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What is 21st century relevant leadership for Nepal?

“What is 21st century relevant leadership for Nepal?”

(नेपालीमा पढ्नुहोस् )

In the past few months, there has been a lively discussion in the national media. All about an acute need for an alternative ‘political’ force in Nepal. I am encouraged by this intellectual discourse which surely will help build 21st century relevant leaders for Nepal. Thank you everyone who have consistently kept this important agenda into the limelight.

Here are my 2 years of fresh experiences building a political force in Nepal that would be relevant for the 21st century.

2 years ago, Nepal was going through a tumultuous period. A syndicate of incompetent political parties who had little will or vision were taking turns ruling Nepal. Bitter political wranglings topped by acute corruption was rapidly dismantling any good governance we had left. All of a sudden, Nepal’s constitution building body was abruptly dissolved, leaving behind a power vaccum with a deeply divided society.

This created much hatred towards the country’s political forces. Every Nepali then, had only one question in their minds, “ (Oh god!) What Next?”

At such crucial times, many Nepalese from different professions and backgrounds came together and started searching for an answer to this “What Next?” We publicly brainstormed for 22 continuous weeks taking feedbacks from more than a 1,000 concerned Nepalese from all walks of life. Students ,house-wives, CEOs, teachers, social workers, businesswomen, everyone had one consistent advice for us. “Only a 21st century relevant leadership carrying political force would end this ever-growing crisis and help bring about lasting positive transformation for Nepal. This laid the foundation for “BibekSheel Nepali” party.

“So what is 21st century relevant leadership for Nepal?” For the last 2 years, we have built Bibeksheel Nepali from ground-up by answering this pertinent question. We identified 12 key 21st century leadership values/traits a political force should have to lead us to a prosperous Nepal within a generation.

  1. Results oriented & pragmatic: A political force has to be simply results-oriented, with an evolving, pragmatic philosophy to help meet that. It’s foundation would rest on at least these eight 21st century basic values; responsibility, accountability, prosperity, empowerment, freedom, diversity, servant government and pragmatism.
  2. Follow the middle path (balance): This progressive force follows a middle path whereby on one hand, it inspires citizens to be responsible while simultaneously builds systems to hold leaders accountable. It plays a delicate balancing act by enabling citizens to become the agents of prosperity while also building a servant government system that guarantees public welfare for those in need.
  3. Moderate views: This moderate force has a leadership that prescribes balanced, pragmatic solutions to keep this country united and progressive.
  4. Equitable prosperity: It doggedly drives the country towards ‘equitable prosperity’, concentrating politics on an economy that provides opportunity for every citizen to prosper.
  5. Systemized: In Nepal, the crux of the problem lies not in an person but in their system (culture). Hence this political force will rely upon a effective system and not on individual charismatic leaders.  It’s structure is made of 3 parallel ‘check and balance’ systems; the legislature, executive and judiciary. Just like an effective 21st century democratic government. The legislature is made of politicians who want to get in to government to rule (like any traditional political party). The executive has managers and experts who professionally manage the organization efficiently and transparently. The judiciary has those whose primary goal is to keep up discipline, protect the values (culture) and the constitution of the organization at all costs. These 3 wings independently and inter dependently work with each other to check and balance each other. This ‘check and balance’ system makes this political force run accountably, transparently and effectively.
  6. Self reliant members: The primary reason Nepal’s current political forces are corrupt and thus inept is because their members (cadres) are often reliant upon others for their daily livelihood. This problem has to be tackled at its roots. That is why any 21st century relevant political force has to make sure its members become self-reliant by being entrepreneurial or self-employed, or simply employed. This way, the party members do not have to compromise on their ideals and values because of their family’s livelihood concerns!
  7. Values based: A political force will still survive even if there are sharply differing views, policies or working styles between its members. But it shall self-destruct if its members don’t carry within themselves the same values of the institution! In order to always stay on the right path, this power has to provoke its members to live up to its core values.
  8. Meritocratic leadership building system: It consistently trains and produces leaders who not only know how to get elected but also how to consistently deliver once they are in the government. The leaders produced will be skilled at creating win-win environments. Their contributions are calculated on the basis of their merits and judged using scientific performance measurement systems.
  9. Transparent: It will be a model of transparency for others. From fund-collection to expenses to decisions, it will inject transparency into every level of its system.
  10. Regular leadership change (regular power fluidity): In the end, absolute power and position corrupts absolutely. That is why an alternate political force has to build a system that regularly and consistently filters its leadership.
  11. Youth centric: Youths will make the bulk of this political force. And thus it will be led by youthful leadership who will enthusiastically spread its core values to all corners.
  12. Marathon runners:  It does not run like a hundred meter sprinter, but more so as a relay marathon runner in any agenda it takes up. In Nepal, only such power will win which is not overtly opportunisitic but actually spends more time to persistently builds enough stamina to outlast everyone else in the work it handles.

