नेपाल हाम्रो घर हो, डेरा होईन । अब बिकल्प कुर्दै बस्ने होइन अाफै हुने हो ।


video links

Link to an excellent video which happens to be in Nepali. It come from an organization named “Bibeksheel Nepal” and there are many other short videos from them on YouTube. they actively promote democratic ideals in Nepal.

for those of you who do not read Devanagari, the title translates roughly “Nepal is our Home” and the video is a series of thought-provoking statements appealing to the young people of Nepal to get involved.  Don’t give up!

The main point: act as if you own it and not merely renting it with the knowledge that you can pick up and leave.

I know many young Nepali people, from my work in health care there. And it is discouraging to me that so many want to get out of the country. The reality is, we are in the middle of a huge diaspora of Nepali talent abroad. My work there is trying to address issues of better nursing care, but so many people I train want to take their skill to Aus or the UK or to USA.  I have tried to set things up so as to reach the people most likely to stay, but this is not easy.

Upcoming elections

Elections are scheduled for this fall, and the campaigning will take place over the summer. The composition of the government is contentious, which has led to a five-years-long gridlock in Kathmandu. We would describe Nepali politics as Byzantine. Sometimes I think the Byzantine Empire got their inspiration from Nepal.

Worry about Violence

at least one small segment of the political parties has expressed the desire to take up arms again. From Honolulu, I am not in the position to guess whether this is serious or not. But obviously, anybody with any sense would advise to settle things through an electoral process.

Using Kenya as an example?

With a little bit of web sleuthing, I was able to find an English-language video from two years ago in Kenya, which I think served as the inspiration for the Nepali-language video featured in this title. In fact, I think it is word-for word. If you will recall, Kenya had a tumultuous election which led to more than a thousand deaths; this year they had another one which was less violent ( though the national winner was alleged to have been a war criminal).

Click here for the English-language video from Kenya.

My assessment:

Nepal was never a colony of anybody, a fact of which they are proud. The British tried to invade in 1814, and the Nepalis fought them to a standstill, after which the British decided to hire the Gurkhas as mercenaries  ( a capacity in which they still serve).  But the government there was an absolute monarchy run by the Rana family as if the entire country were their private estate, for a long time, and the Nepalis are still working out how to have a democracy. In that respect, they share a “post-colonial” mindset with other nations in Africa and Asia that were in fact, colonized.

About Joe Niemczura, RN, MS

Experienced nursing educator and problem-solver. I have fifteen years of USA nursing faculty background. Add it with fifteen more devoted to adult critical care. In Nepal, I started teaching critical care skills in 2011. I figure out what they need to know in a Nepali practice setting. Then I teach it in a culturally appropriate way so that the boots-on-the-ground people will use it. I travel outside of Kathmandu Valley as well. When the recent violence happened, I knew the cities - I had trained people in those locations. One theme of my work has been collective culture and how it manifests itself in anger. Because this was a problem I incorporated elements of "situational awareness" training from the beginning, in 2011. Global Health Nursing is not all sweetness and light; not solely milk & honey and happy moms and babies.
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