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My sisters and brothers,
This is my call to you to be part of an energized youthful movement to revolutionize Nepal through “common sense”.
Over 55% of Nepalis are under 25 while 75% are under 40.
We are bloody tired of the stupidity of Nepal’s current leadership (all of them). For the past fifty years, all we have ever wanted was a leadership to lead our youthful nation, Nepal with some form of “common sense”. But, time and again, our politicians and our public office holder’s have let our country down, as they continue to bicker about political power and their efforts to continue “dividing” Nepalis. We believe that none of the current political leaders have the “common sense” to think about Nepal and our future. They have let us down Again and Again! Therefore we, the new youthful generation will become the new “common sense” leaders of Nepal. We will do what is right for our country. We assert, we are the “present”, not the future.
“The Nepali Common Sense Movement – Doing the Right Thing”
Nepali Youths with positive charisma, youthful passion, uniting leadership and entrepreneurial spirit, will come together to jump-start a progressive Nepali common sense movement in Nepal. Youth leaders from all walks of life, from existing political parties to apolitical yet passionate people, students, workers, professionals, doctors, engineers, scientists, social workers, activists, social entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs economists, and ………………….. (Please fill in your role), we all come and join this new movement based on a simple philosophy of “ common sense” to bring prosperity and peace in the nearly 30 million Nepalis all around the world.
We define youths as any people having a youthful’ mind, passion and the capacity to remain open-minded. Youths are pragmatists who do not stay stuck to specific old ideologies or concepts but are able to morph their thoughts as the situation at hand demands,– by relying on the central principle of ‘common sense.’
Grand principles, philosophies and ideologies of the past (i.e. communism, capitalism, socialism, non-aligned, aligned etc) has been grossly misused by current political leaders to rile up the masses and get themselves in power. Now we need Leaders who will lead, who will address the unique and constantly changing scenarios of Nepal with its 100′s of ethnic groups, 1000′s of problems, millions of independent spirited youths and tens of millions of impatient Nepalis waiting for a better life, a more dignified life.
I say, how best to do this other than through a leadership that works passionately with positive vision and high degree of emotional intelligence, to make “dignity” of a Nepali the central theme. Our “common sense” movement of Nepal will make sure that positive youths are the primary stakeholders in this country and the primary vessel to ensure Nepal’s peace and sustainability.
We say, enough of the old concepts where the old leadership calculated their contribution to Nepal by the days they spent in prison or in protest (They are all reaction based). Our responsibility begins, not ends, when we gain power (That’s pro-action). We guarantee fundamental rights to all people within our borders, not just our citizens (That’s pro-action). We believe, universal brotherhood (sisterhood) is the goal for every Nepali (That’s pro-action). We believe we are inches away from success!
Our team would lead Nepalis to a new path and direction by implementing policies based on “Nepali common sense – doing the right thing”.
Here are some Nepali common sense rights and responsibilities we believe in:
• A prosperous Nepali is a happy Nepali.
Prosperity is a basic human need that helps fulfill many other human rights. A prosperous woman is a woman with dignity who has enough resources and skills to keep her family out of poverty. A prosperous woman demands and gets her rights without being forced to abuse, beg or trample on another’s rights. She can educate her family to have a better chance of becoming moral humans. Our movement will help get her this way of life. We do this by mobilizing social entrepreneurs and social economists on the forefront of Nepal’s fight for prosperity. Hence a prosperous Nepali is a happy Nepali.
• An empowered Nepali is a successful Nepali.
We govern to make communities prosperous by empowering them and rely upon their entrepreneurial spirit unleashing the full potential of Nepal. Rather than hoping for government to do things for us, we believe in the power of communities. Here is where we sink in our resources to empower communities. We will engage on “mutual-sustainability and mutual-reliance” with the world through engagement and trade to create a niche for Nepalis to flourish. Our empowered, globally linked communities will make for a successful Nepal.
• A lean, agile government delivers and becomes accountable to people .
Our movement believes the central government’s primary role is to keep up a workable peace, law and order and safeguard dignity in the country. It will leave the nation building process to special teams of “social entrepreneurs and technocrats” who work passionately and directly with local communities directly. A government is a guardian of Nepali people to keep up law and order, peace and tranquility while the citizens are nation-building.
