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The Nepal Trip Report of Darshan Rauniyar

 

 Youth play key roles in society. There needs to be a change in these young minds to make them believe in themselves.

Observations about Youth of Nepal

Students found the lack of reliable infrastructure made it difficult to learn efficiently. The lack of electricity, internet, and water made the educational environment poor. They indicated that political parties intimidate the administration/faculty and interfere with teaching.

The universities themselves have problems. There is no accreditation system or oversight by the government. Some administrators are chosen based on political leanings rather than merit. Others are harassed, extorted and threatened by political leaders and their subordinates. Colleges don’t work together to solve their common problems.

These problems led students to report they felt frustrated, helpless, and uncertain about their futures. Even good students did not feel they were likely to get the support they need to continue their work.

Students had little interest in Nepal’s politics. They were unaware of rights and freedoms students enjoyed in other countries, but showed some interest in discussing the western style political system and government structure. Youth want to work for change and are looking for visionary leaders to support.

Today’s youth are extremely disfranchised by the current political situation in Nepal; they believe that there is no one who can lead their country and there is lack of guidance for future generations. They seemed surprised when I challenged them that THE FUTURE OF THE NATION lies in their hands. They did not understand that they should demand their basic rights. When asked if they would like to be involved with the political process in bringing about change, a lot of them were surprised at the thought that they could really bring about change and had no idea how they would go about it.

There needs to be a change in these young minds to make them believe in themselves. Youth play key roles in society. There needs to be hope that they have an opportunity once they grow up. If the current trend continues, Nepal will have a shortage of working-age people even to maintain agriculture and businesses."

 

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Darshan Rauniyar at Aama Paradise Home in Palpa, Nepal

Observations about Politicians and New Political Party Leaders

I met with the President, Prime Minister, major/minor political party leaders, including about 15 young political youths from all over Nepal ranging in age from 20-40 years, at a convention, and leaders of proposed political parties. I also met with a former minister and other former government employees. I met with some youths who want to form a new political party to bring about change.

Leaders have differing visions for developing the country. Some understand they need to work together while others think they need to do things their way. They do not trust each other. They acknowledge there is political paralysis, but do not seem to know how to get around it. They acknowledge there is corruption and that positive change has been difficult to achieve in Nepal.

No local elections have been held for over 15 years. The parliament was elected to a two-year term, five years ago.

It is generally conceded that there is too much Indian influence, and a lot of Chinese influence. Some believed India is using political influence to gain access to Nepal’s water resources and noted that China does not want to discuss issues regarding Tibet.

An author asserted that while during the insurgency they claimed that they were fighting The People’s War, but people think they somewhat fought a war on the people. Maoist leaders became rich at the expenses of the general public.

Some leaders think that youth could be motivated to become politically active and that the Nepali people understand politics very well. Many young leaders, however, felt constrained to follow established party policies rather than feeling free to develop innovative new solutions. They are just starting to think about the possibilities of working within their own party for change or starting a new political party.

The leaders don’t seem to fully comprehend how things are going backward, or how serious the problems that are being faced by most people are. There is a power vacuum. The President lacks power. Political parties have lost credibility, and lack the will or leadership to solve problems. There is no interest in compromise. Except for the Maoists, political parties lack money for campaigning. The Maoist party is divided to implement policies, and the other parties lack the power to do so.

Most parties exist to serves its membership, not the country, and most leaders lack the vision to benefit the nation. There is little trust, and an overwhelming fear of losing power. The result is that there is a lot of talk, but no action, just a desire to hold on to power. The parties need to propose an economic agenda. There has been no opportunity for young leaders to work their way up.

Elections are not being held on any schedule. People need to be able to vote in elections to hold leaders accountable and create a government based on the rule of law, morality, and principled positions. New leadership should be given the opportunity to agree on how to move the country forward."

 

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Sunil KC and Darshan Rauniyar at one RWA shooting

Observations about Social Workers

I met with about ten social workers from various social organizations in Kathmandu, Sankhu and Palpa. In one of the interaction programs I had, there were about 100 youths ranging in age from 5 to 30, about 60% of who were girls, In Kathmandu. These individuals included victims of human trafficking or of the Maoist insurgency, abandoned and orphaned children, children of prisoners, and children rescued from the streets.

Some children did not know who their parents were, and others rarely visited their parents. Private social workers provided for all the children’s needs, including a safe house, food and a school. The government did not provide any assistance. The social workers chose a remote area where they could afford the land, but needed to build their own roads and bridges. Students needed to walk for an hour to get to high school. The children are studying Nepal’s politics, and would like to see conditions improve. Most felt political parties and their leaders are responsible for Nepal’s current problems. One 16 year old remembered his parents being dragged away by Maoists and that as a child he was forced to become a soldier in the insurgency. He wanted the Prime Minister to know the Maoists had failed to keep the promise to develop the nation that they made to him when he was forced to fight for them. He wants the Prime Minister to know that he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The social workers are doing the work of the Government. There are thousands and thousands of Non- Governmental Organizations (NGOs) have been established in last 20yrs. The Government need learn from these NGOs about the plight of its people Country cannot be relied on NGOs to carry out duties of the people and the country.

Darshan Rauniyar

US Candidate to House of Representatives in Washington DC.

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« Youth is not a troublemaker. Youth is a change maker. »
says Juju Kaji, a Nepali social worker.
2012. At one difficult time of national history, Nepali people face new challenges every day.
And still, youth is in the game