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Responsible Citizens + Accountable Leaders = Prosperous Nation

Responsible Citizens + Accountable leaders = Prosperous Nation

Responsible Citizens = Citizens who feel it is their own responsibility to change their neighborhood and their environment. The more fortunate ones have the moral duty to lead this change. Responsible citizens change themselves first. Then they change their neighbors. They create and support a system that rewards responsibility. They are provokers who propose alternate solutions (केहि गरौँ, मेरो देश, मेरै दायित्व” kind) unlike critics who are usually cynics (doubters, complainers यस्तै हो, केहि हुन्न kind).

Accountable Leaders = Leaders who are answerable to those who put them in positions of influence. They find the time and energy to answer questions posed by citizens of their country and help remove negativity in the society. Accountable leaders hold their attitude, behavior, life-style to the highest standards demanded of any leadership. They usually would make a lot of mistakes but are more than willing to learn and rectify again and again. If they don’t know the way, they will not get in the way (for others).

Prosperous Nation = A nation where each family is prosperous enough to feed, educate and care enough. A prosperous nation believes in sustaining its citizen’s way of life along with sustaining the environment they live in. It has a critical mass of responsible citizens and accountable leaders. It does not stick itself to any dogmas, philosophy and continues to educate its citizens to be examples to humanity.

Responsible Citizens + Accountable leaders = Prosperous Nepal (or your country)

Maybe this video will explain more…

Looking for bridge-builders

Are we in dire need of “bridge builders” in Nepal?

A Bridge builder builds and safe-guards a bridge across to connect Nepal to the “nation builders”. They are individuals who plunge, who risk in difficult times like now, to become a bridge between “the coming era of nation builders” and the fading era of nation destroyers. Only, through the bridge-builder’s safe-guards and sacrifices, the nation builders can come together to build Nepal into a dignified prosperity.

Bridge builders are a unique species, true patriots.  They help bring about the era of nation builders.  You might ask why don’t we bring the nation builders here right away. Nation builders cannot come to Nepal right now. Why? Because even though they have the will and the ability to significantly impact their environment, they  need a relatively conducive environment to thrive. Nepal is not there yet. Nation builders include entrepreneurs, doctors, technocrats, community activists, policy makers, scientists, etc etc.

Bridge-builders make this possible. It requires men of courage, will and willing to sacrifice it for improving the environment until the nation builders can take over. What we lack now, are bridge builders. Are you one? Will you become one?

Here are some of your roles as a bridge builder:

  • be an uncompromising and tireless campaigner for consensus and an integrator.
  • advocate each Nepali to search for their own “identity” and “sense of purpose” in their community.
  • advocate for each Nepali to be cleaner on their personal conscience.
  • be a bold and pacifying voice for the oppressed, helpless, affected and confused Nepalis.
  • lead by example and be a strong moral force in his cause. Become a stronger moral compass for others to follow.
  • advocate and organize a peaceful resistance to violent systems.
  • have compassion for your enemy even while you seek to completely destroy this system in which the enemy flourishes.
  • forsake the traps of self glorification and cheap popularity. Focus only on “bridge-building.”
  • become a truth worshipper. This is the source of power of a “bridge builder”.
  • inspire Nepalis to the path of nation building along the lines of “अहिंशा” (non-violence) , compassion, and moral integrity.
  • bring together other bridge-builders to build this bridge and guide them to be safeguards.We need to build a critical mass of bridge-builders.
  • organize teams of nation builders ready to take over from the transition.
  • and finally be ready to engage in self sacrifice to build and safeguard this bridge.

Hopefully you will be one of the rare ones, that will build this bridge into a new Nepal.

Happy Father’s day. Make your father proud.

“A man’s soul is an endless universe plus one more. Be aware, be dazzled.”

little ways YOU can help change the political landscape in Nepal

We always complain about the need for political change in Nepal. I agree 1oo% with you. But If you are expecting some one to magically overthrow the corrupt ones, and re-build the political systems in the right path, I would argue that this is almost impossible right now.

So  how do we contribute to a positive political change here, in  small yet effective ways ?

Change does not happen magically; it comes through small yet persistent efforts of Nepalis like you and me.

Here is one way to start changing the political dynamics in Nepal. How about supporting existing “common sense” political leaders of Nepal who have a better track record; who also have potential to change things inside their parties and outside? Here are some ways how to.

# Next time, pledge your active help to your favorite leader.
# Whether it is 1 hour a day, campaigning for them or if it is 1000 rupees a month to help in his/her campaigns or make them more recognizable.
# Write to them personally expressing why you support them. Commend them on their small successes. Give them this positive energy to risk more.
# Open fan pages and detail their stories and causes they are working on. Make them heard !

Here is the premise:

In less than 2 months, Nepali Congress is having its new leader selection after a long time. How about supporting Gagan Thapa for the next President of that party. I am sure,  he is looking for active support from Nepalis like you.

