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Population Census 2021 : Data Vs Reliability, by Nir Bahadur Karki (rep 25/11/2021)

Let The Subaltern Speak, by Tulasi Acharya (rn 22/11/2021)

Fractured peace : The so-called representatives of the working class are the new elites of Nepal (kp 22/11/2021) [And this elite continues to be recruited from the same social strata. Under the monarchy, male Chhetris were in the majority. With the "democratisation" of 1990, male Bahuns took over this role. The Maoist uprising, Jana Andolan II and the new constitution have not changed this, as this traditional elite has deceived the people about adequate social inclusion until today!]

Women’s Attraction To Judiciary Rising, by Kalika Khadka (rn 16/11/2021)

CPN-UML convention : No females and Dalits elected in the leadership of 84 wards of Baitadi (rep 08/11/2021) [Here the CPN-UML shows its true colours of a patriarchal Tagadhari party! According to the 2011 Census, 54 per cent of Baitadi's population were women. The proportion of Dalits was 20 per cent! This means that about 65 percent of the population remains excluded!]

Feel angry? Read this : Archaic patriarchal beliefs will persist for years but you can't let negative emotions consume you, by Anjana Rajbhandary (nt 22/10/2021)

4.5 million girls at risk of not finishing school due to pandemicA UN report says with children remaining out of school,  the risk of child labour, gender-based violence, early and forced marriage, and early pregnancy may increase, by Binod Ghimire (kp 13/10/2021)

Programme for girl children fails to bear fruit in Karnali Province : The provincial government has launched ‘Bank Account for Daughters for Secure Life’ but many people in rural areas are unaware of the scheme, by Chandani Kathayat (kp 11/10/2021)

Six years since promulgation, problems remain with the constitution : Madhesis, Tharus, Muslims, and women are still unable to take ownership of the statute due to the document’s failure to encompass their aspirations, by Prasansha Rimal (rec 19/09/2021) [This was the intention of the high-caste male party leaders who had given this constitution to their MPs for an unopposed vote in blatant violation of the interim constitution!]

Six years of ethnonational upsurge : Khas-Arya supremacists consider the Divya Upadesh to be the manual of nationalism, by CK Lal (kp 15/09/2021)

Enhancing women’s access to finance : As a first step, we need to identify the actual needs and study international practices, by Shreya Subedi (kp 06/09/2021)

No citizenship, no job : Young Madhesis have been deprived of numerous opportunities as they can’t apply for citizenship. They can’t even go abroad for work, by Jitendra Narayan Thakur (ae 02/09/2021)

In Nepal’s politics and governance, old faces rule the roost : Top leaders’ penchant for power and young generation’s failure to challenge the seniors have made leadership handover a distant dream, by Binod Ghimire (kp 29/08/2021) [And they are overwhelmingly male Tagadharis, especially Bahuns, although the latter represent only a very small minority of six percent of the population! Is this the socially equal and inclusive Nepal that the same politicians promised in 2006 and again in 2008?]

Shakya becomes first woman chief minister, by Subas Bidari (kp 19/08/2021)

Tharu Morcha in protest, pressuring government to implement past agreements : Brihat Nagarik Aandolan, an alliance of civil society members and people from various walks of life, supports the protest, by Binod Ghimire (kp 18/08/2021)

With major shifts in party organizations, Maoist Center’s CC meet concludes (kh 15/08/2021) [But standing Committee not affected? The provision of the constitution applies to all party levels!?]

SC order on reservations draws flak, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 13/08/2021), 'Court prejudiced against reservation' (ht 13/08/2021)

Indigenous people worry hard-won gains may be lost : Achievements made since 1990 are at risk as secularism and federalism are yet to be institutionalised and recent court ruling is another challenge, activists say, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 09/08/2021) [The traditional elite, especially male Bahuns, continue to control the country, prevent social inclusion and the development of federalism and secularism, and constantly demand that the wheel of time be turned back instead, e.g. Ganga Thapa, Rabindra Mishra, KP Oli, Shashanka Koirala, etc.], BSP Chair’s Dangerous Proposal, by Mukunda Raj Kattel (rn 09/08/2021), Indigenous people are victims of conservation 'success story' (ht 10/08/2021), Indigenous Peoples Suffer Under Conservation Policies: Report (rn 10/08/2021)

One step forward, two steps back : Recent court ruling to revisit reservation and affirmative actions for those discriminated against by the state is regressive and defeats the purpose, observers say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 05/08/2021), Going backwards : The idea that reservation must be based on need, and not caste, is flawed (kp 06/08/2021) [The judges also bear the characteristics of being male and high-caste. They obviously cannot escape their acquired view. As long as adequate participation in society is not guaranteed by a restrictive quota system also in the judiciary, a correct assessment of the situation of the traditionally excluded is unlikely to be realised!]

Sorry state of affairs : Challenges of implementation of the reservation policy for women in Nepal persist, by Roshee Lamichhane (kp 05/08/2021)

Karnali province strives to mainstream Rautes : Under the policy formulated by the Ministry of Social Development, members of the community shall be provided a place to settle permanently and issued citizenship certificates, by Hik mat Bahadur Nepali (ae 22/07/2021)

‘Incorporate inclusion in university curriculum’ (kh 20/07/2021)

The Politics of Quotas, by Sanjit Shrestha (rep 20/07/2021)

Ties of tradition that bind and blind : Without more aggressive politicisation of the  inclusive agenda, cultural divisions are unlikely to end, by CK Lal (kp 07/07/2021)

The Myth Of Merit, by Aashish Mishra (rn 26/06/2021)

Province 2 Chief asks CM to make cabinet more inclusive (kh 13/06/2021) [Cabinets in Nepal have never been inclusive. They are still dominated by men, except for Province 2 by male Bahuns. Janajatis (population share about five times that of male Bahuns) and Madheshis are severely underrepresented, women find at best a pseudo-representation. Dalits and Muslims are extremely rarely included.]

New provisions to enhance women entrepreneurship (ht 09/04/2021)

Women representatives in Achham are excluded from decision-making roles : Most women ward members say the inclusion policy has only served as a token gesture to fulfil gender and caste representation requirements at the local level, by Menuka Dhungana (kp 05/04/2021) [All the male Bahuns who dominate all levels in the state and parties, even though they are recruited from only 6% of the population, consider the state as their property and have no interest whatsoever in social inclusion, decentralisation and federalism! Ending the Bahun patriarchy requires a fundamental change in the state, parties and society!]

Whatever happened to equity and inclusion? That one group should progress so disproportionately talks about the failure of the state-society compact, by Deepak Thapa (kp 01/04/2021)

Data collection for national ID card distribution hits snag : Against the target to collect the details of 10 million people, the government may only be able to collect the details of 4.4.5 million people because of Covid-19 scare, officials say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 28/03/2021) [And what about the millions of Nepalis who are denied citizenship because they do not fit into the male Bahuns' concept of national identity?]

Law implementation remains weak in cases of caste-based discrimination : A report says police are reluctant to register cases. And even if cases get registered, they lack evidence to back up the claims, which results in low conviction rate, by Binod Ghimire (kp 28/03/2021)

IFC partners with Nepal Stock Exchange for gender equality (kp 26/03/2021)

Empowering women farmers : Agricultural mechanisation is the key, by Pratigya Silwal and Subha Khanal (ht 25/03/2021)

Representation of women in state organs dismal: NHRC report (ht 20/03/2021) [see annual report of NHRC]

Language chauvinism : The recent arrests in Balaju show the need for greater understanding of language diversity, by Deepak Thapa (kp 18/03/2021)

Let women lead : Men must be part of the equation but women must be prepared and assert themselves, by Simone Galimberti (rep 16/03/2021)

Why participation isn’t enough : Women’s participation  in decision making may  not mean they are truly empowered, by Sahara Basnet (kp 15/03/2021)

Linguistic discrimination and conflict : As long as there is unfairness, the goal of an inclusive and prosperous Nepal is impossible, by Sangmo Yonjan-Tamang (kp 03/03/2021)

Bridging the gender gap  in higher education : Just improving literacy rates as a token of inclusion may not improve gender parity, by Roshee Lamichhane (kp 01/03/2021)

Tharuhat-Tharuwan National Front's special convention begins in Kailali (ht 28/02/2021)

Narrow the gap : Although the constitution has not discriminated its citizens based on gender, the laws need to be amended to see this in practice (ht 26/02/2021) [The constitution, too, discriminates against women, for example with regard to citizenship law!]

