Gari Khana Deu! & Bichar Dabali

present

Aspirations for Free Enterprise

a nationwide essay competition

While many of us stand in the sidelines, a lot of houses along the roads in Kathmandu are demolished to make way for bigger roads as government issued a road expansion program in 2012. A shopkeeper watches in silence as his shop is vandalized amidst spectators. What can he do? He did not register his shop for starters and has no insurance either. An aspiring entrepreneur gives up on his aspirations and takes up a 9-5 job. Why? He was tired of bribing the officials and the transaction costs were too high for him to be able to afford. An established businessman hires goons to keep political parties from extorting money from him during elections. He is tired of paying endless political parties when he knows neither of them have his prosperity on their agenda. These are but glimpses of what goes on with people who aspire to make an honest living.

There are endless of such tales that are never told because most of us think that our problems are ours’ alone, hardly ever realizing that problems as these can and are faced by many others. And there are also stories of hope and success—stories that stand witness to a country that can be made more livable. “Aspirations for Free Enterprise” is an initiative that looks forward to helping us all in not only understanding our problems but also in seeking solutions to the same.

Gari Khana Deu! – A campaign for livable Nepal and Bichar Dabali bring forth  an opportunity to share these stories, to voice these issues alongside innovative ways to deal with the endlessness of one or many of these issues that affect our ‘everyday’. All participants are asked of is to write a 1500-2000 words essay on Free Enterprise; the broader topics being Security of Life and Property, Rule of Law and Right to Enterprise.

CRITERIA/GUIDELINES

ELIGIBILITY

  • You need to be between the age group of 18-30 years.
  • Essays must be original and not previously published.
  • The essay needs to be written either in English or in Nepali. Entries in any other language will not be entertained.
  • Entries cannot be submitted for publication to any other print media concurrent with this competition.
  • Co-authored entries will be acceptable.

TOPICS

  • Rule of law: Positive steps to ensure better implementation of rule of law
  • Security of life and property: The status of property rights’ dispute and what can be done to ease up the situation
  • Freedom to enterprise: Entrepreneurship in relation to regulatory hurdles and Economic freedom and flourishing entrepreneurship
  • The essay can be written in any of the topics mentioned above; they can also be merged
  • The word limit for the write-up will be 1500-2000 word

ESSAY CATEGORIES AND WORD COUNT

  • The essay can be written in any of the topics mentioned above; they can also be merged
  • The word limit for the write-up will be 1500-2000 word

JUDGING PANEL

  • Anjan Kumar Dahal
  • Ashutosh Tiwari
  • Charu Chadha

JUDGING PROCESS 

  • Must submit it by the given deadline
  • Follow all the rules
  • All the essays will be evaluated by an independent panel of judges and their decision will not be reverted

 FORMAT

An entry will consist of a title page, biography, abstract, and the text proper.

    1. The title page should contain the title only.
    2. The biography immediately follows the title page. It should be no more than 1 page and should include applicant’s name, academic credentials, and contact information. During the judging process, the biography will be removed to make papers completely anonymous.
    3. The abstract page immediately follows the title page and summarizes the essay in a maximum of 200 words.
    4. The text proper (the essay) begins after the abstract.
      • Entries not meeting the word count requirements will be disqualified. If an entry is disqualified on the basis of word count, it may not be re-submitted.
      • In calculating word counts, the following elements will be included: the basic text of the essay; epigraphs and any other quotations in the beginning, body, and end of text; bullet lists, text boxes, and the like; and headings or subheadings within the text.
      • The following elements will not be included: title page, table of contents (if any), biography, abstract, tables, illustrations, endnotes/footnotes, appendices, and bibliographies.
      • Main points should be made in the text proper. Reliance on discursive or explanatory endnotes/footnotes may be considered bad form and judges may downgrade essays that make repeated use of such notes.

                      5. The text should follow the format of a scholarly research paper (not a bullet paper, talking paper, PowerPoint briefing, etc.):

      • No essays will be downgraded for style per se, but an inconsistent or unclear style can be distracting and detract from overall quality.

JUDGING CRITERIA

Judges will evaluate essays using the standards of quality that they apply to traditional academic writing, with emphasis on the following:

    1. Innovation—Does the essay bring something new to the table? Does it show a unique take on the existent problems and innovative approaches to tacking them?
    2. Feasibility—Is the concept practical? Does the essay propose a project or concept that could realistically be applied?
    3. Clarity of Thought and Purpose—Does the essay clearly define a problem and present a solution? Does it show thoughtful analysis?
    4. Persuasiveness—Is the essay logically organized, well written, and persuasive?

SUBMISSION OF ENTRIES

  • The electronic copy of the essay need to be sent in MS-Word format
  • Entries must be sent to info@livablenepal.org before or on 15th December, 2014  January 31, 2015. (Deadline Extended) 
  • Gari Khana Deu and Birchar Dabali hold joint rights to publish and republish the write-up as per deemed necessary with due acknowledgement to the writer.
  • The winning essays (Winner and Runner up) will be published in a national daily.
  • Top ten essays will be featured in an e-book that will be available for download.

PUBLICATION RIGHTS

    1. Submission of an essay to this contest will be considered acceptance by the author of this publication policy.
    2. Essays may not be entered in the competitions if they have previously been submitted for publication, accepted for publication, or published in another printed or electronic journal, book, or other publication.

 WHAT WILL THE WINNERS GET?

1st Prize: NRs. 25,ooo

2nd Prize: NRs. 15,ooo

3rd Prize: NRs. 10,000

 2 Consolation prizes: 1 mobile phone each