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President’s Women Empowerment Programme starts in 26 districts: It aims to provide skill development training to Dalit, indigenous and marginalised women, by Samipa Khanal (kp 24/04/2017)

Women’s voices enrich public life: Building strong gender equal communities requires every individual citizen to stand firmly in the political landscape, by Valerie Julliand, Alaina B. Teplitz, Mashfee Binte Shams, Rensje Teerink, W. Swarnalatha Pereira and Ingrid Dahl-Madsen (kp 21/04/2017)

Rautes to be granted citizenship (ht 19/04/2017)

Women in politics: The way forward, by Ayush Joshi (ht 19/04/2017)

Inclusion and equality: Mind shift; Just as donors have pooled their strengths to establish Governance Facility, a similar Facility can be built to support NGOs committed to fight exclusion, by Simone Galimberti (rep 17/04/2017)

Men likely to dominate nominations in Bardia, by Nirmal Ghimire (rep 15/04/2017)

Parties struggle as women leaders are scarce among Thamis, by Ramesh Khatiwada (rep 08/04/2017)

Nepal leads South Asia in women parliamentarians (rep 03/04/2017)

Female turnout disappoints EC: Women job aspirants account for only 14pc of total 179,486 applicants, by Manish Gautam (kp 02/04/2017)

Road to Inclusion: Progress in inducting women into public service may be small, but in light of the country’s dismal history of inclusivity, it is a much welcome change, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 01/04/2017)

Federal election bill: federal election bill; Madhesis to get reservation for 20.9 percent seats, down from 31.9 percent in the Constituent Assembly elections when Madhesis, Tharus and Muslims were under a single category, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 28/03/2017)

Dalits in civil service: They got in through seat quotas, but they are no less capable and skilled than others, by Pradeep Pariyar (kp 28/03/2017)

Deliberation on inclusion commission bill begins (ht 22/03/2017)

Gender equality: The Nordic Model, by Kjell Tormod Pettersen (rep 22/03/2017)

Stakeholders bat for accelerated efforts to end gender imbalance (ht 21/03/2017)

Our first nations: There are compelling evidence to suggest that even before the Aryan and Mongoloid groups of people stumbled upon this place, it was occupied by Austroasiatic groups of people, by Abhinawa Devkota (kp 18/03/2017)

Khadka addresses UN’s CSW session (kp 17/03/2017) [??]

Up to the task: More struggle is necessary to get Nepali  women into real decision-making positions, by Bidushi Dhungel (kp 10/03/2017)

Mountain women The difference between a broken community and a thriving one is the presence of women who are valued, by Sunayana Basnet (kp 08/03/2017), Bold action now: In Nepal, while women work as much as men, the gender wage gap is still in the bottom half of the world ranking, by Valerie Julliand (rep 08/03/2017), Is women empowerment just women employment? If this day is to celebrate your and my achievements, then it does not need to be marked in the calendar, by Sambridhi Gyawali (rep 08/03/2017), Exemplary Muslim sisters empowering women, by Kalendra Sejuwal (rep 08/03/2017), Working on gender: We saw no representation of Himalayan women in history or literature, nor in the research and development sectors, by Chhaya Vani Namchu and Menaka Hamal (rep 08/03/2017), Championing their cause: We need to be more proactive in identifying true champions of women's economic empowerment in Nepal and build a strong coalition, by Gail Marzetti and Pukar Malla (rep 08/03/2017)

From safe motherhood to safe womanhood: Nepali women deserve to be recognised as complete human beings and equal citizens, not just as mothers, by Poonam Thapa (kp 07/03/2017)

Leave no one behind: Absorbing women into the labour market by reinforcing traditional gender roles is not empowering, by Sangita Thebe-Limbu (nt 03/03/2017)

Kids in Chepang village spend time playing in lack of school, by Ramesh Kumar Paudel (rep 02/03/2017)

PM pledges to raise Dalit issues at UN (kp 28/02/2017)

Musahars submit memo to PM, by Santosh Singh (rep 20/02/2017), Musahars lament lack of land ownership certificate, by Mahesh Kumar Das (rep 21/02/2017)

Visually impaired struggle to open bank account, by Rameshchandra Adhikari (kp 19/02/2017)

Move over, men: Women should be included in decision-making roles in the management of forests, by Basundhara Bhattarai (kp 19/02/2017)

Powerful Nepali women’s challenges: They have come to stand face-to-face with history in an unprecedented way, by Abhi Subedi (kp 19/02/2017)

From a guerilla fighter to humble Speaker, by Onshari Gharti Magar (kp 18/02/2017), We may have come a long way, but there is much to achieve: The feminist consciousness flourished after the restoration of democracy in 1990 and received ample focus  during the decade-long Maoist struggle followed by people’s movement and constitution-writing process, by Mohna Ansari (kp 18/02/2017), A ‘competent’ woman politician —a rhetorical excuse? High time we asked whether all men maintain the highest degree of competence, by Pranika Koyu (kp 18/02/2017), Women in politics: Nepal is among the only 10 countries in the world having a woman head of state, by Binod Ghimire (kp 18/02/2017)

Feminism in the margins, a Madhesi perspective: Madhesi women are not a topic of discussion, nor is their contribution acknowledged in the national discourse, by Rita Sah (kp 18/02/2017)

Questioning the Questions: Caste struggle against structural minds: Let’s challenge the system by re-imagining, redefining, re-narrating and retelling our story, by Sarita Pariyar (kp 18/02/2017)

Representation of women: The Nepali media sector, in general, suffers from patriarchy, by Sumina Rai Karki (kp 18/02/2017)

The scourge of stereotype: Even though their workplace is female dominated, the fact is that the most popular gynecologist in our country is a male, by Arpana Neopane (kp 18/02/2017)

Ladies first: Women now hold top management positions in various organizations, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 18/02/2017)