Citizens’ manifesto : The Citizens’ Movement has called for freedom from political regression and justice for the marginalised, by Pramod Mishra (kp 25/02/2021)

How proposed immigration policy on women is deeply flawed : Limiting women’s education, employment and movement hinders their economic empowerment and freedom thereby perpetuating their dependency on men, by Tara Kanel (rep 18/02/2021)

Temptations of saffron secularity and hybrid democracy : The political call for a Hindu Rashtra poses a mortal threat to the very idea of an inclusive Nepal, by CK Lal (kp 17/02/2021)

Nepal’s ‘inferior’ women : Nepal is still a highly patriarchal society that looks upon women as second-class citizens (ae 12/02/2021), ‘Women’s March’ in Kathmandu to demand an end to violence against women and impunity : People from various walks of life are participating in the march from Basantapur to Singha Durbar gate (kp 12/02/2021)

Why women should be given equal rights in citizenship : Nepal’s sovereignty will be stronger if we empower our women and children and weaker if we disenfranchise the children of Nepali mothers. A nation that treats its citizens unequally is doomed from within, by Riti Prasai (rep 09/02/2021)

Despite quotas, hill Brahmins disproportionately land civil service jobs : In fiscal year 2019-20, 28 percent of applications for civil service jobs were from the community but 45 percent of those recruited were from it. This has been a trend for past few years, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 06/01/2021) [If one also takes gender into account, the disproportionality in favour of male Bahuns is even much greater!]

Proposed amendment on visit visa law is deeply flawed, by Karan Kunwar and Indu Dhungana (rep 03/01/2021)

Cultural Cohesion Fosters Unity, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 21/11/2020)

सामान्यीकरण : बढ्दो जातीय हिंसा तथा अपराधको कारण . मानव भएर जिउन पाउने नैसर्गिक अधिकार खोसेर समाज र राज्यसत्तामा रमाउनेहरूका विरुद्ध विद्रोह नगरुन्जेल दलित समुदायले सामाजिक न्याय नपाउने निश्चित छ [Generalization: Due to increasing ethnic violence and crime : It is certain that the Dalit community will not get social justice unless it revolts against those who rejoice in society and state power by depriving them of their natural right to live as human beings], by Prakash Bik (ka 18/11/2020)

राजनीतिमा दलित महिला सहभागिता : अहिले करिब ६,६८२ वडासदस्य, २८ प्रदेश सांसद र संघीय संसद्मा १३ जना दलित महिला छन् [Dalit women's participation in politics : At present, there are about 6,682 ward members, 28 state parliamentarians and 13 Dalit women in the federal parliament] , by Tika Kumari Bishwakarma (np 13/11/2020)

जातीय मुक्तिका अप्ठ्यारा मार्क्सवादी बाटा [The Marxist path to ethnic liberation], by Mekh Raj Udaya (nag 12/11/2020)

Participation of Dalit in media will be prioritized: Minister Gurung (kh 06/11/2020) [You are the only one who believes in this statement! Only male Bahuns are prioritised!]

Nepal’s great divide : It has become easier to understand what a white American male is thinking than what goes on in a Dalit Nepali’s mind in Rukum, by Dinkar Nepal (ae 06/11/2020)

Raute girl wants to study to become judge (ht 18/10/2020)

Listen to rural women : Nepal must commit to uplifting the status of those at the bottom of society (kp 15/10/2020)

Manels and the Nepali heart : The consistent case of only a few women being invited to speak at most conferences reeks of tokenism, by Deepak Thapa (kp 15/10/2020)) [Even better, you should call it Tamanel, Tagadgari male panel!]

Are you an Indian? ‘No, I’m a Nepali’ : We Nepalis like to immediately size each other up according to our last names. The one category universally hated, however, is to be perceived as an Indian, by Ranjan Adiga (rep 13/10/2020)

A crusader of Sanskrit education : Chandrakant Paudel’s frustration at the inertia of progress is something felt by many in rural areas, by Pramod Mishra (kp 11/10/2020)

Patriarchal Mind-Set Impedes Women Empowerment, by Niyati Adhikari (rn 03/10/2020)

Man Power : When political calculus involves dividing up the spoils, enforcing constitutionally-mandated affirmative action for women is meaningless (nt 02/10/2020)

Jumping on the Hindutva bandwagon : Nepali Congress has  nothing to offer the electorate save  its history, by CK Lal (kp 30/09/2020)

NC leadership barring women to take the lead: Arzoo Deuba (kh 29/09/2020)

Indigenous communities: Adversaries to Nepal’s development?, by Kushal Pokharel (ae 11/09/2020)

Access to formal jobs more restricted for women (ht 11/09/2020)

Gender inequality in education has widened during the pandemic : With families struggling financially, girls cannot focus on their studies. They have to help out in household chores and do not always have access to technology for remote learning, by Elisha Shrestha (kp 26/08/2020)

The progressive weakening of the Janajati movement in Nepal, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 21/08/2020)

Us and them: In Nepal, divisions created by differences in caste, culture, gender, religion and vested interests are aplenty, by Pramod Mishra (kp 13/08/2020)

Indigenous groups feel deprived of their access to land and natural resources: Indigenous rights activists blame the state for its coercive approach, the latest examples being the eviction of Chepangs in Chitwan and plans to displace the Newars from Khokana, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 10/08/2020)

Women from Chepang community demand skill-oriented training (ht 29/07/2020)

Ministry seeks opinion on social inclusion policy (ht 19/07/2020) [Yes, there still a few positions and functions that are not filled by male Bahuns!]

When it comes to portraying ethnicity, Nepali pop culture still depends on stereotypical tropes: From using blackface makeup to actors speaking in exaggerated indigenous accents, why is Nepali films and television still filled with regressive cultural stereotypes?, by Ankit Khadgi (kp 16/07/2020)

Rift between ruling party chairpersons widening? Dahal says no one in the party has monopoly over nationalism (ht 13/07/2020) [Both Oli and Dahal are power-hungry anti-nationalists! Nepal's nationalism has to be inclusive, multi-ethnic, multi-religious, multi-lingual and anti-patriarchal!]

Caste and the subtle psychology behind it, by Shreya Soni (ht 12/07/2020)

Women politicians go unheard when they speak out but are ostracised if they oppose party narrative: The trials of Sarita Giri illustrate just how difficult it is for outspoken women to have a career in Nepali politics, politicians and activists say, by Aditi Aryal (kp 10/07/2020)

Marginalised community commissions say they don’t have resources to fulfill their mandate: Parliamentary committee asks government to ensure that the constitutional bodies get the needed budget to implement their plans, by Binod Ghimire (kp 10/07/2020)

Imagining a motherland: Gender and nationalism; The boundaries set by the nation, state, families and societies often do not allow a woman to become a citizen. This leads to women not becoming the part of the nation but just a national embodiment, by Swasti Gautam (rep 09/07/2020)

‘Citizenship bill not inclusive’ (ht 02/07/2020), Patriarchy and citizenship: Conspiracy theories flowed seamlessly from Panchayat-era scholars to politicians, by Pramod Mishra (kp 03/07/2020)

Time To Have Boldness On Feminism, by Namrata Sharma (rn 01/07/2020)

What defines a Nepali citizen? Nepal needs to understand the realities of the 21st century. It needs to move forward, not backward, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 30/06/2020)

MoFAGA drafts Social Inclusion Policy-2020 (ht 28/06/2020) [It's a farce! In upper political circles there is no willingness for social inclusion, as you can see from the government, parliament, political parties and laws!]

Skirting the issue: On paper, Nepal has made some important strides towards gender equality and inclusion. Yet, in reality, the situation is far from perfect, by Deepak Thapa (kp 11/06/2020)

House to discuss constitutional amendment to update map after national consensus: As the issue concerns a matter of national importance, the ruling party had sought all-party consensus on the amendment to update the country’s map on the national emblem, by Anil Giri (kp 27/05/2020)  [The equal and egalitarian inclusion of the Janajatis, Madhesis, Dalits and women in general in the constitution would be of much greater importance than the territorial claims which the male politicians at the head of the state in 2015 completely ignored! Today, these same politicians are playing the nationalism card instead of trying to rationally contain the pandemic and save the people's economic base!]

Madhes-based parties press own demands alongside constitution amendment for new map: While there’s no debate on an issue of national importance, the constitutional amendment bill could be an opportune moment to address long-standing demands of Madhesis, Janajatis and Tharus, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 24/05/2020) [The clarification of territorial claims is certainly important and decades overdue, but the inclusion of population groups that have been excluded for centuries, even under the constitution of 2015, is even more significant, a fact that the male Bahun at the head of the state and parties do not want to understand. It is problematic, however, that the leadership of the ethnic and regional parties is also exclusively male!]

omen and the media: While newsrooms have come a long way, they must do more to become truly inclusive, by Narayan P. Ghimire (kp 24/03/2020)

Killing and dying for nationalism: Even though nationalism has existed as long as states have existed, the construction of nations is not unchanging, by Sagun S. Lawoti (kp 22/03/2020) [As son of late Padma Sundar Lawoti, the author is representing Panchayat time views of nationalism and identity!]

