people helping each other to get to their destination. Some are using the Carpool application or their Facebook group while others are helping people on the road who are waiting for a ride, but there are millions of people who have been having the hardest time to live. The factories which are in the Terai region have been shut, and the industries in the country have been hit badly, resulting in an economic loss of ten thousand crore. Some schools have been closed for more than two months and people who have been earning on an everyday wage have been suffering majorly.
There are many who have managed getting fuel from other districts and are stocking up. But these questions are yet to be answered. Our constitution has been made and we have our new 38th Prime Minister, but when will the time come when citizens will not have to worry about basic necessities of life?
When are we going to realize that we need a permanent solution for this, and not temporary? When are we going to think for our nation as whole than just ourselves? Why aren’t we coming out on the streets and protesting? As much as we wish our country is spelled with a magic wand which will overturn the situation and get things to normal, it’s time for us to fight, fight for what is ours.