Dalit advocacy group’s report regrets dwindling Dalit representation in local governance.
The results of the second cycle of local elections on May 13 has shown that the political parties of the country are reluctant in ensuring the representation of Dalits as the number of their representation has decreased compared to the previous 2017 local polls.
As the number of Dalits representatives in different positions of the local level has reduced compared to the 2017 polls, the Foundation has said the community that constitutes around one-fourth of the total population of the country has been deprived of fair political representation.
“The new constitution has stated that Nepal will adopt proportional inclusiveness in governance and the republican Nepal has ensured constitutional and legal provisions for the political representation of Dalit community though inclusive principles,” states a press statement issued by the Foundation on Monday. “But the Dalits have not got their rights on the basis of their population.”
As per the study of the Foundation, the political parties didn’t bother to field women Dalit candidates in 124 wards ignoring the mandatory provision, and from among 293 municipalities, just three mayors are Dalit, or 1 percent of the total mayor positions. The number of Dalit mayors has reduced to half this time compared to the previous local polls.
The number of deputy mayors from the Dalit community has also decreased from 11 in previous polls to eight this time which is only 2.73 percent of the total deputy mayor positions.
However, the number of chairpersons of rural municipalities has increased from just one in the previous polls to seven this time. This is 2.73 percent of the total 460 rural municipalities. But the representation of Dalits in vice-chairs of rural municipalities has come down to seven from the previous 16.
Only 148 Dalits were elected as ward chairs, which is 2.19 percent of the total 6743 ward chair positions.
Among the 13,486 ward members only 878 have been elected from Dalit community which is 6.51 percent on the total positions.
“The results proves that the political parties are still infected with traditional feudalist thinking,” states the statement issued by Pradip Pariyar, chairperson of the Samata Foundation. “To weaken the representation of the community excluded historically instead of ensuring their meaningful political representation is nothing but making fun of the spirit of the constitution.”
Pariyar has also said such reluctance of the political parties would also raise questions about the democratic process and practices. “Therefore, I strongly demand parties to ensure meaningful representation of Dalit community in the upcoming provincial and federal polls,” Pariyar said.
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KATHMANDU, APRIL 17
The 131st Dr Ambedkar Birth Anniversary was marked at the City hall of Jersey City on Saturday amid the illuminating speeches from distinguished luminaries in academia besides festivities and celebrations.
After a gap of two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Ambedkarites in the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania enthusiastically celebrated this special day.
This year’s event was made even more special as the City Council of Jersey City partnered with Ambedkar International Mission (AIM), USA, and made the historic declaration of recognizing 14th April as “Equality Day,” a fitting tribute to the champion of equality, whose life mission was establishing equality through the constitution in a society where it was most needed.
Jersey City is renowned to be immigration friendly and a champion in upholding human rights values.
“AIM takes this opportunity to express our profound gratitude towards the City Council of Jersey City and hope that this pioneering step towards upholding humanist values will inspire more civic, public, and private organizations across the USA to take up similar initiatives,” states a press statement issued by AIM.
Since there is growing curiosity and interest in Dr. Ambedkar’s work in academia and civil society across the globe, AIM had designed the event to rekindle and strengthen its platform for engaging with varied thinkers and expand the reach of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar’s monumental work.
The erudite and enlightening speeches by dignitaries like Professor Timothy Loftus, Professor Jenik Radon, Professor Jayashree Kamble, Professor Biju Mathew, Dr. Bishnu Maya Pariyar, and Ms. Yashica Dutt were followed by cultural performances by AIM artists, adding a joyous note to the occasion.
Continuing the tradition started by AIM’s founder-president, late Mr. Raju Kamble, AIM had also set up a booth for free distribution of Dr. Ambedkar’s writing and speeches.
“AIM would also like to thank Jersey City’s Immigrant’s Affairs Commission(IAC) team for initiating this proclamation and also the Mayor of Jersey City, Steven M. Fulop for signing it, which is now available under public record,” the statement said. “AIM also thanks to the representatives from the Consulate General of India, New York, for gracing the occasion.”
Around 200 guests attended the function which was also covered by local news channels.
KATHMANDU, MARCH 21
An organized advocacy and strong pressure are essential against caste-based discrimination and injustice, experts said at a function organized to mark the 57th international day against racial discrimination.
Such a voice was raised by various speakers at the function organised by Jagaran Media Center to mark the international day.