You might ask, would such a political force succeed? Using these ideals, we ran in Nepal’s 2nd constitution assembly elections in the November of 2013, in 4 tough test areas in Kathmandu The constitutencies 1, 4,5 and 8 where we ran were one of the toughest because we were up against political heavyweights of Nepal. In only a month-long shoestring campaign, We took the symbol of a “dog” securing a respectable 5th place out of 26 or more political parties in 2  test areas ( 6th and 7th in the other 2). In these test areas, we managed to prove ourselves as a force to be reckoned. Going forward, we have already reached more than 100,000 Nepalese from 73 districts out of 74 in Nepal and created an informal network in 25 different countries.

Because of these 21st century relevant leadership values we have incorporated in the past 2 years, we are now confident of this. The only forces that will lead this country in the future are going to be the ones that consistently create a win-win environment.

In conclusion, the end goal of any political force who wants to stay relevant in 21st century Nepal should be to build a peaceful, prosperous Nepal within our life-time. And the only ones to make sure this are those stacked with 21st century relevant leaders.

Don’t jump into quick conclusion. Lets be humble when judging others.

‘Sensational Media + Quick to judge masses = Shameful culture’

Whenever you hear, read or see something, we (amplifiers in media /social media) have a habit to spread the ‘gossip’. For your own good, do take a step back. If you have to judge, first ‘empathize’. We are all going through hard times surviving in this world. Lets not be hasty to judge and point fingers at people unless you see clear proofs. Truths are rarely black and white. In fact when anyone sets out to do something, we usually do it thinking we are doing something right…

Jumping into quick conclusion only hurts us more. The greatest gift we humans get is “empathy” and “logic”. Use them wisely.
These days I see us  framing news in such a way that the masses perceives the news as the only truth.

Note to Amplifiers:
1) Be humble while amplifying.
2) Best to wait until you verify breaking news.
3)Best be a miser at amplifying bad news

परिवर्तन आफैबाट

समाजमा परिवर्तन खोज्नु हुन्छ भने आजै देखि यी शब्द प्रयोग नगर्दा बेश हुन्छ कि ?
नेपाल बदल्नु भन्दा पहिले आफै बदलौँ!

कहिल्यै नभन्नु

  1. धोती
  2. भोटे
  3. काँठेँ
  4. मधिसे

अरुलाई यसो भन्दा अाफै गिरिन्छ !

[ यस्तै अरु केहि शब्द हरु तपाईलाई थाहा छ जसले हाम्रो अात्मसम्मान गिराउँछ भने तल  थप्नु है! ]




Lets make a ‘virtuous cycle’ in Nepal

“The key to tackling negative is to align enough positives in the same direction that the negative stops being relevant” – Unknown

Now if you exercise this simple solution you will build a virtuous network of good people who will help each other thus creating a virtuous cycle of hope, positivity, prosperity in Nepal.
Today, many good Nepalis are stingy when it comes to recommending other good actions wholeheartedly. Our reasons may be many: suspicion of one’s intent, “I will look bad if that person doesn’t do good”, difficulty in getting out of our comfort zone or even jealousy, etc etc.
Yet what we need today is to just put ‘FAITH’ on other people’s positive actions above everything else.

Let us trust that it is our duty to create a critical mass of good actions in Nepal. Let us have faith in creating the “the virtuous cycle” that will destroy the chains of vicious cycle in Nepal. Let us build and support platforms for Nepalis who are involved in good action, which will one day grow into a critical mass of good people with good actions. This will create a runaway positive engine of prosperity in Nepal.

In summary, Nepal needs more platforms where good actions are noticed and supported by good citizens that starts a “virtuous cycle” here.

Here are simple examples you could start:

  • If someone wants to ban plastics in the neighborhood, connect him / her with elders in the society who are an influence in the society. Don’t shy away. Help her build a platform where she can learn from / teach others.
  • If someone wants to improve traffic, connect them to traffic police who are helpful and willing to accept volunteers or with someone who can give tools to help improve traffic.
  • If someone has an business venture idea, connect her to mentors and incubators or give them small fund to research their idea further.
  • At the very least, don’t dismiss any ‘crazy’ seeming ideas. Please.

