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Kathmandu Valley voted the most beautiful city in the world!

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“Kathmandu Valley voted the most beautiful city in the world of 2030!” – Time Magazine.

Time magazine’s 2030 year-end cover page has just labeled Kathmandu Valley as the “Shining Pearl” of Asia! The world news media is abuzz with disbelief. “How could this city, shaken to the core by a terrible 7.8 magnitude earthquake in 2015, transform to such a beauty within 15 years? What is Kathmandu’s secret here?”

The magazine presents 10 convincing reasons from the world’s respected urban planners and city living legends who overwhelmingly voted, “Kathmandu Valley as the most beautiful city in the world in 2030.”

1. Kathmandu: The servant government city.
2. Kathmandu: A city of contradictions.
3. Kathmandu: The greenest city in the world?
4. Kathmandu: The living heritage city.
5. Kathmandu: The ‘recycle it all’ city.
6. Kathmandu: The city that never sleeps…
7. Kathmandu: An energy+ city.
8. Kathmandu: City of wanderlust.
9. Kathmandu, A city of common-sense.
10. Kathmandu, The start-up capital of Asia!


  1. Kathmandu: The servant government city.

“As I step into a local municipality (ward) office that, from the outside, looks distinctly 18th century aristocratic palace, carved in wood illustrating Nepali historical and mythological events, I am surprised to find myself entering a futuristic lobby adorned with beautiful paintings and sculptures representing Nepal’s various ethnic communities. Further along a big poster hangs on straight ahead “Democracy = Transparency.” Just a few steps further another one provokes, “Your Government, Your Servant. 

A ‘customer care’ officer greets me with a customary bow, ‘Namaste, How may I help you?’ There are no papers here. All essential processes from citizenship documents to marriage certificates to land taxes are all processed electronically. Housing checks and permits are scheduled online. After hearing my request he escorts and introduces me to the elected representative of the municipality..  She politely invites me to sit down and asks, “Would you like a cup of freshly brewed Nepali organic coffee while we look up the information you are interested in?”

In 2030, Kathmandu is world-renowned  for adopting the 21st century servant governmentmodel for accountability and transparent local governance. Regular local elections, efficient and inclusive local management of resources, disaster preparedness along with transparency and zero tolerance for corruption has led to a win-win partnership between citizens, businesses and the government. The local government officials offer quick hassle-free services with their ready use of information technology. Locals regularly seek and get information on their city’s governance through the simple yet powerful “Right to Information” act holding business, organization and local bodies accountable. Any information not delivered within 48 hours is addressed by Nepal’s swiftly implemented law. Citizen journalism has enhanced mainstream journalism. Public shunning and boycotting of corrupt people and their business/organizations have become social norms. Local taxes are transparently collection, managed and locally distributed by ingenious prioritizing such as online polling. Every tax rupee is directly tied to projects so that each local knows where and when her tax was spent.

This all began when a virtuous cycle was set in motion after that terrible earthquake in 2015 as an empowered citizenry started working together integrating technology, civic sense and youth volunteerism. This started a trend of efficient service of high quality from a reimagined public service system which was overwhelmingly populated  by young professionals trained on 21st century governance ideals and the appointment of locally elected leaders in key positions. The powerful autonomous government body, “Nepal Resurgence Board,” constituted in 2015 with its army of urban planners in Kathmandu, helped speed up reconstruction of policies and infrastructures in and around the valley.

Citizen’s Mantra: ‘My Government, My Servant!’

  1. Kathmandu: A city of contradictions.

As I step out of my galli (alley), I find myself walking on a colorful pavement in a neighborhood whose walls come alive with vibrant graffiti's. I could spend hours wandering here, as I see a range  of artistic expressions all the way from meticulous thanka-style spiritual paintings, beautiful sculptures to something that looks like an attempt by a five-year old… Each galli seems to personify the face of that neighborhood. In Kathmandu, I am often given directions to neighborhoods not by street addresses but by these unique landmarks and motifs which changes with each corner you turn! This city truly is a walking contradiction, a beautiful collage of diversity.”

Local municipalities (tole) of 2030 have built a tradition of citizens adopting each galli (alley) of the city. They all seem to be in an endless race to outdo each other to keep up a record of the best managed and designed roads, parks, public toilets, bus parks, cycle lanes and more; using the “adopt-a-tole” model. Communities take ownership of the immediate road (& public space) in front of them. They name, beautify, and support it themselves. The municipality’s autonomous infrastructure maintenance body works with the Mayor directly to help local community members build not just roads but  community infrastructures like parks and public toilets. The citizens have also taken responsibility for the greenery in their neighborhoods. By actively collaborating with their local municipality under the ‘servant government’ system, the public infrastructures are now 100% accessible to 100% of the citizens for 100% of the time. Kathmandu seems to have internalized the essence of chaos theory and its brilliant urban planners came up with a way to build a city, emulating the rules of organized chaos, making this an exciting city where no two places are alike. In fact Kathmandu prides itself on its contradictions.

Citizen’s Mantra: ‘My Neighborhood, My Responsibility!’

  1. Kathmandu: The greenest city in the world?

“ As I step out of the airport, I am welcomed by gentle breeze and the fragrance of fresh-cut grass. I travel towards the city in  a taxi that runs on clean electricity. I roll down the windows to enjoy the roads abuzz with bicycles and pedestrians. I pass by many community parks where children are running around with their dogs. Clear, stylish, wearable technology responsive signboards are everywhere guiding you to the history and urban legends of the city. Those concrete or brick walls have long been replaced with trees and hedges. As I pass by, I can’t help notice that plants and trees seem to be integrated into building designs themselves. I come across the jewel of the city, the Central Park of Kathmandu (a stretch of greenery that connects the  former Royal palace grounds  all the way to the Dasharath Stadium).
I step out and walk around. In this vastness, young people are immersed in making music, girls are jogging, a rap battle going on steps away and further along people playing cricket, football and more. Family of three generations are on a cozy picnic under massive trees. A flock of birds make their way through the blue skies. It makes any outsider wonder, “Why can’t my city be like this?”