The choice is yours: Short-term Panchayat-era nationalism or long-term vision of Nepal owned by all? The seed of one language, one dress nationalism that Mahendra sowed, KP Oli tries to reseed as the ideological son, by Pramod Mishra (kp 16/02/2017)

Post-truth narratives: The elite want to regain sway over the bureaucracy by amending the inclusion policy, by Ramesh Sunam (kp 14/02/2017)

The marginalised: Toilet and school, still a dream for Musahars, by Santosh Singh (rep 14/02/2017)

Chepang folk deprived of housing aid (kp 13/02/2017)

Women in civil service: Women applicants ‘outwitting’ men in PSC examinations, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 12/02/2017)

Chepangs facing food crisis, by Keshav Adhikari (ht 12/02/2012)

Inclusiveness in Nepal and India: There are a number of lessons that Nepal can learn from India to redress historical injustices, by Mahendra P. Lama (kp 08/02/2017)

Broadening the Nepali mind: Events like the Nepal Literature Festival help counter aggressive nationalism and ignorance, by Pramod Mishra (kp 02/02/2017)

Local level election bill: Women, Dalit, marginalized representation to increase, by Ashok Dahal (rep 02/02/2017)

Idea of citizenship: We need to revisit the 1952 Citizenship Act in order to make Nepal a true republic, by Kalpana Jha (kp 31/01/2017)

Unequal by law: The constitution needs to be amended so that  people of all genders can receive equal treatment, by Sanjay Sharma and Tingyi Yang (kp 27/01/2017)

Nationalism Under Threat, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn 27/01/2017) [Which nationalism, male Tagadhari nationalism or the one that includes all sections of society and that still has to be invented?]

A nation still in the making: Ethnicity and nationhood need not be mutually exclusive, but Mahendra failed to create a multi-ethnic nation, by Deepak Thapa (kp 26/01/2017)

Times of confusion and fusion: Moderation and cultivation of multicultural, multilingual, multiethnic living is what Nepal needs at the moment, by Pramod Mishra (kp 19/01/2017)

Less equal: We must aim for a socially inclusive country that ensures the welfare of a broad section instead of serving few elites, by Giri Bahadur Sunar (rep 17/01/2017)

Inspiration as we rebuild: Venturing into masonry will improve women’s income and help them challenge traditional gender roles, by Pratibha Tuladhar (kp 15/01/2017)

Gender pay gap: What we can learn from global practices to reduce inequality in our workforce, by Tara Kanel (kp 15/01/2017)

Enact more women-friendly laws: Experts (kp 14/01/2017)

Making room: Accessibility and inclusion are a national  issue, addressing which will benefit everyone, by Simone Galimberti (kp 01/01/2017)

Dalit community submits 5-point demand to PM (kp 30/12/2016)

Toothless commissions: The proposed Madhesi, Janajati, Tharu and Muslim commissions have no real power, by Mona Ansari (kp 27/12/2016)

Workshop held to seek feedback on Muslim Commission Bill: Speakers call for revising the bill in order to ensure the rights of Muslims as per the spirit of the statute (kp 22/12/2016)

Democratising nationalism: Greater the perception of a threat to security, stronger the tendency to push in-group cooperation by excluding others, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp 21/12/2016)

Women deprived of opportunities: Yami (ht 20/12/2016)

National identity and belonging: Even those who are not at the borders of Nepal are often pushed to the borders of settlements, by David Gellner (kp 19/12/2016) [excerpt of his Mahesh Chandra Lecture "The idea of Nepal", als available as audio],

Partisan rift as search for new NEFIN leadership begins, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 18/12/2016)

Fifty years of partnership: Road to social inclusion in Nepal is long, but there has been marked progress, by Jose Assalino (kp 18/12/2016)

Question of empowerment: Caste or class?, by Atindra Dahal (ht 16/12/2016)

Trend of political violence: Women continue to suffer, by Hisila Yami (ht 14/12/2016)

Building durable peace: Women’s role is vital, by Sophie Kemkhadze (ht 12/12/2016)

Female staff at health ministry allege discrimination, by Bishnu Prasad Aryal (rep 10/12/2016)

Mindset needs to change: There are numerous obstacles to inclusive education for children with disabilities; Disabled people are often subjected to inhuman treatment and are largely perceived as requiring charity as opposed to rights, by Devdatta Joshi (kp 07/12/2016), Divorced women may not get property share in new Code, by Ashok Dahal (rep 07/12/2016)

Chepangs sans citizenship, by Pratap Bista (kp 04/12/2016)

Disaster management bill: ‘Govt committed to ensuring women representation’ (kp 01/12/2016) [Yes, please include one woman in a minor position, just as in the council of ministers!], Regional meet stresses need for gender-friendly DRR policy (ht 01/12/2016)

Agents of change: Knowing of the sacrifices women rights defenders make every day, let us commit to respect them, by Renu Adhikari Rajbhandari (rep 01/12/2016)

Caste in doubt: If the struggle is for the rights of everyone, how can that ‘everyone’ not include Dalits?, by Deepak Thapa (kp 01/12/2016)

Women leaders demand 50pc representation in Cabinet (kp 29/11/2016)

495 couples in Okhaldhunga get joint land deeds, by Kumbharaj Rai (kp 21/11/2016)

Where are all the women? An underlying reason for the low representation of women in  politics is a patriarchal mindset that permeates political life, by Avasna Pandey (kp 18/11/2016)

‘More women needed in all sectors for development’ (ht 15/11/2016)

The divide within: Invisibility of labourers in Kathmandu is compounded by their inability to negotiate with employers directly; The Madhesi migrant population in Kathmandu, heterogeneous as it is, remains outside the public fabric and does not participate in religious, communal or political events, by Dan V. Hirslund (kp 14/11/2016)

Nepalis and nationalism: Nationalism is best demonstrated by our responsibility towards the nation, by Meera Rajbhandari Amatya (kp 06/11/2016)