To help you start, here are some active platforms I am part of or follow closely, which helps positive people to persistently push or pull other positive Nepalis up.

Entrepreneurs for Nepal
Teach For Nepal
Youth for Blood
Gari Khana deu
BibekSheel Nepali

Do you know others that are pulling, pushing other good people/actions up? Please share with me! I would love to be part of the “virtuous cycle” in Nepal.

नेपालमा आफ्नो भविष्य कसरी सुरक्षित राख्ने ?

प्रश्‍न गर्नुहुन्छ : ‘नेपालमा आफ्नो भविष्य सुरक्षित राख्न मैले के गर्नुपर्छ ?’
मेरो जवाव: ‘तपाई स्वार्थी बन्नुहोस्। नेपालमा आफ्नो भविष्य सुरक्षित राख्न महा-स्वार्थी बन्नुहोस्।’

Read in English

असजिलो लाग्ला यो सुन्दा। के सन्क्या होला यो उज्वले भन्ने मनमा पनि पर्ला।
लौ त्यसोभए एकैछिन ध्यान दिनुहोस्। म एउटा कथा भन्छु।

मानौं, आज भन्दा ७ बर्ष पछि तपाईले आफ्नो जीवनमा बडो सफल हुन थाल्यो रे ! ईमानदारीका साथ बर्षौं गरेको मेहेनतको फलस्वरुप तपाईले काठमाण्डौंमा गार्ड, नोकर-चाकर सहितको राम्रो घर अनि बैंकमा पुग्दो पैसा बटुल्न सफल हुनुभयो रे। तपाईको यो भव्य सफलता देखेर इश्टमित्रहरु पनि भित्र भित्रै ईश्या गर्न थाले रे !

मानौं त्यति बेला तपाईको एउटा सानो सुखी परिवार पनि छ रे जसमा तपाई, तपाईको जिवन साथी अनि हिस्सी परेका छोरा र छोरी छन्। दैनिक तपाई काठमाण्डौंका सयौं समस्यासंग हेर्दै-लड्‍दै अगाडि बढिरहनु भएको छ। यहाँका असंख्य समस्याहरुमा कसैले पनि चासो नदिएको नदेख्दा तपाईलाई बेला बेलामा रनक्क हुन्छ, उदास पनि हुनुहुन्छ। निरही देखिएका तपाईको मुखबाट एउटै मात्र बाक्य निक्लन सक्छ – “यस्तै हो, के गर्ने”। अनि “गर्न नसक्किने कुरामा किन टाउको दुखाई राख्ने होईन र ?” भन्दै आफ्नो समय आफैले प्रभाव पार्न सक्ने ठाउँमै मात्र लगाउनुहुन्छ। त्यो रहयो तपाईको आफ्नो परिवारको हेरबिचारमा। अनि काठमाण्डौंको हेरबिचारलाई तपाई बिर्सीिदनुहुन्छ।

तपाईले हेर्दा हेर्दै काठमाण्डौंको मुटुबाट मरिसकेकी बागमती झनझन प्रदुषित हुन्छिन्। बागमती सफा गर्नु मेरो कार्यक्षेत्र भन्दा बाहिरको कुरा हो भन्दै तपाँई दिनहुँ यसको दोषी खोज्नुहुन्छ। कहिले, यो काम त नकचरा सरकारको हो भन्नुहुन्छ त कहिले त्यै ढल मिसाउने गैरजिम्मेवार नागरिकहरुका हुन् भन्नुहुन्छ। कहिले यो काम तिनै यत्रा डलर खेती गर्ने कुनै गैर-सरकारी संस्थाको नै हो भनि ठोकुवा गर्नुहुन्छ भने अरु बेला त पेशावर वातावरण विज्ञ कै हो भनेर सजिलै आफु यो जिम्मेवारीबाट उम्किन चाहनुहुन्छ।

