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Youth Unemployment Creating Inferiority Complex
Kamala Sarup

This is the real Story.

These days, my friend Bimal is mostly found staying at home. As far as
he can manage he does not go out at all, but if he does come out he
selects the shortest route if possible, but if he fails to do so,
prefers an isolated way even if he may have to cover a longer

He has learnt to suppress his desires of walking or strolling, or to say it frankly, his present condition and mental state have taught him to kill his desire. That's why he mostly stays at home.

The busy streets of Kathmandu are rarely without people and the
possibility of meeting acquaintances is rather great. The small town
forces him to imprison himself within his home. In case he came across
some relatives or friends, he would be bombarded with questions like
"where is your job nowadays, what have you been doing, why is a highly
capable man like you keeping yourself aloof...," and on and on and on.

Thus, he has experienced an inferiority complex many times, trying to
answer their nosy enquiries. On several occasions he has felt low in
front of his former class-friends seeing them walking proudly in the
national dress of Daura and Suruwal. It is to save himself from
depression and an increasing inferiority complex arising out of such chance
encounters that he does not like to go out for a walk.

It's true that he does possess good intelligence. As a student at his
school and college, he had proved to be quite brilliant. Due to his
poor financial background, he could not carry on his higher studies
beyond his bachelor's degree. He had, therefore, no other option but
to rush to get a job. He needed a job not only for himself but to
maintain his entire family.

He would get a job and begin to work but it was always temporary. He studied hard, took his tests but he was always denied a permanent job because of violence in the country.

Due to political instability and disruption in the economic activities, the job
market continues to shrink, and a large number of youths have difficulty
landing jobs. From time to time, his self-confidence and efforts
deceived him and gradually he reached a state of his mind when not a
single trace of self-confidence remained within him. He lost even his
temporary job. As a result, his talent died with his mental spirit and
now he has remained hollow like a dry log, living a meaningless life.

In the literary field, however, he was able to establish himself quite
strongly. He naturally drew the attention of renowned critics toward
his subject matter, style and innate capabilities. But nowadays, he
has completely withdrawn himself from that field too.

Today he has doubts that what he wrote was appropriate, his style attractive and his thoughts powerful. That is why his energy to create literary works has almost dried. Whatever self-satisfaction he derived from his literary creations earlier, has now changed into equal dissatisfaction.

Due to this very dissatisfaction, he has completely severed himself
from his literary connections. Nowadays, there is not a single field
where he is attached. He is limited to his own loneliness and within
his own household environment.

Home! Even at home he hasn't got any desired atmosphere. The income
sources of his household were unable to meet its limitless needs and
to cope with its uncontrollable expenses. Therefore, he was watching
his retired old father who was slowly withering away in worries at his
meager amount of pension money. The unseen dream of his ageing father
that his son would get a good job to help him run the family better,
was everyday turning into a mirage. He watched his father's worry
helplessly. Although it was his responsibility now to earn and take
care of his father, it was his father who was running the household.

Not only him, his wife and son were depending on his father's pension.
Two years had already slipped by when he had married his wife with the
thought that she was just a single person whom he could easily afford
to provide for, with his talent and skill and a year has gone by that
his wife had given birth to their son on the same strength. But even
in this, he was deceived by his self-confidence. Two years had passed
but he was still incapable of affording his wife and son. He feels
quite depressed when he watches his wife silently eyeing with
admiration the saris of new fashions proudly shown to her by his
cousin sister.

The cousin sister was married almost the same time as he was but her
husband had bought so many expensive saris for her, whereas, on his
part, he hadn't been able to buy a new piece of cloth for his wife
after marriage.

It may be because she knew the sad financial status of her husband that she has never told him that she needed anything. If by chance a question was raised about the need of something, she tried to cover up the necessity by saying that several articles of clothes and things bought during
marriage were still lying unused.

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