Bill proposes greater powers for NWC (ht 04/11/2016)

A ‘Madhise’ in the US: A Nepali waiter at an Indian restaurant was stunned when I told him I was a Nepali, by Bikash Gupta (kp 26/10/2016)

Diverse experiences: It is important to understand that empowerment can take different forms for different women, by Emma Karki (kp 21/10/2016)

Economic progress: Invest in 10-year-old girls, by Giulia Vallese (ht 21/10/2016)

SAsian women leaders meet with focus on empowerment (kp 20/10/2016), Women’s participation vital for economy (ht 20/10/2016)

The rightward drift: The majority believe that their identity is threatened by the new narratives of those pushing for change, by Pranab Kharel (rep 20/10/2016) [The dominant groups of male Bahuns and Chhetris are not a majority but a minority constituting not more than 15 per cent of the population!]

Shashanka Koirala demands referendum on Hindu state (ht 15/10/2016) [The statement by the NC General Secretary reflects the staunch conservative and anti-inclusive minding of many NC politicians!!]

Politics of exclusion: Lack of inclusion in Nepal’s political parties is a reflection of social realities, by Mukesh Jha (kp 06/10/2016)

A temple in Janakpur where women are not allowed (kp 05/10/2016)

Women leaders ask govt to honour 33 percent quotas (kp 02/10/2016)

Banking boom: Financial inclusion key to sustainable growth; Today, 45 percent of the BFI branches are located in the central region where the capital, Kathmandu, is located (kp 28/09/2016)

Proposed provision could further ‘limit women’s citizenship right’, by Dewan Rai (kp 26/09/2016)

Conference on gender equality, social justice begins (ht 23/09/2016)

Rajbhandari becomes NT’s first female MD (kp 23/09/2016)

Women representation: A year on, provision of 33pc unimplemented, by Pratichya Dulal (kp 19/09/2016)

First things first: The constitution cannot be an obstacle to finding a progressive solution to political and social problems, by Dipendra Jha (kp 14/09/2016)

In the driving seat: Apart from proportionate representation, women need to have rights to grant citizenship as men do, by Shreejana Shrestha (nt 02/09/2016)

Power to women: Male politicians still do not believe women to be as capable and deserving as themselves, by Bineeta Gurung (nt 02/09/2016)

A history of exclusion: People are excluded on the basis of language, caste, religion, region and culture, by Krishna Kumar Sah (kp 23/08/2016)

Beyond symbolism: Indigenous nationalities need substantive support, not tokenistic public holidays (kp 12/08/2016)

EC for mandatory one-third women representatives (rep 11/08/2016)

Will meet demands of indigenous people: PM (kp 10/08/2016), ‘National consensus must to address national issues’ (kp 10/08/2016) [National consensus must not mean consensus among the male Tagadhari elites of the different parties but consensus among all the different social groups of the country of which the male Tagadharis are only a small minority!!]

Language poses barrier to learning, by Anita Shrestha (ht 09/08/2016) [!! On the other side do politicians, administrators, journalists, etc. hardly have any knowledge of ethnic languages and cultures even though they prepresent the majority of Nepal's population!]

Of female justices: Three female justices taking up responsibilities put our position on a par with the most advanced democratic countries, by Abhi Subedi (kp 07/08/2016)

Women Commission in care of lone member (kp 06/08/2016)

Fee waiver luring women to hold land ownership (ht 04/08/2016)

Women at work: First woman chief justice is a milestone on Nepal’s road towards gender equality (kp 13/07/2016), Autumn of the patriarchy: Social justice, development and peace require Nepali women to be on equal terms with Nepali men in all fields (nt 15/07/2016)

Power and discourse: Lack of an inclusive education system makes Nepalis ignorant of each other’s cultures and ways of life, by Abhishek Mallik (kp 12/07/2016)

Widow woes: Widows are discounted in statistics, neglected by authorities and lost within the homogeneous women population, by Sumeera Shrestha (kp 23/06/2016)

33 percent women in parliament: Fears of representation turning into tokenism, by Pratichya Dulal (kp 19/06/2016)

Girl students continue to face discrimination, by Binod Ghimire (kp 07/06/2016), The battle continues: Nation should introspect and change its attitude towards educating girls (kp 08/06/2016)

Two-year ‘every last child’ drive gets under way: Campaign aims to reach the most deprived girls in the four target districts (kp 05/06/2016)

Mobilising women: Women’s centres help empower women to claim their rights and regain their footing, by Ayesha Shakya (nt 03/06/2016)

Equal but unequal: Prez Bhandari, Speaker Magar should clearly state support for women’s citizenship rights (kp 31/05/2016)

Minority report: Goverment should respect sentiments of minority groups in deciding national holidays, by Ramesh Khatry (kp 17/05/2016) [Another proof of the continued single ethnic identity based thinking of Nepal's leading party politicians!!]

Ban on women going for domestic jobs lifted: Women aged 24 and above will now be able to take up domestic jobs in the Gulf and Malaysia with help of selected recruiting firms (kp 13/05/2016)

Investing in women: The international framework on women's rights has been an important instrument on the road to gender equality, by Kirsten Geelan (rep 11/05/2016)

Discouraging participation of women in construction projects, by Yogesh Rawal (rep 10/05/2016)

Meritorious, not inclusive: The argument that a former member of one branch of the state is automatically disqualified from serving another branch is faulty, by Sheri Meyerhoffer and Adil Ali Khan (rep 10/05/2016)

The citizenship debate: Nepal's citizenship debate is stuck in whether it should be guided by an overarching global norm or if certain people deserve special treatment, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep 09/05/2016)

Recommendation of envoys challenged (ht 22/04/2016), SC issues show cause on ambassador nominations (kp 23/04/2016)

