Monday, July 21, 2014

बहुलएर बच्नु भन्दा मर्नु निको हुन्छ ।

पाकाहरु भन्थे, मर्नु भन्दा बहुलाउन निको,
कसरी ?
मनोबैज्ञानीकहरु भन्छन
सरकार एउटा आत्महत्या सहयोग केन्द्र खोल्दैन ?
काठमाडौं हेर्दहेर्दै नागै भएसक्यो,
धोती र टोपी हात्मा लिएर हिंड्नेहरुले .
किन चहियो हट्लाइन, किन ?
शिक्षक बलात्कार गर्छ, केटी स्कुल निस्कसित हुन्छे,
पन्डित बिधवा दलित भन्दैन, महिला बहिस्करन्मा पर्छे ।
काम मा गएकी छोरी बुहारी  फर्कन्नन चोखै,
अस्पातलको ईमर्जेन्सी झनै उस्तै,
पुलिस बन्दुक लिएर बलात्कर गर्छ,
हकिम जागिरको खोस्तो लिएर .
घर देखी पर सम्म, जन्मे देखी मृत्‍यु सम्म,
बलत्कार, हिन्सा खेपेर बच्नु भन्दा,
जिबन भर नगिएर बच्नु भन्दा,
जर खाएर मरे हुन्छ, हाम्फलेर मरे हुन्छ
बहुलएर बच्नु भन्दा मर्नु निको हुन्छ ।
   

Sunday, July 20, 2014

हाबा

हाबा भित्रै भित्रै उड्छ म भित्र 
सक्दैन सरर उडौन सँग सँगै 
बच्दिन एक पलनै उ बिना फेरी 
कहिले बादल बन्छ त कहिले अधिहुरी,
सिरिरी नजिकै आउछ भाग्छ नजिकै नपरी। 
सास फेर्छ दुनियाँ बाअछ रे तिमी सँगै 
मर्नेहरु पनि उतिकै बिजुली चम्केसरी

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

My Take away from Yunus Center and BRAC, Dhaka



In this world, many people born in poor family and encountered various forms of injustices at their life, only the nature and intensity are different. However, they don’t think beyond box in a way that they hypnotized by their poverty and injustices or enjoying within this trap. I don’t know yet why do I was seeking the underlying causes of poverty and injustices. Why did I always felt ashamed, humiliation, voiceless in front of the elite peoples/groups? Fortunately or unfortunately, I also hadn’t had the opportunity to discuss in this regards due to poor and marginalized family. Neither my degrees nor my intellectual, senior friends provided the answer. But, I continuously experienced of exclusion and exploitation due to my poverty and injustices in every walks of my life. Often, I think, if my brain were use for other concern, what would look like? I also often thought that if my parents didn't send me school, what would look like?

As I grew up, I knew many people at work, at universities though I didn’t find the passionate and committed people to work with me to fight against poverty and injustice in real sense. By using the words of poverty and injustices, people are pretending that they are fighting against it.
In Nepali context, giving up neither government permanent job nor well paid NGO work is not common. Though I gave up and founded the organization for verifying myself whether is possible to fight against poverty or injustices or not.

About a decade before, I had heard about two names simultaneously. They were Prof. M. Yunus, founder of Grameen bank. I have gone through his three books already including social business. Then that day, I have keen interest to know more about him, keen to meet him but it is not easy in many ways. It is getting harder when I stated full time volunteer job for my organization or fishing the answers behind poverty and injustices.

Though, the organization where I am working today is the fourth organization in my life where I was worked as founder. I tried to move on but failed due to following characteristics of mine; poor, non-political, non-capital. I experienced government for complete 10 years. Likewise, I also experienced bilateral and INGO about 10 years. I observed the activities which are delivered by all forms of development works including charity. In Nepali context, power and politics makes matters everywhere specially access to the resources. Though I never gave up working on it, even the things e.g. daily life gets more challenging. In my own way, I have always ask how can we make sustain the project without begging with donors. I also see back on projects which were implemented by my colleagues and others. Meantime, I experienced on how much donors are at fatigue due to lack of significant results even more than half century contribution and NGOs are not in right track as its intends to do. In this given circumstances, a common challenges and question is the sustainability of impacts. Indeed, all dimensions of the sustainability are important however the financial and social impacts are more important in Nepali context to move at first. Even, marginalized people started to organize and mobilize which lose essence after couple of months of project life span.

