Monday, 28 March 2022

Why I became non-Buddhist and a non-believer of the concept God?

Though I was born in an ethnic titled "Tamang" that is considered Buddhist in Nepal culturally as well as ideological belief system wise like individual or family, who follow Hinduism ideological belief system considered Hindu, Christianity culture and belief system follower considered Christian and Islam culture and belief system follower considered Muslim by birth. In my understanding fact, by birth everyone is born as an atheist with clean and clear mind but family members and society made innocent and ignorant child theist imposing parental dogma on them during process of socialisation. I realised this is the first crime any parent can do and has been doing against humanity indoctrinating theological dogma to their innocent and ignorant child's mind without any intention instead due to lack of their own ignorance and delusion. Any parent who wants their child better and bright future no child should be made any theological dogmatic but family members and society do so indoctrinating parental belief system from the very early stage of socialisation process. In the same way, I also became a Buddhist by birth without knowing what actually Buddha, Buddhism and Buddhist mean. 
B. F. Skinner Quotes | QuoteHDHowever, I decided not to be a dogmatic theological believer since my youthful adolescent age became I used to question to myself why we have to do ritualistic worshipping activities in daily basis and also time-to-time why we have to invite Buddhist religious leader known as Lama to do worshipping activities requesting them to read different purposeful holy scriptures section which my mothers used to do so. By doing so we had to respect them as a holy-man, pay remuneration of their ritualistic service and also provide special foods and drinks to those Lamas, that were indigestible to me. Therefore, I used to question to myself why we had to do this, how about those family members who can afford to do so and provide such luxurious treatment to those Lamas. Besides, on the day of a prince Siddhartha Gautam Buddha was born, which is called Buddha Jyanti I noticed that animal scarification ritualistic activities are performing every year which was very much indigestible to my youthful mind. These made to think differently and decided to not to be a religious person unless and until I don't understand why such religious activities have been carried out and why God not just Buddha but else are not helping poor, ill and sick people. I also decided not to worship any God visiting temples and monasteries and put red colour religious symbol called "Tika" on my forehead. This is because in the context of Nepal and Indian societies especially in domination of Hindu cultural practice it is considered the symbol of religious person if any put red colour "Tika" on their forehead. Because of my such attitude and behaviour my network friends used to ask me whether I am an atheist or Christian. I even didn't know what atheist mean by then so I used to object them saying I am not a Christian but I don't trust and believe on any religious worship and ritualistic activities.  

My journey in making a difference in the lives of childbearing women and their infants in Nepal.