Tough going: Women politicians find themselves caught between the devil and the deep blue sea, by Narayan Manandhar (kp 17/04/2016)

Level playing field: It is critical that equal treatment for women start with constitutional provisions (kp 08/04/2016)

Women’s day, every day: Advancing the status of women is not only the right thing to do, it is also the smart thing to do, by Alaina B. Teplitz (kp 29/03/2016)

Girls are the future: It is time to unlock the potential of girls in Nepal and support their empowerment, by Gail Marzetti (kp 23/03/2016)

Old enough: In a 21st century democracy, as a voter, no one should be restricted from our opportunity to lead simply because we are "not old enough", by Ujwal Thapa (rep 23/03/2016)

Women in the woods: Nepal has a long way to go with regard to achieving gender equality goals in forestry, by Bhawana Upadhyay (kp 21/03/2016)

Meet calls for empowering women at grassroots level (kp 20/03/2016)

Congress puts marginalised communities on the margins, by Dewan Rai (kp 15/03/2016) [NC has missed the chance to turn into a progressive and inclusive party with clean and non-corrupt politicians as it is needed by the country!], Madhesi women in politics: Grooming at the grassroots urged (kp 15/03/2016)

Stand-up for women: Men and women should be seen as two wheels of the same cart, by Kajol Shah (kp 14/03/2016)

Caste away: Untouchability and discrimination cannot be ended without strong state intervention, by Ratna BK (kp 13/03/2016)

Equality in true sense: Removing traditional barriers to achieving gender parity needs greater priority in Nepal (kp 08/03/2016), For the women: The mainstream women movement has a long way to go before it can claim to represent ‘all Nepali women’, by Subha Ghale (kp 08/03/2016), Nepal still needs to give women wider roles: UN; The UN suggests the upcoming local elections need to be shaped by women as both equal voters and as candidates (kp 08/03/2016)

Call for gender-friendly programmes (kp 03/03/2016)

Women at work: KP Oli could have made significant strides in making the NRA gender-inclusive, by Basundhara Bhattarai (kp 01/03/2016)

More women leaders sought in politics (kp 25/02/2016), The feminist mystique: There is little recognition of the great diversity of Nepali women even in this day of identity politics, by Deepak Thapa (kp 25/02/2016)

Civil society demands proportional representation of Dalit community (ht 21/02/2016)

Careful reservations please: Reservation is but a small step to correct the  wrong that has been done to the marginalised, by Sanjeev Dahal (kp 21/02/2016)

Language barrier causing hassles in quake data collection, by Narahari Sapkota (rep 15/02/2016)

Show some empathy: It’s wrong to mock marginalised groups engaged in social justice movements, by Tirtha Raj Bhatta (kp 14/02/2016)

Words beyond Oliology: Oliology captures the essence of social tendencies that equates Nepali nationality with Khas-Arya communalism, by CK Lal (rep 08/02/2016)

Lost spirit of 2036: Intersectionality of class and ethnicity is the need of the day for the Nepali left, by Shreya Paudel (kp 26/01/2016)

Making it work: Nepali people desire to forge strong national unity above ethnic interests, by Anjita Parajuli (kp 21/01/2016)

Female officers man police station in Makwanpur: The station with nine officers is headed by ASI Dil Kumari Kafle, by Pratap Bista (kp 09/01/2016)

Karki becomes first woman JC member: Set to take the Supreme Court helm as female chief justice (kp 06/01/2016),
Breaking barriers: Women are under-represented in judiciary despite Karki’s appointment (kp 08/01/2016)

Who are we? If we can all rejoice in the richness of our collective cultural heritage, we will all be the better for it, by Deepak Thapa (kp 31/12/2015)

Social change through political empowerment? Nepal gets first female President and Speaker of the Parliament in 2015, by Ashok Dahal and Shreejana Shrestha (rep 31/12/2015)

Ensuring gender equality: Implementing policies a huge challenge: Study (kp 16/12/2015)

Nepal narrows its gender gap (kp 30/11/2015)

Shifting identities: There is a need to deconstruct the notions of ‘Nepali’ identity and nationalism, by Pramod Mishra (kp 26/11/2015)

Still second sex: Despite the election of a female president, Nepal needs to do a lot more to empower its women, by Mira Kafle (kp 26/11/2015)

More than half the sky: Despite their hard work millions of rural women are still socially disadvantaged, by Bhawana Upadhyay (kp 25/10/2015)

The right to have rights: The new Constitution lays bare misogynistic and patriarchal psyches that usually hide behind nationalism, by Sangita Thebe Limbu (nt 16/10/2015)

Pride and prejudice: Is treating women as second-class citizens the only way to avert the possibility of a geopolitical crisis?, by Sophia K. Tamot (kp 14/10/2015)

Law impedes progress of women: Report (kp 26/09/2015)

Backward classes: Who are they?, by Krishna Bahadur Adhikary (ht 15/09/2015)

Double jeopardy: Upper caste people use their social, economic and political power to silence the Dalit women, by Giri Bahadur Sunar (rep 12/09/2015)

A small, well-lighted place: A group of single women and widows have been attempting to procure loans to start small businesses for themselves. But because of onerous government provisions they have been stymied in their efforts, by Pratichya Dulal (kp 12/09/2015)

Dalits suffer due to lack of sec school (ht 03/08/2015)

The neglected south: Even by its poor standards, Nepali state’s neglect of Madhesi Dalits is appalling (kp 29/07/2015)

For the people: If the drafters want to prevent large-scale unrest, they should invite Madhesi and Janajati leaders for discussion, by Pramod Mishra (kp 23/07/2015) [But this would be against the self-interest of the male Tagadhari leaders!]