About a decade more, I heard about BRAC University and history. Though, many Nepali folks graduated from there. I have gone through the website, social media pages and met few friends who are working there. The founder of the BRAC, Mr Fazle Hasan Abed was AIM (Asian Institute of Management) graduate means we are alumni. My thirst, to know more about his approach is become dying dream. I am living in suffocation, compromises, and deprivations. So I was looking an opportunity to enter Bangladeshi since long but it didn’t work at all. I have very hard time to expand the project activities and areas as expected.

June 28 is the International Social Business day, day of Prof. Yunus’s birthday. As a stakeholder of CGNSB (Chaudhary Group Nepal Social Business), I decided to join the conference at Dhaka, though my trip is zero sponsored. I have been working with CGNSB more than a year as a Social Impact Advisor in voluntary basis. 
From left: Birshnath Yogi, Merina Ranjit, Radha Paudel, Inge Patsch, Prof. Yunus, Nirvana Chaudhary, Lok darsan Shrestha


CGNSB is also working in Jumla where my organization Action Works Nepal (AWON) is providing strategic and local support to initiate projects. In Dhaka, two fellows; Lok Darsan Shrestha and Brish Nath Yaogi from Jumla were there and Mr. Yogi presented a progressive project ``Karnali Miteri Udog’. 
Brish Nath Yogi was  presenting about Karnali Miteri Udog from Kudari, Jumla


We had special meeting with Prof Yunus and actively engaged in series of interaction.

Nepal delegates had met with Prof. M. Yunus and explaining about Projects

We observed that Social Business is like POTATO in Nepali context, can eat at any form. Social business is addressing an urgent social issues at their respective communities; health, education, environment, entertainment, universities, banks etc. A social business is a non-dividend business that seeks to solve a social problem through business methods. It is different from traditional personal profit making business and not for profit organization. It has seven principles as developed by Nobel Laureate Professor M. Yunus. It can be lead by anyone no need to have expertise to start, a person who have deep passion and commitment, they are moving and success as well.

I had also gone to the BRAC to see their office, field level mobilization in order to learn on mobilization and empowerment of ultra poor people through my friends who are working there. BRAC is the largest NGO in the world and working in seven different projects. It generates 80 % revenue for its entire operation from bank, diary, handicraft, poultry,micro credit,media, entertainment,  various small enterprises, human rights, peace building and legal re frames.

From Left Faruque, Parboti, Lopa and Tahmina at BRAC office

Both BRAC and Yunus Center has about 40 years history of foundation and doing amazing work to fight against poverty and injustice at global level. Bangladesh’s economy is also improving because of these two giant institutions. They are working in holistic approach by sectors and levels and all perspectives.

My take away from this Dhaka visit is questioning to all NGO’s work again. Why do they are not sustained after abandon by donors? Why the unemployment is shooting up? Why do people live in such chronic depression and deprivation?

Now, I strongly believe that Nepal’s economy can be changed if they adopt the approach of Yunus or BRAC specially business model and holistic approach. The work which is doing by many UN, NGOs in Nepal is making dependence rather make economic liberty, freedom and dignified life in every walks of life of people. Action Works Nepal is also trying to replicate the principles of Social Business but long way to go.
To know more about Yunus Center:  www.yunuscenter.org   
To know more about BRAC: www.brac.net
To know more about CGNSB: https://www.facebook.com/CGNSB.org?ref_type=bookmark
To more about Action Works Nepal: www.actionworksnepal.org

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Violence in Public Transport: Parliamentarian has been beaten up


A few popular Medias such as ONS News and Kantipur have covered news about the physical abuse of a parliamentarian (member of Constitutional Assembly –II) in a tempoo (a means of public transport in Nepal) in 11 June 2014. Her name is Ms Rita Shahi. She was on her to way Constitutional Assembly (CA) meeting from Battisputali to Baneshor.
As media highlighted, Ms. Shahi didn’t call police, rather informed CA speaker for her security. The CA Speaker (Suvash Nembang) informed home minister (Bamdev Gautam), and then the home minister reassured of safety and security of the CA members. Other members of CA including Leader of Maoist Party Mr. Prachanda, further spoke about the need of additional safety and security of its members.
This news saddened me and perhaps many individuals in many ways. What is the root cause of this violence? Who is there to take responsibilities for this type of crime and urgency?
I.                   Media just cover the news and none of the media talk about the existence of such policy, its implementation, and whether government gives priority to solve such issues or not.
II.                  The women CA members demanded their security: Police-Escort or vehicle or money for the transport (taxi). They are not ready to take the issue forward for safety and security of the general women and girls.
III.               The speaker, home minister and Mr. Prachanda are talking about the security of CA member only rather than addressing much serious issue of women rights, and its  sustainability.
In Nepal, women and girls are suffering from various forms of violence in public transportation. Usually, the most common users of public transportation are from the low and medium class population. They are powerless in many ways. Ms. Rita is CA member, she is in a powerful position; however, her identity was not written on her forehead. The drivers, conductors, most men passengers, and traffic police abuse women and girls in various ways such as verbal, physical, sexual, emotional. The code of conduct of public transport 2067 is not being implemented at all. The code of conduct is like a hot potato among the key stakeholders: Association of Public Transport, National Women Commission, Ministry of Labor and Transport, Traffic Police. The ordinance on sexual violence at workplace doesn’t talk about the violence of public transportation clearly. No one sector has been ready to hold this conduct and its implementation responsibly yet.

