Formation of Progressive Nepali Forum in the Americas (PNEFA)

Mnepal
Progressive members of the Nepali community in the Americas,
particularly in North America, have created an organization – the
Progressive Nepali Forum in the Americas (PNEFA) – with the objective
of contributing to the movement for social justice in Nepal and abroad.
The organization responds to the increasing Nepali diasporic population
in this part of the world.

PNEFA seeks to promote sense of
social responsibility among Nepali Diaspora by providing information
and analyses about discrimination and exploitation in Nepal.  Most
importantly, we aim to link Nepalis living abroad with the social
justice movement in Nepal. We also believe the experience and
information we obtain in North America is worth sharing with our fellow
Nepali people, academics and organizations in Nepal for the cause of
progressive transformation of Nepali society. We especially seek to
support activities intended to do away with unjust social, economic and
political discriminations and exploitations upon the historically
marginalized, working-class Nepalis, who for so long have been excluded
from the already limited avenues for development.

We in PNEFA
make a commitment to actively promote equality of opportunities to all
in Nepal. We believe, first and foremost, in social equity. We strive
to improve the futures for previously marginalized caste, ethnic,
class, and religious groups in Nepal by bringing structural change
through peoples’ empowerment. We are also aware of the fact that, as
conscious members of Nepali diaspora, we have a special responsibility
to inform people from other countries about various forms of
exploitations and discriminations in Nepal, the efforts of people to
free themselves from the exploitations and discriminations and to
highlight the independence and territorial integrity of that
pluralistic nation.

PNEFA seeks your support in our efforts to help build new Nepal.

Abi Sharma,
President
Vancouver, Canada
abiksharma@gmail.com

PNEFA Officials:
1. Abi Sharma, BC – President
2. Santosh Thapalia, NY – Vice-president
3. Chandra D. Rai, ON – General Secretary
4. Bhanu Poudyal, BC – Secretary
5. Bijaya Adhikari, Ph.D., Ohio – Treasurer
6. Bikash Jaisi, WA – Member
7. Karsang Lama, MA – Member
8. Shambhu Katel, AL – Member
9. Subash BK, ON – Member

Advisers:
1. Chitra K. Tiwari, Ph.D., Virginia
2. Gopi Upreti  – New Jersey
3. Shailesh Shrestha – New York

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