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Society Vs Individualism

Individualism calls for self-reliance; it promotes “freedom” and “encouragement of diversity”. It motivates as well as allows everyone to make full use of their intelligence and potential, which expedites the development of society but in most of the countries today the realization as to individualism is almost zero. Well this reminds me of an incident at my society “Nepalese society.”   A little while ago a friend of mine was given the opportunity to present her research in a seminar held in Delhi. Regrettably she wasn’t able to attend the seminar as her family did not permit her to travel alone to a far-off land because they were guided by the old lame society that created credence that a daughter shouldn’t be given such freedom of movement. And unhappily, she ended up unwillingly agreeing to it.

So forth most women, after getting married, give their jobs up and stop pursuing their career as their in laws wouldn’t want them to work. Our societies’ take on women as household job holders; the outside world taking is a man’s business.

Correspondingly, the society holds the supreme position in every sphere of individual lives. They get to choose career options for the next generation and as such.  The society has somewhat fabricated a frame work of “who becomes what.” For an instance:  a doctor’s kid becomes a doctor and so on. Rare is the case where a growing son/daughter gets to decide about his/her career. Although children are raised and taught that they can do or be anything. Encouraged to standout and make a name for themselves. Be unique. But when time comes to stand for own self, the society shuts the door. And the individuals who want to grow and speak up for their rights and liberties due to the fear of the social norms they remain silent as they feel that eventually they have to exist in the same society. Going against those norms and values will only create abhorrence towards them. They fear of being left out in the society. Their rights would not be perfectly secure in isolation.

Similarly the air of nepotism and favoritism hovers all around our society which is much more guided by crony societal norms and values. It has rather become a social trend today that if an individual is related to a political personality or is a close friend to a political entity then s/he is to hold utmost respect in the society. All other deserving candidates are left empty-handed; their ideas left unheard.  The rule of law has been seen to lie under the societal values that have certainly demotivated people wanting to expand their business enterprise rather they prefer migration, since they no more feel secure about their life and property in the society they live in.

Another paradigm would be the quota system also regarded as a positive discrimination placed upon women specially; the positive discrimination is now what society wants since they have placed women into the level of weaker section. Why not promote free competition? Why the labeling when women are equally capable?

There are countless people who fear and are affected by societal influence. Exception is rare. Indeed it becomes illogical to believe that we are individuals, the master of our choice, instead we are just a bunch of conformity “The YES Heads” having agreed to the social restrictions every time.

Since inception the society has been the boss, it loses respect for the individuals those who disagree with their settings “The NO Heads”. This would so clearly mean that there is no road paved for any of us to attain individualism. Once more the pertinent case would be the caste based division where people are not allowed to create relationship based on their choice and consent .It’s the family and the society who choose or claim about who would be a good spouse for their son or daughter. Here again, our choice are determined by our family origin, the society we belong, our physical infirmities, our gender per se. There is barely any space for our ability and creativity.

In most places in our society at whatever time an individual has gone demanding for their individualism. There sits a check person at the entrance who evaluates the demands with the standing norms. Hence our claims of valuing freedom, choice, diversity, liberty to be respected has to be as per the societal norms and values or whether the person has close ties with political entities or not. Precisely speaking our demand has to be equal to the principles supplied by the society or we have to pay to the authorities for our demands. Since decades and long our society has been walking on the myths and always has been placed above individual.

We only have been exercising the possessory rights the ownerships rights have always been rested upon the society and the political groups.

Society has failed to realize the importance of individualism and economic growth. Countries around the world are accepting and adapting to the notion of free society. Where in freest society, arranged marriage is out of the chart per se. Individual rights and liberties are kept on the top priority, in free world people know the value of individual rights and liberties.  But Nepal lags far behind and the society still walks on myth. Individuals live and liberty has not yet found its right place. We still are enslaved and barbed around by societal norms and values.