Starting from 2015, Kathmandu started turning all its open spaces into self-sustainable, accessible green spaces and ponds while converting all the hills around the valley into national parks and wildlife reserves. By 2030, it held the distinguished reputation of being the greenest city of the world. This has enabled students, children, and the elderly to relax, play and enjoy nature to the fullest. Open spaces around spiritual places like Pashupati,  Swayambhu, Changu Narayan, Boudha, Basantapur, Patan and Bhaktapur now have clean, elegant, vibrant  gardens and ponds. “Plant a tree before you die” ethos has helped reduce pollution turning Kathmandu into a beautiful, livable tranquil abode. The former royal palace ground is linked to Rani Pokhari, Tudikhel and Dasarath Stadium becoming a humongous lush green park for the city of Kathmandu to relish, rivaling that of New York’s Central Park.

Kathmandu in 2030 holds the distinction of being among the most bicycle-friendly city of the world and brands itself as a bicycle-preferred city. There are dedicated disability, walking and cycle friendly lanes on all major roadways and galli’. There is even a special tax rebate for those who decide not to own fossil fuel vehicles.  By 2030, Kathmandu has set a global example by allowing alternative energy public vehicles to become the primary means of transportation on and below the streets of Kathmandu. Real-estate builders are given tax breaks to build ‘green plus energy homes’ and penalized for making energy negative buildings and infrastructure. Quality of air/water (environment) has become a fundamental human right of utmost  political importance. Since leadership is penalized during elections depending on the air pollution index, authorities are particularly sensitive to any deterioration on its globally adapted environmental KTM-2100 Protocol. Many Kathmandu folks work from their homes or nearby cafes and parks. Pedaling, walking or public transport make for the bulk of transportation in this city which has just been voted as the world’s most breathable city. The banks along the twin rivers of Bagmati and Bishnumati are a popular space for hanging out, pedaling, leisurely drives and a bird lover’s heaven! All this has enabled Kathmandu arguably as the greenest city in the world.

Citizen’s Mantra: ‘Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the greenest city of them all?’

  1. Kathmandu: The living heritage city.

“Making my way through the narrow alleys, I chance upon small temples and monuments in every corner, some filled with erotic, wooden sculptures, others with intricate metal carvings on doors that simply blows my mind. One can never be certain what wonders the very next turn might hold for you. The evolution of centuries of work, molding with the state of the art technologies of the day, makes this a sight for me to comprehend. Add the warm smile lighting up on the faces of every Nepali I meet, tells me that this smiley city is singularly content."

What city boasts a thousand Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Jain, Christian, Sikh temples within breathing distance from each other? Furthermore Kathmandu folks have rediscovered their own brand of spirituality by rediscovering their calling to “treat guests as god!” Kathmandu is an enlightened city of tolerance where major religious and spiritual practices are intricately interwoven not just in people’s minds and lives but also in every aspect of the city’s planning. Since that terrible quake in 2015, Kathmandu folks have re-discovered their commitment to build a monument for each family member that departs. This has made Kathmandu a city of a thousand temples whose stories are told to the children in far corners of the world!

One strong reason for Kathmandu valley to regain such glory has been the fact that its citizens decided to not just rebuild the heritage destroyed by the 2015 quake, but went one step further by rediscovering their burning talent as architects, creators and builders. Kathmandu’s heritage has been its collection of 1,000+ year of amazing architecture, history, fusion of 100+ ethnic cultures, life-lessons based on simplicity, trade, creativity, communal living, and local ingenuity. Add to this, the new found obsession of the post-earthquake generation to outmatch the creativity of the past. Buildings in Kathmandu are only permitted to be built/retained if they pass the strict and holistic KTM-9 building codes (designed to withstand 9 richter scale).

Kathmandu is a mega-city that is constantly shaped and reshaped by competing townships (municipalities) within it, that continuously try to outdo each other on style and innovation, while never straying from that common value, “you reap what you sow.”

Kathmandu folks have finally learnt from their past to not just keep but also to evolve and enhance their heritage. The current generation, aptly named “the bridge-builders” took up the challenge 15 years ago to be the ones to march Kathmandu to become an actively mutating heritage city the world has come to hold in awe. The decade old “Nepal Living Heritage University” has pioneered a disruptive education system that brings Nepalis and students from around the world to experiment on holistic living, planning and engineering. Based on the lessons learned from that terrible 2015 earthquake, they have gone on to build a unique disaster resistant urban planning model (a hybrid of the rich heritage of the valley and modern style).  They are exporting this interdisciplinary knowledge around the world like their ancient hero “Araniko” did in the 13th Century.

Citizen’s Mantra: ‘(Leave behind) a monument of love before you die.’

  1. Kathmandu: The ‘recycle it all’ city

"As I step out of a heritage boutique homestay I rented in Bungmati, a green notification on my device informed me that I had received money back for the waste I had recycled for the month. It gave me my three preferred options: add it to my bank account, donate it evenly to the 3 causes I love or invest it all in a government owned “Nepal resurgence fund” that is building a mega infrastructure project designed to create a million jobs over the course of next 5 years.”

