Nepal – the country of the Buddha and the Mt. Everest

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Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 25, 2012

[Lumbini-Kapilvastu Day Movement does not endorse the opinions of the author.]


By Gabriel Lafitte

Among Tibetans and their supporters worldwide, Nepal evokes dread. The news out of Nepal is invariably bad. The 20,000 Tibetan refugees in settlements are prisoners, unable to move freely, unable to obtain certification of their refugee status, unable to find employment or get an education, stigmatized and excluded. They may not publicly vote, protest or even hold religious celebrations of the birthdays of their most revered lamas.

China’s power over Nepal extends to equipping and financing the armed forces to patrol the border with Tibet, to apprehend Tibetans using the only route of escape. China’s ability to get the Nepali army to do its security work is aided by the willingness of Nepali politicians to be seduced by the largesse of China’s aid program, no strings attached, no accountability auditing of where the money went. From the outside, it seems that Nepal, riven by revolution, is agreed on only one thing, right across the spectrum, from Maoists to royalists: no-one likes the Tibetans.

It is not just the elite that is prejudiced. The Tibetans, like the landless urban poor in the Kathmandu slums along the riverbanks, are considered sukumbasi, a term so broad it includes all the excluded, the displaced, landless, unacknowledged refugees, with no means of subsistence, suspected of thievery, gold smuggling and an inclination for criminality. Sukumbasi are feared and sneered at, especially by the upper caste Bahun Hindus who depict them as dangerous outsiders, despoilers, polluters of the rivers, a threat to the nation. The slum dwellers are seen as puppets of the Maoists, a rent-a-mob willing to swarm into the city on command to fill rallies with their shouts. The sukumbasi are said to have toppled the king, and that behind the scenes, they are tools of foreign meddlers or get undeserved help from NGOs. Read the rest of this entry »

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Utilization focused evaluation of the nature and extent of use of Antenatal Services in Nepal

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 2, 2011

By Prabha Shrestha

This project outlines a research proposal for the evaluation of a Nepali government program designed and implemented to improve the health status of women in general, and pregnant women in particular. This evaluation proposal has been developed based on Patton’s approach (Patton 1997) because he emphasizes the active participation of the primary stakeholders in the entire process of the evaluation to maximize the utilization of the findings in the program, thus making the program more effective and efficient. Moreover, it suggests that researchers analyze the views of stakeholders in order to determine findings and to form the research committee overseeing the evaluation. As a result, stakeholders may have greater ownership of the findings to make changes in the program since they understand the research process better; it is argued that without the active involvement of the primary stakeholders, the findings may not be utilized in the rural health facilities ofNepal.

This evaluation proposal has been designed with the involvement and/or agreement of the commissioner of DoHS to ensure the effective implementation of the evaluation plan and to maximize the utilization of evaluation findings.

 1.2     Country context

Nepalhas a multicultural, linguistically, ethnically, and religiously diverse population, derived from the large-scale migrations of Mongoloid groups fromTibet(northern part ofNepal) and Indo-Aryan people from northernIndia(southern part ofNepal) (Asiarecipe, 2003).  Indo-Aryan groups consist of the people of Tarai, Pahari, Newar, and Tharus, where as most of the Tibeto-Nepalese groups comprise the Tamang, Kirati (Rai/Limbu), Sherpa and Sunwar.  However, it seems difficult to identify who is indigenous and non-indigenous toNepal. Many customs are inherited from both sides and have been developed by the influences of the land, climate and available resources as well.  Nepali is the major official language and Hinduism is the major religion (Shrestha 2003) but there are no conflicts among other religions, including Buddhist, Muslim and Christian groups. Read the rest of this entry »

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