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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Tough Talk with Dr. Ram Sharan Mahat

Posted by Anup Baral September 21, 2016 : sDr Ram Sharan Mahat (Former Minister, Finance and Foreign Affairs) in the program Tough Talk. This Program was aired in Kantipur Television on 21 September 2016 at 9:30 PM. Dr. Ram Sharan Mahat, a senior leader of Nepali Congress, combines a rare background of an active politician and a technocrat. Born in a middle class family in Nuwakot district of rural Nepal, he became politically active since early student days when he was imprisoned at the age of 14 while participating in a student demonstration. One of the leading student activists in his college and university days in Nepal, he was imprisoned several times by the autocratic monarchial regime in the sixtees and seventees. After his graduation in 1968 with a gold medal, he taught in a secondary school in the remote district in Lamjung and became its headmaster at the age of 19. In 1971, he became the General Secretary of Nepal Students Union, the largest students asociation affiliated with Nepali Congress – outlawed by the autocratic monarchil regime from 1961 until 1990.He did his Masters in Economics from Trivuban University in 1972 with a gold medal. Despite being selected for scholarship, he was denied an opportunity to go abroad for advanced studies by the Panchayat government because of his political background. Instead, he was incarcerated for two years (1973-75) under Security Act without any charge sheet. After his release, he went to Gokhale Institute of Economics in Pune, India in 1976 for his Ph.D under a Government of India scholarship. He completed his degree in 1979.
He campaigned actively for multiparty democracy in Nepal during the national referendum of 1980.He subsequently joined UNDP/Nepal as a programme officer and subsequently served as Area Officer in UNDP Headquarters Asia and Pacific Bureau in New York.He was also a recipient of US government’s Hubert Humphrey Fellowship 1987/88 and was associated with the School of International Studies of the American University, Washington DC. In 1989, he was assigned as coordinator for UNDP’s Afghanistan cross border programme based in Islamabad. After Nepal’s political change in 1990, he resigned the UNDP job to join full time politics in 1991.

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.