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Death of the political leader

Shailaja Acharya is a common name in Nepalese politics. She was the one who showed black flag to the then King Mahendra during complete autocracy and was jailed for 3 years and then was exiled to India for some years. Today as I heard the news of her death it kept me wondering but we had known the day would come as her health was deteriorating. She is one of the female political leaders of Nepal whom I admire, her courage and her contribution to Nepalese democracy is profound. As she left the world today I have a very deep concern about Nepalese politics that is will our nation ever get the female leader like her or do we have to be confined to her memories. In present day context I do not envision any female political leader like her and it seems that Nepal will face the crisis of charismatic leader like her.

I believe that for the women development it is necessary that women be in the policy making or decision making position or someone who can influence the decision makers and she had that power. Her bravery was acknowledged by various political parties and the progressive congress leader Mr. B.P. Koirala, admired her to a greater extent. But now as she is no more physically present I am worried about the nation as it needs a dynamic female leader who can bring change to thousands of lives.


LauraB's picture

Shailaja Acharya

women decision makers- dynamic female leaders- are there women in Nepal that are presently in the Nepal's government playing an active role?

lanjana's picture

I dont think so only few are

I dont think so only few are there like Ms. Sapana Pradhan Malla, who won the Gurber Prize for her contibution to women is a CA member but other are regulated by the male leaders of their political party and do have their say in the government. They are doing what they are told which is quite wrong for nation's development

Some young leaders are also in CA but student leader Ms. Ram Kumari Jhankri is quite efficient and influential, I appreciate her too

jadefrank's picture

Tomorrow's Leaders

I'm sorry to hear of the loss of such an influential and inspirational female leader in Nepal. But I see that her legacy lives in certain young women who are speaking out and leading new generations of female activists... Do you not see some of Shailaja Acharya in yourself and Sunita? I do.

lanjana's picture

Thank you Jade for believing

Thank you Jade for believing in us, I guess we have something in us but the political parties here do not attract us much as they are very corrupt and I do not want to be associated with them. I would prefer staying as a civil society leader and then work at the grassroot level to enhance the lives of Nepalese. I firmly believe that we do not need positions to work for the betterment of the nation. I hope I will be able to make some change with the encouragement from friends like you from different parts of the world

Thank you once again for believing in us


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