Women invisible: Let's have more women on televised discussions, in newspaper interviews and on debate panels, by Andrea Upadhya (kp 19/03/2020)

Your ‘rightful’ place: When people talk of Dalit, Janajati or NGO leadership it is the same old faces that reap benefit without being questioned. This leads to new form of othering and exclusion, by Pranab Kharel and Gaurab KC (rep 19/03/2020)

Financially free abroad, socially constrained at home: Women migrants acquire expertise and financial independence abroad but on return, they find themselves trapped in a social order that does not value their talent, by Elisha Shrestha (kp 12/03/2020)

The case for achieving gender parity: Formal structures like laws and policies play a decisive role in eliminating gender inequality, by Geeta Bhattrai Bastakoti (kp 10/03/2020)

Women have numerical strength in local units, but little say: Gender pay gap runs deep in all kinds of profession in Makwanpur, women leaders say, by Pratap Bista (kp 09/03/2020)

Women’s status: Figures speak for themselves, by Chanda Chaudhary (ht 09/03/2020)

The fight goes on: Men and women both benefit from living in a gender-equal society (kp 09/03/2020)

Women journalists bring diverse perspectives, but their presence in newsrooms remains sparse: It’s time for the Nepali media to reflect on gender inequality in newsrooms and act to reverse the imbalance, women journalists say, by Srizu Bajracharya (kp 08/03/2020)

Empowerment vs Commodification: While Nepal is heading toward institutionalizing the federal democratic republic, re-conceptualizing women empowerment appears a vital task, by Mohan Nepali (rep 08/03/2020)

Nepali women are unequal by law: Nepal is still lagging far behind international human rights standards concerning equal rights to citizenship, by Jesselina Rana (kp 08/03/2020)

There are more women in politics, but few and far between at decision-making level: Despite inclusion refrain, there is a huge underrepresentation of females in Nepali political parties and state organs, by Elisha Shrestha (kp 08/03/2020)

No More Misogyny, by Prativa Subedi (rn 08/03/2020)

Gender Landscape In Nepali Media, by Kundan Aryal (rn 06/03/2020)

Laws aren't enough to end discrimination: Prejudices surrounding race, religion and caste have to be shattered (kp 24/02/2020)

All-male panels are on their way out, but women’s representation remains tokenistic: Instead of acknowledging that women have valuable contributions to make, they are often limited to women-specific panels or are placed as moderators, by Elisha Shrestha (kp 23/02/2020)

What’s in a name? Sometimes, everything: An effort to restitute indigenous names would surely reveal countless examples of cultural approximation all over Nepal, by Deepak Thapa (kp 20/02/2020) [The effort of the male Tagadhari minorityelite to recognise historical and ethnic names and territories was one of the outstanding reasons for the failure of the first Constituent Assembly. The same thinking is reflected by the naming of the current provinces!]

Herstory’ repeats itself: The misogynic politics of all political parties mustered to make women the political underdogs of Nepal, by Chandra Bhadra (kp 13/02/2020)

Shiva Maya Tumbahangphe: Patriarchy is structural—it is in every individual: The former deputy speaker talks about her fight for the position of House Speaker, women’s representation in politics, and patriarchy’s deep roots, interview with Pranaya SJB Rana (kp 02/02/2020)

What can a mere prayer to Saraswati do? Dalits and people from other castes must organise and ask for their right to an equitable education, by Pramod Mishra (kp 30/01/2020)

Women’s concerns won’t be addressed unless they are at the decision-making level, interview with Binda Pandey, NCP (kp 27/01/2020)

NCP bags 16 out of 18 NA seats up for grabs (ht 24/01/2020) [Once again extremely inclusive: 50 % are Bahuns, 5 of them male; not a single Janajati besides one Shrestha; only one Madheshi; no Dalit woman!]

Issue Of Women’s Empowerment, by Kundan Aryal (rn 24/01/2020)

Women Leadership At Local Level, by Mukti Rijal (rn 23/01/2020)

Thirteen years on, Madhes movements, despite some momentum, remain incomplete: While representation, inclusion and federalism have materialised, their effectiveness and institutionalisation continue to be contested, analysts say, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 22/01/2020)

Let women rise (rep 22/01/2020)

Patriarchy stronger than monarchy, says Tumbahangphe after quitting (ht 21/01/2020)

And the world will live as one: Countries should fully utilise the effects of globalisation, but also ensure national identity, by Illa Mainali (kp 21/01/2020)

Women’s rights activists laud Tumbahangphe not resigning (rep 14/01/2020)

Satya Mohan Joshi: When you talk about cultural diversity, you make room for inclusiveness: Celebrated centenarian talks about life, his works and the significance of cultural identity in a global world, by Srizu Bajracharya (kp 07/01/2020) [interview]

Gender insensitivity and Nepali Congress: The party elite, and Congress itself, think that women cannot be effective political actors, by Prabha Poudyal (kp 07/01/2020)

NCP finalises NA election candidates (ht 04/01/2020) [Wow, really inclusive: Far more than half of them are Bahuns!]

Challenges Of Inclusive Development, by Kopila Rijal (rn 03/01/2020)

The adoption of multilingualism in Province 2 is significant: Among the changes that are going to have a long-term effect on people’s self-esteem and opportunities is language, by Pramod Mishra (kp 02/01/2020)

NCP’s indecision on Speaker also exposes deeply entrenched patriarchy in the party: Tumbahangphe is keen on becoming Speaker, but leadership is fighting to install someone of their choice—and the leaders they have in mind are men, by Binod Ghimire (kp 29/12/2019) [What is true for the NCP is true for all political parties in Nepal!]

Dahal defers proposal to make party secretariat more inclusive: The proposal, tabled by two women standing committee members, envisions turning the all-male nine-member secretariat into a 15-member inclusive body, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 25/12/2019) [This reflects the arrogance of the male Bahun elite that dominates all political parties and tries to uphold the non-inclusive state at any cost!]

The Politics Of Recognition, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 24/12/2019)

Growing inequalities: A painful reality of the 21st Century: What could be more depressing than realising that irrespective of one’s ability, the outcome is still guided by gender, ethnicity, and parents' wealth?, by Madhukar Upadhya (kp 20/12/2019)

Female deputy speakers of various provinces complain of being given rights, but no responsibilit: The task of the deputy speaker is to run the house in the speaker’s absence but the position doesn’t allow one to take decisions independently, by Pratiksha Kafle (kp 11/12/2019)

Government aims to achieve gender equality by 2030 (ht 09/10/2019)

Madhesi inclusion in judiciary still a far cry (ht 08/12/2019)

The athletes representing Nepal reflect the country’s identity: Leaders would do well to remember that the Nepali nation is defined by its diversity and tolerance of varied identities, by Pramod Mishra (kp 05/12/2019)

Kathmandu’s Newars watch cautiously after government hints at reviving the Guthi Bill: Although officials said the new land bill will include suggestions from indigenous communities, local leaders say no one has reached out to them yet, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 02/12/2019)

NVC seeks action against 258 employees (kp 01/12/2019) [How can the Nepalese state dare to force all civil servants to wear the Hindu caste clothes in office?]

Nepal’s Stride In Gender Equality, by Mukunda Raj Kattel (rn 27/11/2019)

Raut’s party holds mass rally in capital against ‘discrimination’ (rep 24/11/2019)

In Rajapur, police consistently fail to investigate cases involving marginalised communities: Police have refused to look into a number of recent cases involving Tharus and Dalits, despite their families alleging foul play, by Shuvam Dhungana (kp 16/11/2019)

Constitutional Council meeting postponed yet again without making appointments: Delay in appointments to crucial commissions weakens institutions, experts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 14/11/2019), PM plans to fill constitutional bodies positions after by-polls (rep 14/11/2019)

‘Beti Bachau-Beti Padhau’ campaign fails to take off this year in the absence of employees: Under the scheme, which is often referred to as a pet project of Chief Minister of Province-2, Lal Babu Raut, every newborn girl is to be insured across all eight districts in the province, by Santosh Singh (kp 14/11/2019)

'Equal representation of women in politics still a far cry' (rep 13/11/2019)

Brahmins and Chhetris continue to dominate entry into civil service: Despite reservation policies for marginalised groups, Brahmins and Chhetris have not just maintained their dominance but have increased their presence in civil service, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 12/11/2019)

Butwal’s women leaders burdened with gender-based discrimination in governance: Women leaders stress the need to condemn gender-based discrimination from all quarters, by Amrita Anmol (kp 04/11/2019)