Quest for equality: Throughout South Asia, the ideology of equality stemmed from religion before becoming a political discourse, by Gérard Toffin (kp 10/07/2015)

Native aliens: The message is clear: Men own this country; Women had no place in Nepal in the past and they will have no place in Nepal in the future, by Anjali Subedi (rep 09/07/2015)

Fear the future: Drafters of the constitution have demonstrated myopia rather than long-term vision for gender equality, by Pramod Mishra (kp 09/07/2015)

The country is yours: The quake has provided us with a chance to finally right the years of discrimination faced by Tamangs, by Deepak Thapa (kp 02/07/2015)

Muslim lawmakers seek broader rights (kp 14/06/2015)

Dalits: Empower them; Earthquake taught us that we are just a puppet in the hands of existence, by Giri Bahadur Sunar (rep 13/06/2015)

Citizenship from either of Nepali parents: Agreement to replace ‘and’ conjunction with ‘or’, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 11/06/2015), Hopes raised by new provision dampened: The ‘and’ clause on citizenship remains despite claims to the contrary, say rights activists, by Dewan Rai (kp 13/06/2015) [Long live the exclusive state dominated by male Bahuns whose thinking is deeply rooted in archaic Hindu traditions!!], Citizenship issue: Civil society concerned over PDCC report (kp 14/06/2015), CDC sub-panel settles citizenship issue, by Prakash Acharya (ht 17/06/2015) [The male Bahun overlords as based on their traditional Hindu thinking have decided that women will remain second or third class citizens under the new constitution, subordinate to male persons! This issue is symbolic for what can be expected from the consequences of the 16-point-agreement!!]

Keep the fire burning: Much needs to be done to address past injustice but in the present, the country perhaps needs to move ahead, by Pramod Mishra (kp 11/06/2015)

NPC: Boost gender parity in rebuilding, by Pratichya Dulal (kp 06/06/2015)

Numbers can lie: Girls outnumbering boys in Higher Secondary exams belies social reality (kp 05/06/2015)

Amnesty Int’l urges end to discrimination in aid effort (kp 03/06/2015) [!!!]

Dalits changing caste for shelter (ht 06/04/2015)

Dalit, Ethnic community students score low due to discriminatory attitude of peers: Study, by Nirjana Sharma (rep 03/04/2015)

Plight of untouchables: I was beaten black and blue by upper caste people when I attended a religious ceremony as a child, by Giri Bahadur Sunar (rep 28/03/2015), Dirty design: Division of labor is strategy of upper-caste people to dominate, divide and rule over the lower castes, by Giri Bahadur Sunar (rep 11/04/2015)

Construction of human identity: Flawed pre-selected categories, by David Seddon (ht 27/03/2015)

Indigenous people raise issues for UN review (ht 22/03/2015)

Missing the mark: Development must strengthen the political agency of disadvantaged groups while addressing cultural practices that reinforce inequality, by Subhash Nepali (kp 20/03/2015)

NRB governor selection: Race enters home stretch: Recommendation criteria ‘finalised’ n Committee discusses probable names, by Anil Giri and Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 18/03/2015) [Long live the non-inclusive state!! All of them are male Bahuns!]

Strong presence of women in first CA did make a difference, interview with Binda Pandey (kp 16/03/2015)

Language barrier major cause of high dropout rate in schools, by Raju Adhikari (rep 16/03/2015)

Call to empower women for prosperity (kp 08/03/2015), Ensure women’s rights to address VAW cases: Study (kp 08/03/2015)

Being Nepali or becoming Nepali? Nepal has one of the most progressive laws on gay and lesbian rights, but still treats its women as second-class citizens, by Anjana Rajbhandary (nt 06/03/2015)

Masculinist logic: The proposed ‘and’ provision in granting citizenship insults autonomy of adult subjects who are rightful residents of Nepal, by Archana Thapa (kp 27/02/2015)

Born sinful: TU’s ethnographic profiles are a step towards a better understanding of excluded groups, by Gérard Toffin (kp 23/02/2015)

Dalits demand ‘or’ provision on citizenship (kp 05/02/2015)

Identity and ideology: Striving for identity in Nepal is not just about recognition; it is a deeper and more material need, by Pramod Mishra (kp 05/02/2015)

Dalit children deprived of education in remote Mugu, by Raj Bahadur Shahi (kp 27/01/2015)

Chepangs deprived of government allowance, by Pawan Yadav (kp 24/01/2015)

No downside to diversity: Diversity in the workplace promotes sustainable growth, increases productivity, and provides businesses with a competitive advantage, by Man Bahadur BK (kp 16/01/2014)

The grand inclusion project: Economic exclusion precludes the majority from opportunities afforded by social and political inclusion, by Ram C. Acharya (kp 14/01/2015)

Living together: The quest today concerns maintaining a balance between Nepal’s unity and recognising its huge diversity, by Gérard Toffin (kp 07/01/2015)

Power on paper: Women should be made part of all decision-making bodies to uproot patriarchy, by Sharmila Thapa (kp 04/01/2015)

Wrong side of history: Refusal of CA members to say anything on moral grounds is equivalent to selling their own and rights of all others, by Lhamo Yangchen Sherpa (kp 01/01/2014)

Bankariyas want land ownership certificates, secure housing, by Pratap Bista (kp 27/12/2014)

Old state: Women and citizenship (rep 27/12/2014)

Dalit panel without members for a year (kp 18/12/2014)

‘Low women representation in political parties’, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp 16/12/2014)

Call for reopening debate on citizenship; Agreed provisions can render many stateless: Experts (ht 13/12/2014)

Walking the tightrope: We have to be honest, cultivate confidence and trust, and tackle the issues without sticking adamantly to identity positions, by Shyam Sharma (rep 13/12/2014)

Search for self: A Nepali identity is the whole—the sum total of the country’s more than a hundred ethnic identities, by Khagendra N. Shakya (kp 07/12/2014) [Yes, reality is the opposite of the single ethnic identity thinking of the so-called leaders!!]

