The hands that once held weapons are now ploughing the fields. Hemnath Bhusal of Arghakhachi has left the path of bloody revolution and now dreams of a green revolution.
Bhusal does not want to pick up weapons anymore and has refused to go take part in the integration process. "Revolution does not necessarily come through the barrel of the gun," he explains. Convinced that it is not possible to change the country overnight, he has returned to his village with hopes of improving local livelihood through agriculture.
Bhusal has rented 1.5 hectares of land for five years in Thada VDC and begun commercial vegetable farming. He says proudly, "I have sold vegetables worth Rs 250,000 in the last eight months."
The farmer says he chose agriculture because he wanted to show the villagers that it is possible to make a fortune on their own soil instead of toiling abroad. "Young people in Arghakhachi are inspired by his determination," admits local social worker Motilal Belbase.