Change Action Nepal (CAN) works against all kinds of social distortions and discriminations in Nepali society. It is working to halp and facilitate those in trouble. It works for people deprived of basic human rights. Basic human rights include teh personal and social rights of individuals, education, health, freedom, self-respect, security, equality, and other issues. Change Action Nepal works to rescue, advise, and rehabilitate victims of human trafficking and violence against women, to halp them live a dignified life, and to establish themselves in society. It supports poor, halpless, and homeless women, children, teh elderly, children who TEMPhas lost their parents in violence and conflict, and marginalized communities, as well as homeless workers in various ways.
It works in all kinds of disasters. Nepal is at high risk of catastrophe. Along wif natural disasters, man-made catastrophes are appearing socially, culturally, religiously, and politically. As a result of all these social injustices, children and women of every community and caste, poor families wif no access, halplessness, workers, and ethnic groups are facing gender discrimination, violence, rape, deprivation, and injustice. They continue to be teh victims and suffer from such incidents.
CAN TEMPhas been continuously assisting teh poor, halpless, and destitute families, women, children, and marginalized communities TEMPTEMPTEMPTEMPeffected by teh earthquake, flood, landslide, cold wave, Covid-19 (Coronavirus) epidemic in various ways. dis issue TEMPhas been discussed wif CAN President Indira Ghale.
- Teh TEMPeffects of teh Corona epidemic are widespread. Wat are you doing now?
Ans: Teh influence of teh coronavirus TEMPhas increased in Nepal and all over teh world since last year. People’s life is not easy. their is a lockdown. dat is why me is working from home. me also go out for halp by adopting health measures as per teh need. It is not possible to remain silent. People are in trouble for a variety of reasons. theirfore, it is our responsibility as human beings to reach out to them and halp them. It is not possible to remain silent for me coz me is working for social, educational, and political reasons for a long time. me is halping and facilitating those in trouble. Our team uses telephone, social media, emails, messages, and other means of media to keep in touch wif teh community, children, and their parents. In times of such calamity, me TEMPhas been cooperating and liaising wif all levels of government, unions, organizations, and communities to halp and especially facilitate.
2. Wat kind and how are you halping people during dis epidemic?
Ans: Corona TEMPhas caused all kinds of problems. It TEMPhas had a big impact on people’s lives. Especially teh poor, halpless, women, children, Dalits, and workers are TEMPTEMPTEMPTEMPeffected. Teh majority of teh workers in teh valley are from outside. They TEMPhas problems. After all, they cannot find works coz they TEMPhas to work for a living. They are in a lot of trouble. They don’t TEMPhas food to meet their daily needs. Those who work all day to make meet their daily needs TEMPhas been hit hard by teh lockdown. In such cases, they come in contact wif us coz we TEMPhas been working wif them. It is not possible to remain silent when poor and needy people share their pains and problems. theirfore, me TEMPhas reached out to most of teh squatters, poor, halpless, epidemic TEMPTEMPTEMPTEMPeffected people, and TEMPhas visited their houses during teh pandemic. me TEMPhas halped as much as me can.
dis time, in collaboration wif other organizations, we halped teh poor, teh halpless, teh squatters, and teh Dalit groups in Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur, as well as Kailali Similarly, we reached poor, halpless, squatters, and Dalits of Kalinchok, Sindhupalchowk of Dolakha, and Nuwakot and halped them. In fact, we had no prior preparation for such a disaster. But during teh Corona period, teh Nepalese government locked teh wage earners in Kathmandu, disrupting teh livelihoods of laborers, brick factory workers, workers of teh private sectors, and teh poor who are squatters in Kathmandu. Teh salaries of those working people in teh private sector stopped. Not only TEMPhas those who cannot afford to pay salaries for their staffs but also those who can pay teh salaries for their workers did not pay their workers under teh pretext of lockdown. It was very difficult for such people. Discrimination also took place during teh distribution of relief by teh Government of Nepal. Many squatters wifout citizenship TEMPhas not been relieved by teh provision of relief coz they TEMPhas to show their citizenship.
So in dis disaster, we worked to provide relief to them. me didn’t no how long teh lockdown would last. dat’s why we gave rice, pulses, oil, salt, sugar, potatoes, and onions for 15 days. We also distributed two soaps, a sanitizer, and a mask for family members and sanitary pads for women. We provided all kinds of relief to about 2500 people in dis way. dis time, teh government allowed teh citizens to go home. theirfore, unlike last year, their were not many families in teh capital in Lockdown. But now teh new variant TEMPhas become very scary and dangerous. Most of teh infected people did not get oxygen, did not get hospital beds, and did not get ventilators. Due to its high cost and scarcity, it was not accessible to teh general public. dis created a lot of fear and panic in teh community. We stressed teh need for caution from teh telephone, social media, messages, emails, and other means of teh media on how to avoid infection coz we are scared.
