Archive for February, 2011

 In the race of fashion and globalization influenced with open market system, marketing policies and diversified choices and interest of people, it is worthless to talk about why certain products have reached to the remotest corners of the world. If we start blaming, everyone is likely to fall in the basket; Weather it is media or the policy makers, the industrialists or the government, politicians or the economics advocates, or the people itself.  But from my perspective, the more important question is why do people consumers) accept such products. Are they unaware of the consequences? If yes, who is responsible? Whose duty is it? Any way let’s not talk about rights and duties in the country where the meaning of democracy is blurred and lost in chaos. Nevertheless, the more important question is have citizens become more conscious of their needs and do they want the government to do things that will help them improve their conditions?

Here I have some more questions; Despite the fact Nepal being rich in water resources, why the people of this country has to pay more than Rupees 20 for the water/coke, which even doesn’t cost more than 25paisa.  MBA’s students might say that its distribution charge; but as a student of Human and Natural Resource Studies (HNRS),  I look forward into the matter and ask a question to myself that what the hell this government is for,  if even it can’t provide clean drinking water to its people. The event of Jajarkot is still alive in my mind.  The more I move towards the subject, the vaguer my answer become. Lots of question arises in fraction of seconds. Why people are facing acute food scarcity? Why do state of malnutrition is severe in Nepal. Why government can’t guarantee better livelihood of its people. Why can’t government deliver public services effectively?

Uff let me drop this debate here and move more closely towards the subject matter. To indentify the problem we have to move into the roots. I.e. who are behind the curtain? More specifically who own the companies that produce cigarettes, coke/Beers and wai wai? Yes we find that the market is elite controlled. These giants companies thus then formulate policies that can influence the consumer behavior. For eg the Hording Board of “Lava” snacks  which can be consumed by children, young and old  is highlighted with a promotional statement -“Better Served with Beers and wines” The products  like cigarettes lacks proper standard and distribution channel. The flashy promotion of cigarettes and alcohol near public places influence young mind towards it. Thus there lies problem in promotion and here on ethical ground media seems to be irresponsible.

 It has been proven that in underdeveloped countries government is weak. And here comes the private sector which is more interested to take as more benefits as possible from the weakness of government. The commercial houses with profit making objective are more likely to favor neo-classic approach of development. The capitalistic approach with these theories of economics is more concerned about the growth of Federal Reserve Bank. Thus, In their belief/logic every product helps to economic boom.  This is one of the reasons why these multinational giant companies have influence over policy in the underdeveloped world. To mention it too precisely we can say that the policy of this country is crafted by foreign gods.

 But are foreign gods only responsible for the policy influence?  As student of HNRS my main concern is why the policy actors/makers in this country are influenced/controlled by few foreign gods. Isn’t this symbol that the government is impotent?

Finally it is better to conclude, while there is government failure; market takes the advantage of the situation and creates public choices and interest in its own favor.

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