Something strange has been happening in the last few days that I have been trying to coordinate relief and mediating with the donors sitting here in Mumbai. The aftermath of the disaster has me concerned. When I put up a post on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s relief fund for Nepal everyone unanimously came out in support. But when I put up the Nepal PM’s disaster relief fund account details many people doubted it. It is unfortunate and it breaks my heart. PM Sushil Koirala is a member of the extended Koirala family; he is someone I am close to. He is a simple, honest man, a politician with integrity, he doesn’t own huge property nor does he feed off the family. I know Sushilda is a genuine leader.
But people seem to have no trust. The faith of the common man in the political system in Nepal has been lost entirely. I hope the situation helps motivate the government towards more transparency; I hope they are able to devise a method that can help win and build on the trust of the people. The politicians must realise that the confidence of the people is not gained by just sitting in Parliament. There has to be a mechanism to make our leaders more accountable. The leadership has to find a system by which to rekindle hope and trust. The inconvenient truth is that we have made a mess of things and need to correct them and buckle up now.