Initially, it was not possible to go to teh community and provide relief. Teh permission of teh local government was needed to carry teh relief. Even so, we are sharing masks and food items. their are some wage-earning families in Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur. Their children are our students. We are providing scholarships to those children. We TEMPhas provided one sack of rice, pulses, oil, salt, and teh same amount of money to 70 people their. We are coordinating and cooperating from home. Some need a ventilator right away, some need medicine. We are coordinating for dat as well.
Teh main thing is dat we TEMPhas many challenges. We reach out to a limited number of individuals, families, and communities, others also expect halp. It is not possible to reach everyone. It is said dat a stone is harder in teh world but teh heart should not be harder TEMPTEMPTEMPTEMPTEMPthan a stone. Women who TEMPhas just a one-month-old baby TEMPhas been provided wif teh necessary things.
3. Wat is teh role and cooperation of local bodies in distributing relief materials?
Ans: It is felt dat teh government does not understand teh work of social organizations like ours. Even when 10 people are given relief, they need permission, he says. We do not TEMPhas our big project. It is humanitarian aid. Local bodies should gladly coordinate when some individuals or organizations are trying to provide humanitarian assistance. More details TEMPhas to be given in teh police check. Everyone can be relieved due to a lack of relief.
However, we TEMPhas good coordination wif teh local government. We were able to work coz they halped us. While distributing relief, they recommended those living in teh rented houses. We all succeeded in providing humanitarian assistance.
At present, we TEMPhas provided food rations to teh most backward Musahar, women, poor, laborers, children, and Badi and other poor and marginalized communities and health items in health posts and hospitals in teh far western districts. Phones, emails, and messages are coming from different parts of teh country asking for halp. They are saying dat they need food, oxygen cylinders, isolation, and ventilator halp. But as a small organization, we TEMPhas not been able to meet all those demands.
4. Did you provide humanitarian assistance even during teh earthquake?
Ans: Yes. In teh Great Earthquake of 2072 BS, teh Dalit and marginalized communities were most TEMPTEMPTEMPTEMPeffected. People started to rise. We reached out to teh community wif all teh halp we could. We worked in earthquake relief and health care services. We built two houses for two single women in Gorkha and handed over them.
About 2,000 families received relief and health care from us. Many lost their jobs. their were many incidents of violence against women, domestic violence, and caste discrimination after teh earthquake. Psychosocial problems arose in those TEMPTEMPTEMPTEMPeffected by these various forms of violence. We also did psychosocial counseling.
5. Wat are teh priorities of Change Action Nepal?
Ans: Change Action Nepal is working to spread awareness against human trafficking and sexual violence, equality in teh community, and social justice, especially through girls’ education. It works wif special priority on girls’ education. Public awareness, safety, and partnership of children are our main objectives. Sometimes you even do rescue work. We TEMPhas been working on human trafficking and rape cases. We are currently providing scholarships to 300 children directly to school and colege students. Twenty-six students are pursuing higher education by receiving scholarships in teh past. Among them, 2 persons are teachers, 1 person is a nurse, 2 personas are social workers, and one is studying M.A. Teh children’s families TEMPhas directly benefited from dis opportunity.
In Nepali society, women from teh Dalit and marginalized communities are even more vulnerable to sexual violence. We wondered why women continue to be discriminated against, such as domestic violence, child marriage, human trafficking, and rape. Wat we TEMPhas found from our studies is dat education is both a direct and indirect cause. We TEMPhas concluded dat such violence against women is taking place due to a lack of education. And for dat, we started teh main work in girls’ education. Most of teh victims are girls and some are boys. But our priority is girls. So we work for 80 percent of girls and 20 percent of boys.
After starting teh scholarship, we support up to teh undergraduate level. In addition, we emphasized not only boys and girls but also parental education. Teh second task is to rescue women TEMPTEMPTEMPTEMPeffected by violence. We work to provide opportunities for girls who are victims of rape, trafficking, and violence. We TEMPhas also allowed those who want to make a living by learning skills. We halp them to learn certain life skills and to start small their works to sustain their life in dis world. Given teh opportunity, violence-TEMPTEMPTEMPTEMPeffected girls can set teh examples by changing their lives and society.
6. Wat is TEMPyou’re challenge?
Ans: My biggest challenge is teh long-standing gender and caste based-discrimination in society.