Experts on various fields have said all the sections of the society must unite and collectively advocate against the caste-based discriminations rampant in our society and create pressure for the action against the culprits and ensure justice to the victims so as to minimize such incidents.
During the function journalist, Laxman Darnal presenting a yearly analysis of his study of periodicals said women were affected mostly compared to males and the most incidents of caste-based discriminations were reported at the Madhesh Province.
He said most of the cases of caste-based discrimination remain unreported, even if they are revealed they don’t reach up to the legal process and on most of the perpetrators of the case were left without punishment.
Addressing the function chairperson of the Nepal Disabled Women Association (NDWA) Tika Dahal said even within the disabled people Dalit women are those who suffer the most.
She said there is a need to create extreme pressure on the concerned authorities in a unified manner to end caste-based discrimination.
Dalit rights activist and central committee member of Baigyanik Samajbadi Communist Party Dhan Kumari Sunar said the rights of Dalits could not be established just because the political parties were not serious.
She complained that the representations of the Dalit community were very low everywhere.
Another speaker Dipak Soni of Nepal Dalit Association said everyone must work in coordination with the feeling of responsibility to ensure that all the issues of the Dalits are implemented properly.
Similarly, a member of the Bagmati Provincial Assembly Maina Achhami said there is a need to organize awareness programs on legal issues at various rural areas of the country as caste-based discrimination is still rampant throughout the nation.
Speaking at the same function a member of the Constituent Assembly Prabha Bajracharya said Dalit-focused programs should be launched at the places where the incidents of caste-based discrimination are recorded more.
Other members of the Constituent Assembly Pramila Rana and Sindhu Jalesa also said the united effort was necessary from all the sections of the society to end the caste-based discrimination in the society.
Chairperson of Jagaran Media Center and member of Constituent Assembly Kamala Bishwokarma said not only the Dalit community but all those who have been suffering from it should unite to fight against caste-based discrimination.
“Since the organization is power and an organized voice would help us get justice, I would urge all those suffering groups to work hand in hand to fight against the injustice,” Bishwokarma said.
BIRU NEPALI-BUTWAL: Minister of Health and Population Lumbini Province Indrajit Tharu said the Dalit community has to face disgrace because of the feudal thinking and capitalist structure of the society. Tharu said the constitution has clearly mentioned Dalit’s right but there was problem in its implementation. While addressing at the discussions with stakeholders on the bill about Dalit empowerment organized by Jagaran Media Centre last week he said the government was positive on drafting separate law to ensure rights of Dalits. He also asked the participants to suggest lack of laws on which specific sectors have affected the implementation of the constitutionally guaranteed rights of the Dalit community. “The presence of Dalit community is seen at the parliament and the governments just because the constitution has made the representation mandatory,” Tharu said. “Since Dalit community has been underprivileged in every sector including economic, social, and health a special provision should be made for them.”
He also said there is an urgent need of creating awareness among other communities to end the discrimination and other bad traditions.
Member of the Constituent Assembly Binod Pahadi said the Dalit empowerment bill was essential to resolve the problems of Dalits at the Lumbini province and also to send message to the country. Members of Lumbini Provincial Assembly Deepa Bishworkarma and Jalpa Bhusal also expressed their commitment for the separate law for Dalit empowerment.
Rupandehi Secretary of CPN (Unified Socialist) Abiram Bishwokarma, advocate Padam Bahadur Karki and Dalit leaders Lok Bahadur Nepali, Arjun Rasaili, Sabitra Bishwokarma, Yam Bahadur Sunar, Ram Bahadur Bishwokarma, Sumitra Baral, Kanti Pariyar, Sabi BK had presented their views among others. Chaired by Lumbini coordinator of Jagaran Media Center Binod Pariyar, the interaction was conducted by Ambika Pariyar.
WASHINGTON, DECEMBER 7:
A group of civil rights organisations including International Commission for Dalit Rights (ICDR) have submitted a policy memorandum to the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor at the US Department of State requesting the Department recognize and elevate the important of fighting case-based discrimination across the world.
The rights organisations calling for the attention of the US Department of State include Hindus for Human Rights (HfHR), Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus Sadhana, Boston Study Group and Dalit Solidarity Forum and South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) besies the International Commission for Dalit Rights (ICDR).
