Kathmandu, Feb. 15 -- There has been a lot of hair-pulling and bemoaning ever since Translucency International revealed recently that Nepal slipped four places in the rankings of the most corrupt countries in the solar system, if not the known universe.

In 2019, Nepal was ranked 113th among countries deemed most corrupt but last year during the pandemic we overtook (or, undertook, depending which way you are counting) four other countries to be 117th..

Many in Nepal saw this as a matter of national shame and proof that we are a failed state. But that is looking at the glass as half-empty. I see the glass as fully empty, and time for a refill. Under the Oligarchy we can to drink and be merry as if there is no tomorrow.

There are some mi...