In Nepal, respect for teachers and administrators is instilled in student through the threat of violence, i.e. fear! That, of course, is despicable, just as Albert Camus says. Getting students to respect teachers is easy: just show them respect by listening to them.
The pronoun you use in Nepali to address a fellow Nepali can be an indicator of the level of closeness to the person. Curiously enough but not really surprisingly I have discovered that I don't really have a single Nepali woman who I can say I am really close to, no one I am very informal in pronoun and/or the language I use.
A society has a long way to go when people have or take a bigger issue with those highlighting, or expounding on, the issues than with the issues themselves. Nepal is one of those societies. I am sure there are a number of different reasons behind that, but here are some reasons. If we are to make social progress, we need to be have honest exchanges and conversations about the myriad issues our society is plagued by.
Sell hope to the utterly hopeless and desperate, they’ll buy it, NOT because they are stupid. Unless you have experienced extended or prolonged despair or, worse, utter hopelessness, you cannot imagine what that is like. And in these uncertain, stressful and, for many, desperate times of the coronavirus pandemic, many, I am sure have already been and will be victimized. The situation, unfortunately, will get worse, a lot worse, before it starts getting better for many. If you have not experienced utter hopelessness, hold your judgement of those who buy hope, however.
In Nepal's brand of groupism the most important and valuable functional unit is the extended family. That and following the dictates of the caste system means that we live and move within small social bubbles. Who one forms alliances with -- such as marries, works, socializes etc. -- depends a lot on ones ethnicity and caste. It's as if like we are tribes living in the hunter-gatherer phase of human evolution!
Outcastes, foreigners, according to the caste system, are supposed to be of lower status than Dalits, and therefore even more "impure." At one time, some category of them were treated as such. But no longer. Nepalis have changed their views of, attitude towards, and behaviors with them within a little more than a generation. When will we do the same when it comes to fellow Nepalis and stop discriminating against them so so much more?