अब फेरि हामी तपाईकै परिवारमा फर्कौँ। आफ्नो छोराछोरीलाई तपाईले बडो अव्वल तरिकाले हुर्काइरहनु भएको छ। उन्‌को बुद्धि र विवेकको विकासको लागि चरम महंगो र आधुनिक मोन्टेश्‍वरी स्कूलमा पढाई, आईप्याड/आईफोन जस्ता अत्याधुनिक प्रविधिका सरसामानहरु उप्लब्ध गराउनुका साथ-साथ संसार बुझ्न बिभिन्न देशमा घुमाउनुहुन्छ। तपाईलाई विश्‍वास छ कि एक दिन यी ठूला हुन्छन् र पक्कै पनि देशको लागी सबल नेतृत्व यीनै बन्नेछन्। देश प्रतिको कर्तव्य र सपना तपाँईले यिनै दुई सन्तान मार्फत देख्नु हुन्छ। सहि लगानी गरेछु भन्दै तपाई आफैलाई धन्यवाद दिनु हुन्छ। यहि सोचले तपाईलाई सान्त्वना दिन्छ, “मैले त सकिन, तर मेरा सन्तानले त पक्का यो देश बनाउछन्”।

ल अब, मानौं एक दिन यहि विषाक्त बागमतीका कारणले वा काठमाण्डौंको सयौँ चरम प्रदुशनले निम्ताएको फैलिने रोगका प्रकोपहरुका कारण एउटा भएङ्करै डरलाग्दो पानीबाट फैलिने नयाँ किसिमको महामारी रोग फैलियो रे। मानौ दुर्भाग्यवस् तपाईको बच्चालाई स्कुलमा हुँदा यसले समात्यो रे- विधालयका साथीबाट सरेको पनि हुनसक्छ वा अरु नै कोही बाट। यत्रो ठूलो शहरमा जो कोहि बाट पनि हुनसक्छ। “ब्याड लक”

महामारी रोग ग्रस्त आफ्नो बच्चालाई बोकी तपाई हुँईकिदै नजिकैको उच्च दर्जाका निजी अस्पतालमा पुग्नुहुन्छ, उनलाई शाही श्रेणीको कक्षमा भर्ना गरी २४ सै घण्टा निजी डाक्टर राखेर उपचार शुरु गर्नुहुन्छ। डाक्टरले पनि संसारकै उत्कृष्ट विज्ञहरुसंग परामर्स गर्नथाल्छन्। पैसाको खोलो बगाउनु हुन्छ। अन्तिममा आएर डाक्टरहरुले भन्छन्, “तपाईको छोरीको यहाँ उपचार हुनसक्दैन यो नयाँ खालको सरुवा रोग भएकोले। उनीलाई तुरुन्तै विदेशै लैजानुपर्छ।”

तुरुन्तै तपाईले दिल्लीको लागि पुरै हवाई जहाज रिर्जभ (चार्टर्ड) गर्नुहुन्छ। तपाई छिटो भन्दा छिटो दिल्ली जाने कोशिश गर्नुहुन्छ तर तपाईलाई रोकिन्छ किनकि भारतको निती अनुरुप यस्तो खतरनाक रोग भएकोले महामारी सर्न सक्छ भनेर रोकिदोँ रहेछ। तपाईले भारत र नेपालका ठुला ठुला कर्मचारीहरुको हात जोडनुहुन्छ, धम्काउनु पनि हुन्छ। समय खेर जाँदैछ। यहाँका प्रशासनलाई पैसाले हुन्छ कि धम्कीले हुन्छ पेल्नुहुन्छ। तपाईसँग नेपाली नेताहरुसँग राम्रो पहिचान भएकोले सोझै नेपालको प्रमुख नेताहरुलाई नै कुनै बाटो निकालन सकिन्छ कि भनेर सोर्स-फोर्स लगाउनुहुन्छ। तपाई उनीहरुलाई दवाब दिन सफल पनि हुनुहुन्छ। अन्तिममा दिल्ली लान स्वीकृति पाउनुभयो। आशको झिन्का पलाउँछ। अनि छोरीको जिवन (तपाईको लगानी, तपाईको भविष्य) बचाउन उडनुहुन्छ। तर अफसोस् त्यति बेला सम्म ठिलो भैसकेछ। महामारी रोगले तपाईको छोरीलाई खाई सकेछ।  तपाईकी प्यारी छोरी अब रहिन।

आकाश खस्यो तपाईमा !
“दोष कस्‌को !!!”  तपाईको मन भित्र आरोप-प्रत्यारोपको चिच्चाउने खेल शुरु हुन्छ।  तपाईको भविष्य, तपाईको लगानी, तपाईको समाज, देश प्रतिको आश यसरी चुर्लुम्मै डुब्नुको पछाडि को दोषी होला?

