The Foundation for Critical Discourse Nepal (hereinafter shall be referred to as the FCD Nepal) was established in 2019 as an institution dedicated to working principally for the academic-political education and enlightenment of the left students, leaders, cadres, activists, authors, etc. through discourses on a multitude of subject matters related to emancipatory theory and praxis of past, present and future.
The conception and formation of the Foundation ensued primarily from a strongly felt imperative to intellectualize the left leaders, cadres and supporters by engaging them in critical discourses. The imperative of intellectualization was felt given the fact that a huge mass in Nepal is gravitated to and active in the left politics—which, however, desperately lacks understanding of necessary theory and praxis or inculcated with frozen ideologies, which, consequently has impaired the genuine left movement and politics. The Foundation is conceived on the idea that emancipatory movement and transformation requires, inter alia, an adequate number of people who constantly engage in a process of intellectualizing themselves and others and, thereby, the whole movement. We believe, and practices and experiences also confirm, that emancipatory movement has suffered, among other, from the intellectual unpreparedness of party, leaders, cadres and the masses—that is, from a poor understanding of historical and material conditions and corresponding lack of cognitive ability to see the feasibility and suitability of emancipatory politics in a given space and time.
The ultimate normative commitment of the Foundation is human emancipation—a condition in which “freely associated men” rationally decide and conduct their collective affairs. We firmly believe that human emancipation entails, in both the means and the end, a condition which ideally approximates the universal pragmatics of critical discourse. Accordingly, the idea of self-determination and of self-emancipation as collective and rational process can be practiced and secured only in discourse. Hence, we are committed not only to promote the theoretical idea of discourse but also to practice it in collective self-education and self-enlightenment. Put it simply, both the teleology and methodology of our pedagogy are critical discourse. Methodologically, we engage ourself in critical discourse; and teleologically, the end of critical discourse is to contribute to creating a human condition in which discourse can realized itself fully—which is emancipated human condition.
Generally, the Foundation has high regard for all philosophical traditions which emphasize the importance of reason and enlightenment in securing human freedom. Specifically, we consider Marx more inspiring, and radical when it comes to conceiving relation between philosophy and emancipation. Marx famously said: “As philosophy finds its material weapon in the proletariat, so the proletariat finds its spiritual weapon in philosophy.” For Marx, a theory becomes material force as soon as it grips the masses. But an emancipatory theory must of theory of the masses, their own theory. When does a theory grip the masses as their own creation, determination and power but not as an alien force? Our answer is: When a theory originates from or is agreed upon in the process of discourse in which the masses desiring and seeking self-emancipation engage.
The Foundation is prepared that it will have to go through oddities, constraints and obstacles given the fact that in the present-day capitalist world, the power of capital has suppressed reason and enlightenment; and consequently, discourse as theory and practice has frustratingly been distorted, bottlenecked and sidelined, begetting the crisis of reason. However, we firmly believe that interventions are imperative as well as creative responses to conditions of crisis: crisis calls for and gives impetus to transformative action. The Foundation is reasonably optimistic that it will carry out its unshakable commitment and relentless engagement in a multitude of discursive activities, locally, nationally and globally.
The Foundation is committed to creating and expanding critically informed and educated political intellectuals necessary for the improvement and consolidation of the genuine left forces in Nepal.
The Foundation for Critical Discourse, Nepal is registered as a Company Not Distributing Profit (non-profit company) pursuant to sub-section (1) of section 5 of the Companies Act, 2006. The date of registration is the 24th of July, 2019.
The registration number of the Foundation is 219388/076/077. The permanent account number (PAN) of the Foundation is 609577549.
The Foundation is affiliated with the Social Welfare Council, the Government of Nepal pursuant to section 13 of the Social Welfare Act 1992. The date of affiliation is 29th July 2019. The affiliation number is 50442.
structure of the organization
The Foundation is a democratic organization with its general assembly as the highest body which is vested with the power and responsibility, among other, to determine its general policies and elect executive committee and chairperson responsible and authorized for executing policies whose term is normally four years.
The chairperson may appoint executive director or other personnel and staff as may be required.
vision and mission
The Foundation believes that a sizable portion of constantly self-educating and self-enlightening left citizenry (leaders and cadres) constitutes a necessary condition to drive, carry on and sustain an emancipatory project.
Therefore, the mission of the Foundation comprises contributing to emancipatory project by creating, sustaining and sharpening the informed and critical-minded left intellectuals, leaders, cadres and supporter.