Sharad Bheswakar, top cricketer and sporting icon in Nepal, is not actually a Nepali. At least officially, he is not a citizen of the country he calls home.
He was born and raised in Nepal and plays for the national team. He has an Indian father and a Nepali mother, so getting citizenship should not be a problem according to the law of the land.
But his efforts to acquire Nepali citizenship so far have been futile.
“It’s been almost eight to nine years that I’ve been trying to get my citizenship. I’m still facing problems. It’s really frustrating at times,” he says.
A few years ago, he was given a travel document as a special concession so he could play in matches abroad.
Biometric solutions could help in the implementation of what comes out of a political process but they can’t substitute for the process.