What is the meaning of the novel ‘Atmaja’ written by you?Ø What is the meaning of the novel ‘Atmaja’ written by you?
There are various forms of violence against daughters in our society. The soul within the soul that loves itself and how to love society at the same time I have put in this novel ‘Atmaja’.
What message are you trying to convey?
·Whenever a person is born, his struggle starts from that time. It teaches you how to fight for success in the struggle. This is the basic message.
How much does it help to reduce the exploitation and oppression of women in our society?
I don’t know what the reader’s attitude is towards my book. But I understand the mind of the reader because I read a lot of books. I study, read a lot of novels and watch a lot of true events. But I don’t see that it includes everything from all places. I have tried to cover everything in my novel ‘Atmaja’. I have included women’s struggle and women’s love in it. While struggling, in some places one becomes detached from love. I have expected the readers to like and follow that love as well.
What kind of exploitation or harassment have you witnessed against women?
In our country today, many women are being exploited and oppressed. What we see directly is only a few percent. I got the inspiration from my father that I should speak out against the oppression and exploitation of women. I have been the Pradhan Panch for 25 consecutive years and I come from the Madhesi community. I was born and raised in Madhes. Since my father was a social worker in the villages of Madhes, I used to travel with him a lot. I used to look at the situation there in a very ironic way. When I was a child, I used to see injustice being done to women in the name of witchcraft. I have seen many times that some raped women should not speak out. That practice still exists today. Wherever the media has reached, it comes out, but where it has not reached, it is still hidden. Even now there is a veil practice in Madhes. At the time when the veil practice was started, it must have been done in a respectable manner. The exploiters of the society gave it a favorable continuity to rule. The rulers of the society are the men of the house. It is true that women oppress women at home. Looking at those things, I also felt that I must do something for the society. Even when I was involved in politics, I felt that I did not get success according to my ability and ability because there is violence against women even in political places or parties. There is also a tradition of leaving behind the deserving person and walking around with those who do not deserve. I have always stood against such tendencies. In my novel ‘Atmaja’, I have also raised the issue of exploitation in the family, exploitation in the society and exploitation in the name of religion. All in all, I have brought this ‘Atmaja’ as a novel.
How do you view the veil practice?
It depends on how we look at it or how it affects our society. According to what I have heard, the veil was worn to protect men from what they see.. Now it is associated with shame. The view that he is not ashamed if the veil is not kept is wrong. So now it should be called a bad practice.
Should the veil system be removed?
Definitely the veil practice must be removed. We can’t go to the army wearing a veil. If we go to the army or the police, there is no veil. But opening that veil does not mean that our society uses the word shame. The veil must be lifted.
The kind of harassment you have mentioned in ‘Atmaja’, how much harassment did you have to endure?
I am a daughter, I cannot lie that I have been harassed or exploited. I am also oppressed in the society as a daughter. I am also involved in politics, I am also involved in my own party. There are some such incidents that I have experienced while studying and getting education because I am a daughter.
Which category is your novel ‘Atmaja’ especially targeted at?
I have targeted this novel especially for 15 year old girls to 80 year olds.
You have explained the sufferings of the women of Terai Madhes, especially in Atmaja but how to reach the target group?
The first thing I do is reach out to the target group. Even before this, I have done door-to-door work myself. In the same way, I take this novel to Atmaja and at the same time I go door to door myself.
In Atmaja you have also raised the issue of Living Together, why?
Our society has a different view. It means that no man or woman should have a relationship with anyone. We still see in society that there has been a lot of exploitation in the name of marriage. It seems to be chained in the name of marriage. The two have not agreed but have been forced to stay in the same place. As a result, both are living in uncomfortable environments. Both of them need love from somewhere. Because love comes from the person you want, not from the person you don’t want. Then why not open the way for him? That is why we have to pave the way for Living Together.
In a society like ours, how can Living Together be taken lightly?
This is a matter of expansion. There are many such relationships in Kathmandu, but not seen outside. There are many such relations in Madhes too, but they have not been exposed. If it is not revealed then the society has not recognized it. It was recognized by our neighbors three years ago but the society has not been able to accept it yet. It happens slowly and it happens here too.
You have also brought a collection of poems in Hindi called ‘Tum Bin’, what is its main meaning?
Especially in this collection of poems, I have included things related to marriage. At the same time, I have said that people do not fail in life even if they fail in love. He must keep opening new paths. The girl is not only cheating on the boy or the boy is cheating on the girl, it is happening on both sides. But just because one loves does not mean that the other does not love. It is very difficult to control the eyes and the mind. Men like women but women may not like men. But love happens in everything. What we love can happen to every inanimate being. Its main message is that we should love everyone in the world, not neglect anyone.