KATHMANDU: Samata Foundation has announced that the second season of the popular Television show Jaat Ko Prashna will be hosted by more celebrities of the country.
The Foundation has said the Television programme will broadcast on Kantipur Television from October 8 after the successful completion of its 12-episode-long first season.
“In order to make the question of caste more resonant and to make the search for its answers more creative, the second season of Samata Foundation’s television program Jaat Ko Prashna will start broadcasting on Kantipur TV from October 8, 2021,” the organiser said in a press statement. Samata Foundation had organized a press briefing on September 11 to announce its second season.
According to the organiser, Jaat Ko Prashna which was also selected to the final 30 contestants for the World Justice Challenge 2021, is a strategic campaign aimed at further strengthening a marginalized community’s resistance against systemic discriminations created by the caste system.
The 12-episode television program created last year had gone on air from August 1 amidst the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the consequent lockdown, has sparked dialogues at the household level against caste-based discrimination and untouchability, and against the caste system dominated by patriarchy.
Nepal is a multiethnic, multilingual and multicultural country. The Nepali society is founded upon the caste system. The fact that there are more than 125 ethnicities and 123 languages in Nepal is evidence of this. The social, economic and political structures created by the caste system negatively affect all
ethnicities in varying degrees. Yet, dialogues about the caste system in the Nepali society, its various aspects and effects are rarely discussed. Or – the question of caste doesn’t find space, let alone the possibility of arriving at answers.
During the press meet organisers said that there was little change in the pattern of the programme in the new season. “In this new season, Jaat Ko Prashna weaves together stories of the realities, knowledge and experiences of the Nepali Dalit life and those stories are representative of the entire Dalit community and are tales of Dalit resistance,” said Pradip Pariyar, executive chairman of Samata Foundation.
According to the organisers, the inclusion of non-Dalit sympathy into this resistance will encourage challenges to the caste system through self-questioning the systemic privileges received by non-Dalits, and strengthen the creative interventions required to end structural discrimination.
“The caste system has tormented every caste and ethnicity. Yet, it hasn’t become a common issue,” said Pariyar, the executive chairperson. “Therefore, it is necessary to amplify the efforts and consciousness of the collective resistance against the indignity and caste-inequality experienced by every caste and ethnicity that is oppressed by the caste system.”
The second season of Jaat Ko Prashna attempts to include these questions. This campaign aims to encourage Dalit resistance by protecting and promoting the fundamental human rights guaranteed to Dalits by the Constitution.
Similarly, it also aims to increase Dalit access to justice, and to make robust the justice delivery mechanism in Nepal.
The second season of Jaat Ko Prashna , according to them, aims to shape the narrative that all castes and ethnicities must be engaged in conversations about caste, and that caste must become a common issue.
Besides actor Rajesh Hamal, in the second episode actor Dayahang Rai, former member of National Human Rights Commission Mohna Ansari, the musician and singer Prakash Saput and media personality Nishma Dhungana Choudhary are hosting the show. Pariyar said each celebrity will host two of the total 12 programmes.
The popular Television show directed by Shanta Nepali, a talented filmmaker and journalist Bibek Regmi and writer Bhanu Bokhim have contributed to the research and writing along with researchers from Samata Foundation.
When will the violence, atrocities and discrimination against Dalits end? When will Dalits experience citizenship in the state of Nepal? When will caste-based discrimination end? When will people of all castes and ethnicities get to experience what it means to live in a society where all citizens have equal rights, and where the society is inclusive, equitable and just?
The TV show is an attempt to answer these questions.
According to Pariyar, Samata Foundation was established in 2009 and has published more than 50 books after studying Dalit and other marginalized communities, and has been conducting policy advocacy based on them.
“Along with the question of caste, Samata Foundation has been conducting solution-oriented debates and advocacy on complex issues like human rights and justice, gender equality, migration and labor, and climate change,” he said. “Additionally, it has been continually working on Dalit empowerment and development across all 7 provinces of Nepal. Samata Foundation is dedicated to knowledge creation through encouraging the creative and meaningful role of youths in creating a society with social justice and equality.”