  • के महंगा अस्पताल र डाक्टरहरु नै दोषी हुन् त समयमै उपचार गर्न नसकेकोमा?
  • कि त रोग सार्ने कुनै विवेक नबोकेका परिवारका फोहरी बच्चाहरु?
  • या त त्यत्रो पैसा लिएर पनि हेरचाह गर्न नसक्ने त्यो ‘बेईमान’ मन्टोसेरी स्कूल?
  • कि त ती सबै गधाहरु जसले बागमती सफा गर्नु पर्ने तर नगरेर बसेकाहरु?
  • त्यो पनि नभए त्यहि असक्षम सरकार र तिनै निकम्मा श्रिर्ष नेताहरु पनि त दोषी होलान् होईन?
  • अझै दोष दिने भए त छिमेकी राष्ट भारतलाई पनि त दोषी बनाम् न, एउटा नेपाली लाई समयमै उपचार गर्न रोकेर राख्ने?
  • वा अझै, यो अनुष्टिको पुरै दोष सारा नेपाल आमालाई नि दिम् न? यो “सतीले सरापेको देश त हो नि” होईन र ?
  • अनि आफु नि?

हेर्नुहोस् जो जसलाई दोष लगाए पनि पनि मुल कुरो भनेको तपाईको छोरी अब फिर्ता आउने वाला छैन।

बरु एकैछिन अाँखा चिम्ली तलको प्रश्नको उत्तरको मनन गरौँ न है।

यदि यस्तो परिष्थिति परिवर्तन गर्न आफु बिगतका दिन फर्कन मिल्ने शक्ति भए  तपाई कुन समयकालमा फर्कनु हुन्छ जसले गर्दा तपाईको छोरी आज पनि जिवित हुने थिईन् र उन््को भविष्य पनि शुनिष्चित हुने थियो ?

यसरी आफ्नो बिगतमा फर्किन पाउनु भयो भने तपाई समस्याको हाँगो भाच्न लागि पर्नु हुने थियो कि जरै उखेल्न? जरो नै उखेल्ने फर्किनु हुने थियो नि होईन र? त्यसमा त कुनै दुई मत रहेन, कि कसो?

तपाई यस्तो समयकालमा फर्कनु हुने थियो जुन बेला समस्याहरु सानै हुने थिए र यस्ता महामारीको जडो उखेल्नको लागि तपाईले दिन रात खट्टिनु हुने थियो। अन्तत आफ्नो सन्तान बचाउन समयमा पाईला चाल्नु हुने थियो।

सारंसमा भन्नुपर्दा, आफ्नै स्वार्थको लागि हामी सबैले भविष्यमा आउने भयानक समस्याहरुको जरो अहिले देखि नै उखेल्न लागि पर्नु पर्छ नत्र माथीको बिरक्त कथा तपाई-हाम्रै बन्नेछ।

यदि अाजै देखि समाजका बिद्दमान समस्याहरुका जरो उखेल्ने काम गरेनौं भने अहिलेका यी समाधान गर्न सकिने समस्याहरु बल्झिदैँ गएर यति दर्दानक हुनेछ कि मेरो भविष्य, तपाईको भविष्य र हाम्रो सन्तानको भविष्य सबै बर्बाद पार्नेछ । तितो सत्य यहि नै हो।

त्यसैले आजैबाट तपाईले, मैले, हामीले यी ‘स्वार्थी’ संकल्प लिँउ (आफ्नो र आफ्नो परिवार बचाउनको लागि)।

  1. मेरै परिवार बचाउनको लागि, आफुले देखेका समस्याहरुको हल गर्न कोशिशरत विवेकशील टोलीहरु खोज्छु अनि उनीहरुलाई सहयोग गर्छु। आवश्यकता परे आफैंले अभियान शुरु गरी बाग्मती र अन्य वातावरण सफा राख्ने काममा तम्सिन्छु।
  2. मेरै भविष्य बचाउनको लागि, म अहिलेका असक्षम नेताहरुलाई आफ्नो भविष्य ध्वष्त पार्न दिन्न।  चुप लागेर बिकल्प कुरी बस्दिन, बिकल्प अाफै बन्छु।
  3. मेरै जिवनशैलीको सुरक्षाको लागि, म मेरो छरछिमेक, गाँउ-शहर र देशको भौगोलिक, सामाजिक, अार्थिक, राजनितिक वातावरण स्वस्थ्य बनाउन अग्रणि भुमिका खेल्छु। नेपाली भनेर होईन बनेर देखाँउछु।