Monday, July 09, 2007

Alliance Sets The Tone For Diaspora Organizations

I am so glad the Alliance conducted its election the way it did. I have been pleased for the past few weeks to experience the enormous buzz this election created. I have also been amused by the characterizations by many people: Alliance le yasto kina jhagada gareko, sabai Nepali Nepali milera gaye hundaina? That is the voice of those used to kothe rajniti.

The Alliance was founded for the movement in 1990. It has some history. Many prominent Nepalis in New York City have led it at various phases of its growth. It has members across America, and wellwishers across the world. It is a well known name among the members of the political leadership and the civil society in Nepal.

Friday evening I was at a party at Yak thrown by Sonam Sherpa for the award he got from the city government for his contributions to the local South Asian community, the same awared Tara Niraula received last year. (
Tara Niraula At City Hall, Tara Niraula Recognized By NYC Government) There Somnath Ghimire, one of the two contenders running for Alliance President, told me he had endorsements from the likes of Daman Nath Dhungana.

Both Somnath Ghimire and Anil Shahi are members of the digital democracy organization I lead: Hamro Nepal. Anil was the one to give the organization its name and its hard core republican character. He also stayed its founding Vice President for a year. Anil is also one of the earliest investors into my tech startup. I told Upendra Yadav at the event on Thursday Anil was a "good Pahadi." (Upendra Yadav Was In Town) He is a Thakuri by birth, but he believes inclusion has to be proactive. That was evident in his panel of candidates. He actively recruited a diverse group. Recruiting was not easy.

I was impressed with Somji's manifesto. I hope the victor will find a way to incorporate him and his agenda in some capacity. There is this part about securing $100,000 in funding from the UN. That should be secured regardless.

Other Nepali organizations in America need to learn from this Alliance election. It is simple. Respect two basic principles: democracy and transparency. Democracy is all members of an organization have one vote each. Transparency is all book keeping and decision making has to be posted online. Both are easy to do as long as there is the will.

It is not possible to empower the Nepali diaspora without its organizations embracing the two basic principles. I am so glad Alliance is taking the lead. And I think Anil is going to give two exciting two years. Alliance is as relevant today while Nepal struggles with diversity issues, as it was when Nepal was struggling with the basics of democracy and human rights. DaMaJaMa equality falls under the purview of the human rights agenda.

I look forward to the annual Alliance picnic on Saturday. It is going to be a blast.

Alliance Election Results
Anil Shahi
Sunday, July 8, 2007 7:13:48 PM

144 votes cast for the Presidency (of 192 members, minus about 20 with invalid email addresses, so 172 total eligible voters) really does say something about this historic ADHRN election. I sincerely hope that this is the begining of much-needed transformation of how Nepali organizations operate in the future.

Election results, in numbers, are forwarded below.

Dear friends of Alliance,

First and foremost, I would like to thank Somu for a highly spirited, enthusiastic, and positive participation in this election. Had it not been for him and his team, Alliance today would not have been what it is today -- we all can be proud of the fact that a truely democratic process has seen it's way through into Nepali Diaspora in New York. Also, Somu needs to be lauded for the contributions he made to the Alliance in the capacity of a Vice President in the past two years. So, once again, Somu, a big thank you!

Allow me to take this opportunity to also remind everyone that despite our differences and the results of this election, I am of the belief that we do not have differences in our goals and aspirations -- intentions were, I believe, genuine. Differences in perceived methods of achieving those goals should not be reasons not to continue to work together towards our greater goal. The new Alliance is NOT my Alliance, or my team's Alliance; rather, it belongs to every Nepali aspiring for stronger democracy in our beloved homeland, From within, or without the Excutive Committee, every Nepali and friends of Nepal can, and should, contibute in their own ways towards achieving the goals of Alliance, i.e., greater, stronger democracy in Nepal.

Friends, winning an election is just the beginning. Having gone through a historic process of having to ask for votes from you all, I am -- and I am sure my whole team is -- fully aware of the pressure to deliver on our promises. In this regard, we will be organizing periodic community meetings to present to you our action plans, and to intake your suggestions and criticisms. As I had stressed again and again during the campaign, we are a voluntary organization, and the Executive Committee members have separate regular jobs, or schools, or families to take care of. In this limited capacity, though, I, as the new President, promise you one thing on behalf of our team: COMMITTMENT to do whatever we can towards promoting and strenthening the values of democracy and human rights in Nepal. We are looking forward to accomplishing small but meaningful steps towards our common goal.

Govinda Koirala dai and Binod Roka dai need to be thanked from the bottom of our hearts for undertaking the difficult task of making this election possible. I am sure it was not easy, but they did it, and they did it superbly. Any well-wisher of Alliance must be eternally thankful to them for making this history possible. So, THANK YOU!

Also, another individual deserving of heartfelt gratitude is the out going President, Sanjay Parajuli. Having had the opportunity to work closely with him in the past two years, I can personally vouch for his dedication to progessivity within ADHRN. Had it not been is for his dedication and vision. Alliance would not have evolved as it has, insync with the needs of the modern times. As a matter of light banter, I constantly tell him that he is the Gorbachev of ADHRN, making much-needed changes and adjustments within ADHRN possible. I, for one, look forward to continued involvement from him -- in any way he can -- in ADHRN activiies in the future.

Last, but not the least, I would like to thank YOU, the member-voters of ADHRN for making this historic election possible. One remarkable aspect of this election is that we had over 75% participation! The history was possible because YOU chose to take part in it and make your voices heard. We look forward to your continued greatest participation in Alliance activities in the future. Without your willingness to remain aware of, or get involved in, ADHRN activities, will cease to be.

For equality and justice for ALL Nepalis,
Anil Shahi
President-elect, ADHRN.

From: Govinda Koirala
Subject: ADHRN Election Results
Date: Sat, 7 Jul 2007 23:06:43 +0000

Dear members of the Alliance

We are proud to announce the results of ADHRN election. ( you can also see the results in ADHRN web page) All the members and the candidates deserve our sincere thanks for making the election process truly a democratic one. It is the process that is more important than wining or losing the election. In this way, all the candidates are the winners, but some of you may need to refine your working styles, to present yourself with the members more clearly and bring them on your side in the future. With this kind of energy and enthusiasm, we hope all of you will make the ADHRN a very dynamic organization in the future and help to fulfill its objectives.

In any case, we like to congratulate the winning candidates. It is now your duty to make all the members proud for making you to go to the voters and present yourself to them.

Once again, we like to thank all of you for your enthusiastic participation in the election process.

Election Committee Members
Govinda Koirala
Binod Roka

ADHRN Election Results


Votes received

Somnath Ghimire 41

Anil Shahi 103 Winner

First Vice-President

Bindu Chaudhary 98 Winner

Krishna P Pokhrel 44

Second Vice-President

Prakash Bom Winner (Uncontested)

General Secretary

Nagendra Ingnam 105 Winner

Ram Chandra Regmi 37


Shanti Gurung, 103 Winner

Bikash Mahat 38


Narbada Chhetri 40

Anup Kaphle, 100 Winner


Yub Raj Acharya 100 Winner

Homraj Acharya 100 Winner

Dil B. Bishwakarma. 96 Winner

Kamala K. Bishwakarma 134 Winner

Lab K. Budhamagar 132 Winner

Srijana Chettri 133 Winner

Munindra B. Nembang 134 Winner

Ram Devi Palikhe 41

Pramod Rai 135 Winner

Sapana Ranabhat 41

Phurba Sherpa 135 Winner

Kedar Shrestha 38

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