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South Asian Regional Institute on the Study and Practice of Strategic Nonviolent Action

March 3, 2019 - March 9, 2019

An Asian Regional Institute on Study and Practice of Strategic Nonviolent Action, namely, Asian
Action Institute was conducted in Dhulikhel, Nepal from 03- 09 March, 2019. The major
objective of the institute was to learn about and reflect upon ways to achieve social change
through nonviolent civil resistance actions with its major focus upon the past nonviolent
campaigns and movements that created waves of social and political change in South Asian
region. The institute was jointly conducted by Centre for Social Change, Kathmandu;
Department of Conflict Peace and Development Studies, Tribhuvan University, Nepal;
International Centre on Nonviolent Conflict, USA and National Network of the Families of
Disappeared and Missing, Nepal.
The seven days of institute brought together 36 national and international academician,
practitioner, scholars, human right activists and other civil society members from 12 different
countries including Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Kenya, Ethiopia
and USA. The discussions onĀ general knowledge about dynamics and effectiveness of civil
resistance; study of national and regional cases of nonviolent campaigns; and collaborative
possibilities to come together as a region in order to develop strategic action plans for fighting
the social, cultural, economic and political grievances were some of the major highlights of the
program agendas.
As a means to enhance knowledge of local and international participants about the campaigns
that are effective in terms of introducing social change in Nepalese communities, a half day of
field trip were conducted in three different places, two in Banepa and one in Sindhupalchowk
regarding Dalit Right Movements; Land Right Movement, in support of Community Self Reliance
Centre and State of Ex- combatants in Nepal. The uniformity between all three interactions were
that the local campaigners and activists shared about how local issues emerges to be become a
national issue and gain concern from authorities and state bodies through the medium of
campaigns and alongside how these become successful in shaping the national issues of
The institute was started with the opening remarks from President of Centre for Social Change
Dr. Prakash Bhattarai; Institute Coordinator Mr. Pawan Roy; Senior Director for Education &
Research of International Centre on Nonviolent Conflict, Dr. Maciej Bartkowski; the Vice
Chancellor of Tribhuvan University, Dr. Shiva lal Bhushal, National Network of Families of
Disappeared and Missing, Nepal, Mr. Ram Bhandari. Besides, various resource persons from
India, Pakistan, Nepal and USA joined to advance the sharing and teachings based on their
years of experience and expertise that allowed participants to learn as well as build a network
that is expected to add value to their professional journey in years to come. Equally enriching
were two panel discussions joined by Dr. Migrendra Karki, Director Centre for Nepal and Asian
Studies, Tribhuvan University; Honorable Dr. Deepak Prakash Bhatt, Member of Federal
Parliament of Nepal; Ms. Deena Uphadhaya, Central Committee member Nepali Congress on
the title Nonviolent Resistance Movements and its Impact on Political Transformation in Nepal
and likewise by Mr. Ram Kumar Bhandari, NEFAD, Nepal; Dr. Dinesh Prasai, Lecturer, Central
Department of Sociology, Tribhuvan University; Ms. Stella Tamang, Nepal Transition To Peace
Institute; and Mr. Tula Narayan Shah, Madhesh Expert on the title Nonviolent Resistance
Movement and its Impact on Socio-political Change Process in South Asia.

At the backdrop of the institute, it is essential to reflect upon the importance of conducting such
program and creating a platform at current in South Asian region bringing all the professionals
as well as practitioners together because it provided them an opportunity to accost the issues at
hand and explore the possibilities of regional peace and coordination. Indisputably agreed
among the national representatives from different countries was the idea that nonviolence can
be a means to achieve as well as promote sustainable peace in the region.



  • CSC
  • ICNC