Women lawmakers demand 50pc reservation in Parliament (ht 02/11/2019)

For four years, commissions mandated to empower marginalised communities have remained largely vacant: While five commissions—Madhesi, Dalit, Tharu, Muslim, and Inclusion—have chairpersons but no members, two others—Women and Indigenous Nationalities—don’t even have chairpersons, by Binod Ghimire (kp 24/10/2019)

Striking out on their own: Recent events show that Rajbanshis are as capable of organising themselves as any other group, by Pramod Mishra (kp 24/10/2019)

Civic Edifice Of National Identity, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 22/10/2019)

Janajati, Madhesi forces seek to revive identity-based movement: The KP Sharma Oli administration has undermined the rights and privileges of marginalised communities, leaders say, by Anil Giri (kp 21/10/2019)

Inclusivity and minority rights: Reservation ensures them, by Yagyadi Acharya (ht 02/10/2019)

Far from progressive: Yes, the constitution is a historic document but it has still failed to become the people’s document for it is not still wholly accepted by the excluded and marginalized communities, by Praveen Kumar Yadav (rep 29/09/2019)

For Chepang locals, government services are 80 km away: Officials say they don’t have enough staff to open office near the village, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp 28/09/2019)

Social equality is essential for sustainable development: Uplifting all segments of the Nepali community has holistic benefits for the society, environment and economy, by Sneha Pandey (kp 26/09/2019)

In Bardiya, even elected Dalit representatives face caste-based bigotry: Untouchability and caste discrimination may have taken a backseat in public places and platforms, but it is still prevalent on an individual level, say Dalits, by Kamal Panthi (kp 25/09/2019)

As country celebrates the constitution, marginalised groups await amendments: For Madhesis, Tharus, and indigenous groups, the constitution is still a contested document, but the government doesn’t seem too bothered, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 19/09/2019)

Women's battle for citizenship continues: The new proposals regarding the Citizenship Amendment Bill still treat women as second-class citizens (kp 16/09/2019)

Politics of the Dolpo festival: The violation of the political rights of Dolpo in 2014 is still fresh in the minds of many, by Tashi Tewa (kp 16/09/2019)

Fair or not, some say it’s time to talk about skin colour discrimination: Like racism, colourism is largely overlooked and dismissed in Nepal. Some Nepalis say society should start addressing it head on, by June Karkee (kp 10/09/2019), Interethnic representation is fraught with pitfalls: If artists cannot be careful about avoiding exoticising characters, they are better off representing their own, by Pramod Mishra (kp 12/09/2019)

Let women entrepreneurs rise: By ignoring special needs of female entrepreneurs, we are missing an opportunity to modernize the country. Female workers are in a position to contribute to the country’s growth, by Biswo Poudel (rep 09/09/2019)

Voices of women unheard in Dolpa local units: Because of male-dominated local units, plans and policies of the local units are not in favour of women in Dolpa, by Chandani Khatayat (kp 29/08/2019)

Financial exclusion: Poverty, illiteracy and lack of access to financial services are key barriers to promoting entrepreneurship in Nepal, by Jaganath Karki (rep 28/08/2019)

Dalit women representatives in Pokhara say they continue to face discrimination: The representatives say they are disrespected by colleagues and are often relegated to the sidelines, by Deepak Pariyar (kp 25/08/2019)

Nepal to counter Oli, Dahal with note of dissent, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 20/08/2019) [May the male Bahun fighting within this party go on for eternity! Male Bahuns, who constitute only six per cent of the population, fill half of the leading positions within the special committees of the NCP! Of course, this is not criticised by male Bahun Mahav Kumar Nepal !]

Ethnic communities to hold a protest rally on World Indigenous Peoples' Day: The indigenous nationalities say the state is still reluctant to address their concerns of identify and inclusion, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 09/08/2019), Indigenous movement, once a champion for the rights of indigenous people, is losing steam: Activists fighting on behalf of the indigenous population themselves are not hopeful about sustaining their efforts, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 11/08/2019)

Gender stereotypes: Hamper social inclusion, by Bina Jha (ht 02/08/2019)

As tourism minister, there are immediate challenges—and opportunities—for Yogesh Bhattarai: Bhattarai, elected from Taplejung, has been overseeing the party’s publicity department and has often been critical of the Oli administration, by Bhrikuti Rai and Tika R. Pradhan (kp 01/08/2019) [Thank god, another male Bahun! This is obvious what the government understands by inclusion. 10 of the 23 full-fledged ministers are Bahuns, of whom 9 are male Bahuns, although male Bahuns account for only 6 percent of the total population. So 1-2 male Bahuns in the government would be appropriate, not more!]

Ruling party’s repeated failures to ensure representation call its commitment to inclusion into question: The recent selection of the top leadership in its district and metropolis committees has shown a distinct failure to be inclusive, which is mandated by law, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 29/07/2019)

NHRC urges govt to end caste-based discrimination (kp 24/07/2019) [see NHRC report of 18/07/2019, in Nepali]

Despite protests, Public Service Commission continues exams to hire staff for the local level: Protesters have said the vacancy notice is against the principle of inclusion, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 21/07/2019)

Rise against discrimination: How many Dalits possess land in cities? How many Dalit students are enrolled in top-notch private schools and colleges? How many Dalit politicians are there in higher ranks?, by Sangita Chalise (rep 18/07/2019)

Hundreds protest against FPSC’s job notice (ht 17/07/2019)

The dismissal of gender equality: Although the government does have social inclusion provisions, they are largely ignored or purposefully ridiculed, by Deepak Thapa (kp 11/07/2019)

Politics of marginalization: Diversity is strength only if the state promotes a policy of equality and justice. Inequalities, oppression and marginalization lead to instability and conflict, by Tejendra Pherali (rep 10/07/2019)

Government’s apathy renders constitutional commissions ineffective: Dalit, Tharu, Muslim, Madhesi and Inclusion commissions  not a priority right now, an aide to prime minister says, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 07/07/2019) [This state belongs to the small minority of male Bahuns only! They will do everything to keep all other groups excluded!]

With parties still divided on Citizenship Amendment Bill, parliamentary sub-committee fails to make headway: The primary bone of contention remains the provision related to obtaining  naturalised citizenship through marriage, by Tsering D. Gurung (kp 06/07/2019) [The main problem is the male superiority delusion of the patriarchal high-caste political elite and their misguided national identity thinking!]

SC clears way for recruiting 9,000 plus govt staff, by Ananta Raj Luitel (rep 02/07/2019)

Dalit women representatives and decision making: They are entering positions of power in their own right, not thanks to the quota system, and need to be respected, by Sarita Pariyar (kp 27/06/2019)

In the name of merit: It needs emphasising that merit isn’t inherited with the DNA of a person despite claims to the contrary, by CK Lal (kp 26/06/2019)

‘Madhesi Dalits and Janajatis want quota within quota’, interview with Vijay Kumar Dattachairperson of Madhesi Commiussion (kp 24/06/2019)

Why do we encourage women to give up their careers?We, as a society, never question the added responsibility we so often place on women, by Madhukar Upadhya (kp 21/06/2019)

Casteism is so deeply entrenched, not even law can deter it: Elected representatives from Dalit communities say they are discriminated by their own colleagues (kp 19/06/2019)

In filling public sector jobs, the government is making mistakes: It keeps forgetting about federalism and inclusiveness, by Deepak Thapa (kp 13/06/2019)

Inclusion Commission recommends measures to local governments to empower marginalised people: One of the suggestions is building care centres, amusement parks, religious spaces and sports grounds for the marginalised, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 09/06/2019) [A better inclusion on the basis of Khas-Arya ethnicity is rediculous! Male members of this group already dominate all spheres of public life!]