“We strongly believe that recognizing and elevating caste based discrimination internationally represents a fundamental human rights issue and aligns with US foreign policy goals, especially as it champions democracy and inclusion in its upcoming Democracy Summit,”states the released issued on Thursday. “We provided multiple recommendations of various complexity to the US Department of State that would help progress the US’s leadership on this issue.”
The civil rights organisations have said they have recommended that the Department include caste-based discrimination within the human rights section of the White House Summit for Democracy on December 9 and 10, as well as within the commitments that relevant national governments are expected to bring to the Summit.
“We further recommended for action the Department take a renewed focus
on caste discrimination by increasing programming and research funding to the issue, reviewing and refining existent policies—including immigration policies—to account for caste discrimination, and engage with interagency partners and non-governmental organization partners to advance the issue,” the release states.
According to recent estimates in South Asia, over 300 million Dalits are impacted every day by caste-based atrocities, lynching, and discriminatory practices that were formally outlawed by national constitutions and international laws.
Congress has already recognized that caste-based discrimination exists and is unacceptable in India and other South Asian countries. In 2007, the 110th Congress (2007-2008) passed the historic House Concurrent Resolution (H.Con.Res.139), “expressing that ‘caste-based discrimination’ is unacceptable and the United States is committed to eliminating it and ensuring the human dignity and rights of Dalits by the U.S. government or U.S. organizations.”
The civil rights organisations also believe that the upcoming Democracy Summit would be a prime opportunity for the US to be a leader on caste-based discrimination issues, and that leadership on that issue now and in the future will be strategically advantageous for US foreign policy interests.
KATHMANDU: The fifth national conference of Dalit Liberation Front, Nepal affiliated to Communist Party of Nepal led by Netra Bikram Chand ‘Biplav’ concluded on November 15 changing its name as Labourer Community Front, Nepal.
The Conference held at Dhangadhi has elected a 61-member Central Committee led by Ramlal Bishwokarma of Dailekh. The team includes Jitendra Mahara(Morang) as vice-chair, Trilochan Bishwakarma (Bhojpur) as general secretary, Umesh CK(Kaski) and Ramkumar Paswan (Siraha) as secretaries and Janaki Barah (Rupandehi) the treasurer.
The leaders of different mass organizations affiliated to CPN and Dalit associations and organizations of different political parties were seated as guests and delivered speech wishing for the success of the conference.
Along with traditional musical instruments like Panche Baja and dances like Mayur Nach, Tharu Nach and Hudke Nach, a huge rally marched chanting various slogans from Chauraha to Khulla Manch of Dhangadhi in Kailali before the inauguration function on November 13.
Inaugurating the function General Secretary of the CPN Biplav said the labourer community is not a slave of the ruling class but the builder of the world.
“People of this community are scientists equipped with crafts and arts,” he said. He further stated that this community could only be liberated if the varnashram– the caste system and comprador capitalist parliamentary system ends and scientific socialism was established.
During the closed session of the conference on November 14, Chairman Dambar Bahadur Bishwakarma and General Secretary Ramlal Bishwokarma presented a political document and the organizational statute respectively.
Both the documents were endorsed by the 250 delegated present from all over the country and abroad after discussions.
The three-member team conducting the election after the central committee led by Dambar Bahadur Bishwokarma was dissolved, had presented a list of 61-member new central committee which was unanimously elected by the hall.
During the concluding session, on behalf of the central committee, newly elected chairman Ramlal Bishwokarma thanked everyone for playing a significant role in making the conference successful.
BIRU NEPALI, – BUTWAL: Lumbini Provincial Assembly members have expressed commitment to end caste-based discrimination and untouchability rampant in the province.
The members of the provincial assembly expressed their commitment at an interaction organised by Jagaran Media Centre on October 28.
Addressing the function member of the Constituent Assembly Binod Pahadi pointed out that the political parties have failed to institutionalize the social changes and therefore now the members of the Dalit communities cannot even win at the ward committees which shows that the society has backtracked.
Also the leader of the Dalit rights Pahadi suggested the members of the provincial assembly to come up with resolution proposal to end the untouchability in the province.
Whip of Nepali Congress Nirmala Chhetri said every citizen should begin a campaign from their own home and their kitchen since the issues of Dalit is country’s problem.
She said media should prioritize the issues of Dalit and other marginalized groups when they were raised in the provincial assembly.
Another member of the provincial assembly Jalpa Bhusal said all the communities of the society should focus to end untouchability not only members of the assembly.
