Not a single day passes off these days without the news of road accidents claiming lives of the people. No sooner had the Karnali road accident happened in Jajarkot in which several dozen people were killed a fortnight ago, a bus accident claimed six lives in Prithvi Highway the other day when the speeding bus skidded off the road to plunge in the Trishuli River. Similar major and minor accidents occur regularly on the highways, feeder roads and fair weather tracks killing passengers and commuters. Such accidents happen in the capital city and other cities outside the Valley too invariably exacting heavy toll on the life of the people. Though the comparative statistics are not available at hand to tell clearly about the situation, the road accident updates carried by local media indicate that Nepal should top the countries where such fatal eventualities kill more people than any other disasters. What makes such mortal accidents take place in this country and why the concerned authorities and stakeholders show no particular concern and sensibilities to prevent and mitigate the situation is a big question. What is perplexing in this context is the lack of sensitivity and responsibility on the part of the state authorities to look into the situation and initiate possible measures to minimize the road risks. It shows that the human sensibility, life respecting emotions and feelings of the leaders and state authorities have been dulled and desensitized in Nepal. This can be imagined of only in the pre-state Hobbesian era when nobody respected anybody and no authority existed, according to Leviathan, to enforce order and respect to life. Moreover, it is also a sad reflection of deterioration in and ineffectiveness and debilitation of governance in the country. An important factor contributing to increased incidences of vehicular accidents is the continued neglect and disrepair of the roads in the country. One can imagine the deteriorating situation if...
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