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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, 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…

Bureaucracy & Corruption In Nepal, Social Justice, Structural Issues

Singha Durbar: The “Singha” That’s Lost Its Roar?

Reading Time: 8 minutes Neither the physical structures and the state Singha Durbar is in nor those working inside the buildings in the complex on our behalf represent the country of Nepal. Those employed inside those compounds can’t even maintain the facade of the main structure! The complex needs cleaning. . . . → Read More: Singha Durbar: The “Singha” That’s Lost Its Roar?

Casteism, Social Justice, Structural Issues

Social Justice: Politics of Dignity And Equity

Reading Time: 2 minutes Parts of Professor Thorat’s presentation at the Politics of Dignity and Equity: Dalits in Nepal symposium. He talked about some of the issues faced by Dalits in Nepal, their remedies, including lessons learned from India. . . . → Read More: Social Justice: Politics of Dignity And Equity

Casteism, Social Justice, Structural Issues

“Tell Me, Where is Ethnicity-based Discrimination in Nepal?!”

Reading Time: 6 minutes A meme, using completely false reasoning, tries to prove that there isn’t any discrimination in Nepal. But, ironically, in the way the the non-Khas-Aryas are characterised in the meme, the creator ends up outing himself or herself as a bigot! . . . → Read More: “Tell Me, Where is Ethnicity-based Discrimination in Nepal?!”

Equality, Social Justice, Structural Issues

There is Poor Representation…and Then There is Nepal

Reading Time: 7 minutes The incredibly homogeneous power structure of Nepal is an anachronistic slap in the face of the equally incredibly diverse population of the country. . . . → Read More: There is Poor Representation…and Then There is Nepal

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