By  working with entrepreneurs, Kathmandu has figured out how to recycle, reuse and turn (any) waste and even generate profits. Locals generate money out of their own waste. Household items are encouraged to be sold, bartered or rented out. Online-offline auction melas (sites) remain popular sites for many Kathmandu citizens to hang-out. Each year, Kathmandu hosts an annual “Recycle it all’ challenge for the world’s best innovators.

Garden and roof-top farming has thrived thanks to the household practice of using their own organic waste and waste water from the kitchen and rainwater/dew water harvesting is the primary supply for drinking water. Folks use their (reusable) safety tanks instead of pumping their waste to the sewage systems which have long gone dry.

Citizen’s Mantra: ‘You reap what you throw!

  1. Kathmandu: The city that never sleeps…

“At 10 in the evening, I get a message from a friend to meet her in the old city to discuss an exciting idea she wants to pursue in a possible venture. I step out on a brightly lit street in Lazimpat, and decide to walk comfortably through  alleys. Citizen-run ‘Neighborhood watches’  ensures that you feel secure in their area. I chance upon few kids drawing graffiti on the streets and a bicycle police casually stops by to give the kids tips on how to improve their work-in-progress. I pass through the night markets at Ason and revel at the sight of locals and tourists bargaining, recreating a scene that probably goes back centuries. I check out a new alley that promises a shortcut to where I want to go. A young woman comes jogging out of a narrow alley and smiles as she passes by. I google her face. I am ‘pretty’ sure she is doing the same on me!”

If you think Kathmandu of 2030 is beautiful at day, dare I say it’s even more beautiful at night. Every corner of this city is reachable within a thirty minute drive. Kathmandu is blessed with beautiful weather throughout the year. By 2016, Kathmandu folks learned it was just plain stupid to close down their energetic city by 8 in the evening so they started to invest in rapid public transport systems (elegantly adapted and improved from what they saw in Bogota, Colombia). This now runs 24/7 and 365 days a year, getting rid of traffic congestions while ensuring safe, convenient and reliable transportation options for all. This was a win-win situation for the local, the tourist, the small entrepreneur, the street vendor, the street-side cafes, the taxis and the youths. A city that is awake all the time, reverberates with more ideas and innovation, infusing creativity into our culture once more. A 24-hour open city has created a separate brand of Kathmandu as a youthful, friendly, safe, business-friendly city full of positive vibes.  Families regularly enjoy their moments at the well-lit ‘spiritual’ parks while a happening night-life exists just a block away. Ask any citizen anything and they jump to “guide” you to a solution, a token example of the legendary warmth and generosity Nepalis are known for. Is this the reason Kathmandu repeatedly comes on as one of the top 10 places to disappear for a few days.

Citizen’s Mantra: ‘My City:  Active, Alive, Always!’


  1. Kathmandu: An energy+ city.

“As I walk back home from my office in Bhaktapur, I am notified of an increase in my bank balance. I am in for a nice surprise. I had just earned enough from my sale of surplus solar energy to afford for a quiet dinner with my family at that elegant restaurant along the brightly lit banks of Bagmati as planned.”

Who would have thought just 15 years ago, a city with no electricity for up to 16 hours a day would transform into an energy plus city glowing with surplus “clean energy.” A critical mass of Kathmandu folks in early 2015 decided that they had an alternate source they could tap into: abundant solar energy.  With strong sunshine almost all year round, Kathmandu is a fertile ground for solar energy. Harnessing this power that shines for almost 12 hours a day has turned each house into electricity producers and a surplus seller. Energy conservation remains a top priority as citizens still remember those ‘loadshedding’ yester-years and their responsibility to mitigate the global warming menace that is battering coastal and mountain cities around the world. They have decreed that all electrical products have to pass the strict ‘KTM-2100-Green” standards or else the businesses are ‘socially’ boycotted. Clean energy and energy conscious citizens duly transformed Kathmandu into an energy hip, energy rich, positively energized city!

Citizen’s Mantra: ‘Bright tole, enlightened soul.


  1. Kathmandu: City of wanderlust.

“As I wander around aimless in my newly bought ‘hatti chaap’ branded shoes, I feel a sudden rush of wanderlust. I wander around the city allowing my eyes to feast upon the surprises at each turn. Time loses its meaning as my brain is mesmerized by the strong emotions evoked by Kathmandu’s alley ways and the crisp blue skies above. The myriads of intriguing  cultures keeps me raw and alive! Imagine a shaman’s shop right next door to a doctor’s office. Finest arabica coffee shops tucked inside 100 year old mansions. During my  week long vacation, I have made it a point to lose myself by wandering back in time in the interiors of  the three historic cities of Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur. Then, off I travel to the exteriors of the valley’s lush green hills, hopping from one village to another while taking in the sights of the majestic Himalayas to the north.”

With its year-round fantastic weather, Kathmandu is a haven for any wanderlust. With its stimulating, serpentine alleys, back streets full of blast from the past, and welcoming cafes around each corner, Kathmandu has become THE perfect place to lose yourself. In-fact ‘wanderlust’ (losing yourself in aimless wandering) has become ‘THE thing to do’ for travelers from all around the world. From wandering off to the towering 2,000 meter lush green mountains (locals call them ‘hills’) around the valley to watching the tallest mountains of the world and strolling by the centuries-old architecture and culture, Kathmandu has become all about pausing and rewinding yourself in this “distracted-fast forwarding” world, a city of wanderlust.”

Citizen’s Mantra: ‘Wander in Kathmandu to find yourself.


  1. Kathmandu: A city of common sense.

“A city filled with common sense? Really? Just 15 years ago when I walked in this very city, bandhs (forced strikes) had been a regular abomination. A city that would be shut down on the whim of a politician, a thug or a few rowdy locals, with tens of thousands of demoralized police helplessly watching as mobs ran rampant. Who would have thought common sense would again prevail in Kathmandu? I look around today.This city is now open, humble, safe and inviting! It seems, Common-sense prevails on and off the streets.”

