When a hill high caste Hindu counters a member of another caste describing the challenges in their lives because of the caste they are born into by saying that they too struggle and have had to work hard to get as far as they have gotten in life, they are basically making a false-equivalence argument. What is a false-equivalence argument anyway? I go into the details by using an analogy -- that of climbing Mount Everest.
Being told again and again that very little or no caste-based discrimination exists in Nepal, I started documenting, on Twitter, news reports about just that -- caste-based discrimination. The articles I shared in the tweets were mostly about discrimination and mistreatment of Dalits, the lowest caste. In this blog post, I have reproduced all the tweets in that thread.
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.
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.
A nepalese movie actor makes an interesting discovery about Nepalese society through the acts of a number of different people.
Video of April 2014 Rosenfield Program presentation at Grinnell College. It covers the plight of marginalized groups, such as Dalits, women, Tharus and Tamangs both in the country and abroad, and what COMMITTED is doing about it all.