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Voice of the Slums
- Kripa Bhandari - 21129, Grade ... 12 November, 2019

Living in this 21st century we thrive on education, fashion and trend, however an accumulative population show their reluctance to explore the broken souls, their voices, that are never to be heard. 

A voice that explains how it feels to sleep on the cold pavement with no lights and rugs; only the buzzing sound of insects. A voice that weeps just because he has no one to hug when the thunder strikes with bright light in front of his eyes. A voice that wishes for his father to come home safe, hug him tight and explain that the world is too tiny to worry about everything . A voice that is judged for the way they are. A voice that needs proper food to eat. A voice that knows the importance of education and wishes hard to educate oneself.  A voice that is shown guilty before the decision is made. A voice that knows the importance of money and doesn’t get a chance to fulfill their wishes. A voice that carries a person in their tummy for 9 months without any hesitation; rather with love and excitement but is sent to be at a place filled with strangers. A voice that is burned alive just because of beliefs which are not even near to the so called modern reality. A voice that knows its standard, its limits and the difference between loving and to be loved. A voice that knows giving. A voice that is being raped in the streets. A voice of a father who sells all his property, his gold and his house so that his little princess lives a happy life. A voice that is sold at the borders of India. A voice that says “she was not to be born” at her first birthday. A voice that is a workaholic, for it is not a solution for everything. A voice that laments for justice, peace and loyalty, money and food. A voice that is ready to dirty themselves up by washing dishes, cleaning public toilets, etc.  Doesn’t this sound bizarre and make people cry and scream on top of their lungs, but who listens to the voice of slums? Is their voice supposed to be voiceless? Aren’t they humans? Did nature discriminate them and not give them a chance to live? Do they belong to another group of species? Well! No, but then who will understand the pain they had to go through just to stay alive? The Government!

Do you think our government, which is corrupted and has not even been able to serve the victims of earthquake of 2072, give justice to Nirmala, and stop the rape which is continuously flowing like rivers be able to see that agony? It’s time for a change, a change to agitate everybody’s life.  A change to give justice to all. A change for improvement and ultimately a change for “peace”. 

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Urbanization and Its Effect and Natural Beauty
- Samir Khadka - 21120, Grade X ... 08 November, 2019

Human beings are unique creations of nature. We feel a strong and unique bond with nature. We are also the only beings that can save nature. Surprisingly, most of us don’t seem to care about her. Cities are popping up rapidly, and the natural beauty is suffering from terrible hits.

However, there are plenty of reasons as to why we should have natural beauty and more than enough ways to save it.

Talking about benefits, first all those resources that we get, we get from the environment. Indirectly, all that we see is a product of nature. There may come times when resources may deplete and it would be too late to take steps by then. So, we should focus on conserving as much of the environment and natural beauty as we can. Already statistical data shows how oil reserves are depleting and the greenery of forests is degrading . These are valuable resources so we must conserve them or at least reduce the amount we waste so that we can achieve a net win in the future.

City life and drab gray streets can get quite monotonous and frustrating. So, beauty should be there to provide us with a sense of being close to nature. People would argue that there are parks, but parks seem ‘artificial’ compared to green hills and lime green fields. Also, natural beauty is one of the main sources of tourist attraction. A very good example is our own country, Nepal. There are a lot of tourists as there is a lot of natural beauty around.

 As for solutions to the degradation of natural beauty, a major part of the effort should go towards educating people about conserving nature. This does not mean boring lectures and even more boring statistical data but actually involving them in activities. Public participation can do wonders and open a lot of eyes so that they really become aware of the effect crude development has on the environment. Also, the government of countries should also take some measures. Development should be sustainable. Technology has come a long way and now, people can indulge in “bio-geo-engineering” which basically means that development and urbanization is done with such an approach that mother nature takes minor harm.

As a conclusion, people should start protecting places of natural beauty. Since there are a lot of benefits and a lot of ways to conserve these places, we should not be sitting idle but actually making efforts so that humans and nature both benefit from it.

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Plagiarism: Is it legit?
- Prashant Shrestha - 20117, Gr ... 03 November, 2019

Does it concern everyone? Perhaps yes. In the place where most of the works are copied and pasted, surely it concerns to everyone. All the Nepalese professionals including writers, professors and the students are either recklessly or unknowingly plagiarizing the works of other people. The practice of plagiarism has been a great threat to the Nepalese. The issue of academics, impact on creativity and infraction of copyrights has been the serious issues that plagiarism summons.