Can we imagine her situation in this issue if she was not a CA member? Would anyone have listened to her, if she were not in power? Perhaps, she wouldn’t have told anyone even with her best friend or mother. Because of the justice mechanism for women and girls is so paralyzed, especially on sexual violence. The judge asks for the evidence which even paralyzes women and girl from speaking up openly. Police deny registering such cases till 21 plus days. The policy makers and political parties are good for expressing their commitment in papers and speeches not in action.
In compare to buses and micro buses, the tempoo is more secure means of transportation because of its limited seats. The bus and micro-bus always carry nearly double passengers than its capacity: no seats for women or timetable are designated. They neither follow traffic rules nor does traffic authority regulate it.
In London, the survivors, activists and funders are gathering from June 10-13, 2014 in order to end sexual violence in conflict. No doubt, few Nepali representatives are participating this event as a delegate from post conflict nation, Nepal.
I have been experiencing some form of violence in public transportation for many years. Perhaps, many other sisters have suffered in one way or other in daily basis. Women cover the half earth, mother, teach, manage and much more.

Very those women get targeted from the cruelest, harshest and unbearable violence. Shouldn’t those women be even safer than ever? Don’t they have even more reason to walk, work, and feel safer at home and beyond? How would any child feel safe if a mother is being abused in every step of her way? Where is the price of women’s vote? 

June 11, 2014,
West Hill, CA, USA                                                                                                      2

Friday, May 16, 2014

Poor no Voice

Enjoying a lot with misfortune and sufferings,
because I born for that.
I spoke for my dignity,
At least I get bit.
The poor person or country,
Always no voice 
To gain more confident,
Praying for more challenges

PEACE

Peace is Feeling, 
Is NOT saying.
Peace is Relative, 
Is NOT absolute.
Peace is Dynamic,
Is NOT static,
Peace is Process,
Is NOT event.
Peace is Individual,
Is NOT general.
Peace is Global,
Is NOT single.
Happy Nepali, Indigenous Peace day 
Happy Buddha's birth day  

Sunday, April 13, 2014

New Year 2071

नयाँ बर्ष,
तिमीलाई के भनु,
भन्नु पनि छैन कि जस्तो लाग्दैछ .
बसन्तहरु सँग फक्रिएर,
तिमी संगै रमे, शुभकामना साटे,
बार र रेस्तुरन्टमा मर्किदै, मचिदै,
केही होस्मा, केही बेहोसिमा शुभकामना साटे ।
कहिले पात्मा लेखे, कहिले हात्मा,
कहिले ईमेलमा त कहिले सेतो सेतो कागज्मा ।
मन्दिरहरु धाये, पार्कहरु छिरे,
बहना खोजी खोजी शुभकामना दिये .
अङ्रेजिमा दिएछु, नेपाली अनी के के,
शुभकामना दिन भएछु पो के के ।
तर आज
शुभकामना मेरो शुभकामना,
अर्थहिन लगेको छ .
मेरो शुभकामना बेचिएको छ .
मेरो सुभ्कामना बिष्णुमती संगै बगेको छ
खै कती बग्नु पर्ने हो,
खै कती प्रमाण खोज्नु पर्ने हो,
खै शर्मा नायधिश इजलाश्मा के भन्ने हुन,
सन्कोचहरुको बिचमा, अन्तर्घतको बिचमा,
मेरो सस्तो सुभ्कामना,
मसितै छ, मसितै सुरछित पनि,
म आँफै शुभकामना दिएरहेको छु
२०७१ शुभ रहओस ।