The Role of Leaders in Combatting Caste Discrimination in Nepal: Act Here and Now!

The political, social and state machinery leaders of Nepal have a significant role to play in combating caste discrimination meted out to its victims on every day basis, especially in the setting of what is predominantly a traditional society even today – in the 21st century. This is the reason why the United Nations had called for commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination with the 2014 Theme, “The Role of Leaders in Combatting Racism and Racial Discrimination”. This role for all leaders to play is long overdue. Not all leaders realize just yet, taking for granted, the seriousness of suffering that the victims of caste discrimination have to go through. When the CNN Heroes can realize the seriousness of the suffering of HIV/AIDs patients or the children of prisoners, why cannot the social and political leaders be sensitive enough to the suffering of children victimized by caste discrimination that leaves them tortured and tormented for life? It is high time that the leaders put themselves in the state of suffering of the caste discrimination victims to realize for themselves that it is way more than any imaginable suffering of the mankind, when the victims have been humiliated and forced to accept the life below human dignity. The traditional societies have been too cruel with their treatments to the victims of caste or racial discrimination to the level not unacceptable in the 21st century. The Dalit people of Nepal still suffer from such a treatment meted out them by the Hindu traditional society. The social, political and state machinery leaders have a role to combat against such unacceptable treatments, such as untouchability. They have a role to act here and now!

Remembering the day of the killing of 69 people by the South African Apartheid police opening fire on the crowd of peaceful protestors 54 years ago, 21st March is commemorated annually as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination as declared by the United Nations. On this day, the Nepaldalitinfo salutes in solidarity to all the defenders of Dalit rights!

Nepaldalitinfo Report
March 21, 2014.

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