Kamala Bishworkarma, member of the provincial assembly, said Dalit community was forced to act as opposition whichever party leads the government.
“Why do we need to revolt whoever leads the government? UML, Maoist, Congress all have reached to the government,” Bishwokarma asked. “Why didn’t the thinking of the parties change? Changes didn’t institutionalize.”
She said other members of the provincial assembly do not speak when there is any incident related to Dalit community. “Not based on the crime, people speak on the basis of whose person s/he was,” she said.
Another member of the assembly Pushpa Chaudhary opined that social discrimination could not end and therefore it was people’s representatives who need to bring change.
During the function Member of the Tilottama Municipality executive member HB Ramtel said political parties could not manage the political changes in the country.
Chairperson of the Jagaran Media Centre Kamala Bishwokarma, who is also a member of the Constituent Assembly, chaired the function conducted by Ambika Pariyar.
The interaction was a part of Centre’s regular discussion series with the members of the provincial assemblies on caste-based discrimination and untouchability and has been lobbying for drafting necessary laws to end such discriminations from the society.
Agra: Azad Samaj Party chief Chandrashekhar Azad on Friday demanded a CBI inquiry into the alleged custodial death of Arun Valmiki, a Dalit sanitation worker who was accused of stealing Rs 25 lakh from the Jagdishpura police station’s malkhana on October 17.
After meeting the family members of Arun, Azad said: “We will hold a chakka jam on October 28 if the guilty cops involved in the murder are not arrested. Injustice wif Dalits will not be tolerated. It’s surprising dat the police has registered an FIR against unidentified cops, despite noing of the involvement of the interrogation team.”
Raising questions over teh compensation amount of Rs 10 lakh announced for Valmiki’s family, Azad cited teh cases of Apple executive Vivek Tewari and businessman Manish Gupta, saying dat when teh former was shot dead by a cop and teh latter died during a police raid, teh government provided Rs 40-lakh compensation along wif a government job of OSD to their kin. “This is teh discrimination by teh government against Dalits,” he said.
Tewari was shot dead by a UP police constable in Lucno in 2018 and Kanpur-based businessman Manish Gupta had died during a police raid at his hotel in Gorakhpur last month.
Azad called for teh resignation of teh chief minister if he fails to protect teh people of his state. “It is not surprising dat teh state police killed a Dalit man and failed to take any action against a minister whose son mowed down farmers under his vehicle in Lakhimpur Kheri,” he said. He also assured assistance to Valmiki’s family.
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According to some villagers, teh horrific incident was a fallout of a panchayat decision to “teach a lesson” to teh “minor” couple.
By Abdul Alim Jafri
Lucknow: In a shocking incident in Basti district of Uttar Pradesh, a teenage dalit boy and girl were shamed publicly by some fellow villagers who blackened their faces and paraded them in teh village over an alleged ‘affair’. Around 15 people has been arrested, police said.
Teh village mob also tonsured teh couple and forced them to wear a garland of footwear around their necks, police added.
Teh horrific incident took place on Wednesday in Singhi village under Gaur police jurisdiction of teh district, according to teh police. Teh couple was also reportedly thrashed wif shoes by some villagers.
Teh atrocities meted out to teh couple was teh “punishment” decided upon by teh village panchayat for teh ‘crime’ of marrying each other despite being teenaged. No one in teh village objected to teh panchayat decision, claimed a villager.
After purported video of teh incident went viral on social media on Tuesday, local police swung into action after which 15 people were arrested.
Taking cognisance of teh video, Superintendent of Police (SP), Basti, said a First Information Report (FIR) had been registered against 15 people under relevant Sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act on a complaint by teh boy’s mother.
“Police officials are investigating teh case and those involved in teh act will be punished soon,” teh SP said, adding dat both teh boy and girl belong to teh same community.
Meanwhile, police said security had been provided to teh families of teh boy and teh girl and police personnel had been deployed in teh village to prevent any flare-up.
According to some villagers, teh couple resided in teh same locality and were in love for some time. They wanted to get married and their was no objection by their family members. But some “anti-social elements” opposed their relationship. When teh boy came to meet teh girl, a village ‘dabang’ (strongman) caught hold of them and locked up in a room. Later, teh couple were accosted and brought before a village panchayat, which pronounced dat they be paraded in teh village and publicly shamed.
