The People's Review weekly just completed a decade of publication. BN Dahal of the weekly suggested we host a reception. I could not fulfil his desire. But I have no regrets because although we are strong to voice, however we are not rich to spend money in any other headings except publishing the newspaper regularly. Yes, there are two ways in keeping alive in journalism in this country.
First, compromise with your interests and earn money. Second, don't compromise with your interests and struggle for your existence. Knowingly or unknowingly, we have taken the second path. Our readers tell us that we are highly critical of every establishment. This is our strength, as we cannot call any wrong a right.
This tiny team doesn't compromise against national interests and wishes to struggle forever. The satisfaction we have gained is that we get encouraging response from our readers. To recall, a journalist comparing our publication with another English weekly, said: "You can find many advertisements in that weekly, but you cannot find strong opinions like in yours."
"They have money thus they have no freedom to write," the reader further remarked. Yes, his analysis is true. As we write strongly, we get less advertisement; therefore, we are compelled to use newsprint and black and white printing technology.
Toyota Company, internationally reputed automobile manufacturer, has placed banners with the slogan "Small things that we do" in different places of the city. I never claim like some others that we are "the best and above mediocre journalism" and then fill up large sections of the newspaper with reproduced items, I prefer to follow the very slogan that we do small things for this nation honestly and sincerely.
We follow the famous saying: "Don't expect anything from the country, but think what contribution you can make for the motherland." As we have no ambition or aspirations, we are happy in just continuing our publication without any hurdles. As per Nepali capacity, we have neither the plan to increase the price nor the wish to bring-out our publication in a glazed paper because we want our readership to be larger.