After the earthquake in 2015, citizens adopted a zero-tolerance policy against Bandhs and started actively supporting local police and youth groups to make sure all of Kathmandu Valley to be a bandh-free zones. Political forces which encouraged bandhas were taught a painful lessons in the elections. Common-sense charters popped up in neighborhoods making a new social norm that focused on social ostracizing for all who dare to stray. Humility, empathy, civic sense and integrity remains the corner-stone of a set of ‘common-sense’ values practiced by every citizen here and taught to every child. “Common-sense education” seems to be the cornerstone of education in all primary schools improved upon by “civic-sense education” system in secondary schools in Kathmandu. People of all genders and age feel safe and dignified to go about their daily business, anywhere and anytime because they know that common sense prevails all around.

Citizen’s mantra: ‘Common sense IS common (in Kathmandu)  


  1. Kathmandu, the start-up capital of Asia!

As I step inside a cafe recommended by a friend, I see photo frames of handshakes and hugs between renowned artists-innovators-investors on the walls. I have been told this cafe has turned many crazy ideas into a prosperity generating engines. Positivity is in the air. The locals and the foreigners here seem to be talking about ideas, plans, dreams and teams. Language doesn’t seem to be a barrier as I must have heard at least 10 different languages in the last 10 minutes! I can’t help feel that I have come to the right place to infuse myself with ‘positivity’ and ‘passion’.

In 2030, entrepreneurship seems to be in everyone’s DNA in Kathmandu. The catastrophic earthquake of 2015 transformed a whole generation of Nepalis to be crisis managers, impulsive risk-takers and passionate doers. Empowering youths to innovate has been critical to injecting ‘vibrancy’ into Kathmandu. Localized, decentralized and effective and a million mentors strong network of ‘Entrepreneurs for Nepal built over the last 20 years has ensured a credible entrepreneurial ecosystems providing Nepali & Nepal centric entrepreneurs with the knowledge, skills, and networks necessary to start and expand businesses. Local mentoring clubs in Kathmandu regularly match local youths with elders to shape their future. Venture funds, angel investors, impact funds and global community with ideas and guts have all poured into the city to tap into local talents. Innovation, competition and disruption is the name of the game! The explosion of this start-up culture has made Kathmandu into the “start-up” capital of Asia.

Citizen’s mantra: ‘Start-up, scale up, invest on or die trying

As I finish reading Time magazine article in the year 2030, I am still struck by this city’s remarkable transformation.  A news alert beeps on my device, “...In other news, Paris has just announced its plans to get technical support from  Kathmandu to revamp its city life.”



I would like to hear “your ideas” for building Kathmandu the most beautiful city in the world. Please post your thoughts below. Thank you BibekSheel Nepali Vision team and Srijana Chhetri, Sagar Onta, Raj Maharjan, Krishna Chhetri, Jagannath Kafle and more for helping.

तयारी नगर्ने नेतृत्वले समयमै रक्षा गर्न पनि सक्दैन।

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“तयारी नगर्ने नेतृत्वले समयमै रक्षा गर्न पनि सक्दैन।” वैशाख १२ गतेको मध्याह्नमा ७.८ रेक्टरको भूकम्प जब गयो तब हामी सबैलाई यसको अर्थ महसुस हुन थाल्यो। अाधा घण्टाभित्रै जब हामी महाराजगंज स्थित शिक्षण अस्पताल मद्दत गर्न पुग्यौँ त्यहाँ ल्याईएका भूकम्प प्रभावितका चापले स्थिति सम्हाल्न गाह्रो थियो । विवेकशील नेपाली दलले यस्तो भुकम्प अाउँदाको बेलाको लागि पहिल्यै एउटा नियम बनाएको थियो – सबै सदष्यले अाफ्नो परिवार सकुशल रहेको थाहा पाउने बित्तिकै अाफ्नो नजिकैको अस्पताल गई त्यहाँका सरकारी निकायलाई मद्दत गर्न थाल्ने। त्यही मान्यता अनुरुप त्यहाँ पुगेका विवेकशील नेपाली दलका सदस्यहरु सर्वसाधारण नेपालीहरुसँग मिली जीवन र मरणको बीचमा रहेका सयौं भूकम्प पीडितको ज्यान जोगाउन शिक्षण अस्पतालका डाक्टर र नर्सहरुलाई मद्दत गर्न थाल्यौं।

अकस्मात् अस्पतालमा हजारौँको चाप बढेकोले अापत्कालीन अौषधी नै सकियो। तुरुन्तै नर्स, डक्टर, पुलिस, र सर्वसाधारण सबैले मन मात्र होइन, खल्ती पनि खोले। झट्टै उठेको करीब एक लाखले तुरुन्तै ती अौषधी किनियो। त्यस बखत त्यहाँ सबैको एउटै उद्देष्य जति सक्दो धेरै नेपालीको ज्यान बचाउनु थियो। अस्पतालको बगैंचा खुल्ला अस्पताल कक्ष बनेको थियो। कालो, रातो, पहेंलो, हरियो क्षेत्र घोषणा गरियो – बिरामीलाई त्यही अनुरुप स्थानान्तरण गरियो । अस्पताल विस्तारै व्यवस्थित बन्दै गयो। अझ व्यवस्थित बनाउन हामीले अस्पताल परिसरमा सहयोग कक्ष सुचारु गर्यौं।