Dalit women urge govt to ensure citizenship thru mother's name (rep 05/12/2014)

An index for inclusion: Multidimensional Social Inclusion Index provides an illuminating picture of inclusion’s non-linear nature, by Deepak Thapa (kp 04/12/2014)

A modest proposal: Any design for federalism must ensure rightful shares for deprived groups in the power structure, by Amar Kant Jha (kp 03/12/2014)

Janajatis may work with 22-party alliance, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 19/11/2014), ‘Mass movement essential for Indigenous People’s rights’ (ht 19/11/2014)

A history of neglect: The challenge is to make the Nepali state genuinely plural, where there is equality of opportunity for all, by Pramod Mishra (kp 13/11/2014)

Fight for equal rights: Clarion calls for gender-inclusive civil code, by Weena Pun (kp 11/11/2014)

Citizenship by descent issued in mother’s name (ht 11/11/2014) [Nepal will only be an inclusive state when such news are not sensational but normal routine!!]

KMC flayed for not doing enough to promote Newari art, culture (rep 11/11/2014)

‘Many Nepalis do not have citizenship’ (ht 02/11/2014)

Banke to have Nepal’s first Punjabi school, by Rajendra Nath (kp 31/10/2014)

Struggles for citizenship, by Shreejana Shrestha (rep 31/10/2014)

Knot again: If it comes down to it, identity proponents must follow due process without giving up their cause, by Pramod Mishra (kp 30/10/2014)

Nepal narrowing gender disparity (kp 29/10/2014) [See Global Gender Gap Report 2014 by World Economic Forum; Nepal country profile on pages 280-1], Workforce of men, women same butwages different (ht 29/10/2014), Pay parity still eludes Bhaktapur women workers, by Anup Ojha (kp 29/10/2014), Nepal ranks 112th in Global Gender Gap, by Shreejana Shrestha (rep 29/10/2014), Narrowing the gap: Progress in closing the gender gap will require greater political participation (kp 30/10/2014)

Chepang community still awaitingland ownership certificates (ht 28/10/2014)

Janajati move for federal identity, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 20/10/2014), ‘Major parties forgot spirit of movements’ (ht 20/10/2014)

Villagers overjoyed as local lads land govt job (kp 20/10/2014)

Janajati leaders to start fresh stir (kp 17/10/2014), Tuladhar chosen as leader of indigenous nationalities (ht 17/10/2014)

Thapa calls for Hindu state (ht 16/10/2014) [If CK Raut has to be jailed, then he has to be jailed, too! Such demand is anti-national! Nepal is a multi-ethnic and multi-religious state, not the property of male members of so-called high Hindu castes!!]

Talking about gender: Most men still do not recognise that gender inequality negatively affects them too, by Nerine Guinée (kp 14/10/2014)

Voice from slum: Well-to-do people need to realize that slum dwellers also have rights to basic facilities including right to survive in city, by Nirjana Sharma (rep 13/10/2014)

Born of woman: A refusal to allow citizenship through the mother implies a fundamental mistrust in the women of this country, by Pranaya SJB Rana (kp 12/10/2014) [No future for Nepal as long as the country is under control of conservative minded male machos!!], Ending the cycle of violence: We must work to increase the value of the girl child so that she will be cherished throughout her life, by Tomoo Hozumi (kp 12/10/2014)

A Madhesi-Pahadiya conclave: Citizens must discuss ensuring pride-of-identity along with socio-economic progress for Madhesi people, by Kanak Mani Dixit (kp 10/10/2014), Ripe for revolt: Ignoring the issues of the marginalised only increases the chances of another revolt in Nepal, by Tashi Tewa Dolpo (kp 10/10/2014)

Firebrand activist: The best tribute to Sahana Pradhan would be to ensure gender equality in political parties (kp 06/10/2014)

Dalit leaders demand inclusion, opportunities (kp 28/09/2014)

Discourse and reality: Despite the political rhetoric of women’s empowerment, the state of Nepal’s women remains bleak, by Suresh Pranjali (kp 26/09/2014)

Battle for Survival: Pushed to the corner after the second CA polls. pro-identity parties and political groups are leaving no stone unturned to bounce back, by Om Astha Rai (rep 26/09/2014)

NC, UML Janajati MPs say ‘no’ caucus: Argue caucuses redundant when there are other forums to voice agenda, by Bhadra (kp 22/09/21014) [All other forums are under control of male Bahuns (less than 6.5 percent of the population) who are only interested to preserve their privileges in the new constitution!!]

There is systematic exclusion in the conferral of citizenships, interview with Sapana Pradhan Malla (kp 22/09/2014)

Personal is political: When it comes to gender sensitivity, engineering schools in Nepal have a long way to go, by Heema Rai (kp 21/09/2014)

The long fight: Women have been pleading with the law makers to respect their independent identity in citizenship issues, by Avima Upreti (rep 20/09/2014)

NEFIN stage sit-in protest outside CA (kp 17/09/2014)

Citizenship, Nepali style: The draft provision on citizenship, currently in the CA fails to regard women as equal citizens, by Subina Shrestha (kp 16/09/2014)

The chauvinistic circle: The chauvinistic triad of military, merchants and the middleclass manufactures a mainstream where right of admission is reserved, by C.K. Lal (rep 15/09/2014)

Broadening vision: An unbiased visual representation of Nepal’s multiculturalism can help build sustainable peace, by Seema Pandey (kp 14/09/2014)

Where women's exclusion is a shame, by Om Astha Rai (rep 12/09/2014)

Some citizens more equal than others: Citizenship rights in Nepal still heavily favours men and keeps large number of citizens stateless, by Damakant Jayshi (nt 12/09/2014)

NEFIN calls nationwide stir (kp 10/09/2014)

Motion proposed to increase women leaders at grassroots, by Weena Pun (kp 07/09/2014)

Upsetting the stag party: The first CA’s Women’s Caucus collectively pushed for women’s issues beyond party lines, by Sabrina Singh (kp 05/09/2014), 33% Women's Representation: Practice Divorced From Principle, by Madhav Basnet (rn 05/09/2014)

Locals warn of relinquishing citizenship (rep 04/09/2014) [The national identity is that of the exclusive male ruling elite, basta!]

