KSL Seminar Series – 01/2019

KSL Seminar Series – 01/2019
KSL Outreach Campus, Kavre
On 19th January, 2019 more than 50 youths, came together and participated in the One-day Seminar titled “New Development Paradigms and Human Rights” at the Outreach Campus of Kathmandu School of Law, Namobudhha, Kavre, Nepal. The Seminar was inclusive on the aspect that participants from legal, human rights, banking and commerce, security, political and academic field were present. The major theme of the seminar was to discuss on ideas to ensure development of Nepal thus creating an opportunity to youths to contribute in positive change in Nepal. Professor. Dr. Yubaraj Sangroula was one of the speakers in the seminar along with Mr. Kundan Jha (International Relations). Major Issue highlighted by Professor Sangroula was; “rather than political revolution there is a need of economic growth at present scenario in Nepal.” Mr. Jha said that 'Nepal is a small state but its sovereignty is as equal to that of bigger state'. He further stated that Nepal is failing because it often suffers from the feeling of Small State Syndrome.”

The discussion also focused on the need of Belt Road Initiative. Both the speakers while addressing the discussion concluded that Nepal could benefit by adopting a policy of balanced relation with India and China and not tilting on either of the side. According to the participants who shared their view in the forum; the obstacles for the development were, corruption, unequal treatment, lack of focus towards development among the political parties, lack of vision of development in the politicians, lack of proper address to the utilization of resources available in the country. Prof. Sangroula said that “the theory of calculus magic which economist tactfully developed and has actually worked as curtain in making us believe that the poverty rate has been decreased in Nepal. It has been the means of corruption.” The ongoing issue of expanding of Christianity within the uneducated and mass of economically weaker sections inside the territory of Nepal was also one of the major areas of discussion. Another important issue that was discussed was the imbalance in the balance of payment of the country due to larger importing situation and every participants in the forum accepted that importing of unnecessary goods and also less investment in the production sector which in fact gets very less market is the prime cause for the increasing import rate in Nepal. The participants concluded that encouraging people to use the local products and thus contributing in creation of market for the local products should be one of the major areas of concern for the government.

The seminar ended with a consensus that every sector of government must focus on the production and agriculture and ensure its access to market. The participants showed commitment to keep on having series of such discussions in days to come.