iraha, NEPAL, SOUTHERN ASIA: Sanju Kumari Das is a petite, soft-spoken woman, but don’t let that fool you. Hailing from Siraha, a volatile district in Nepal’s eastern Terai, this formidable 26 year-old commands the attention of political giants, helps end nationwide strikes, and is one only a handful of female radio show hosts in Nepal.
Sanju is a producer for the Farakilo Dharti (FD) franchise, one of Search for Common Ground‘s peacebuilding radio talk shows in Nepal. While some talk shows hook listeners by inciting fights between guests, this weekly half-hour program does exactly the opposite; it promotes a culture of collaboration and reconciliation by holding solution-oriented dialogues between conflicting parties. Sanju has undergone Search’s peacebuilding training and applies the common ground approach to disputes on the program.