The respectability trap: The time-tested way of putting the downtrodden in its place is to blame the advantaged of the community for the bacvkwardness of the rest, by C.K. Lal (rep 01/09/2014)

Women representation in civil service dismal, by Dipal Bayalkoti (kp 30/08/2014)

Half the sky: Nepal inches toward gender equality, but challenges galore in this predominantly patriarchal society, by Shreejana Shrestha (rep 26/08/2014)

That Janajatis want ‘ethnic states’ is baseless propaganda, interview with Nagendra Kumal, chairperson of NEFIN (kp), Constitution Writing Picks Up Momentum, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn 25/08/2014)

Dalits demand proportional representation in state bodies (kp 23/08/2014)

Prez says women empowerment a must to develop society: Urges all concerned, including govt, to be serious about implementing legal provisions (ht 22/08/2014)

Breaking the circle: Nepal can learn from the growth of East and Southeast Asia which sought to remedy social exclusion, by Sagun S. Lawoti (kp 15/08/2014)

6,000 children of ex-Haliya in far west not in school, by Barun Paneru (rep 13/08/2014)

The struggle within: Indigenous movements must acknowledge women’s issues, not just limited to reproduction and sexuality, by Tashi Tewa Dolpo (kp 13/08/2014)

Bridging the gap: The UN General Assembly decided to observe August 9 as a special day of the world’s indigenous people, by Dev Kumar Sunuwar (rep 08/08/2014), World Indigenous Day observed (kp 10/08/2014)

Joint-secys' promotion: Women lawmakers object to panel’s recommendation (kp 02/08/2014)

“Everyone forgot us”: The revolution that was supposed to liberate his community from oppression devoured Ram Ratan Chaudhari’s family, by Tufan Neupane (nt 01/08/2014)

Nothing about us, without us: The right to equality of gender and other minorities is under threat from a regressive state, by Sunil Babu Pant (nt 01/08/2014)

Capable enough: The state and the rulers think that Dalits are incapable and unable to assume a high post and skilfully carry out assigned duties, by Dhana Bahadur Mijar (rep 26/07/2014)

The illusion of inclusion, by C.K. Lal (rep 21/07/2014)

Democracy and caste: The encounter of democracy with caste is a historical process accommodating two sets of opposed values, by Gérard Toffin (kp 09/07/2014)

Financial inclusion: Must for Inclusive growth, by Shiv Ram Prasad Koirala (ht 04/07/2014)

Exclusion in the mountains: The Madhes has been explored in the citizenship debate but exclusionary practices are also present in the upper hills, by Tashi Tewa Dolpo (kp 01/07/2014)

Symbols that unite: Multiculturalism has so far only defines Nepal's demographic ans spacial reality, rather than working as a policy measure, by Seema Pandey (rep 28/06/2014)

A case for nationalism: It is time to break away from the past and redefine what it means to be a Nepali, by Sagar Onta (kp 26/06/2014)

Badi community threatens to picket Singha Durbar, warns of stern protest (ht 19/06/2014)

Unequal nation: Generous budget allocations for marginalised regions, gender and social groups can pave way for a smoother transition, by Arjun B. Kumal (kp 17/06/2014)

Inclusive representation eludes UCPN (Maoist) major committees, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 28/05/2014)

The ugly truth: Inequalities in Nepal (rep 28/05/2014)

FNJ demands promotion of female journos (kp 23/05/2014)

National women's conference ends with nine-point declaration (ht 19/05/2014)

‘Ensure equal representation of women in state mechanisms’ (ht 13/05/2014)

To get ready for REDD+: The Government of Nepal, the World Bank as well as the promoters of the REDD activities should guarantee the rights of indigenous people, by Dev Kumar Sunuwar (rep 09/05/2014)

Inclusive by association: We can continue to build representative institutions or pretend that all is well in society, by Deepak Thapa (kp 08/05/2014)

When negotiating identity is compulsion: Many young Dalits hide behind pseudo-surnames as shield against discrimination, by Weena Pun (kp 02/05/2014)

Women power: It is time to move beyond tokenism and internalise the need to empower women, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 29/04/2014)

Empowerment Of Women, by Pramita Aryal (rn 25/04/2014)

No citizenship through mother: DPM Gautam (rep 24/04/2014) [Male Bahun UML leaders are obviously showing their true face! This man is absolutely diqualified for the process towards an inclusive Nepal and should be dismissed immediately!!], No amnesty for serious crimes: Home minister (kp 25/04/2014) [Discrimination against the fundamental rights of women in the context of citizenship is a serious crime as well!!], Bamdev's misogyny: Home minister seems to believe a woman is not a complete individual or citizen in herself and that she is always subordinate to a man, by Anjali Subedi (rep 01/05/2014) [He really believes in this! This is typical male Thagadhari thinking that should have no place in a new Nepal! There is no chance for a better Nepal with ministers like Bam Dev Gautam!!]