Before I embarked on the journey of Australian Alumna as a nurse, I already had a rich first-hand experiential learning from grassroots women since 1996, ranging from clinical to community settings assuming different roles and responsibilities in hospitals and development agencies. Because of this, I decided to pursue my career in the public health area thus applied for the Australian Development Scholarship, which I secured for 2004. In March 2006, after completing the Master of Public Health programme at the University of New South Wales, I returned to Nepal with new analytical, insightful knowledge and enthusiasm to make a difference in the development sector issues that I was passionate about for which I had done my major project work during my master's programme. Immediately upon return, I sought an opportunity to exploit my knowledge and skills, so I joined the private college where I was lecturing for bachelor public health and Bachelor of Nursing Students. However, I was not happy with what I was doing because I wanted to act in the ground reality to make a difference in women's lives and their families. Most importantly, I was seeking an opportunity to do something altruistic and profound in my life based on my personal and professional interests. One day I came across the National Policy on Skilled Birth Attendants 2006. It mentioned that "the role of non-government sector and private sector NGOs, the private sector and communities will be encouraged to establish maternity hospitals and community based ''birthing centres'' by mobilizing their resources. These facilities could be used as midwife-led training sites." and in the same policy's long term (pre-service) strategy, it has also stated that "Ministry of Health and Population is in the process of initiating a new cadre of Professional Midwife (PM) as a crucial human resource for safe motherhood, providing service and leadership in midwifery for the country." These two statements became my inspiration to move on in my personal and professional interest to perspire. To start with forming a group of 15 female health professionals, I established the first and only nurse-led stand-alone birthing centre known as a Basic Maternity Service Centre in 2007 with our own out of pocket expenses, contributing NPR 100,000 per person. After gaining almost three years of first-hand experience of managing the centre, I realized the need for establishing a professional association to advocate and lobby with the government of Nepal to produce a midwifery workforce in the country to provide leadership in midwifery. Acknowledging this, with the group of 11 nurses working in nine different institutions, representing both clinicians and educators, I led to establish the professional association of midwives known as the Midwifery Society of Nepal in 2010. Meanwhile, I realized I lacked leadership skills while leading and managing the birthing centre. Therefore, to develop my leadership skills and explore the gender power relations in sexual and reproductive health, I applied for the Australian Leadership Award in 2010. Being strategic to my vision, mission and objective, I approached and requested Tribhuvan University Institute of Medicine Maharajgunj Nursing Campus academic associate professor, Kiran Bajracharya, to take up the President's role to agree. I also reassured her to take up two terms of three years each, and I assumed the role of join-secretary. Before I went to Australia to pursue my doctorate program, I had an opportunity to support, empower and secure the fund from UNFPA to operate the activities to advocate and lobby for a midwifery education program to start in Nepal. Subsequently, we were able to receive the global midwifery twinning project with the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) the U.K. through the International Confederation of Midwives. After being in Australia together with President, I attended the skype meeting with the RCM team, who informed us that Nepal had been awarded for the said project for three years, starting from 2012 to 2014. During my fieldwork in Nepal for seven months in 2012, I contributed my half time for my fieldwork and half time to our midwifery related matters to advocate and lobby with the concerned stakeholders to kick off the midwifery education program. Upon returning from Australia and completing my doctorate program in April 2015, I engaged in the mega-earthquake relief work establishing temporary birthing shelters in the districts (in Nuwakot, Dadhing) Sindhupalchowk) severely destroyed by the 2015 mega-earthquake while in-between my midwifery advocacy and lobby continued with concerned stakeholders. Successively, Kathmandu University started the Bachelor of Midwifery education program in 2016, followed by the National Academy of Medical Sciences in 2017, Karnali Academy of Health Sciences in 2018 and B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences in 2021. As of now, two batches of midwife students have been graduated, and currently, there are 25 professional midwives in Nepal from zero in 2010 when we established the association. In 2019, I assumed the role of President of the association. From Feb 2016 to Feb 2020, for 4-year tenure, I was nominated by the Ministerial Council as a board member of Nepal Nursing Council, which is the regulatory body for both nursing and midwifery professionals. This enabled me to work on the scope of midwifery practise midwifery code of conduct and set up a national licensing examination for midwifery graduates. In the last 14 years of my journey in striving to put the government of Nepal policy for the production of dire need a critical human resource, midwife for safe motherhood into practice, my dreams are also coming true progressively. This will help uplift Nepalese women’s overall sexual and reproductive. I have been involved passionately since I embarked my career in the development sector in 1996, joining the Women’s Rehabilitation Centre (WOREC). Empowering Nepalese girls and women from the womb to the tomb has become my life dream once I started by journey in the development sector so that no girls and women have to suffer from any sex and gender-based discrimination, domination and disadvantaged in their lives. I realized that only professionals in the health sector that can do is not other than midwives as per the global evidence of the last 300 years from Sweden to the United Kingdom. This is why I have been engaging to produce a well-trained professional midwife in Nepal with perseverance. It will bring lasting change in the lives of childbearing women and their infants in Nepal even when I will be no longer in this world.

