When Nepalis Use the Caste System to Make Others Suffer…with an Exception

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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?

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The origin myths behind Nepalis’ “खुट्टा तान्ने प्रबिधि”

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"Khutta tanne prabidhi" is the Nepalis' tendency to and practice of not only pulling others more "successful" down, but also actively preventing others from accessing that which may make them successful. Here are two origin myths that apparently explain how it started and affirm that practice!

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Caste Hierarchy, False-equivalence Argument, and Mount Everest

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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.

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Lost Friends, Lost Grandfather But Safe Cousin!!

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An incident last October brought back memories of the untimely death of my dear maternal grandfather (the same year my classmates ostracized me at St. Xavier's Godavari School). But determined not to let the same tragedy befall the cousin who had suffered a fall that October night, with help from his older brother, I defied the rest of the cousins to do as I saw fit.

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When “Gods” Don’t Help

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We have individuals in positions of authority who believe that images of Gods, Godesses and other religious figures can solve our problems with open defecation and urination in an area. How else do you explain what you see next to the Department of Passport on Kantipath, in Kathmandu?

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