The trend of replicating theses, projects, final reports and other academic works has been a common thing that most of the academic personnel in Nepal do. The habit of robbing others' work without giving reference to the real author has been inherited in the Nepalese people. The actual worth of one’s own work has been worthless in the Nepalese academics. Imposing economic value for the academic work is prominent. As published in the Centre of Investigative Journalism, Nepal (CIJ), even Nepalese professors are found to be involved in plagiarizing other’s works on their own books. Nepalese academics are slowly and gradually tilting towards the dullness. The value that the academic writing possess in actual has been a valueless thing that Nepalese are neglecting. For the case of plagiarism one can be suspended from the universities, colleges and from their works too for life time. The originality of the works in Nepal has been shaded by the addiction of copying others’ work.

The creativity of the Nepalese people is declining at a great pace. The more we plagiarize the less we get chance to explore our quality of writing a piece of work. The intellectual traits are blackened by the plagiarism which always retards the tendency to publish something that is of your own. The Nepalese students who have plagiarized the theses from others are lacking in making research, extracting information from the research and creating a piece of an article of their own. There are lots of live examples of the people involved in plagiarizing who have failed in real life to expand their fluency in writing creatively. Nothingness starts to influence the brain of humans when we indulge ourselves on being parasites. The parasitic nature has been embedded in every Nepalese that has overtaken the state of their authentication on works. When there is no sign of respect for the works of the other, the issues of copyrights also gets a space along with the distortion of creativity of an individual.

The sense of Nepalese in the norms and values of copyrights is senseless. The Nepalese people haven’t been legally conscious about the penalties they can be charged for plagiarizing the work. The habit of including citation on the articles or other paperwork hasn’t been setup in the behavior of Nepalese after including references from others article. As published in “The Republica”, the TU Vice Chancellor Dr. Tirtha Khanya has been blacklisted for the plagiarism. So, if the legal actions are to be carried he can get legally punished for such a critical act of plagiarizing others and get suspended from his profession. The culture of respecting the laws of copyright is directly violated which shows how bad we Nepalese people are, on having trust issues. The people of foreign countries will have serious trust issues over Nepalese for their unawareness against the copyrights. The ban of Spotify can be a good example for the abuse of copyrights in Nepal. The act of “copy and paste” that Nepalese do without any citation of authors has a large impact on the values of copyright.

The professional, intellectual and legal consequences are brought by plagiarism which Nepalese people are facing nowadays. The people have been academically backward, intellectually faded and  are unlawful towards copyright. Thus the overall personality of Nepalese has been pictured negatively by the plagiarism.


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Movie Review: Shutter Island
- Girwan Paudyal - 21107, Grade ... 31 October, 2019

Director: Martin Scorsese

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Sir Ben Kingsley, Emily Mortimer

Based on the novel ‘Shutter Island’ by Dennis Lehane

 Background: The story takes place in 1954 in a post WWII era on a small island named ‘Shutter Island’ which holds a mental asylum for the criminally insane.

 Plot: Shutter Island is a psychological thriller movie where two U.S. Marshals Eddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Chuck (Mark Ruffalo) are called to investigate a possible escape from the mental asylum in Shutter Island. A woman named Rachel Solando (Emily Mortimer), who was detained for murdering her three children,  has escaped from a high security facility and now, the two Marshals work towards finding her but, as events unfold and the story takes a turn for the worse, Eddy starts suspecting all the people around him and questions his own sanity. Eddy specially suspects the head of the institution, Dr Cawley (Sir Ben Kingsley), and as events unfold and the story becomes clearer, there is a very intricate relationship between Eddy and Shutter Island.

 My Opinion: Shutter Island is one of the most interesting psychological thrillers I have ever watched. The story unfolds in horrific ways as each realization hits the viewers with a sense of growing suspense and mystery. Rated R for its violence and portrayal of insanity, I do not recommend viewers under the age of 16 to watch Shutter Island. For others, if you have a hunger for psychological thrillers, Shutter Island will not disappoint.


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