Dalits used as ‘vote banks’ by parties forgotten after elections, by Pant (kp 06/06/2019)

Caste discrimination still a hindrance for Dalits, by Binod Pariyar (rep 05/06/2019)

Breaking the glass ceiling: The participation of women in Nepal’s info-tech sector is still very low but the future holds promise, by Asmod Karki (kp 01/06/2019)

An anaemic republic: Democracy failed to take root because society is poisoned with the toxicity of ethnonationalism, by CK Lal (kp 29/05/2019)

Itahari mayor misbehaves with a journalist and deputy mayor issues apology: The instance may look like simple bureaucracy, but female politicians say it shows how women are denied decision-making role and made to play second fiddle, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 26/05/2019)

The importance of dialectics, by Tejendra Pherali (kp 22/05/2019)

Men sideline women from leadership and decision-making roles in consumer committees, by Menuka Dhungana (kp 16/05/2019)

Improve human development index, NIC told (ht 10/05/2019)

Free Public Service Commission prep classes arranged for Baitadi women, by Tripti Shahi (kp 09/05/2019)

Only 22 percent of working-age women are employed in Nepal: There is also gender pay gap and it must close, experts say, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 02/05/2019)

Women’s empowerment: Still an uphill task, by Kokila Khadka KC (ht 01/05/2019)

Empower minorities: It is the constitutional duty of the three tiers of government to protect the language and culture of the marginalised communities (ht 29/04/2019)

Nothing done to create special, protected or autonomous regions, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 28/04/2019)

Leadership failed to follow principle of inclusivity, ruling party leaders say: District committees announced on Sunday, concluding the unification, have only three women, two Dalits and 19 Janajatis as chiefs, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 24/04/2019)

Don’t compete, cooperate: The savings and credit concept has proven to be an effective tool to empower women, by Prativa Subedi (kp 14/04/2019)

Women groups in Kailali empower rural women, by Ganesh Chaudhary (kp 11/04/2019)

Inequality, Inclusive Growth And Nepal, by Hira Bahadur Thapa (rn 05/04/2019)

Nomination of Supreme Court justices draws flak for not being inclusive: The decision violates constitutional provision on proportional inclusion, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 04/04/2019)

Investment summit showcases the country’s mega projects—and its gender disparity: The biggest stage for business and investment fails to provide stage for women entrepreneurs and investors, by Bhrikuti Rai (kp 30/03/2019)

‘We represent diversity’: Chauvinists can learn from the New Zealand prime minister and change their way, by Pramod Mishra (kp 28/03/2019)

On the wrong side of history: Defending unequal citizenship rights is defending the Khas-Arya man’s status, not the state sovereignty, by Amish Raj Mulmi (kp 22/03/2019)

Women’s voices go unheard in local units led by male officials: Budget for women empowerment and income-generation unspent, by Menuka Dhungana (kp 16/03/2019)

Practice what you preach: The Art & Literature Festival needs to be more inclusive of the Koch-Rajbanshis, by Pramod Mishra (kp 14/03/2019)

Debate on women’s citizenship rights rages as House takes up amendment bill: Activists say lawmakers’ reluctance to grant equal citizenship rights to women is reflective of the deep-rooted patriarchal beliefs in society, by Tsering D Gurung (kp 08/03/2019)

Nepal’s Badi community finds itself in a bottomless pit of despair: Although the community is slowly weaning off the world’s oldest profession to keep their  hearths burning, they are also struggling to shrug off the history they are burdened with, by Basanta Pratap Singh and Dipesh Khatiwada (kp 03/03/2019)

First female CDO offers a ray of hope to people in Jumla (rep 02/03/2019)

Bouquets and garlands for men, but cold shoulder to women: When the national women’s cricket team returned home after a successful performance in Thailand, an empty airport greeted them, by Adarsha Dhakal (kp 01/03/2019)

Nepali women lag behind in economic empowerment (ht 01/03/2019)

Girls' education still not a priority for Jumla families, by DB Budha (rep 25/02/2019)

More reservation quotas sought for ethnic groups, by Jagdishor Panday (ht 19/02/2019) [The text of the bill provides for a reduction!]

Tharu women are taking role of community chief in Kailali, by Ganesh Chaudhary (kp 15/02/2019)

They have a home. They don’t have a country: In a tiny village in western Nepal, arcane laws and government bureaucracy have left families without citizenship and pushed them further into poverty, by Tsering Ngodup Lama (kp 09/02/2019)

Govt moots joint land ownership in couples’ names, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 09/02/2019)

Structural blindness: The foundation of modern Nepal lies in the caste system of governance, by Subhash Nepali (kp 05/02/2019)

Women run the fields: Agriculture in Nepal is experiencing rapid feminisation - why isn’t legislation catching up?, by Maina Dhital (kp 03/02/2019)

Council nominates chairpersons of five commissions, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 21/01/2019) [Once again little social inclusion: Predominantly male Bahuns who constitute only 6 per cent of the country's population! This is true even for commissions that are meant to provide better inclusion of disadvantaged sections of society! Long live male Bahunbad!]

‘Indigenous nationalities neglected’ (ht 14/01/2019)

Third space of conversationIt should be a space for transformation for Dalits and non-Dalits, men and women, by Sanjeev Uprety (kp 13/01/2019)

Richest 10 % Nepalis over 26 times wealthier than poorest 40 % (rep 11/01/2019) [see OXFAM report], Costs of inequality: Key among the development challenges facing Nepal is the ever-widening income and wealth gap between the haves and have-nots, by Cecilia Keizer (rep 13/01/2019), More or less equal? Availability of updated data instrumental for credible conversations about prosperity, by Sailesh Tiwari (kp 18/03/2019)

Engendering change: Reluctance to accept women leadership is a culturalised behaviour (kp 10/01/2019)

The number game: The Public Service Commission has not been shying away from providing government data, by Deepak Thapa (kp 10/01/2019)

Lead anew: The creation of new organisations of historically marginalised groups can lead to transformative change, by Subhash Nepali (kp 08/01/2019)

Give fairness a chance: Conflict is caused by inequality, so inclusive development is needed to sustain peace, by Prakash Paudel (kp 07/01/2019)

Task force recommends reinstating 12 holidays: The incumbent Oli administration had slashed these holidays soon after coming to power last year, saying that the unnecessary  holidays hinder service  delivery to the public, by Anuj Kumar Adhikari (kp 04/01/2019), Panel proposes 13 more public holidays (rep 04/01/2019)

Cabinet names five envoys, recalls three, by Anil Giri (kp 28/12/2018) [They all belong to the small minority of male Bahuns (about 6.5% of the population) that has been "extremely discriminated" by filling most of the positions in state and administration!]

The new trailblazers: It is important to open up non-agricultural avenues for rural women, by Khilendra Basnyat (kp 27/12/2018)

Let women work: Our society does not encourage women to develop entrepreneurship skill even if they are capable of doing so, by Kabi Adhikari (rep 22/12/2018)

Madam diplomat: Women should get more opportunities to show their potential in the global arena, by Illa Mainali (kp 06/12/2018)

Dalit ward members excluded from decision-making, by Pushparaj Joshi (rep 27/11/2018)

Excluded groups to get job quotas only during entry: Unlike the Civil Service Act, the model law proposes such reservation won’t be applicable for promotion, by rithvi Man Shrestha (kp 20/11/2018)

‘Govt not following inclusion policy’, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 16/11/2018)

The indefeasible struggle: When Padma Ratna Tuladhar passed away, a powerful symbol of struggle for dignity of historically humiliated communities of Nepal suddenly disappeared from the scene, by CK Lal (rep 12/11/2018)

Ministry lays groundwork for 6 constitutional panels: Joint-secretaries to  work in capacity of  a secretary of their concerned commission (kp 12/11/2018) [This proves the government's understanding of inclusion: Almost exclusively male Bahuns nominated!]

Women in civil services up by 8 percent: In the fiscal year 2017-18, at least 20,334 women held various positions in government offices-making it 23 per-cent of the civil service. Government records show there are 87,753 civil servants across the country, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 08/11/2018), Let them in: Active representation of women in bureaucracy cannot be ignored anymore (kp 08/11/2018)

Surveillance state and minorities: The state oppresses; but at the same time, it is expected to protect and uphold rights, by Sangita Thebe Limbu (kp 26/10/2018) [The oppressive state elite is also recruited from a minority: male Bahuns (6%) resp. male Tagadharis (14%). To describe other population groups as minorities is presumptuous!]

Brahmins and Chhetris land most government jobs, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 16/10/2018) [Bahuns with a population share of 12.2% secure 33.39% of the jobs!]

Amnesty for inclusive law-making process (kp 13/10/2018)

Parties fail to represent 33 percent women: The issue of women’s representation in the central committee surfaced after the recently unified NCP failed to assign roles to women in line with the legal requirement, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 08/10/2018)

A Dashain diversion: Stories of history and society from perspective of Dalits, Janjatis and Madhesis remain to be written. Until then, only way to get their version is to listen to their woes firsthand, by CK Lal (rep 08/10/2018)

Pushing women away: It is very difficult for women to access information on safe migration. Many do not realize the implications of being flown via India or Nepal, by Ayushma Basnyat (rep 22/09/2018)

Women and the welfare state: The second class treatment that women feel they are getting should be eliminated, by Kartika Yadav (kp 20/09/2018)

Students deprived of higher education due to lack of citizenship (rep 15/09/2018)

Financial inclusion: Progress and challenges, by Bhubanesh Pant (ht 12/09/2018)

To all those fathers: Until masculinity is measured by men’s ability to shuttle back and forth from one wife to another, gender equality will remain an elusive quest in Nepal, by Mukesh Baral (rep 08/09/2018)

Language panel submits report (kp 07/09/2018)

Constitutional Body Recruitment, by Multi Rijal (rn 30/08/2018)

NC told to amend statute to ensure 33pc seats for women (kp 28/08/2018)

School for Chepang kids with modern facilities, by Sarita Shrestha (rep 28/08/2018)

Applications called to form constitutional bodies: The National Inclusion commission has mandate to mainstream the marginalised, poor and disabled people (kp 22/08/2018) [After three years? Wow!]

