DANG, DAILEKH, Oct 1: Until two decades ago, ‘life was fun’ for the Rautes (a nomadic ethnic group). Dashain or any other festival would be even greater fun. There was a different kind of social fabric back then.
SURKHET, Feb 24: Five years ago, Shambhu Prasad Chaurasiya, the then District Forest Officer (DFO) of Surkhet reached Nalkhola Community Forest to meet Rautes, the last nomadic tribe of Nepal. When he urged the leader of the community Mahin Bahadur Shahi to start agriculture, take up jobs and send their children to school, Shahi said to him, "You become a Raute like us, we will become commoners like you."