Students for Liberty – Nepal is recently making an effort by mobilizing the young groups, advocating about the individual rights and liberties and taking its awareness campaign on to the streets to let every people know of the values of individual rights and liberty. Their liberal thoughts and speech. The freedom to pursue livelihood at individual choice and consent.

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Welfare State : A myth now

They talk about welfare state but all I see is an old woman begging on the street, the exploited child, the child dying for lack of food in its belly, the city full of cries, no job and no house. That man out there who sketch, he is a cartoonist and he thinks he is pretty good at it. But no matter how good he is, he believes his cartoons will never take the place of food or money. He wishes he could draw plenty of food or a fist full of thousand rupees, and perform some magic trick and make it real. But he can’t do that. Nobody can do that, not even the hungriest magician in the world. And yet thousands of our neighbors go to bed hungry. It may be our schoolmate who is undernourished and has difficulty learning on an empty stomach or it could be a co-worker, a working father whose low-wage job doesn’t make ends meet.

People are habitually being raided of their rights, of their freedom, of their dignity, of their futures. The culprits? My generation, the leaders or our forerunner? They revive poverty in every election and promise to cure it. They’ve now made a vocation of it. They thrive on failures, on righting the wrongs, on aiding victims, and so forth. No matter how many programs are set up and working, their schema never claim victory for them. Our current government-run welfare system is pricey to taxpayers as they are getting no facilities in return and cruel to the children born into a cycle of welfare dependency and hopelessness.

For decades now we have sought to solve the problems of unemployment through government planning, and the more the plans fail, the more the planners plan. Well, now if government and welfare state had the answer – and they’ve had many years of it – shouldn’t we expect government to keep a tally to us once in a while? Shouldn’t they be telling us about the decline each year in the number of people needing help? And the reduction in the welfare activities?

I cannot take on to lay my finger on those articles of the Constitution which has granted ample of rights to the people but many of them are not functional. We don’t have right to job; we don’t have rights to medical care or right to education. What we have is a right to life. That’s what we have. How can we survive when the basics to life is not guaranteed to us? How will we work out our right to life in such dejected settings? It is now the time to recognize that welfare system has to be reformed. A new approach to fighting poverty and the misery should be fetched being based on opportunities, work, and individual responsibility. There should be Welfare before the Welfare state.

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Has Nepal Become Free ?

The blog post is contributed by Anuj Niroula.

Charter Team Member, Students For Liberty

After the blood of numerous martyrs, Nepal got Prajatantra (Democracy) in 1950 from a century long autocratic Rana rezyme. Nepal first saw a dawn of democracy and the parliamentary government under the multi-party system for some years which was later followed by Panchayat System (1960) and Improved Panchayat System (1979). After “Jana Andolan” on November 9, 1990, Multi party democratic system was reinstalled and New Democratic Constitution of the Kingdom was promulgated. More freedom could be felt by Nepali people. The Royal Takeover in February 1,2005 and again “April Revolution ( Jana Andolan II)” in April 2006, resulted to the election of Constitutional Assembly” and made us the citizens of “Democratic Republic of Nepal“.

We have a long chain of revolutionary movements for the freedom. Now the question is “Has Nepal Become Free?” “Have We become Free?”. Or we need still some more revolutions for so?

Politicians failed to form the Constitution. Beurocrats are given the responsibility for “Constitutional Assembly Election – II“. People are losing hopes and politicians are losing faith from their followers. People changed. Systems changed. Most importantly time has left us long behind. Let us suppose, the forthcoming election goes well, constitution gets formed, federation issues (which was supposed to be the main cause of the failure in the formation of Constitution just behind) get resolved, eventhough I have a question on my head.  Still, “Can we expect a person can run his business without paying percentage to goons? ” “Can we expect a person can easily pay his tax without brives?” “Can we expect a person can walk on the street late night freely?”

If so, “How Has Nepal Become Free?” “How is Nepal a Democratic country?” Democracy is still far away. Freedom is still far away. Somewhere invisible. To live in a free country, in a free society, we have a long journey ahead.

Students For Liberty – Nepal is the beginning of the Journey.

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