Friday, 12 August 2016
Sushila Karki’s endorsement as the first female chief justice on July 10 by the Parliamentary Hearing Special Committee (PHSC) and her assumption of office the following day were widely reported in the press. The reasons cited were mainly two—she is the first female chief justice of the Supreme Court of Nepal, and the third woman to assume the high constitutional position after President Bidhya Devi Bhandari and Speaker of the House Onsari Gharti Magar. Indeed, that is sufficient cause for Nepalis to feel happy and proud.
But there is another underlying cause to make her appointment an important event not only in the legal history of Nepal, but also in the discussion of some complex issues. Karki boldly touched on those issues that were perhaps regarded as taboos. As a student of theory, I saw many more meanings in the defence and logic that she put forward to justify the appointment of Sapana Pradhan Malla as justice, for example. Three female justices including Mira Khadka taking up responsibilities put our position on a par with the most advanced democratic countries. Karki’s defensive dialogic presentation of the legal questions that encompassed diverse issues such as gender, fair justice and revivification of law was powerful.
Traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular life. You get to forget your problems/issues for a few weeks, it can also help you figure things out that you would not have understood without the distance traveling can give you. We all have crazy schedules, work and a family to take care of, going away alone or with some friends can give you distance and perhaps even make you realize how important these people are for you. Like the saying says: we never know what we have until we lose it.
Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. It’s nice to live life to its fullest and enjoy a stress free time with yourself. Going on vacation lets us recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life. When we come back we feel invigorated and we are happy to be back in our day to day routine. It’s a very good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.
Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, some cultures don’t have fries in their diet and they are all skinny, others use spices to give taste and not oils or fats. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is really interesting. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.