Social Entrepreneurs/technocrats will spear-head the long nation building process. The government remains only a watchdog so that the special powers delegated are not abused. A government is a facilitator or a mediator when it comes to safe-guarding the local economy and an adviser/negotiator while dealing with the rest of the world. We do not believe in government becoming itself a too-powerful fat master and an inefficient business or job provider.
We believe that simply depending on the central government for your basic rights is evil and backwards.This makes a government rulers of all Nepalis instead of the rightful servant of the Nepali citizens. Our strategy is to make each village and town self sustainable and able to rule itself wisely.
We don’t want you to rely on us. We want you to rely upon yourself. We count on your capacity to be sustainable by engaging with other groups locally or globally. The government will be your help in your quest for self-reliance, not your master. In essence, governing leaders work actively to make their jobs obsolete so that they are not needed anymore. We believe that a lean, agile government delivers and becomes accountable to people.
• A diverse yet united Nepal is a strong Nepal.
We celebrate diversity as a gift, we want to use it wisely, but diversity at the cost of disunity is a dead-end for Nepal where hundreds of ethnic groups live together. We shall stop this at any cost. Diversity and dignity within unity and equality is our national motto! Again I repeat, diversity and dignity within unity and equality is our national motto! We will always celebrate equality with diversity. Common sense dictates, “It is my right to live free, hunger free and fear-free in Nepal.”
In the end, the central government will remain a lean, flexible watchdog which maintains the rule of law, integrity, equality and dignity in Nepal. We believe that a diverse yet united Nepal is a strong Nepal.
• An accountable Nepali is a responsible Nepali:
Common sense dictates that the rewards or punishments any leadership gets is directly proportional to the responsibilities it takes. It is always a leader’s duty to make his or her very job obsolete. We understand that citizens have every right to hold its leadership accountable. We insist on open-sourcing our government, our ideals, goals and strategies, keeping transparency at our core. We hold ourselves accountable not just to the people within our borders but to the rest of humanity, and the earth that we are part of.
• A friendly Nepal makes for a brighter Nepal.
Nepal’s relationship to the rest should base on equality and sisterly love. We will follow policies of strategic mutual respect with our two powerful neighbors and tie our economies closely, openly and ‘strongly’ with both of them to ride along with their immense economic progress. This ensures political games remain secondary to the economic brotherhood that we will cultivate. Healthy and mutually beneficial economies with our neighbors will deter any haphazard political, social, religious conflict. Nepal is ”neutral” on all affairs associated with China and India in the near term. Nepal’s relationship with China and India supersedes relationships with the rest of the world until all Nepalis are prosperous and educated to a level consistent with the developed nations of the world. We expect our foreign policy to naturally evolve with time, or even mutate at trying times. That is why we believe a friendly Nepal makes for a brighter Nepal
• A fiercely independent Nepali is a moral Nepali.
The government and the society has no right to over-ride your private morals and your ideologies. They should never impose their religious, political and ethical ideals upon your “private” self. Powerful expression of one’s unique self helps us evolve into innovators and protectors of this world. We believe our daughters and sons will have to eventually evolve to become caretakers of this very world they inherited and safe-guard the environment they are part of. Innovation and creativity should never be stifled by the society or the political whim of the land! That is why a fiercely independent Nepali is a moral Nepali.
• An open, evolving Nepal is a bright Nepal.
As times change, our thoughts shall evolve. If we stick to ‘status quo” principles which stopped making sense with the changing scenarios, we become obsolete. The world is changing fast. In the past 100 years, from primitive non flying men to communicate thousand of miles away instantly. We will prepare our communities to absorb any positive principles that helps us evolve. What works now, may not work tomorrow. We know that and we are vigilant towards that possibility. That is why we embrace positive change brought through “common sense”.
Leaders of Nepal will always work to make their own jobs obsolete. The more we make citizens self-sustaining, the more leaders can work silently on nation-building. This is going to be one of the founding principles of our ideologies.
I hope you will join in this quest to bring Nepal on a path to glory and to help the world when it needs us !
Nepal ko Jai hosh !
Download this common sense manifesto here.