Tharus warn of protest to assert identity: Urge govt to remove them from the list of Madhesi people (ht), Loktantra Day: Victims find the celebrations meaningless (ht 24/04/2014)

Organization working for Dalits warn of protests (rep 23/04/2014)

Chepangs seek seat in CA (ht 18/04/2014)

Parties to ensure 50% candidacy for women in local polls, by Santosh Ghimire (rep 18/04/2014)

Dalits embark on challenging journey with hopes in the new constitution: Nepal's most underprivileged Dalit community and activists involved had highly praised the contents agreed in the previous Constituent Assembly; and they now demand that the current CA should adopt the past agreements, by Kamal Pariyar (rep 18/04/2014)

Maids or daughters? You call the conjugal relationship as two wheels of the same cart but how can the cart move when you make one wheel weak and fragile?, by Munna Dahal (rep 12/04/2014)

Civil Service: Women's zero presence in Special Class: Men fill 100% of positions in the Special Class category of the civil service known as the permanent government of the state, by Tara Wagley (rep 11/04/2014)

One for all, all for one: An inclusive society cannot be built with slogans alone; it needs a change of heart from everyone, by Deepak Thapa (kp 10/04/2014)

Justice for stability: The best way to appease neglected minorities and avoid any kind of disturbance to the stability of the nation is to have federal states along ethnic lines, by Anand Jha (rep 30/03/2014)

Citizenship through mothers: Yet another success story, by Anjali Subedi (rep 25/03/2014), Unfair laws: Authorities harass women when they demand child's citizenship through their names, by Swechha Ghimire (rep 27/03/2014)

Towards a gender-friendly police force, by Weena Pun (kp 23/03/2014)

Inclusion In Local Bodies: Why Not Amend Laws Progressively?, by Pranav Bhattarai (rn 22/03/2014)

Tree of life: The inclusive policies in forestry are yet to translate into reality in Nepal, by Bhawana Upadhyay (kp 21/03/2014)

Passports set to mention third gender (ht 18/03/2014)

Treat them right: A radical change in social perceptions is essential for women's true liberation; educated men should practice what they preach to end sexism, by Keshar M. Ghimire (rep 15/03/2014)

158 women inducted to Nepal Army (kp 11/03/2014)

A caucus debate rages; parties divided: Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal supports the position taken by the NC and the UML on the caucus issue, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 08/03/2014) [Self-protection of male Tagadharis!!], Averting The Caucus, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 09/03/2014) [This article is a good example for misunderstanding ethnic issues and the necessity to end male Bahunbad!]

Women still less equal in citizenship, property rights: Birth registration also a hassle, by Anjali Subedi (rep 08/03/2014)

Macho nationalism: A Nepali man can marry anyone and his child will be Nepali, but if a Nepali woman marries a foreigner her child can be denied citizenship, by Mallika Aryal (nt 07/03/2014), Not just half the sky: Let’s not ‘celebrate’ International Women’s Day on Saturday. Let’s mark it as a day of mourning (nt 07/03/2014)

Price of prohibition: Imposing whips and barring caucuses in the CA will only create resentment (kp 06/03/2014)

Janajatis seek half of 26 CA nominations (kp 04/03/2014)

Falling short: Underrepresentation of women in state bodies has made mockery of one-third provision, by Ashok Dahal (rep 04/03/2014)

Minority report: The famous Gorkha King invaded not only their territories but also their culture and language, by Bir Nembang (rep 03/03/2014)

Non-Dalit lawmakers vow to back Dalit issues (rep 01/03/2014)

Women’s representation in CA: Fallen strength worries female members, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 25/02/2014)

NA set to recruit more female soldiers (kp 23/02/2014), Women in uniform: Traditional perceptions of gender roles undermine Army’s inclusion of women (kp 26/02/2014)

Law protecting minorities’ rights flawed: Supreme Court (ht 21/02/2014)

Nefin stir to secure favourable statute (kp 17/02/2014)

The blind and the clueless: The modern industrial sector, where most government money and foreign aid goes, has been captured by the elites, by Lal Shanker Ghimire (kp 13/02/2014)

Treasure trove: Education in mother tongue is a must to help marginalized youth gain social acceptance without compromising on their identity, by Roshan Adhikari (rep 10/02/2014)

The female factor: No rights without citizenship, by Dipak Gyawali (rep 07/02/2014)

Power dressing: The UML’s instruction to its lawmakers to wear daura suruwal is reminiscent of Panchayat-era politics, by Pramod Bhagat (kp 04/02/2014)

The marginalised: Issues political agenda no more, by Weena Pun (kp 03/02/2014), Marginalized groups to mount pressure for representation in CA, by Anjali Subedi (rep 05/02/2014), Marginalised groups demand nomination for 26 CA seats (kp 12/02/2014)

Power to women: Women’s participation in decision-making is crucial to building a strong state, by Samira Paudel (kp 02/02/2014)

Sense of alienation forcing residents to abandon remote village, by Raju Adhikari (rep 30/01/2014)

Imagined territories: Adivasis/Janajatis must prevent political parties from exploiting their culture to gain power, by Gérard Toffin (kp 28/01/2014)

Women in power: Barriers against Nepali women’s participation in the political sphere continue to persist, by Yam Chaulagain (kp 26/01/2014)

Languages of the Nation: Has the state become more receptive to the use of languages other than Nepali?, by Om Astha Rai (rep 24/01/2014)

Of misogynists and bed-warmers: Female quotas in the CA should be for feminist women leaders who use political positions to help women’s causes, by Suman Khadka (kp 21/01/2014)

Pilot projects successful: Jica (kp 20/01/2014)

Birth certificate absence: Dalits devoid of state services, facilities, by Rabindra Upreti (kp 18/01/2014)

39 communities fail to find seat in CA (kp 14/01/2014) [You still can participate 26 of them as it is demanded by article 63 (3)!!!!]

Dalits call for unified struggle (ht 13/01/2014)

The wrong faces: The Proportional Representation system in its present form defies its very purpose of ensuring inclusion, by Jainendra Jeevan (kp 12/01/2014)

Sexual minorities seek representation in CA (ht 11/01/2014)

Women will keep fighting for their rights, say activists, by Anjali Subedi (rep 08/01/2014)

The government has neglected the Badi community, by Lucky Chaudhary (rep 03/01/2014)

4.3m Nepali people sans citizenship, claims report (kp 02/01/2014)

Nepali women's protracted battle for equality rages on, by Anjali Subedi (rep 01/01/2014)


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