Opinions have been hugely divided over Bibeksheel Nepali Party’s announcement of twenty-one year old Ranju Darshana to run for the Mayor of Kathmandu in the upcoming local level elections. The elections which take place on May 14 has once again gripped the country with all things politics. Darshana who is currently pursuing a Bachelors in Development Studies will reportedly be the youngest candidate in Nepal’s election history according to the party.

I believe that the people have given opportunities to so many politicians in the past with many failing to deliver their promises. Till this day, men who look frail and fragile continue to make decisions about the citizens of Nepal. Especially when they themselves are in ill health. I can sense a section of society at unease with the age of Ranjana, deeming her to be too young. However, young minds can have great ideas and drive – especially – the ones right now who are aware of their local problems but also understand the global world. I look forward to reading more about the local elections and I would be pleased to see more young people like Ranju Darshana vying for different positions, with the support of a strong effective political party.

What do you think? But before you THINK – why don’t you read Ranju and her teams manifesto (short) here – click here, or read the big vision – click here.

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  1. … although there have been Mayors much younger than her in other parts of the world I still think that she is too young and does lack significant real life experiences [i.e., a job/employment/occupation etc] required for the Mayorship of such a dense and diverse cosmopolitan with issues beyond imagination! I guess the party did not expect her to win, else they would have at least selected her for the post of the Deputy Mayor which is allocated to Female candidates. I wish her best!!


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