Convention against progress: Flawed interpretation of ILO convention has resulted in a long delay of project execution and its soaring cost, making the project even unfeasible, by Surya Nath Upadhyay (rep 20/08/2018) [The article describes an inclusive Nepal that does not correspond to reality!]

19/08/2018: Federal Tax Regime Under Attack, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn), I/NGO funding scrutiny on anvil, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp), Centre, central bank in funds duel:

Even local representatives not spared of caste-based discrimination, by Binod Pariyar (rep 18/08/2018)

Daura Suruwal made official attire, by Nayak Paudel (kp 17/08/2018) [Yes, please make the traditional dress of the true owners of the land, i.e. the 15 per cent male Tagadharis, the national attire again! This reflects the understanding of inclusive politics in the mind of the non-inclusive ruling communists!]

Nepal’s suffragette moment, by Om Astha Rai (nt 17/08/2018)

All political parties are technically illegal, by Om Astha Rai (nt 17/08/2018)

Invisible citizen: It is imperative that the state guarantee women’s entitlements as citizens (kp 13/08/2018)

Joint ownership of land on slow rise in Bajhang, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 12/08/2018)

Gender, nation, and women’s honour: Women’s bodies have been instrumentalised to legitimise certain groups’ political and business interests under the pretext of nationalism, by Sangita Thebe Limbu and Kalpana Jha (kp 10/08/2018)

Women in cilvil service: Why we lag behind; While the decision making executive positions are strictly male arena, women officers often get lost in the labyrinthine of the social and cultural gender constructs, by Smita Poudel (rep 05/08/2018)

PM expands Cabinet (kp 04/08/2018) [Now, 14 of the 23 full-fledged ministers (61 per cent) are Tagadharis, 10 of them are Bahuns. Only 16 per cent of the members of the Council of Ministers are women; the constitution requires a share of at least 33 per cent. The secular and inclusive federal state is now farther away than ever! The Council of Ministers has now reached its constitutional limit of 25 members.]

Woman sacked by school ‘for being Dalit’ seeks justice (kp 04/08/2018)

Appointment of non-Buddhist member secretary at LDT decried: NEFIN says the government is trying to establish supremacy of a single ethnicity as in the Panchayat era (ht 03/08/2018)

Women in agriculture: Agriculture sector is being feminised but their contribution is still undervalued, by Arati Joshi (kp 02/08/2018)

Hybrid identities: Higher degree of liberalism regarding inter-ethnic marriages nowadays is reflective of a social change, by Deepak Thapa (kp 26/07/2018)

Dhakal and Pokhrel in fray for the post of law minister (rep 26/07/2018) [Of course, two male Bahuns want to replace one of the 3 Janajati ministers! Nine of the 21 ministers are male Bahuns, although they only make up just over 6 percent of the population. Why is no Dalit woman (about 7 percent of the population) actually nominated?]

Uneven representation: Minorities have been relegated to the sidelines in the federal and state legislatures, by Amar Kant Jha (kp 20/07/2018)

Wages of conformity: Shackles of conformism are so comforting that it takes real courage to break out of its shiny chains. Exodus abroad is an escape, not liberty, by CK Lal (rep 16/07/2018)

Let women rise: Economic and social empowerment will help women emerge as leaders and policy-makers, by Sarmila Bagale (rep 14/07/2018)

Gurung, Magar communities shut Gandaki Province (kp 10/07/2018)

What makes news: The media gives little coverage to women’s issues regardless of their importance, by Rashmila Prajapati (kp 08/07/2018)

Top-down and centralised: The elite’s hold over land, forests and rivers continues in federal Nepal, by Shradha Ghale (kp 03/07/2018)

Flaws of Reservation in Civil Service, by Umesh Pokharel (rn 01/07/2018)

Strong leaders, weak democracies: Authoritarianism does not need a separate governing system; it can function equally well in a democracy, by Amish Raj Mulmi (kp 29/06/2018) [!!]

Participation of Nepali Women in Politics, by Sarmila Bagale (rn 27/06/2018)

Diversity in workplace: Inclusive environment is an important driver of growth that is often overlooked, by Maina Dhital (kp 22/06/2018)

Nationalism: An alternative view; Nationalism should build confidence of citizens in their political leaders, by Naresh Koirala (kp 20/06/2018)

The ruling Nepal Communist Party, among others, break the law to exclude women: They have three months to comply, by Shubhashree Basnyat (The Record 10/06/2018)

Agents of change: Youth voice matters, by Prakash Banjade (ht 08/06/2018)

Casteism denies Dalit lawmaker rental apartment in Kathmandu (kp 05/06/2018), Beyond symbolic inclusion: Caste based discrimination is the elephant in the room that cant be ignored anymore (kp 06/06/2018)

NCP violates Party Registration Act with low representation of women (rep 03/06/2018), EC decides to register NCP, ignoring law (rep 07/06/2018) [Leading parties can do what they want! Obviously, they are above law and constitution!], Move afoot to challenge poll panel’s decision to register NCP (NCP): Proportional representation of women in all organs of the state is crucial to empower women, but more worrisome is the fact that the prime minister and ruling party co-chairpersons are openly defying the legal provisions (ht 08/06/2018)

Reimagining Inclusion: Argument that only certain groups work hard will not hold any weight unless there is a deliberate effort to level the playing field, by Sangita Thebe Limbu (kp 01/06/2018)

Only 16 pc representation for women in NCP central committee, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 23/05/2018) [!!! Besides, the party leadership continues to be completely dominated by male Tagadharis, especially Bahuns!!], Only 16 percent women at NCP central committee (rep 23/05/2018)

Significance of symbolism: There is nothing Maithil or Madhesi about the Kurta-Suruwal ensemble the Premier-duo donned, but it blended so well with the Mughal-Rajput architecture in the background, by CK Lal (rep 21/05/2018)

With reservation: Reservation in Nepal is taking a wrong turn compared to other countries which have practiced it. This should be corrected, by Pratap Sharma (rep 20/05/2018)

Women woes: Even as the importance of women in agriculture in Nepal has increased, they continue to be undervalued, by Kantilata Thapa (kp 13/05/2018)

Fostering Civic Nationalism, by Dev Raj Dahal (rep 01/05/2018)

Algebra of authoritarianism: It’s too early to pass a definitive judgment, but Premier Oli has a lot going for him, by CK Lal (rep 23/04/2018)

Quest for identity: Nepal has only one decade of reservation policy but voices of resistance has started to be heard, mainly from dominant community, by Nishnu Think (rep 22/04/2018)

Casteised economy: State failed to support traditional leather makers even as leather industry booned, by Subhash Nepali (kp 22/04/2018)

Exclusion story: In Nepal, nobody wants to take responsibility for the injustice perpetrated in the name of caste and gender in the past, by Giri Bahadur Sunar (rep 19/04/2018)

That is so unfair: Women fought shoulder to shoulder with men for freedom, and then they got left behind, by Asmita Verma (kp 15/04/2018)

Those trying to foment sectarian violence won’t be spared, says home minister (ht 11/04/2018) [Forces that fight for a return to the Hindu state are very responsible for sectarian demands in the multiethnic, multicultural, multireligious and multilingual state of Nepal!]

Iron will: Ruling parties have the power to send out a message of zero tolerance against gender- and caste-based discrimination, by Deepak Thapa (kp 05/04/2018)

Divide and defame: The EU report treats Khas Arya as the source of all problems. It has tried to create rift and division in closely integrated Nepali society, by Umesh K. Bhattarai (rep 04/04/2018) [An extremely facts distorting and misleading article in strong defence of continued dominance of male Tagadharis!], Pride and prejudice: Need of the hour is to make our nationalism people-centric and broad-based so that all of us can take its ownership, by Manjeet Mishra (rep 04/04/2018) [!!]

