There is a saying“If you educate a man you educate a person if you educate a woman you educate a generation. ” Respected Chairperson, chief guest, guest and all the participants warm greeting. First of all I would like to thank the program for giving me this opportunity to speak about my view.
I would like to thank hon. Hisila Yami for writing this book and also making children and adults realize about the hardship that people face in the civil war. The civil war started in Nepal in 1992 and ended in 2002. I was born in 2011 so I did not know about the people war that much. But this book made me realize about the hardship that the people faced during the war and much more about the war than I know. I think this book is more political and ideological. There are so many contains inside the book which I cannot understand because subjects are to vast for me. So I might be wrong in some points. Please correct me at last if I do so.
Anyway now I am standing here to speak of small review from my view. Among the 38 topics of this book I am going to try to say something from topic 18 named “love, marriage and children”.
In this chapter Hisila has written about the affairs in the people war and how Maoist cadres used to marry when the wars were happening. It is a paining as well as an inspiring and interesting story. Everyone had their own opinion about their marriage and affairs. Some said it was good but some said that it blocks the path of carrier. Those people who understood the both and went ahead became successful is my thinking.
Now I am going to concentrate in the suffering of children during the war as I am a child myself. Hisila has written many people think that the Maoist used children cadres in the battlefield. But she clarified that it isn’t true. The truth is those people who died in the battle and those people who were participating in the battle their children and family were in compulsion to get involved in the movement. Otherwise government police and army would capture and kill them. They didn’t have any other options to live their life. According to the writer many lives of children were affected and many children were the victim of the battle. Definitely, during the war children didn’t get to have proper food, clothes, education and even medicine when needed because war is war. People had to go through hardship because of the war. Child rights didn’t matter in war.
But, has anyone ever questioned that is child rights prevailing today? I know that the war has stopped in Nepal, there is peace. But children problem are still a major problem existing in our society. Many of us were not educated but let’s leave the past. Let’s concentrate on the present. These days children’s are not getting proper food, clothes and education. Children are not getting to follow their passion because they don’t have the needed essentials. For simple example I was born and am living in Kathmandu. I have an interest on space science, but I am not getting the available books and places I need to see in order to be a space scientist. For example I am not getting to see the place I want to see the most planetarium and the books I want to read the most in Kathmandu the capital city of Nepal. Let’s not talk about the other remote districts but the books I need aren’t available on Kathmandu.
So I would like to question everybody shouldn’t we think about the children’s future. We all say that children are our future, children will develop the country but what if the children don’t have the necessary equipment, has anyone though about that. It’s time we see children’s needs and rights differently. And one more thing. I think most of you have already visited the whole city Kathmandu. But have you ever seen a library or a children’s park there. Definitely not. Because there are not many libraries or children park in Kathmandu. In order for children to be creative these things must be established at all places. Has anyone ever thought about it that way? That’s why I think that war and difficulty for children is still going on. So we need to continue and continue fighting for this issue.
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