The Constitution of Nepal-2015 has allocated the power of state among one federal government, seven provincial and 753 local governments, called rural and urban municipalities. Elections of these institutions were held in 2017 and all the office bearers are in place to run the business of the country. A big debate is going on among various sections of Nepali society in respect of the performance of these elected institutions in leading the country, alleviating the hardship of the people and taking the country to the path of prosperity. The issues grappling the public discourse are about rampant corruption, nepotism, favoritism, poor service delivery and high incidence of taxes, fee and charges sapping up the meager income of the people.
Division along ideological lines is one of the important markers in contemporary Nepali society. People often box each other under various groups based on party, caste, ethnic, regional and gender lines. Along with these, people are also categorized under professional categories such as the generic terminology of technocrats. It is interesting to note the conspicuous absence of independent or autonomous individual/s or groups. If someone claims to be so, s/he could become a matter of laughing stock.
KATHMANDU, Mar 2: Lawmakers on Sunday urged the government to launch a special campaign to stand against certain ill practices in Nepali society such as witchcraft, social problems like dowry system, and criminal activities such as acid attacks.
A female colleague of mine came rushing over to me and said in a whisper, “you have the stain on your back.” I instinctively knew what stain she was talking about. I was having my period, and somehow despite being careful there are always those times when the “stain” shows off.
Her face was dipped into boiling fish curry simply because she was not cooking fast enough. And then the perpetrator, none other than her husband, locked her inside and left to bring ointment, which he never did. Fearing that his dastardly act would become public and he would have to face the consequences, he ran away the next morning.
Nepali people have been expressing anger against the so-called VIP culture because people are often made to wait for hours during the motorcade of the president and other VIPs. This VIP culture has made people question if there is any difference between republican democracy and monarchical rule.
Pasa Puchah Guthi UK London (PPGUK London), the UK based Nepali association organized ‘Women in Nepali Society: Talk with Subina Shrestha’ at SOAS University of London. Shrestha is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist and the Harvard Nieman fellow.