Paradox of nationalism: Those who advocate populist nationalism in every opportunity may be a more severe threat to our nation, by Barun Ghimire (kp 02/04/2018), “Paint-on-the road” nationalism: Nationalistic paranoia about the intent and behaviour of internationals and nationals will not help Nepal move forward, by Seira Tamang (kp 04/04/2018)

We shall overcome: Dalits still face discrimination due to state-protected ideology and undeclared exclusion in politics and profession, by Dhana Bahadur Mijar (kp 25/03/2018)

Times change, mindsets don’t: For how many more years will the people need to wait to see an inclusive Nepal?, by Raj Pariyar (kp 23/03/2018)

Politics in a man’s world: Given the requirement to follow the principle of inclusion in the PR part of the election, who you are becomes crucial, by Deepak Thapa (kp 22/03/2018)

EU mission urges EC to maintain transparency (kp 21/03/2018), [see official eu report], Mission against Khas-Aryas’ proportional representation (kp 21/03/2018), EU-EOM report undermines successful holding of election: Government (rep 21/03/2018), Govt rejects EU report on elections: Foreign Ministry says the report not only undermines the recent polls, but also goes against the scope and norms of international election observation (kp 22/03/2018), Stop comments challenging constitution: Govt tells EU (rep 22/03/2018), Uncalled-for report: The Eu election observation mission has gone beyond its mandate to comment on political issues that have already been settled (ht 23/03/2018), EU report totally unacceptable: EC (rep 23/03/2018), Hail to the chiefs, by Om Astha Rai (nt 23/03/2018), Baburam’s U-turn, by Om Astha Rai (nt 23/03/2018), EU mission sticks to advice for EC (kp 24/03/2018), EUEOM claims it fully abided by ToR, MoU (ht 24/03/2018), European Union’s Divisive Mission, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 25/03/2018) [Criticising the EU and favouring the non-inclusive politics of Nepal's male Tagadhari politicians! The EU critics is necessary and justified as long as these politicians continue their non-inclusive practice of selecting candidates for the FPTP system!], PM criticises EU poll mission for its report (kp), Long-term returns: Govt is rightly keen to maintain state’s autonomy but must guard against majoritarian overreach (kp 16/03/2018) [Hopefully, the PM and others of the over-represented male Tagadhari leaders have time and are able to read this excellent editorial!], Lest we ignore: Provisions of positive discrimination are meant to benefit under-represented groups and its very purpose is defeated if an already dominant ethnicity is brought under its ambit, by CK Lal (rep 26/03/2018)

Constructing National Identity, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 20/03/2018)

Orientation to Curb Disorientation, by Prem Khatry (rn 20/03/2018)

1,000 Rautahat couples receive joint land ownership certificates, by Shiva Puri (kp 17/03/2018)

Girls of Badi community being deprived of school education (ht 17/03/2018)

Gender equality: New Opportunities, by Pratik Chhetri and Neha Malla (ht 13/03/2018)

Let’s have inclusive prosperity: Economic growth only will not reduce the poverty and inequality prevailing in Nepal, by Tara Kanel (kp 11/03/2018)

Women to make Thalara Rural Municipality free of inequity, by Basanta Pratap Singh (kp 09/03/2018)

End the stigma: Women migrants, like their male counterparts, send remittance, and eventually bring new skills back home. Don’t they deserve respect?, by Roni Pradhan, Dhaubhadel (kp 09/03/2018)

How long must they wait? Despite progress on political inclusion, women are still weighed down by a culture of silence (kp 09/03/2018)

Time is now #PressforProgress, by Elisabeth von Capeller, Veronica Cody, Vallerie Julliand, Mashfee Shams and Alaina B. Teplitz (ht 08/03/2018), Gender equality still a distant dream, by Bhim Chapagain (rep 08/03/2018), Need for paradigm shift: Nepal constitutionally guarantees 33 percent seats in parliament for women. If we truly want equality, why can’t we aim for 50 percent representation?, by Sakun Gajurel (rep 08/03/2018)

Inclusion in education: Ensure equal opportunity, by Sudarshan Neupane (ht 22/02/2018)

Making room for women: Women can be empowered through creation of equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making, by Sapana Phuyal (kp 20/02/2018)

An unequal constitution: For all the years of debates and discussions on constitutional issues, we could not do justice to Nepali women, by Mohna Ansari (kp 19/02/2018)

Idea of inclusion: Although not perfectly executed, inclusion in the political sphere has been achieved to a large extent. The challenge for the country and the leaders is to ensure that the long-promised growth we hope to achieve as a country is shared as equitably, by Deepak Thapa (kp 19/02/2018)

Prospects of first woman CM in Nepal fizzle out, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 11/02/2018)

Unacknowledged irrigators: Smallholder women farmers are not acknowledged by water institutions, by Gitta Shrestha, Floriane Clement and Patrick Drown (kp 08/02/2018)

Commissions for marginalized face lack of budget, personnel, by Chandni Hamal (rep 28/01/2018)

Muslim community objects to zero representation in NA (ht 27/01/2018)

Only few schools imparting education in mother tongue (ht 25/01/2018)

Make Nepal better: Without the people taking ownership to end discrimination, national campaigns by NGOs and govt can only exact so much change, by Simone Galimberti (kp 23/01/2018)

Bridging the gender gap: Everyone should be given equal opportunities so that they can be assets to the nation building process, by Samaya Lama (kp 21/01/2018)

Founder of modern Nepal: Prithvi Narayan hailed as the unifier (kp 12/01/2018) [For most parts of the country, it was usurpation, not integration! Most population groups are still not equal! Current Nepal deserves her existence as an independent state to Prithvi Narayan, though we must be aware that he did not do it for the country but fort himself!]. Dhading’s Kumal community yet to receive housing rebuilding aid, by Harihar Singh Rathour (kp 12/01/2018)

Representation from Karnali zone dismal (ht 04/01/2018)

Women grab opportunities in politics, by Suresh Yadav (rep 04/01/2018)

Double speak: At least 33 percent women, says the constitution, but only three percent were elected through the FPTP, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 31/12/2017)

Writ on Madhesi Dalits’ PR seats (kp 27/12/2017)

Youth in data: Only by providing adequate opportunities to the youths, can Nepal realize its dream of transitioning into the middle-income country by 2030, by Bijay K. Shahi (rep 25/12/2017)

Male chambers: Only six of 165 candidates picked for House of Representatives under FPTP are women, which comes to a paltry 3.63 percent, by Meena Bhatta (rep 24/12/2017)

Dalit presence in Parliament still seen as tokenism, by Bhadra Sharma (rep 22/12/2017), Protect political rights of Dalits: NHRC chair (ht 23/12/2017)

It’s not over: When Nepal should be moving ahead with all its people on board, the marginalised are still struggling, by Pramod Mishra (kp 21/12/2017)

‘Government media not inclusive’ (ht 20/12/2017)

Building a bridge Why can’t Madhesis and those who look like them, Indians from across the border, visit Pashupatinath without being called names?, by Ram Manohar Sah (rep 16/12/2017)

Investing in inclusion: Constitutionally guaranteed proportional  representation won’t guarantee qualitative change (kp 15/12/2017) [The parties' women discriminating way of nominating candidates for elections is a fundamental crime and a grave violation of the constitution!!], Need to aim higherWomen’s representation in public life has risen, but we shouldn’t become complacent, by Kabi Adhikari (kp 15/12/2017)

No. of directly elected female candidates slumps further: Only six secure seats in House of Representatives under FPTP category in these elections (kp 14/12/2017)

Prez stresses upliftment of marginalised communities (kp 10/12/2017) [For example, by not participating them in politics?]

Equality before the law: Govt must examine all areas of law to ensure persons with disabilities have unbiased right of legal capacity, by Dev Datta Joshi (kp 06/12/2017)

Report highlights barriers Nepali girls face in accessing education: The report provides data of education, child marriage and VAW (ht 02/12/2017)

Space of absence: Women and other marginalised gender groups cannot  afford to ignore inaccessibility to fundamental rights, by Archana Thapa (kp 24/11/2017)

SC calls parties, EC to discuss 33 pc women candidates, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 22/11/2017) [Why only 4 days ahead of the first election day?]