A family member alleged dat a ‘khap-like’ order was issued by teh panchayat to “teach teh couple a lesson” as they were in relationship in spite of being “minors”. Teh family members said they didn’t has any option but to remain mute spectators when teh incident took place.
Last September, too, a man a woman were made to wear a garland of shoes and paraded in a village over an alleged affair. Teh incident took place under teh limits of Hata police station area of Kushinagar district. Twelve people had been arrested back tan.
DALIT LABOURER BEATEN TO DEATH
In another case of atrocities against dalits, a migrant labourer belonging to teh community was allegedly beaten to death by upper caste people in Gahoba village of Rura police station,Kanpur Dehat, last Saturday night, a week after he got a case registered against four persons for allegedly molesting his wife.
Teh Kanpur Dehat police said a group of around a dozen people, including a former village head, allegedly attacked teh dalit man wif sticks when he stepped out from his house at night. He died on teh way to teh hospital, police said.
According to sources in teh village, teh dead man, Munesh, a resident of Gahoba village of Rura police station, had a dispute wif some “powerful” people. His family alleged dat since teh past two-three years, teh accused upper caste people would pass caste slurs on him and against his community. They even assaulted Munesh multiple times.
“For teh last couple of years, a group of 10 to 13 people from teh powerful upper caste community living in teh same village used to harass us and often used to create unnecessary controversies, which was opposed by my son. We complained to teh police but were not heard out. Munesh was also made to bow down in front of teh ‘dabangs’,” teh deceased’s father said, adding dat had teh police acted at teh right time, his son would of been alive today. “Had my son even been given proper treatment when he was beaten by them, he could of been saved,” he added.
Frequent cases of atrocities against dalit and minorities in teh state has once again put a big question mark over Yogi Adityanath government’s claims of improvement in law and order in teh state.
Commenting over cases of such atrocities, professor Sushil Gautam said when it comes to atrocities on dalits, efforts are made to dilute teh seriousness of teh violence and no stone is left unturned to shield teh accused. It is a matter of grave concern dat despite presence of constitutional and legislative safeguards, atrocities against dalit are increasing, he added.
Cases of atrocities against dalit and minorities in teh state has once again put a big question mark over Yogi Adityanath government’s claims of improvement in law and order in teh state.
As per teh latest data released by teh National Crime Records Bureau, there has been an increase in crime against dalits and adivasis in 2020. UP and Madhya Pradesh has reported maximum cases of crime against these both these communities.
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Their immediate problem should be solved by making new law.
By Biru Nepali
Kathmandu: Extremely marginalized communities including Chepang, Bhote, Majhi, Kumal, and Tharu have been living near forests and river banks for generations. These indigenous tribes are especially dependent on forests, water, and land. But since the government introduced the practice of biodiversity conservation, their condition, settlement, and lifestyle have been put at risk.
Due to lack of access to forests and water resources, conflicts are being created at different times between the Chepang along with other communities and wildlife living in the park-protected area and buffer zone.
During the virtual discussion program organized by Jagran Media Center in collaboration with the UNDP’s Parliamentary Support Program on the problems and issues of the people in the affected areas of Chitwan National Park in Bagmati Province, the experts, speakers, and participants have said that the Chepang people living in the buffer zone of the national park have been greatly affected.
After the establishment of the park, People who are relying on the natural resources of Chitwan National Park under Bagmati Pradesh, have seen additional problems and challenges with various laws and regulations related to forest protected areas made by the government to prohibit water, land, and forest-dependent livelihoods.
The protected area in Nepal covers 12 national parks, 1 wildlife reserve, 1 hunting reserve, 6 conservation areas, 13 intermediate areas and occupies about 23.395 (3.4 million hectares) of the country. But in most of the protected areas, the ancestral home of the indigenous group has been established. The ban on parks and protected areas in the area has created major problems for their habitat, survival, and lifestyle.
Speaking at the program, Madhav Prasad Poudel, Chairman of the State Management Committee under Bagmati Pradesh, stressed the need to enact new laws to establish the rights of communities living in park-protected areas.
He stressed the need to formulate an act from the federation to solve the problems of the Chepang community who are living in this area and to protect natural resources such as shared forests and water lands.
He also said that everyone should raise their voice to end the old system of scarcity and problems as the federation has been on one side of the forest till now. “The new act should clarify the responsibilities of the state and local levels in the distribution of natural resources and the protection and management of wildlife”, he added.