Modern Nepal's ancient childbirth practice still exist: Manifestations of violence against women during childbirth

Yesterday (27 March 2022) early in the morning at 7:47 am my near and dear obstetrician and gynaecologist (OBGYN) friend who also happened to be a licensed advocate shared me this picture in my messenger. Seeing the picture I could not write anything to her for a while and then after awhile I replied her saying, Brave lady! In an animal world that's normal and natural physiological process but in the human society world people had fantasized childbirth." I could not stopped myself and trying to find out the authenticity of the picture that has been shared via Swasthyapati facebook page stating, "A woman giving birth on the way to Bajura district. Lack of healthcare, illiteracy, lack of road transport and inaction of the responsible bodies, such incidents are still repeated in Nepal today. Photo: Prakash Singh- Bajura"
I wrote to the Swasthyapati in the messenger requesting to provide the contact of Mr. Prakash Singh who took the picture. But I could not stopped myself waiting to get the answer so I searched in the facebook to Mr. Prakash Singh then I came across his facebook page. Quickly first of all I went through is profile and came to realized that he is a journalist working for different media houses, for example, Editor-in-Chief at Badimalika Khabar, Reporter Nepal Television, Himal Khabar, and Himalyan Times. I dropped the message introducing myself and requesting his contact number. In between my OBGYN friend replied to my comment questing, "Fantasized!?" I replied her saying, "Yes no doubt about it because of the over commeralization of childbirth." and I personally thanked her for sharing the picture then called her. Then we decided to meet at 11:00 AM. Once we met at at her workplace we discussed about the case secanario and explored about what we can do to stop similar incident to take place in the near future. Besides, I wrote an email to the concerned authorty of the government of Nepal and stakeholders with the same subject of this post, "Modern Nepal's ancient childbirth practice still exist: Manifestations of violence against women during childbirth." Dear respected duty-bearers and human rights advocates, Namaste! In modern Nepal ancient childbirth practices still exist but our policy makers and planners don't care about it since they love to preserve and protect ancient practices that prove from their action and/or inaction. This is manifestations of violence against women during childbirth. Below picture from Karnali provice's Bajura district of a woman giving birth on the way depicted that because of lack of access to maternity care, illiteracy, low women status, lack of road transport and inaction of the duty bearers, inhuman practices and incidents are still exist in the modern Nepal despite we have good number of development agencies working for safe motherhood, road construction and education sectors but women in a rural and remote Nepal lives have not changed that much in the last 20-30 years sadly to say.
According to the National Policy on Skilled Birth Attendant's Long Term Strategy Since 2010 we have been tirelessly advocating for the development and deployment of midwifery workforce especially for rural and remote Nepal in order to prevent this kind of incidents from happening in modern Nepal. But we have been facing problems from policy makers and planners even implementing the government of Nepal policy to put into practice so that our rural and remote poor women don't have to give birth like ancient time Nepalese women or animals in a very inhuman manner. Isn't this violation of human rights of women during childbirth? Violation of human rights in childbirth has to be stopped as early as possible by the government of Nepal as a duty brear. Right holders, childbearing women's rights have been violated by the government of Nepal even in this 21st century modern Nepal despite it has been stated in the Constitution of Nepal to be ensured then how can we expect healthy mothers and healthy babies for the nation building process by improving maternal and newborn health in this country? I strongly urge the government of Nepal and concerned stakeholders to support the government of Nepal to put into practice what has been ensured in the Right to Safe Motherhood and Reproductive Health Act 2018 so that our childbearing women and their newborn can be survived, thrived and transformed according the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016–2030). We know that the SDG goal relating to safe motherhood won't be attained by 2030 but at least we can strive for it in the next 8 years.
Thank you and look forward to taking action proactively so that next time we don't have to read or hear any incident like this. At 12 noon Mr. Prakash Singh has shared his contact number then I called him and decided to me him today at 11 AM since he leaving today for his work station in Karnali province. As a responsible person and right holder it is my right to educate both duty bearers to fulfil their duty and to the right holders to educate and empower them to exercise their rights so that no women have to left behind like this rural and remote Bajura district childbearing women had to even in this 21st century. I felt that she has been treated like an animal by her family, society and state that's why she has to give birth in such a condition which we hardly can imagine and think in this 21st centruy era.