गएको ३ हप्तामा हामी हजारौँ अाम नेपालीसँग मिली १७ जिल्लाका ३०० भन्दा बढी ठाउँमा राहत पुर्याउन सक्यौँ। साथै २०० भन्दा बढि चिकित्सक टोलीहरु पनि बिभिन्न ठाउँमा पुर्याअौँ। त्रास हटाउन मनोवैज्ञानिक परामर्शदाताको काम र महामारी फैलन नदिन सामाजिक स्वास्थ्यकर्मीलाई पनि परिचालन गर्यौं। महाविपत्तिको बेला सरकारको प्रमुख काम भनेकै मद्दत गर्न चाहने र मद्दत चाहिनेलाई जोड्नु र संरक्षण गर्नु हो। यस भूकम्पले हजारौं नेपालीहरुको मुटु निर्ममतापूर्वक बन्द गर्यो तर लाखौंको मन उदार पनि बनाइदियो। धेरै नेपालीले अाफ्नो भाग काटेर पनि अरुलाई राहतको रुपमा दिईरहेका छन्। यस्ता स्व:स्फूर्त रुपमा देशभरि निक्लिएका सकारात्मक सोच र विवेकशील सञ्जालहरुलाई जोडी उनीहरुको कामलाई सहज बनाइदिने कोशिश गरिरहेका छौँ।

नेतृत्व त्यस्तो सीप हो जुन अाफू त्रसित हुँदा पनि वरिपरिका सबैलाई सहज व्यवस्थापन गर्नमा प्रयोग गर्न सकिन्छ। सामाजिक संजाल मार्फत् हजारौं स्वतन्त्र स्व:स्फूर्त सकारात्मक प्रयासले एउटा यस्तो सद्‌गुणको चक्र शुरु भएको छ कि संसारले नेपाल र नेपाली प्रति यति धेरै माया र चासोँ शायदै कहिले पनि गरेका छैनन् होला! यसरी सामाजिक सन्जालको प्रयोगले नेपाली युवाको नेतृत्व उजागर गरिदिएको छ।

विपत्तिमा नागरिकहरु अात्तिएका हुन्छन्, अत्यन्त कमजोर स्थितिमा हुन्छन्। नेतृत्वको पहिलो काम भनेको त्यति बेला अाफ्नो कुशल नेतृत्व द्वारा ती कम्जोर नागरिक/सर्वसाधारणको स्थितीमा मजबुती ल्याउन नवीन तरिकाहरु तुरुन्तै अपनाउनु हो। गलत गरिएला कि भन्दा अनिर्णयमा बस्नु भन्दा शुरु गरिहाली सुधार्दै जानु नै विवेकशील निर्णय हुनेछ। हामीसँग एउटै मात्र मोवाइल नम्बर थियो त्यसैले हामीले तुरुन्तै २४ घण्टे हटलाइन फोनको व्यवस्था शुरु गर्यौं। यसै नम्बरमा नै पहिलो २ हप्तामै ८०० भन्दा बढि मद्दतका अपिलहरु अाए। विस्तारै सञ्चारमा सहजता आएपछि अरु फोन पनि थप्यौं। फेसबुक लतायत सामाजिक संजालमै हजारौं गुहारहरु अाए। एक्लै धेरै सकिन्न भन्ने कुरा प्रश्ट थियो त्यसैले अाफूले नसक्ने कामहरु तुरुन्तै अरु सञ्जालमा फैलाउने र सम्बन्धित निकायमा पुर्याउने काम पनि गर्य़ौं। अरुले पनि त्यसै गर्न थाले। हजारौं मद्दत गर्ने र मद्दत गर्न चाहनेलाई जोडिदिने काम भयो।

शिक्षण, वीर, भक्तपुर अस्पतालहरुमा सहयोग कक्ष शुरु गर्दा अन्जान नागरिकहरु त्यहाँ अाई कसैले सित्तैमा पकाएको खाना ल्याए त कसैले विरामी कुरुवाको लागि सुत्ने कम्बल र पाल त कसैले पानी अनि अौषधीको ब्यबस्था गरेर नेतृत्व देखाईदिए। सर्वसाधारण नागरिकहरुको यो अपार उदारताले नेपालको उज्ज्वल भविष्य प्रति हामीलाई अत्यन्त उत्साही बनाएको छ। अस्पतालदेखि राहत क्याम्प सफा गर्ने, अस्थायी शौचालय बनाउने देखि अस्थायी शिविर बनाउने नेपाली युवाको यो जोश, होस र विवेक देख्दा नेपालको नेतृत्व कहाँ छ र कति छ हामीलाई प्रश्ट भयो!

कुनै पनि नेतृत्वले देशको शासन व्यवस्थामा देखिएको शून्यतालाई तुरुन्त संबोधन गर्न सक्नुपर्छ। हामीले गरेको त्यत्ति नै हो। नेपाली ज्यान बचाउन सरकारको भूमिकामा हस्तक्षप नगरि केवल देशको केन्द्रीय र स्थानिय नेतृत्वको कमी कमजोरीलाई संबोधन गरिदिएका मात्र हौं। जब पाल (त्रिपाल) मागको लागि चरम गुहार अायो तब पुकार बमको नेतृत्वमा हाम्रा सदस्यहरुले सुदूर पश्चिमको धनगढीमा पुगी ट्रकमा राखी टनै टन त्रिपालको रोलहरु रातारात काठमाडौं ल्याय़ौं। बाटैमा फोन अायो – मकवानपुरमा चेपाङ्ग बस्तीमा खुला अाकाशमा १ हप्ता देखि सुतिरहेका नेपालीहरु छन् रे – यो थाहा पाउना साथ केही सय त्रिपाल भरतपुरमै खसाल्यौं जुन बुढानिलकण्ठ स्कुलका भुतपूर्व विधार्थी संगठनका साथीहरुले मकवानपुरका चेपांग गाउँ तिर लगे। हामीले सिकेको शिक्षा यहि हो: यस्तो महाविपत्तिमा नेतृत्वको प्रमुख दायित्व भनेकै नेपालीको जीवन जता जता बचाउन सकिन्छ वा उनका जीवनयापनलाई कम कष्टकर जता जता बनाउन सकिन्छ त्यतै त्यतै लाग्नु हो।

