A year before Parasite, an American biographical comedy-drama directed by Peter Farrelly won the Academy awards for best picture. The movie follows the concert tour by the distinguished African American pianist and a jazz composer, Don Shirley, through the deep south sometime in 1962. To put this date in perspective, this was before Martin’s Luther King’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which outlawed discrimination.
‘Much ado about nothing’ is the title of a play by William Shakespeare which he wrote toward the end of the 16th century to highlight disagreements and bad behavior of newlywed couples in most cases on trivial matters. More formally and generally, the phrase means ‘a great deal of fuss over a thing of little importance’.
Throughout history women have fought and criticized oppression and discrimination via literature showing that they too can be as powerful and as creative as anyone else in the world. Here we bring to you a list of five books with iconic female leads that are worth a read (and perhaps a reread).
JAJARKOT, May 14: Bheri Municipality of Jajarkot district has claimed that it will eradicate caste-based discrimination and the practice of untouchability from the local unit within the next eight months.
RUPANDEHI, April 28: After being accused of discrimination for boycotting the wedding feast organized by a Dalit family of Suddodan Rural Municipality of Rupandehi, 22 non-Dalit guests have apologized to the family and agreed to participate in a joint feast.
International Day of Sports for Development and Peace which was celebrated on April 6 this year offers an opportunity to reflect and introspect on the potentials of leveraging sports for the good of the society. The other day I was reading news about recent cases of racism across European football fields with more instances of verbal abuses against players just because of the colors of their skin. Sadly and unsurprisingly the targets were not only foreign players but also native players of diverse background, whose parents or grandparents had settled in Europe.
PYUTHAN, March 24: Caste-based discrimination is still widely prevalent in the remote areas of Nepal. The so-called 'high caste' people still refuse to consume anything touched by the Dalits. A large number of people in our society are discriminated, suppressed and ostracized by society for belonging to certain castes. They are regarded as 'impure' and 'untouchable'.
RUKUM, March 8: Dhansari Sarki of Banfikot Rural Municipality-6 in Rukum (West) is currently working at an under-construction hydropower project in her village. She reaches the working field as early as 9 am and works until 5 pm along with her co-workers. After working all day long, she earns Rs 500 a day.
Physically and mentally challenged people face discrimination in society and sometimes they are seen as a stigma. However, there are some who are breaking the limitations of their body and excelling at what they do using their skills, creating space for themselves. Helen Keller, Franklin D Roosevelt, Jhamak Kumari Ghimire are prime examples who have lived dignified lives contributing to the society. They are the ones whose physical impediment did not overshadow their dream.
DHANGADHI, Sept 21: The local unit, as well as the provincial and federal governments, decided to provide compensation to the family of 13-year-old Nirmala Pant, who was raped and murdered around two months ago in Bhimdatta Municipality of Kanchanpur.
NEW YORK, July 28: Human Rights Watch has accused the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) of discriminating against female athletes after implementing a rule prohibiting women with a high testosterone level from competing.
TIKAPUR, May 15: Ramesh Badi of Lamkichuha Municipality – 3 was extremely worried about his son’s health. Doctors had declared that his son suffered from brain tumor and that his family might not able to afford his treatment. The landless family, which had been living a kind of nomadic life along with other Badi people in a jungle side, gave up hope. However, ‘god’ appeared to help him one day, he says.
DAILEKH, March 17: A month after the students padlocked the school administration, venting their ire against the school authority for allowing a Dalit woman to cook their lunch, Himalaya Basic School (HBS) of Teejdanda of Chamundabindrasaini-1, organized a 'joint feast' with the objective of erasing the caste-based gap between the students.
KATHMANDU, Jan 31: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ' 'Prachanda' has said the government was working with full dedication to addressing political, social and cultural problems facing the Dalit community since long.
KATHMANDU, Dec 10: Some female staffers at the Ministry of Health have complained that they are frequently shunted about within the office to accommodate new staff. Some of them alleged that they have been discriminated against with regard to office space just because they are female.
Sukhadeo Thorat, Professor Emeritus at Jawaharlal Nehru University since 2014, is the chairman of the Indian Council of Social Science Research. He also served as Director of Indian Institute of Dalit Studies. Republica’s Kamal Pariyar caught up with Thorat while he was in Kathmandu to participate in Darnal Award for Social Justice and other lectures.
KATHMANDU, July 7: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Women Children and Social Welfare, CP Mainali has said the government was working out to bring a new Act to ensure the rights of women and children.