Every Sunday 11 AM Union Square
Tomorrow will be the third Sunday in a row. Granted the first Sunday was in Chinatown at the Dumpling House on Lafayette. But the last one was at Union Square. My emphasis was on dumplings, momo. Sarahana knew of this place called Darbar East at 14th Street and 1st Avenue. It is a Nepali restaurant, officially Indian, but run by a Nepali, some Dhruba. But it only opens at noon on Sundays. So we met at Union Square until 11:40 then we walked over to the Darbar. Anil knew the owner. He called in advance. So we had hot plates of momo waiting when we got there. No wait time.
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Looks like two of the original numbers Sanjaya Parajuli and Anil Shahi can not make it tomorrow. Both are the leaders of the Alliance group that has done some credible job of event planning in town, hosting guests passing through town and such. But both have pledged $100 each to the Nepal 1000 effort. I expect them to become Leaders for the same down the line, perhaps Senior Leaders.
But then today I met Dr. Binay Sah for lunch at his place, a fellow Janakpuriya. And he is interested in coming. I am hoping the Sah couple will show up. He also pledged to become a Leader for the Nepal 1000 effort.
Divita Mehta could not make it last Sunday, but she emailed a few days back saying she will be there this Sunday. Divita is from Birgunj. She came to the US when 13, and now is on Wall Street. She has not pledged yet, but I am sure she will. She is the most militant Madhesi I ever met.
I think we should turn this into an open, every Sunday thing, 11 to noon. Then people will have the option to walk over to the momo place, or not. We are hoping a large crowd will gather there in Kathmandu, day in and day out, like in Ukraine last year. I think doing it at a small scale here in New York City will be a nice way to express solidarity. To send the message, we are with you.
If we can only grow to 10, maybe 30, maybe 100 people, every Sunday, for an hour. Maybe more people. When Nepal finally hits the world headlines, this Sunday crowd will be facing TV cameras, or so I would hope. But we don't have to. We will be video blogging on our own. The rest of the world can catch up at its own pace.
I like things open. I had a falling out with the closed Nepal Democracy Google group, 106 members, a few days back. (Nepal Democracy Google Group Does Not Believe In Free Speech) So I started my own open Progressive Nepal group. The theme is as follows: Peace, democracy and social justice have to go together to ensure a rapid economic growth for the country as a whole.
Openness and democracy go together. My idea of an organizational structure for this group does not look like a pyramid, it feels more like a cloud. There is this loose network. There is no center. The glow of an individual is that person's activity level. The most active are the brightest stars in the galaxy. And the glow is self determined. All book keeping is transparent, all discussions are transparent.
And the whole thing is also part of an experiment. If it will work in Nepal, it can work in other countries that are also clamoring for democracy. And the entire movement will be blogged. So the footprints will all be there. Future movements in other countries will have ready access to all the material. I feel like we are digging gold.
This is an experiment in non-violennce, also an experiment in democracy, because there is a major emphasis on internal democracy inside the movement, it is pretty much open source. This is an experiment in a war with communications technology. This is an experiment in effectiveness. This is an experiment in political innovation. This is an experiment in a seamless global effort: people in New York City should feel almost as involved as the people in Kathmandu. This is an experiment in reaching out. This is not just about Nepalis, but also friends of Nepal.
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