नेतृत्व भनेको नागरिकलाई जिम्मेवार बनाई राख्नु पनि हो। जब गणेश हिमाल पारी उपल्लो गोर्खाको चुम उपत्यकावासीले अाफै हेलिकप्टरको बन्दोबस्ती गरे त्यसमा जति त्यसले बोक्न सक्छ त्यति पाल र चामल थपिदियौं। अाम नेपालीलाई नै अगाडि राखेर काम गर्दा अझ चुस्त हुँदो रहेछ। नागरिक उत्तरदायित्वलाई हौषला मिल्दो रहेछ। जब सिन्धुपाल्चोकका नागरिकहरुले हतारमा बटुलेका केही सामग्री बोकी अाए त्यसमा अाफूकहाँ दान गरिएका राहत उनीहरुलाई थपी पठाइदियौं। लुटपाट होला कि भनेर कतै स्वयंसेवक त कतै सुरक्षा गाडी अनि गाँठो फुकाउन चाहिने विवेकशील नेपालीको नाममा अाधिकारिक कागज पनि दिई पठाय़ौं। जब चिकित्सकहरु विकट गाउँ गई सेवा गर्छु भनि अगाडि अाए त्यो टोलीलाई चाहिने रसद पानी देखि स्वयंसेवक र अौषधीहरु पनि उपलब्ध गरायौं । नागरिकहरुका लागि हामीले मात्र एउटा पुलको काम गरिदिएका थियौँ। जिम्मेवार नेतृत्व त उनीहरु अाफैँ बनेका छन्।

जुन सरकार स्थानीय तहसम्म पुग्न सक्दैन त्यो सरकारी काम गर्न सक्दैन। जब नागरिक र विश्वका समाजले देशको निर्वाचित सरकारलाई भन्दा पनि नागरिकका साना-साना टोली वा कुनै एउटा राजनीतिक दललाई विश्वास गर्न थाल्छ त्यो अवस्था लोकतन्त्रको लागि अत्यन्त दुखद परिष्थिति हुन जान्छ। हामीले यो प्रष्टसँग भन्नैपर्छ – अहिलेको समस्या भुकम्पले भन्दा पनि भुकम्प कु-व्यवस्थापन भएकैले विकराल रुप लिएको हो। हामी पुगेका अति प्रभावित १५ क्षेत्रमा स्थानीय नेतृत्वको नामो निशाना थिएन। स्थानिय सरकार नभए पछि त जवाफदेहिता नहुने नै भयो, पहुँच पनि नहुने भयो, भेदभाव अझै बढ्ने भयो, समग्रमा जनतालाई लोकतन्त्र प्रति विश्वास नरहने भयो। त्यसैले हाम्रो अनुरोध अब पनि तुरुन्तै जन-निर्वाचित स्थानिय सरकार नबनाउने हो भने नेपाली जीवन अझै खेर जाने र लोकतन्त्र नै धरापमा पर्ने खतरा अाँखा अगाडी छर्लङ्ग छ!

नेतृत्वको काम महाविपत्तिको बेला अाउने शंका-उपशंकालाई दबाई राखी अाफ्नो उदारता देखाउनु हो। यस महाबिपत्तिबाट विवेकशील नेपाली दलले सिकेको पाठ यही हो। मनमा कतिपय शंका हुँदाहुँदै र “अरुले के भन्लान्” भन्ने दुविधा हुँदाहुँदै पनि हामीले विश्वको मद्दतलाई स्विकार्न सिक्यौँ, चाहे ती अनजान स्वयंसेवक देखि विदेशी चिकित्सक टोली, बौद्ध भिक्षुहरु देखि संघ-संस्थाहरु, अमेरिकी प्रकोप स्वयंसेवकहरु देखि युरोपका पर्यटकहरु, अरु राजनीतक दलका कार्यकर्ता देखि छिमेकी देशका सबैसँग मिली नेपाली ज्यान बचाउने कोशिश जारी राखी रहेकाछौं। समस्या अाउँछन्, गल्ती पनि गरिन्छ, तर जब यो पिडामा दुनिया पुरै नेपालसँग एक हुन खोजी रहेको बेला शंकाले मन साँघुरो पार्नु सट्टा अाफ्नो मन झनै उदार बनाउनु शाहसपूर्ण छ।

अन्तत: नेपालमा नेतृत्वले गर्ने भनेकै नेपालीको जीवन रक्षा गर्नु हो। जीवन बचाए त बचेको जीवन शान्त, सुन्दर र संमृद्ध बनाउन सकिन्छ। शक्तिमा हुँदा वा नहुँदा, नेपालको राजनीतिक दलका केन्द्रिय वा नेतृत्व र सदष्यको कर्तव्य नेपाली नागरिकहरुको रक्षा गर्नु नै हो। अहिलेको देशलाई चाहिएको २१ वौँ शताब्दी सापेक्ष नेतृत्व भनेको नेपालीलाई उद्धार गर्नु मात्र होइन, राहत दिनु मात्र पनि होइन, उसको घर-परिवारलाई पुन:स्थापना गरि उनको घर-समाजको दिगो पुन:निर्माण गर्दै देशकै दिगो उत्थानको बाटोमा लम्काउनु हो।

नेपाल अामाको जय होस्। तपाई सबैको फलोस् फुलोस्।

उज्वल थापा
विवेकशील नेपाली दल

A leadership that does not prepare cannot govern.