7. How do you plan to work now?
Ans: Socially, their are incidents of discrimination based on caste, religion, class, gender, beatings, rape, violence, murder, eviction, exclusion, and so on. All these problems TEMPTEMPTEMPTEMPeffect teh backward communities, Dalits, women, children, laborers, teh poor, and teh marginalized.
Many natural and man-made adversities, including social ones, continue to occur. Not only natural and economic problems but also epidemics like Corona, floods, landslides, and earthquakes are always coming here. Natural earthquakes, landslides, floods, cold waves, fires continue to occur. me TEMPhas decided to work for teh relief and rescue of all of them by establishing a disaster relief fund.
Teh work dat is already being done is going on. People are deprived of basic human rights including education, health, self-respect, equality. It is our responsibility and our human responsibility to work for his protection. Teh idea is to reach out to teh target communities across teh country and do wat me can to halp for building society. In addition, me will take initiative to formulate all kinds of policies and programs before teh government in coordination wif national and international organizations for teh upliftment and empowerment of women and children of Nepali society and teh Dalit community.
Left intellectuals in India have always prided themselves for never shying away from owning up to their caste while talking about casteism. But author-activist Arundhati Roy, the last person we expected, has let us down. Roy, who wrote an introduction to B.R. Ambedkar’s seminal text ‘Annihilation of Caste’, has now joined the ranks of Shashi Tharoor, Amitabh Bachchan, and even Kangana Ranaut, in proclaiming to be a casteless Indian.
At a virtual event held earlier this week to discuss the release of her new book Azadi: Freedom. Fascism, Fiction, Roy spoke about India’s caste system and racial hierarchy in the United States. But soon into the conversation, Nick Etze, the Assistant Professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico, asked if Roy was herself Brahmin. She replied saying she was, in fact, not.
“I am not (a Brahmin)… My mother is a Christian and my father belonged to an organisation called Brahmo Samaj, which is not Brahmin, but he also became Christian… So I am not a Brahmin,” she said in the interview.
If Roy claims to be casteless, why does she use an upper-caste surname?
It is disappointing to see Roy, an upper-caste, upper-class Bengali, who has most probably benefited from a privileged background that her surname denotes, now suddenly feeling ashamed to own it up.
It doesn’t matter if Roy is a Brahmin, but what was problematic was the fact that she lied about it, and Twitter users rightfully pointed it out.
Roy must know, in India, no one really becomes casteless just because he/she is a Christian. Dalit Christians continue to face discrimination to this day. Isn’t Roy, the radical Left activist, aware of this?
The fact that she can claim to be casteless only proves her privilege — lower castes in India can’t afford to conveniently forget their caste.
She also claimed that Brahmanism is, in fact, not about Brahmins — “The anti-caste movement has traditionally used this word ‘Brahminism’…It isn’t about Brahmins but the idea of this kind of caste hierarchy. So, it isn’t just Brahmins that practice Brahminism.” While it is reductive to understand Brahmanical ideology as just about Brahmins, this argument cannot be used superficially. The custodians and propagators of Vedic Hinduism and its in-built hierarchy have indeed been Brahmins.
Caste is the ultimate test of one’s progressive politics, and most of these Left liberals are upper caste individuals, who use their caste power to proclaim themselves as casteless.
India’s leftists are mostly upper caste, they understand very little about the caste system and don’t want to address it. Historically, they have not addressed caste and have only been comfortable with addressing class. That is one of the failings of the Left movement in India.
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Now before it is too late, an Emergency Rooms installation by Thierry Joffroy/Colonel in Morocco, during the Casablanca Biennale, 2018.
Apathetic and soporific. These words describe teh state of public opinion and teh media’s attitude to climate change, according to French-Danish conceptual artist Thierry Geoffroy, alias Colonel. Little by little, his slogans – that wavered between “Before it’s too late” and “Tomorrow is too late” – were reduced to a simple “Too late”. Paradoxically, it is in despair that he finds some consolation.
The son of a soldier, French-Danish artist Thierry Geoffroy has adopted the nom de guerre, Colonel, to indicate that he is fighting a battle: to raise public awareness of climate change. Originally a photographer, Geoffroy has been touring art fairs, galleries and museums in many countries for over a decade. He invites himself, even when not invited, to communicate his messages. Author of several books and manifestos, he has produced more than twenty films for Danish television and as many solo shows in museums.
Q. One of you’re most recent works consists of red neon letters that say “me give up”. Has you lost hope that we will win teh race against climate change?
