To love one´s country is to be honest
When I got to know the Sarwanam Theatre Group first and saw some clips taken from former plays, I was surprised about their offensive way to handle sensitive and problematique issues like violence against women. I began to wonder wether their attitude towards Nepal was a negative one. I wondered wether they always focused on problems and put their fingers in wounds. I asked myself if their philosophy was criticism only.
But after some time I came to the opposite conclusion:
in case you love your country, you can´t do him greater harm than to pretend everything is superfantastic. The worse the oppression, the louder are the cheers that praise the country.
The worse a dictator, the more he is fond of creating a false illusion of perfectness. And loves to be photographed with a child in his arms.
So in case you love your country and you want to change things to the better, if you want to create change that improves life for all, you have to dare to face the unpleasent aspects of a society and talk about them.
Being honest. This is the only way. Who profits if you remain silent? Only the ones who profit from injustice.
If you meet somebody like Mr Ashesh Malla who devotes his life and his energy on reflecting about problems and social taboos, on making them public and initiating an open dialogue, you can be sure that he is the one who loves his country most because he offers his home a real chance to face a better future.