A leadership that does not prepare cannot govern. The importance of preparing was realized when we rushed to Teaching Hospital less than 30 minutes after the massive quake  of 7.8 richter scale at 11:56 am in Nepal. Everyone and everything seemed to be in utter chaos.

During a calamity of this size, BibekSheel Nepali party had built a clear protocol. It states that the first thing any BibekSheel Nepali party member is expected to do after checking upon their families is to go to the nearest hospital and help the authorities there manage the chaos. We did what we had been taught to do. We immediately set up a help desk to handle the rush of thousands of injured and panicked citizens.

We started helping the doctors and nurses ferry the ones still fighting for their lives and the dead. There was an immediate shortage of emergency medicines so right there and then, we started raising money. Every Nepali we asked gave! None held back. With the nearly Rs 100,000 raised, we opened up closed medical shops, bought the medicines which the medical practitioners used to save lives. The hospital garden soon became a big ‘open sky’ hospital. The doctors, nurses, police and army people and citizen volunteers relentlessly working were our ‘heroes’ on those fateful days and the days to come.

At a time of a disaster of this size, the job of any leadership is to build a positive network connecting those who want to save lives to those who needed help. While the political leadership proved utterly incapable of arranging this, Nepali citizens opened their hearts. They were desperate to help in any way they could. So realizing this gap in governance, we started connecting with them to give all these noble hearts better chances of saving Nepali lives immediately.

The lessons here was that those who wanted to help just need an assurance that their government was behind them 100 percent while they helped their fellow citizens. In the last two weeks, we connected thousands of wonderful kind-hearted, ordinary men and women from around the world together to bring relief to millions of Nepali. We ourselves managed to send immediate help to 300+ areas in 17 districts. And we know, thousands of other teams have similarly worked to get relief to the neediest.

Leadership is all about managing and creating hope for those around you, even when you yourself are in shock. As Nepalis reached out on social media assuring millions of Nepalis inside and outside the country that they were safe and working together to save Nepali lives, this created a virtuous cycle of hope. And along with thousands of independent efforts, this cycle of hope has perhaps created the single largest outpouring of love and empathy from the world ever for Nepal!

Leadership is also about building trust by innovating when citizens are most vulnerable. We started a 24-hour hotline even though we only had a mobile phone number and no landline and internet. We must have responded to thousands of immediate help requests over Facebook alone. Hundreds poured in to get help from our physical help desks that we opened in Teaching Hospital, Bir Hospital and Bhaktapur Hospital! Clean up campaigns have started out of nowhere from unknown citizens. We connected all the tools we had using friends all over the world to reply to desperate cries of help.

Leadership is also about filling in the gaps in governance. When citizens needed paal (tarpaulins) we rushed to Dhangadhi in the far west to bring back three tons in a truck. When another group requested urgent help to bring shelter to the Chepang villages in Makwanpur, we dropped some of the paal on the way. Every Nepali deserves saving. There is no our people vs your people at such a time.

Leadership is all about helping citizens become responsible. When residents of Tsum valley chartered a helicopter, we helped them with tarps and rice sacks. It’s not always that we took the initiative; it’s mostly been Nepali citizens themselves. We just enabled them to their highest potential. When citizens of Sindhupalchowk came with their painfully collected relief materials, we arranged our volunteers to give them security and transportation. When doctors and nurses came to help, we gave them information and medicines to support in their own life saving missions.

A government that doesn’t go local doesn’t act. When people simply do not trust their elected government with their donations, it concerns us greatly. We felt the acute need of elected local governance in every level of our rescue and relief missions in the 17 districts we made it to; there was a chronic absence of local authority!

Leadership trusts and opens its arms and lets go of suspicions at times of calamities. We were full of doubt when people we had never heard of offered help. But we came to a decision to eventually accept the help of anyone who wanted to help save Nepali lives because in the end, that is all that matters. We got the help of Bangladeshi doctors to European volunteers to Buddhist monks to American disaster fighters. We learnt a painful lesson: Opening our heart is more important than doubting intentions when humanity seeks to share our pains. In the end, leadership is about saving lives. Each Nepali deserves to be saved and the ones who carry the most responsibility are political leaders and political parties who are in the business of saving Nepali lives whether they are in power or not.

Earthquake relief effort: Contact your district’s government officials: Phone number। स्थानीय जिल्लाका पदाधिकारीका नम्बरमा कल गरौँ

Numbers of responsible government officials in districts

काठमाडौँ उपत्यका बाहिरको भुकम्प पिडित उद्दार  नेपाल सरकारका यी सचिबहरुले नेतृत्व गर्ने छन्। यी कर्मचारीले स्थानीय निकाय, राजनीतिक दलहरु, नीजि क्षेत्र र नागरिक समाजसँग समन्वय गर्छन्।

जिल्ला —- मुल सरकारी प्रतिनिधि —- सम्पर्क
धादिंग —- शारदा प्रसाद त्रितल —- ९८४११११३२३
काभ्रे —- जीवनप्रभा लामा—- ९८४१४९१७२१
नुवाकोट—- अनुप कुमार उपाध्यय —- ९८४१०५४१८२
रसुवा—- गुनराज श्रेष्ठ —- ९८४१३५३०४५
सिन्धुपाल्चोक—- मधु प्रसाद रेग्मी —- ९८४१५५२९४३
दोलखा —- गजेन्द्र ठाकुर —- ९८४१७४३००५
रामेछाप—- विश्णु प्रसाद लम्साल —- ९८५११३२०४५
सिन्धुली —- रमेश कुमार शर्मा —- ९८५१०२९६०१
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म त एक अाम नेपाली हुँ । मलाई के फाइदा हुन्छ र डक्टर केसीको सत्याग्रहले?

