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Nepal – The Resistance of the Dalits and Dreams of a New Nepal

Posted by hetty7 on January 24, 2012

The introduction is from an interview Winter Has Its End journalists , Eric Ribellarsi and Jim Weill, did in Nepal with Tilak Pariyar, Chairman of the Dalit National Liberation Front of Nepal, an organization associated with the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist)The title of this interview is Dalit Dreams of a New Nepal.

ER: Can you start by explaining what it means to be a Dalit in Nepal?

Dalits are a community within the Hindu religion, based off the caste system. The caste system was brought here by India, and it has been spread all over the South Asian countries. People have been divided up into castes. The laboring classes have been treated as lower class people.

Laboring people have been called “untouchables”. It means that if you touch a laboring person, you will become impure. This system was adopted by the government, as well, which created all of these laws based off of the caste system. And this has been continuing in our society for about 3000 years. The laboring people are forgotten by this system. For this reason the Dalits have gathered in one party, the Maoist Party, the one party that wants to change society.”

The following article is from myrepublica, and is an example of the militant resistance of many of Nepal’s Dalits. 

Dalits Shut Down Palpa, Obstruct Highway


Palpa, Dec. 27: A Dalit organization in Palpa has called for a strike in Palpa district on Tuesday protesting the murder of Manbir Sunar.

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Microcredit schemes no solution for Dalit women in India

Posted by redpines on April 13, 2011

While not a radical or communist analysis, the following article shows how even the most “innovative” capitalist solutions to problems of poverty, caste and gender oppression in India are inadequate. As the article suggests, underlying structural problems that cause displacement and dispossession remain: “…communal resource areas in villages, where women used to harvest fish and vegetables, have been converted for the production of commercial cash crops.” Contrast this with the approaches of India’s Maoists who offer the people far more comprehensive and dignified models. The piece originally appeared at

The pitfalls of microcredit among Dalit women in India

Dalit peoples in South Asia are a disadvantaged group. Historically they have faced discrimination as they are considered to be a lowly caste. Regarded as ‘untouchables,’ they historically performed work that was ‘unclean.’ They did leatherwork, cleaned the sewers, disposed of animal carcasses, swept the streets and did other work that was regarded as ‘polluted.’  Today, Dalits are often still regarded as outcasts and their ‘unclean’ status stems either from their actual occupation or from descent. Read the rest of this entry »

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