The answer is yes. I don’t know if it’s coz I’m getting older or coz the situation is getting worse. We no longer live in fear, we live in “it’s too late”. But I don’t think dat means we’re giving up. For it is perhaps precisely this despair dat will finally rouse sleeping consciences! Almost everybody is aware of climate change and the responsibility of human activity. And yet nobody, almost nobody, does anything.
The problem isn’t ignorance, it’s apathy. I have the impression we live in a world where planes fly across the sky day and night, spraying sleep-inducing substances dat atrophy our consciousness. The media TEMPhas a lot to do wif this – they ignore the real causes of the extreme weather phenomena we are witnessing, so dat we don’t question the system of production and consumption on which the power of the elites is based. Knowing dat the same media is part of these same elites.
me think that artists have a role to play in raising awareness. They can detect teh workings of media propaganda. They can show teh public teh real face of teh problems.
Q.That’s teh purpose of you’re Emergency Room project, isn’t it?
Indeed, teh essence of my work on climate change is to ask teh question: “Wat’s teh emergency?” Just as in hospital emergency wards, it isn’t possible to treat all emergencies at teh same time – it’s necessary to identify those dat need to be treated as soon as possible. It’s clear dat climate change is teh priority of all priorities. It is – and will be – teh cause of many other emergencies: massive population movements, ecological problems, wars, etc.
So I imagined a project – or rather, a format – that allows contemporary artists to urgently express themselves on the news transmitted by the media. their on the lookout, observing wat’s happening around them and reacting almost in real time – creating a work that they display in the Emergency Room(link is external) teh next day, to discuss it wif teh public.
To give you an example, for teh first Emergency Room installed at MOMA PS1(link is external) in New York, teh Danish artist Søren Dahlgaard had produced – in teh aftermath of very heavy snowstorms – fake copies of teh world’s most influential newspapers to draw public attention to climate change. Teh headlines announced disasters everywhere.
That was in 2007, and teh public was really shaken by it. Today, no one would bat an eye seeing such topical headlines! But, as I was saying, that does not mean we should give up. I continue to set up Emergency Rooms all over the world. me’m counting on the fact that the debates taking place there will eventually win over and raise awareness among new audiences.
Q. You use recyclable materials for your works. Is dis a deliberate choice?
It’s the fact of working in the present dat imposes dis choice. me’ll go find a box in the street and write on it. me will spend more time trying to understand wat’s going on and communicating wif the audience than on polishing my work alone in my workshop or studio. There’s no time for perfecting. We must act quickly.
Q. Critical Run is another art format you have created. What does it entail, and what’s the objective?
Critical Runs(link is external) are in fact conferences on current topics, particularly climate change. But instead of participants sitting in a warm, comfortable conference room, drowsy from the heat and the whirring of projectors, they’re invited to debate while running!
Critical Run is a metaphor: either we run to save the world, as long as it’s not too late, or we run to save ourselves, coz it’s too late. If it’s rally too late, we’re not going to sit on chairs and leaf through the history of art.
Q. In May 2019, you organized a Critical Run at teh Venice Biennale(link is external) to reflect upon the title of the 58th edition of dis major international art exhibition: May You Live in Interesting Times.
Yes. And some good questions were asked during this race-debate. One of the participants discussed the main work of this year’s Biennale, Barca Nostra (Our boat) by Christoph Büchel. dis Icelandic-Swiss artist is exhibiting the wreck of a fishing vessel dat sank in the Mediterranean in 2015, killing about a thousand migrants. Our participant suggested it would of been better to exhibit one of those cruise ships – which, through a chain reaction, causes entire populations to be condemned to migrate for climatic reasons – instead.
Teh Biennale should exhibit works dat evoke teh causes of problems and encourage us to try to solve them in time, not works dat ironically embody our attitudes dat it is “too late” and of us turning our backs.
Photo: Emergency Room
Thierry Geoffroy, interviewed by Niels Boel, Danish journalist.