Despite higher population size women voters are less than men (kp 19/11/2017)

From the margins: While there are sparse Muslim settlements in the hilly regions of far western Nepal, they receive little to no attention from government agencies, and political candidates vying for office, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 18/11/2017)

Electoral competency: Women are still underrepresented in Nepali politics and the PR system has not made it any better, by Sanjaya Mahato (kp 02/11/2017), Politicians in proportion: Women must be allowed to contest direct elections so as to develop leadership skills (kp 03/11/2017) [Its is their right! Men have nothing to allow!], Major political parties fail to field enough number of women candidates (ht 03/11/2017)

Dalit leaders demand fair distribution of tickets in second phase elections (ht 28/10/2017)

‘Ensure women participation as per statute' (kp 28/10/2017)

Women leaders demand more media coverage to promote female leadership (ht 27/10/2017)

Parties leave out women, Dalits in candidate selection, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 24/10/2017) [Not even 5 per cent female candidates!!], Fair share of tickets a far cry for women: Three major parties field only nine women for Nov 26 polls, by Arjun Poudel (ht 24/10/2017), Two alliances field just 8 women under FPTP in first phase polls: Poll alliances, reluctance of women aspirants, cited for low female numbers, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 24/10/2017), Gender imbalance: The major political parties  have given importance to male candidates for reasons, or rationale, beyond anybody’s comprehension (ht 24/10/2017)

Disabled people guaranteed right to political participation (ht 16/10/2017)

The democratic treatment: Sooner or later, the commitment of Madhesi intellectuals to achieve equality will be translated into political action; The path that Upendra Yadav and Ashok Rai’s party has shown by forming Janajati-Madhesi alliances and transcending differences in caste, ethnicity and region is the political version of what Madhesi intellectuals have begun to articulate, by Pramod Mishra (kp 28/09/2017)

Strength of a woman: Shortcomings with the microcredit approach have to be addressed to fuel women’s development, by Guneshwor Ojha (kp 22/09/2017)

How Nepal has voted: Fair competition enables members of the janajati populace to rise to leadership positions, by Krishna Prasad Upadhyaya and Krishna Prasad Sharma (kp 14/09/2017)

‘Increase representation of women in economy’ (ht 12/09/2017)

Dalit women come forward to assume leadership (kp 10/09/2017)

Madhesi panel bill endorsed: Tharu, Muslim commission bills stuck for lack of quorum, by Binod Ghimire (kp 09/09/2017), Crucial bills stuck in House for lack of quorum, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 09/09/2017)

Being a Nepali: People tend to meander and talk about broadening “Nepali” identity so as to subsume Madhesis in it, by Bharat Shah (rep 02/09/2017)

So-called Nationalists In Name Only, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km 30/08/2017)

Pressure group for indigenous peoples’ rights: Inter-Party Indigenous Network represents  indigenous leaders from five parties and is support-ed by NEFIN and NFDIN (kp 26/08/2017)

Voice of the people: The UML promotes one type of nationalism in Nepal, but will all their cadres follow?, by Deepak Thapa (kp 10/08/2017)

Undeclared borders: The centre has created a cut-off point defined by physical boundaries and devised mechanisms that perpetuate difference, by Kalpana Jha (kp 08/08/2017)

Gender-aware policies needed: Nepal can’t hope to graduate from its LDC status without reaching out to the poor, by Subhash Nepali (kp 06/08/2017)

MPs demand 55 FPTP seats for women (ht 04/08/2017)

Decks cleared for setting up three commissions: House has endorsed bills related to formation of National Dalit Commission, National Inclusion Commission and Indigenous Nationality Commission (kp 03/08/2017)

Looking beyond the horizon: Politicians are more focused on maintaining power than on principles of justice and structural equality, by Pramod Mishra (kp 03/08/2017)

Awakening Urgency For Nepali Females, by Prem Khatry (rn 01/08/2017), More teeth sought for NWC (ht 01/08/2017)

Remembering Ambedkar in Bangalore: Nepali Dalits lack the generations of affirmative action through reservations in politics, the civil service and other state organs, by David Gellner (kp 31/07/2017)

NEFIN for ensuring proportional representation in all elections: After consulting with indigenous lawmakers from several parties, NEFIN drafts amendment proposals to the election bills (kp 28/07/2017)

Tikapur sees rise in number of people seeking citizenship certificates, by Yogesh Rawal (rep 26/07/2017)

National ID card will be gender inclusive, says Minister Sharma (kp 25/07/2017)

Where’s the will? The constitution is largely Dalit-friendly but sadly few of its implementers, by Dhana Bahadur Mijar (rep 24/07/2017)

Muslim women and girls benefit from literacy classes (kp 22/07/2017)

Written by the winners: Things are improving for the Dalits, but not fast enough; we must do more to ensure an inclusive state, by Dhana Bahadur Mijar (kp 20/07/2017)

Kusunda man’s foray into politics, by Devendra Basnet (rep 19/07/2017)

Take the long viewIt’s in the interest of all parties to respect inclusive provisions in the constitution (kp 13/07/2017)

Her future is our future: When a woman is free to make choices about her life, her children, her family and everybody else will benefit, by Giulia Vallese (kp 11/07/2017), Women empowerment: Many barriers, by Prativa Subedi (ht 12/07/2017)

Poor Nepali Dalits: Only special packages for poverty-reduction among Dalits will bring meaningful change in their lives, by Hira Vishwakarma (rep 09/07/2017)

Kusundas went ire of political parties and election commission for neglecting them, by Devendra Basnet (rep 27/06/2017)

Minority groups flay parties for ignoring them (kp 25/06/2017)

Caste-based discrimination, untouchability punishable (ht 25/06/2017)

Disabled people seek equality (ht 24/06/2017)

Women leaders buoyed, eyeing better posts in next elections, by Kalendra Sejuwal (rep 21/06/2017), Over 5,000 women elected in phase one local polls (rep 21/06/2017)

Girls lag despite outnumbering boys in exams, by Binod Ghimire (kp 18/06/2017), Education of daughters: Disparity in SEE performance shows that girls still have a long way to go (kp 19/06/2017)

Clarity on distinction of excluded groups wanting, says UNDP (kp 16/06/2017) [see IDPG report]

Local level restructuring: Proportional representation, by Birendra P. Mishra (ht 14/06/2017)

Voice for equality: Nepal’s Female Labor Force Participation Rate is 80 percent. But women have a long way to go achieve gender equality, by Ayushma Basnyat (rep 13/06/2017)

Disabled deprived of identity cards, by Gokarna Prasad Bhandari (ht 11/06/2017)

Madhesi Commission chair, members to be from same community (ht 06/06/2017)

Badi women continue to be deprived of citizenship, by Anita Shrestha (ht 01/06/2017)

Book on indigenous peoples' rights in Nepal launched (rep 01/06/2017)

Implementation of laws necessary to help end discrimination (kp 30/05/2017)

Rights all year round: NHRC needs to undertake structural reforms to make it fit for purpose in the new federal set-up; Tikapur case shows that unless there is representation of linguistic and religious minorities in the NHRC’s structures, it would be difficult for it to win the confidence of these groups, by Mohna Ansari (kp 26/05/2017)

Including the excluded: The real winners of the local elections are not political parties, but women, by Om Astha Rai (nt 26/05/2017), Federal feminine republic of Nepal (nt 26/05/2017)

Categorisation of ethnic nationalities as minorities: On April 24, the government published a notice on the Nepal Gazette declaring 98 communities with population below 0.5 percent as minority groups, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 23/05/2017)

Come, all ye faithful: Why would Dalits stand outside a closed door when the next one says welcome?, by Rajendra Senchurey (kp 23/05/2017)

SC orders citizenship through mother for Gurung sisters, by Anjali Subedi (rep 23/05/2017)

Dalits in leadership: Dalit community is hopeful that they will no more have to fight for their rights, by Janak KC and Sangam Gharti Magar (rep 22/05/2017)

Civil society group calls for charter revision (kp 19/05/2017)

Tharu communities in Kailali worry their traditional rules will die out (ht 18/05/2017)

Not quite half the sky: Intricacies that limit women’s participation in politics must be brought to the fore, by Anjita Parajuli (kp 14/05/2017)

Technically included, practically left out: The number of Dalit candidates for top jobs in municipal and village councils is near zero despite commitments for inclusion in the constitution and party documents, by Bhola Paswan (The Record 13/05/2017)

Female politicians displeased with sexism in nomination process (kp 05/05/2017)

No woman candidate for major post in Mugu, by Suman Malla (rep 02/05/2017)

Female leaders forced to accept candidacy for second position (ht 02/05/2017)

Voting centre location excludes disabled, pregnant women (ht 02/05/2017)

Sole woman candidate for local level election in Kalikot (rep 01/05/2017)

UML picks male candidates for top local level posts in Siraha (ht 29/04/2017) [This is the UML understanding of inclusion and equality!]

Hardly any female aspirant for major posts in Dhading, by Shankar Shrestha (rep 29/04/2017)

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), Better than before? Women’s empowerment requires concrete policies and their robust implementation (kp 28/04/2017)

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)

A Common Framework for Gender Equality and Social Inclusion, by Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Working Group, International Development Partner Group (IDPG) (18/04/2017)

Support Nepal, a not for profit, non government organization working strategically to restore imbalances and inequalities being faced by minority groups, especially ethnic, religious and linguistic groups

Fighting inequality in Nepal: The road to prosperity. OXFAM report, 11 January 2019

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