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Giri Bahadur Sunar

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The Failed Dalit Struggle

Published On: June 23, 2021 01:03 PM NPT By: Giri Bahadur Sunar

The dream of creating a classless society has remained just a dream. It could never become a reality.

For Dalits, love is forbidden

Published On: June 11, 2020 01:07 PM NPT By: Giri Bahadur Sunar

Have you ever heard a Brahmin man murdered for marrying a Dalit woman? At least, I have not. Love is blind, it is said. But I say love has eyes of caste, race, ethnicity, religion, sex, wealth, and geography. The provision of the constitution that all adults, irrespective of their gender and caste, can choose their partners sounds like a false promise.

Can men be feminists?

Published On: October 27, 2019 12:30 AM NPT By: Giri Bahadur Sunar

Simone de Beauvoir in her seminal book The Second Sex argues that men cannot be feminist because of the intrinsic differences between the sexes.  Some writers argue that men do not suffer the same oppression as women, and, as such, cannot comprehend women’s experience and so they cannot constructively contribute to feminist movements. There are some  radical feminists who argue that only by rejecting the masculine perspective entirely can feminism allow women to define themselves on their own terms, and that the involvement of men in the feminist movement will inculcate the values of patriarchy.

No means ‘no’

Published On: July 31, 2019 12:30 AM NPT By: Giri Bahadur Sunar

Dressing in a sexually appealing way is not an invitation for sex. If a woman agrees to allow a man to pay for her food or drinks, it does not mean that she owes him sex

Capitalism and Dalits

Published On: June 22, 2019 12:05 AM NPT By: Giri Bahadur Sunar

According to Marxism, history is all about the struggle between bourgeois and proletariats, former seeking to enrich themselves, latter fighting for equality. The proletariats, Carl Marx believed, can liberate themselves only by intensifying class struggle to bring the revolutionary transformation in the society. In Hindu system, conflict happens between atheists and theists, Aryans and non-Aryans, feudal lords and landless, the ruler and the ruled, and higher castes and Dalits

Sanskrit for Dalits

Published On: May 7, 2019 12:25 AM NPT By: Giri Bahadur Sunar

It was reported on May 31, 2018 that Bikash Karkidholi, eight years old, was not admitted in Shree Krishna Dwarpayan Gurukul Bedbidhya Asharam in Bhadrapur, Jhapa because he was a Dalit. I wanted to know if all Sanskrit schools are denying admissions to Dalit children. I went to Bhagwat Sanyas Ashram located at Ram-Mandir site in Pashupatinath temple premises.

Why Dalits convert

Published On: April 14, 2019 01:25 AM NPT By: Giri Bahadur Sunar

One might argue, quite legitimately, that Manusmriti was written years ago, many things have changed since then and therefore it is pointless to discuss Hindu caste system. I don’t agree with this view because Nepali laws until 1951 and even recently were guided by old Hindu values, norms, customs, royal edicts and rituals.

Rough road to inter-caste marriage

Published On: November 17, 2018 12:05 AM NPT By: Giri Bahadur Sunar

On August 15, Republica carried a news report about inter-caste marriage and conflict. A neighbor from Charambi village of Arun Rural Municipality had gone to the district headquarters of Bhojpur to file complaint after they were severely beaten up by the family of Sushmita Rai who was married to Nishan Nepali. The Rai family and relatives had indiscriminately beaten up several Dalit families and had taken back the bride home the same day of the wedding.

Exclusion story

Published On: April 19, 2018 12:30 AM NPT By: Giri Bahadur Sunar

In Nepal, nobody wants to take responsibility for the injustice perpetrated in the name of caste and gender in the past

Love is social

Published On: February 14, 2018 12:26 AM NPT By: Giri Bahadur Sunar

Women invest far more in love and they give far more affection to men than they receive in return.

School of love

Published On: February 3, 2018 12:58 AM NPT By: Giri Bahadur Sunar

Have you ever imagined about a school where students are offered courses on love? Creative thinkers think it is possible.  Aswini Koirala’s book Premalaya (“School of love”) offers some perspectives.

Better safe than sorry

Published On: November 27, 2017 07:04 AM NPT By: Giri Bahadur Sunar

Self-defense training is not only about kicking and punching, which in any case do not work unless women are psychologically empowered

Her own protector

Published On: November 6, 2017 01:00 AM NPT By: Giri Bahadur Sunar

Most women self-defense training in Nepal is mistakenly focused on ‘physical self-defense’

Less equal

Published On: January 17, 2017 12:15 AM NPT By: Giri Bahadur Sunar

We must aim for a socially inclusive country that ensures the welfare of a broad section instead of serving few elites