During the People’s War (1996-2006), I was working as the secretary of People's Power Consolidation Department in the base area. I remember meeting a group of Dalits while I was on my way to Balidan Commune in Rukum. They were marching with panche baja, the traditional set of musical instruments. The group was displaying their instruments of production as if they werecarrying their weapons with confidence and pride. I was surprised, amused and satisfied to see such a sense of empowerment on their faces! That was 2005.
KATHMANDU, Aug 23: Socialist Party Nepal's Federal Council Chair Dr Baburam Bhattarai has insisted that Dalit community should unite for a guarantee of further rights by institutionalizing the achieved ones.