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The median age of Nepal’s population is 22.9—most thriving population of our time. Should we feel proud about this? No! not-at-all, we don’t have any vibrant young labor force available to reconstruct our pain despite of being a young country.


– Pradip Khatiwada


Born in Sindhupalchok on 24th April 1991, to a reputed school teacher, Pradip Khatiwada has been an enthusiast. His sense of concern for the country is deep rooted from childhood itself. The peak of Maoist insurgency around 2002 had a huge impact in his Family posing a constant life threat. Pradip, at the young age of 10 was sent to Kathmandu away from family for a better education and most importantly a safer life. The unfamiliar city lifestyle and values disoriented him during his early years of stay in the capital city. Moreover, his shift to a polluted environment from a healthy village lifestyle made it more difficult for him to tune in with the city. Trying to adjust Pradip at the age of 17 published a poetry book “Buddha TimiPheriAau”. His poetry reflects contemporary and social issues of the country from his experienced, awarding him as a youngest poet.


“Deep within man dwell those slumbering powers; powers that would astonish him, that he never dreamed of possessing; forces that would revolutionize his life if aroused and put into action.” – Orison Swett Marden

Before being coined as an activist, Pradip after high school (SLC) thought of launching a new political force along with his friends. Nepal by then a secular, federal republic had replacing monarchy and was awaiting its irrevocable constitution. The infightings and want for power between the major political parties left the country unstable, creating a large vacuum between people and politics. The zeal to help the nation with whatever little they could a non -profit social institution Forum of Revolution & Community Empowerment (FORCE Nepal) was established. FORCE Nepal gained its raise in social sector when a documentary ‘People’s in Constitution’ film showcasing civics’ literacy among ongoing constitution making process. It was aired at the Centre for Constitutional Dialogue (CCD) within the lawmakers, youths and civil society representatives.


“You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case.” KenKesey

The success story of efforts made by FORCE exposed Pradip to a whole new world of media and politics. His activeness during the promulgation of constitution (2011) brought an offer to run a countdown series ‘SabhdhanSambidhan’ through Himalaya Television. The series was aired 30 days and ultimately slumped as the country failed to draft its constitution within its given deadline. Pradip here forward commenced the path of activism. On 2011 his two days long campaign‘Let us shine your shoe to shine the future of students’ raised funds worth 80k for the construction of green library at Jyotidaya School, Lalitpur. This was a youth lead campaign where 80 students gathered donations by polishing shoes of visitors at the malls at Kathmandu. The ardour towards social activism let him to be an integral part of various citizen led initiatives like Come On Youths Stand Up (CYSU), Nepal Unites &Bhaktapur Highway Green Movement (BHGN) expanding a huge range of social network nationwide.


The median age of Nepal’s population is 22.9—most thriving population of our time. Should we feel proud about this? No! not-at-all, we don’t have any vibrant young labor force available to reconstruct our pain despite of being a young country.



Having worked with a huge number of enthusiastic youths impacted him enough to realise that, a collective youth force can help in changing the face of our nation. On 2012, The Plastic Bags Ban’ mission was declared with the support of 900 volunteers from various institutions such as Nepal Scouts, Youth led organisations and Women groups. The following mission targeted SwastaniMela where 1.6 million devotees visited Sankhu. The campaign, first of its type in Nepal was admired by the local communities and was extended three consecutive years. For Pradip and his team this was a stepping stone for the bigger picture of a National Level campaign to ban plastic bags legally.

On 2012 Pradip started hosting ‘The Second Generation’- a talk show aimed to explore social, political and environmental issues concerning the youths. This talk show was a unique platform that features inspiring stories of the young generation where majority of Nepali media showcased much of politics, power and personalities. The Second Generation awarding him with a US based ‘Recordsetter’ book of world record for the “World’s youngest TV Talk show host with multiple Guest” title.

Meanwhile, in 2013 Nepal government decided to expand Chakrapath highway. During the construction process thousands of trees were chopped without any alternative measures. Focusing on the importance of trees in largely growing cities such as Kathmandu, Pradip launched ‘One Tree My Responsibility’ campaign. In less than two months, the campaign was declared as a ‘National Campaign’, where around 8000 school students from Kathmandu and Gorkha signed-up to be green volunteer and pledged to take care of a tree sampling each. To promote its global value and importance, “The Largest Tree Hug” event was organized on the World Environment Day, 2014. Here 2000 school students, more than 30 parliament members and environment enthusiasts came together to break the Guinness Book of World Record of Largest tree hug. The success story of the campaign was featured on Time magazine, Guardian, The New York Times, Yahoo and almost all the leading newspapers of the world.

Later that year Pradip joined Himalayan Climate Initiative (HCI) as a campaign lead of ‘No Thanks! I Carry My Own Bag’. HCI was declaring a national campaign to ban plastic bags ban. Hundreds of Green Warriors committed themselves to not use plastic bags their entire life. Institutes such as Educational, Private, Government, along with public spaces were declared plastic bags free zone. Celebrities were invited, 50,000 petitions were collected, and different activities like flash mobs, orientation classes were organised to create mass awareness. Similarly, a rapport was built with Ministry of Parliament group of Environment Protection Committee and Environment, Science and Technology bringing them in the forefront of campaign. Several dialogues were organised in between Government & Plastic Bags Manufacture Associations and finally law was endorsed on 12th April 2015.

25th April, 2015 twelve days after the ban, Nepal was struck by the devastating earthquake taking 9000 lives and leaving thousands homeless. Youths had a remarkable role in serving the nation with as much as helping hands as possible. Two hours after the catastrophe Pradeep was actively help and rescue. After three days he was appointed as The National Coordinator of National Volunteering Program(NVP) jointly governed by Government of Nepal and Civil society organisations. NVP deployed thousands of National Volunteers in Relief, Rehabilitation & Reconstruction efforts in the immediate aftermath of the Nepal Earthquake 2015.In his leadership, the program helped more than 15000 people with relief, constructed 700 resilient homes to earthquake victims.

At present Pradip is a part of Kathmandu Living Labs, as a Coordinator for ‘The Digital Volunteers’ with a mission to expand OpenStreetMap movement in Nepal. He keep writing different articles in contemporary issues of the country in the national daily, the Himalayan Times. 

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