In the caste-based social structure of Nepal, at least one-seventh of the population, so-called “Dalits”, have experienced discrimination, marginalization, and oppression for centuries. Mr. Moti Lal Nepali, a Dalit activist from Nepal, will give a talk about the socio-political status of Dalits in Nepal. A short film, Yash Kumar’s Bato Muniko Phool – the Prologue (Flowers Under the Path – the Prologue), will be screened, revealing the daily struggles of Dalits in Nepali villages today. Dr. Drona Rasali will explain Nepaldalitinfo Network’s role in fostering awareness of Dalit issues in Nepal.
Reception at 4pm, talk begins at 4:30pm.
This event is sponsored by the Himalaya Program, the Centre for Indian and South Asian Research, and the Department of Asian Studies.
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About the Speakers:
Mr. Moti Lal Nepali is a noted Dalit activist writer and civil society leader of Nepal. He is currently the National Chairman of Dalit NGO Federation- Nepal. He is also the Chairman, Dalit Welfare Association; Convenor, South Asian World Dignity Forum; and a Founder Board Member, National Advocacy Forum Nepal.
Dr. Drona Prakash Rasali is the founder-moderator of the Nepaldalitinfo International Network with 700 current members. He is a health surveillance director in British Columbia; an Adjunct Professor (Health Studies) at the University of Regina; a Fellow of American College of Epidemiology; and an international leader of Nepali Diaspora.