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Casteism, Social Justice

Excruciating Dilemma of Young Adult Nepali Couple

Reading Time: 3 minutes The story of two young Nepali adults in love but struggling with a dilemma that many like them do: they are from different castes and their parents don’t approve of their desire to get married and start a family. But the comments under their story on Facebook, where I found it, fills me with hope! . . . → Read More: Excruciating Dilemma of Young Adult Nepali Couple

In & Around Kathmandu, Social Justice, Structural Issues

Miss Nepal: “Be Beautiful…Be The Change”

Reading Time: 12 minutes Why do most of the contestants and winners of Miss Nepal beauty pageant belong to BCN (Bahun Chhetri Newar) trio of ethnicities?
My tentative answer is that they are the most privileged groups in the country, and the pageant is of the BCN, by the BCN, for the BCN! . . . → Read More: Miss Nepal: “Be Beautiful…Be The Change”

Social Justice, Structural Issues

Unleashing Nepal: The History of Rent-seeking Mentality

Reading Time: 5 minutes This section from Unleashing Nepal describes how the Birta and Jagir systems implemented by Prithvi Narayan Shah created cultural practices and values and shaped some of the attitudes of the upper caste males of the Brahmin, Chhettri and some Newar castes, which, still prevalent in one form or another, has been and continues to also be an impediment to social, economic and political progress. (Another consequence of the systems were to impoverish and marginalize the indigenous population of the country.) . . . → Read More: Unleashing Nepal: The History of Rent-seeking Mentality

Social Justice, Structural Issues

Nepali People by Job Applications

Reading Time: 1 minute COMMITTED, in the process of expanding, recently advertised fourteen different positions. Reproduced in this blog post are charts of the applications by age, gender, caste etc. . . . → Read More: Nepali People by Job Applications

Social Justice

From a White American Friend to Her Fellow White Americans on Addressing Racism

Reading Time: 5 minutes A reproduction of a really challenging and resourceful Facebook post by a White American friend of mine for White Americans about being White and addressing racism. I hope you find this as useful as I have, in spite of NOT being white, nor American. . . . → Read More: From a White American Friend to Her Fellow White Americans on Addressing Racism

Social Justice, Social Media

Propaganda Vilifying Madhesis

Reading Time: 5 minutes How much hatred must you have or feel for a people to vilify them like this?! These acts can’t be chalked up to just simple ignorance. . . . → Read More: Propaganda Vilifying Madhesis

Social Justice

A Nepali Rape Survivor Speaks out to “Shatter the Silence”

Reading Time: 6 minutes What is it like to be a girl-child victim of rape in Nepal? Here’s a personal story of a courageous victim who has now risen above the ordeal and has a touching and powerful message for us all! . . . → Read More: A Nepali Rape Survivor Speaks out to “Shatter the Silence”

Social Justice, Social Media, Structural Issues

Affirming Non-white is NOT Equivalent to Denying White

Reading Time: 2 minutes White privilege is something a white person enjoys by virtue of his/her skin color. No white person gets discriminated BECAUSE of his/her white skin color, the way a non-white person frequently is, for instance. No white person is denied something BECAUSE of his/her skin color, the way a non-white person frequently is, to give another example. . . . → Read More: Affirming Non-white is NOT Equivalent to Denying White

Social Justice, Social Media, Structural Issues

(Structural) Privilege And Khas Privilege

Reading Time: 5 minutes Structural privilege in Nepal is Khas privilege and, as such, enjoyed by all Khas Nepalese. No Khas Nepalese suffer BECAUSE they are Khas. That is a privilege ALL Khas enjoy. Non-Khas Nepalese, however, suffer in a number of ways BECAUSE they are non-Khas. . . . → Read More: (Structural) Privilege And Khas Privilege

Social Justice, Social Media, Structural Issues

You Can Lead a Horse, Even One With Blinders On, To Water…

Reading Time: 9 minutes A reproduction of a Twitter lesson on the reasons behind the inclusion debate that the Madhesis (and other indigenous Nepalese) are having with Kathmandu. . . . → Read More: You Can Lead a Horse, Even One With Blinders On, To Water…

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