Lately, Nepal Communist Party (Maoists) is having internal discussions to bring new leadership through a new party general convention (which is yet to happen after 19 years). Find a progressive leader in there and encourage them to be more powerful within their party!

Currently UML is having leadership crisis, support one of the ones who are visionary and wants to risk more for positive change in Nepal. Rabindra Adhikari or RamKumari Jhaakri ?

or Abhisekh Pratap Shah and Raj Kishor Yadav from Madhesi Janadhikar Forum?

Same goes for all other political groups you support. Every one of them is having an identity crisis and you can help change this by giving weight to progressive leaders within.

We will never magically find a new perfect leader for Nepal to lift us from this mess. But we could start by  encouraging some of the “common sense” leaders to start taking bigger risks with your active support!

Name your own common sense leader below ?

Common sense questions for Nepal’s rulers

Dear Rulers
You have been ruling us for some time now, some of you, for 5 or 10 or 15 or even 20 years now.So we want you to answer a few questions below.

  • Why are 601 constituent lawmakers needed when at the end only 3 or 4 politicians decide everything for them?
  • Why do you stop hydro-power companies from investing here, if you talk about hydro-power as a major export and development catalyst for Nepal? (we go 14 to 18 hours without electricity a day each winter)
  • Why do you talk about democracy, when you issue “whip” to your members to only be allowed to vote along party leaders lines?
  • Why do you talk about us youths as Nepal’s future, when we are clearly the “present” of the country? (82% of Nepali are under 40)
  • Why do you call other countries to help and beg for aid if you don’t want any foreign interference? (30% of economy runs on aid)
  • Why does Bagmati still stink when over 25 years, there are 100’s of organizations and government bodies working to solve it?
  • Why do you talk about transparency when your parties don’t reveal who funds you?
  • Why do you treat our remittance workers like third grade Nepali, when they are responsible for $3.5 Billion income?(nearly a third of Nepal’s income?) (have you seen us stand on passport lines in offices, insulted in airports, extorted by your cronies etc)
  • Why are 1200 Nepalis stuck with going abroad every day for a job despite our two neighbors, India and China growing at near 10% each year?
  • Why did you come together to launch a revolution in Nepal 4 years ago if “gaas, baash ra kapaas” (गाँस, बास र कपास” is still your slogan on random walls? (prices are up yearly 20% since you took over?)
  • Why do we Nepali need you anymore?

Thank you again for helping answer these questions.
Sincerely Nepal’s,

A Nepali. (Insert your name)

If you have your own questions for our rulers, write in the comments below. Thanks.

Why poor countries never develop?

Here is a insightful piece by my friend Chandra Maharzan on why poor /developing countries are not developing and what is wrong with all the help that is being given to us. He questions the way we think about the “aid industry”.

Chandra writes:

Why poor countries never develop?

I think I just found an answer to that.

This doesn’t necessarily agree with your opinion though. Its all my personal view.

The simple logic is – If I find a 1000 rupee note on the street (oh lucky me), I am sure I will misuse it either by drinking or by giving a party to friends or just misplace it. But if it takes me a full day to get that thousand rupee note, I am sure I am going to think what I need to spend that on. You just become ‘wise’ with that money.

There is a beggar, no matter how much money you give its just no sufficient for him. Well, money is never sufficient to anyone, is it? He will always live a beggar life. I am sure some beggar earn more than those hardworking coolies.

I have lived a ‘poor’ life. Not a rupee to spend on ‘extra’ things. I cried when I couldn’t have Rs 500 to take some music lesson when I was 16. The good thing about living poor is you learn how important money is and when you make some money, you spend it wisely. You become virtually rich. Storing bit by bit and then when you want to get something, you have it in store. You become wiser.

Watching Discovery Channel most of the time, I have come to know why Europeans developed their brain so fast so sophisticated than people who lived near the equator such as Africa or South East Asia / South Asia. That was because, people near the equator lived rich. There was no scarcity of food, water, cold, etc. Whereas in Europe, they lived in poverty. Snow covered most of the time, cold, hunger, less food. In other words, when they lived in this environment, they learnt how to ‘save’, adapt and how to best live their lives that way. They were thinking all the time. Their brains developed as time passed and they were wiser as time went on.

So, the basic thing is when you live in poverty (that is real poverty), you know how to become rich.

In developing countries, there are millions / billions of dollars that come in in the name of helping the poor or eradicating poverty (aid). It might be good intention or bad I won’t comment on that. But the thing is, there is someone who is helping those people. So, there is no real poverty here. And when you have someone there, you never learn to live by yourself. You always live in Poverty and you become Greedy. You always look for someone to help (you). When you see your friend getting help, then you also join him…

And it just grows…

here is a thought: How about risking it all and leaving us on our own, for once ? let us become ‘truely” poor so that we can start learning how to become prosperous. With your ‘aid’, we prolly won’t try.

what do you think ?