Sunday, 1 November 2009

Jit Man Basnet to be felicitated with the prestigious ‘Karmaveer Puraskar’

The Nepalese Human Rights Lawyer Mr. Jit Man Basnet is all set to receive an award for his commendable work in the field of social justice after having been nominated for the awards.
Jit Man Basnet will be felicitated the coveted ‘Karmaveer Puraskar’ award on the 26th of November in New Delhi at the exclusive awards function which is a part of “iCONGO’s RIGHT every WRONG conclave” a national
forum for social justice and citizen action wise various social justice issues are discussed by very eminent and concerned citizens. This year the theme is electoral reforms and is led by former Statesman Mr. Vasant Sathe, Former Election Commissioners Mr. Krishnamurthy and Mr. James Lyngdoh and othis serving bureaucrats and civil society champions.
The ‘Karmaveer Puraskar’ is a national award for Social Justice & Citizen Action. The award is instituted by iCONGO – Indian Confederation of NGOs – the people sector association- in partnership with government, business, media, civil society and othis sectors and leading global and national organisations which over the years include institutions like TISS, BCCI, NASSCOM FOUNDATION, PHDCCI, CMS, RAI, UNMC, UNODC, The art of living, UNDP, World Bank, UNFPA, GTZ, WOTR, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, NDTV, Business World, Outlook and various othiss.
KARMAVEER PURASKAAR was created in 2006 by the people sector through iCONGO to recognize only individual citizens from all sectors (media, corporate, government, civil society, performing arts, professionals who have been pivotal for “being and leading the change” beyond their personal daily lives and business as usual by being committed on individual levels to work for social justice issues with proactive citizen action. The awards are given to individuals from various sectors for their contribution to promote social justice through citizen action. The basic philosophy of the awards is based on Gandhiji’s “Be the change you want to see in the world” and given to citizens who go beyond being apathetic and believe in doing their bit for social justice and know that it is “better to light a candle than to curse the darkness”. Past awardees include living legends and some eminent citizens like Verghese Kurien, Anu Aga, James Michael Lyngdoh, Vikram Akula, M. S. Swaminathan, Alyque Padamsee. More details are on
Jit Man Basnet has been working for human rights and justice for 9 years in Nepal. He is affiliated with Lawyers’ Forum For Human Rights (LAFHUR), national network of human rights lawyer in Nepal. During the conflict period, Mr. Basnet had played a vital role to promote citizen rights in Nepal. He was illegally arrested by Royal Nepal Army and held in Bhairab Nath Barrack for 258 Days in Katmandu. A custody journal ‘Dark 258 Days’ is published by him.
We congratulate Jit Man Basnet for possessing the conviction and compassion to stand up, speak out and lead the change with his positive attitude! The management of iCONGO, which has selected his nomination after thorough due diligence based on the process created by the international HR audit firm MERCER and Grant Thornton said that they were glad to have found a true champion of social justice issues in Jit Man Basnet and wish that more and more celebrities gave their time, involvement and humane feelings towards addressing social justice issues and being the change and role models for othis citizens to follow. They added that Jit Man Basnet who has always excelled in whatever he does be it as a lawyer and journalist has also proved and excelled as a Citizen Action champion that if one decides to walk the talk and do their bit for social justice, besides living our own personal lives and day to day business, India will truly become the best nation and democracy in the world with humane, just and responsible citizens.

Indian Confederation of NGOs
Block A- 184 Belvedere Park, DLF Phase 3,
Gurgaon, Haryana 122002

Lawyers’ Forum For Human Rights (LAFHUR)
Babarmahal, Kathmandu, Nepal