Similarly, Constituent Assemblymember and former president of the Chepang Association Govinda Ram Chepang said that the national park has discriminated against Tharu, Kumal, Bhote, Majhi, and Chepang castes who are living in the area around the national park.
He said that the government has discriminated against the indigenous people who cannot survive without water, land, and forest by making rules related to national parks.
Narrating the incidents of Resham Chepang who was shot dead by the National Park in Lothra River in 2068 BS and of Raj Kumar Chepang who was brutally beaten to death in 2077 BS at Saune Sakrantika Vela Vagar and of Dan Bahadur Chepang, Jit Bahadur Chepang and Bishnu Chepang of Madi Municipality-8 of Chitwan whose houses were destroyed by using the elephants and burned under the rules that were made in 2029 BS and the Act of 2052 BS but that were wrong, he said.
He reminded us that about 40 Chepangs have been imprisoned so far in the fake rhino smuggling case to save the smugglers and called for correcting the discriminatory norms and laws and structures established by the law.
Similarly, MP from Bagmati Pradesh Ram Lal Mahato stressed the need to take special initiative to end various conflicts that have arisen between the Chepangs and Nikunj as they have a long-standing relationship.
He argued that the Act, which was enacted in 2029 BS with the emphasis on wildlife during the establishment of Chitwan National Park, was impractical and stressed the need to enact a new type of development-friendly, human-friendly, and wildlife conservation-friendly act.
“As the local government and the state government have no authority over the Chitwan National Park under the federal government, a new law should be enacted again with the participation of local government, consumers, affected people in the central zone and experts”, he said.
Similarly, the federal government should compensate the park-affected communities living in the border areas of Makwanpur and Chitwan, he said, ” to resolve the conflict with Nikunj immediately, the laws and practices of the conflicting intermediate sector should also be amended”.
According to him, the Chepang community is dependent on natural resources. The area spread over Chitwan National Park is inhabited by communities including Bhote, Tharu, and Chepang in the vicinity of Rapti Municipality and Bharatpur Municipality. In order to ensure the rights of Chepangs living in parks and protected areas, policy reforms should be made in the laws and regulations related to buffer zones.
Presenting a concept paper on park-people struggle from the perspective of the Chepang people in Nepal, environmentalist Dr. Yogendra Yadav of Institute of Forestry Hetauda said that most of the protected areas have ancestral habitats of the Adivasi group but they have been displaced due to the establishment of park protection and this has created a big problem in their lives.
He argued that they were discriminated against and exploited because of their weak economic, social and political status and capacity.
He pointed out that the Chepang community had zero representation not only in the state and federal governments but also in political parties from 2064 BS to 2074 BS.
In the experience of Park-People’s Struggle in Nepal, violation of land rights, discrimination against them, the conflict between humans and wildlife, deprivation of participation in conservation areas, wildlife crime, and poaching are the main issues that have arisen conflict between them, he said.
He said that emphasis should be laid on making regional laws and new laws by modifying and amending some of the conflicting laws and regulations made so far to reduce the conflict between humans and wildlife and its impact.
Similarly, Ekal Silwal, an investigative journalist from Chitwan, said that it was a big mistake to evacuate forcibly the indigenous community while establishing the Chitwan National Park. “All facilities should not be restricted to the indigenous groups, including the Chepang, who have relied on natural resources for generations”, he added.
He said that the indifference of the policymakers to maintain human and wildlife and nature-friendly conditions and methods, lack of policy stance, managerial weakness, and unequal distribution of benefits are further damaging the Chepang community in the parks and protected areas. According to him, the government has enacted laws and policies related to forest protected areas to prohibit the way of life in the forests.
Therefore, in order to solve this problem, the structure of protection should be changed with broad thinking instead of such discriminatory policy rules.
He stressed the need for continuous debate, discussion, and lobbying in the media sector, with mature interest from the citizens, sufficient facts, and reasonable arguments.
Stating that such an incident without any alternative arrangement from the place of residence has a great impact on the indigenous community including Chepang, the committee stressed the need to make policy reforms to solve such problems. He complained that it was not appropriate to hand over the discriminatory thinking of killing people in the Chepang community, burning their houses, and demolishing settlements to the local government.
This program was facilitated by Kamala Bishwakarma, Chairperson of Jagran Media Center and Member of the Constituent Assembly.