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सायद यस्तै सोच अहिले तपाईँ अनि लाखौँ नेपालीको मनमा घुमिरहेकोछ होला। यो स्वभाविक पनि हो। जताततै निराशाले छोपेको अवस्थामा यसको उत्तर प्रष्टसँग पाउन गाह्रो पनि छ। तपाईंले खोजेको उत्तर पाउन तपाईं अाफैले पहिले यी केही प्रश्नहरुको जवाफ खोज्नुपर्नेछ।

१) के तपाईंलाई अस्पतालबाट क्लिनिक ‘रिफर’ गरिएको छ ?

२) के तपाईंलाई डक्टरले पर्याप्त समय नदिई हतार-हतारमा जाँची पठाएको अनुभव छ ?

३) के तपाईंले अाफ्नो जाँच रिपोर्ट एउटा डक्टरसँग पत्यार नलागी ( वा छिनोफानो हुन नसकी) २ वा ३ जना फरक डक्टरलाई देखाउनु परेको छ ?

४) के तपाईंले अाफ्ना कुनै चिकित्सकलाई “ठग” सँग दाँज्नु भएको छ ?

५) के तपाईंले कुनै बेला अस्पतालबाट फर्कदा गोजी रित्तिएको अनुभव गर्नुभएको छ ?

६) के तपाईंलाई अाफ्नो बच्चो जन्मिदाँ वा अामा बिरामी हुँदा “त्यो कान्ला मुनिको खेत बेच्नु पर्छ कि क्या हो” जस्तो सोच जागेको छ ?

७) के तपाईंलाई “नेपालमा भर लागेन बरु दिल्ली, बैंकक नै लग्नु पर्छ कि क्यो हो ?” जस्तो सोच मनमा अाएको छ ?

८) के तपाईंले कहिले “ त्यो अस्पताल त जानै नपरोस् बरु फुकी माग्छु वा अाफै निको पार्छु” जस्तो प्राथना गर्नु भएको छ ?

९) कुनै बेला तपाईलाई डक्टर – नर्स बन्न मन  लागे पनि पछि त्यो सपना मार्नु भएको छ ?

१०) अौषधि पसलमा मनमनै यस्तो सोच्नु भा’छ, “ यो अौषधी त अलि महंगो खाले परेछ, अलि सस्तो खाले दिए पनि हुने नि ?”

यदि माथिका प्राय प्रश्नको उत्तर “हो” भन्ने छ भने बल्ल तपाईंले बुझ्नु हुनेछ, डक्टर केसीको अामरण अनशनको मर्म र उनीले निरन्तर लडिरहनु पर्ने कारण।

हेर्नुहोस्, हाम्रो स्वास्थ्य क्षेत्रको कुना-कुनासम्म भएको चरम हस्तक्षेपले गर्दा दिनहुँ ३ करोड नेपाली यसरी नै पिडामा परेका छन्। चाहे त्यो हस्तक्षेप थोरै परिश्रममै धेरै कमाउन तल्लीन लोभी नेपालीको लामले होस् वा कमसल तर महंगो चिकित्सा शास्त्र बनाउने शिक्षा नीतिले होस्, चाहे त्यो शिक्षा र स्वास्थ्यमा अपारदर्शी र गैरजिम्मेवार लगानीले होस् वा राजनीतिक हस्तक्षेप छिराउने भ्रष्ट चिकित्सकहरुले नै होस्। यी विविध कारणले हाम्रो स्वास्थ्य शिक्षा क्षेत्र ढल्न मात्र बाँकी छ।

अझ यी सबै कारक तत्वलाई देशका सर्वश्रेष्ठ राजनीतिज्ञ (शासक) वर्गले नै सक्रिय संरक्षण र बढावा दिए पछि त ३ करोड नेपालीको स्वास्थ्यको भविश्य त सक्किगोन्त !

डक्टर गोविन्द केसी यही कुसंस्कार र कुलत अबको नव-पुस्ता (तपाईं) ले भोग्न नपरोस् भनी अाफै अकालमा जीवन त्याग्न समेत तयार भई लडिरहनु भएको छ। यदि नेपाल सरकारले उहाँको मागहरु संबोधन गरे देशको स्वास्थ्य क्षेत्रले फेरि लामो साँस फेर्ने छ, ३ करोड नेपालीको स्वास्थ्यको भविश्य ठिक बाटोमा लाग्थ्यो होला।

डक्टर केसीले कल्पना गरेका नेपाल यस्तो छ:

१) डक्टर – नर्स दक्ष बन्छन्, ज्यानमारा होइन

२) अोखती सस्तो सुलभ र सही खान पाइन्छ, महंगो होइन

३) स्वास्थ्य सेवा समयमै पाइन्छ, अबेला होइन

४) अस्पतालमा जँचाउ जँचाउ लाग्छ, भाँगू  भाँगू होइन।

५) सन्तानलाई डक्टर बनाउँदा ढाड सेकिन्न, मन न्यानिन्छ।

६) सिटामोलमा कमिसन होइन, गुणस्तर खोज्ने चिकित्सक पाइन्छ।

७) बिरामी कुरुवा जानै नपर्ने पनि दिन आउँछ।

८) नसक्नेलाई स्वास्थ्य खर्च चरम होइन, नरम बन्छ।

९) चिकित्सकलाई सराप होइन, सलाम ठोक्छन्।

१०) स्वास्थ्यमा दाम कमाउन (मात्र) होइन, नाम कमाउन पनि लाग्छन्।

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