Smita Magar was invited to an interaction with our interns here in the Internship Nepal premises. Smita is a journalist cum researcher in peace process, actually of Sri Lanka, but an abundantly informed and learned in the political back-story of Nepal. Smita was quite happy to come and interact with our interns on a busy Thursday morning as it is in Nepal. We had 10 interns eagerly waiting to hear Smita speak and share experience in our conference hall.
Everyone was excited, but more sort of expecting to gain valid ideas about the post-conflict situation of Nepal. Smita, herself from a conflict-hit village and family in western Nepal, was 8 years old during the Maoist insurgency. This havoc wrecked the village and her family was dissociated and displaced in several regions. So she is someone familiar with the terror that spread at that time especially to the rural areas of Nepal. She was greeted by our interns and after the brief introduction session, we started the interaction program. Smita started with how her experience was and what she felt of the conflict as a child back then. Interns started noting down the points she mentioned, that were vital to the framework of their projects. The conflict-zones of Nepal still face a huge crisis mainly due to the post-conflict dominance that still exists. The crisis might occur either in terms of scarcity or ignorance.
Smita, being an active journalist also spoke of how the Nepalese media coped and constructed the post-conflict balance that required to be done in the country. Media wasn’t as broad and dynamic as it was back then, considering the rarity of use of Internet and even telephones. In such cases, newspapers played an ever so important role in giving information to people and spreading awareness.Smita talked about all her researches on peace keeping process and post-conflict
situation of Nepal. After she finished sharing her knowledge that some of our interns quoted was so “deep and authentic”, we held a question/answer round.
Iterns placed their questions turn wise, most of them specially relating the atmosphere of Nepal with their own countries. Smita is a keen answerer too, we found out, mostly because she was so enthusiastic in unders
tanding the questions and delivering answers to them. After our interns’ queries were solved, we formally ended the session. We thanked her for sparing some time for us from her schedule.
Smita graced the morning solely with her presence, if not more with such an extensive knowledge she bears. Internship Nepal frequently invites professionals and learned individuals for interaction sessions like these.
Report By: Rajat Acharya