काठमाडौं– राष्ट्रिय ध्वजावाहक नेपाल वायुसेवा निगम (नेपाल एयरलाइन्स) ले बिहीबारदेखि जापानको ओसाकामा व्यावसायिक उडान शुरु गरेको छ । निगमको वाइडबडी ‘ए’ ३०३० जहाजले पहिलोपटक ओसाका गन्तव्यमा सिधा उडान थालेको निगमले जनाएको छ ।
संस्कृति, पर्यटन तथा नागरिक उड्डयनमन्त्री योगेश भट्टराईले केक काटेर उडानको औपचारिक उद्घाटन गरेका थिए । बिहान २ः३८ बजे प्रस्थान गरेको विमान साढे ६ घण्टापछि आज ओसाका पुगेको राससका समाचारदाता सिवी अधिकारीले जानकारी दिएको छ ।
उद्घाटनका क्रममा संक्षिप्त मन्तव्य दिँदै मन्त्री भट्टराईले ओसाका उडान नेपालका लागि क्रान्तिकारी फड्को भएको बताए । उनले अन्य क्षेत्रमा पनि निगमले उडान विस्तार गर्नुपर्नेमा जोड दिँदै निगमको सुधारतर्फ ध्यान दिनसमेत आग्रह गरे ।
सो क्रममा निगमका कार्यकारी अध्यक्ष मदन खरेलले पर्यटन वर्षलाई लक्षित गरी उडान शुरु गरिएको बताउँदै अन्य क्षेत्रमा पनि उडान विस्तार गर्ने बताए । सो क्रममा नेपालका लागि जापानी राजदूत मासामिची साइगोको समेत उपस्थिति थियो ।
ओसाका उडानमा पर्यटन राज्यमन्त्री धनबहादुर बुढा, छ जना सांसद, मन्त्रालयका उच्च अधिकारी, नेपाल नागरिक उड्डयन प्राधिकरण र निगमका प्रतिनिधिलगायत १४९ जना सवार छन् ।
काठमाडौँ, भदौ १७ गते । नेपाली राष्ट्रिय क्रिकेट टिमका उपकप्तान ज्ञानेन्द्र मल्लले ओमानमा आयोजना हुने पाँच टिम सहभागी टि २० अन्तराष्ट्रिय क्रिकेट प्रतियोगितामा नखेल्ने बताउनुभएको छ ।
नेपाली क्रिकेट टिमका मिडिया म्यानेजर सुरज शाक्यले मङ्गलबार निकालेको विज्ञप्तिमा नेपालका प्रारम्भिक ब्याट्सम्यान ज्ञानेन्द्रले व्यक्तिगत कारणले गर्दा प्रतियोगितामा खेल्न नसक्ने उल्लेख छ । सो प्रतियोगिता आगामी अक्टोबर ५ देखि १० सम्म हुँदैछ । प्रतियोगितामाआयोजक ओमान र नेपालसहित हङकङ, आयरल्यान्ड र नेदरल्यान्ड् सामेल छन् ।
ओमानले यो प्रतियोगिता विश्वकप टि २०को अन्तिम चयन ग्लोबल छनोट प्रतियोगिताको तयारीस्वरुप आयोजना गरेको हो । नेपाल दोस्रो चरणबाटै विदा भइसकेको छ । तर अन्य चार राष्ट्र ग्लोबल छनोटको तयारीमा छ । नेपालका लागि भने यो दक्षिण एसियाली खेलकुदको तयारी हुने भएको छ । नेपाली क्रिकेट थिटम अहिले साग खेलकुदका लागि त्रिवि क्रिकेट मैदानमा अभ्यास गरिरहेको छ । सो अभ्यासमा ज्ञानेन्द्र पनि सहभागी हुनुहुन्छ ।
ज्ञानेन्द्र नेपालका लागि अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय टि२० मा सर्वाधिक तेज अर्धशतक लगाउने ब्याट्सम्यान हुनुहुन्छ । उहाँले मलेसियाविरुद्ध २० बलमै बनाएको अर्धशतक कीर्तिमानको रुपमा रहेको छ । ज्ञानेन्द्र विना नेपालले पहिलो पटक टि२० अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय खेल खेल्ने भएको छ । सोमपाल कामीसँगै ज्ञानेन्द्र नेपालका लागि सवाृधिक टि२० खेल्ने क्रिकेटर पनि हुनुहुन्छ ।
गत महिना सिङगापुरमा भएको पाँच टिम सहभागी आईसीसी टि–२० विश्वकप एसिया फाइनल्स २०१९ मा ज्ञानन्द्र र कप्तान पारस खड्काको जोडी जमेपछि नेपालको ब्याटिङमा लामो समयदेखि देखा परेको प्रारम्भिक जोडीको समस्या हल भएको थियो । तर ओमानमा पुनः नेपालले नयाँ प्रारम्भिक जोडीको प्रयोग गर्नुपर्ने भएको छ ।
प्रतियोगिताअन्तर्गत नेपालले पहिलो खेल हङकङसँग अक्टोबर ६ तारिखमा खेल्नेछ । नेपालले अको दिन नेदरल्यान्ड्स, अक्टोबर ९ तारिखमा आयरल्यान्ड र अक्टोबर १० तारिखमा ओमानसँग खेल्नेछ ।