Varna System and Class Struggle in Nepal, a book by Aahuti, now translated in English


A book “Nepalama varnavyavastha ra varga-sangharsha” (नेपालमा वर्णव्यवस्था र वर्गसंघर्ष” in Nepali) written by Aahuti, a noted Dalit writer is now translated in English. The book contains articles on caste system and identity struggle in Nepal.

Excerpts from the foreword of the book by Professor Chaitanya Mishra read as:

Much has been written in India on Dalitness and on the nature of relationship between Dalit and others. However, among them, very few have been able to capture the higher historical-theoretical perspective on Dalitness… This book should be translated into at least the Maithili and Hindi languages. It should be studied by even more intellectuals and politicians in South Asia. Additionally, simplified and concise portions of the book should be included in the school and college curriculums.”

– Professor Chaitanya Mishra, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Tribhuvan University.

Reflecting on his bitter experience how the Hindu feudalism is deep rooted in the functioning of political parties, the author Aahuti voices his discontent upfront on the face of the book, “If a meeting was conducted at the house of a Brahmin or Chhetri, I repeatedly experienced the compulsion for some to sit inside the room and some outside for reading the circulars. It is a great misfortune that, even after repeatedly experiencing such problems, attention has not been directed to researching the Hindu feudalism that has been posing serious obstacles on class unity. Such deplorable conditions inside political parties clearly indicate the reality of the extent that Hindu feudalism directly and indirectly shapes the structure and thinking process in the political parties.”

“नेपालमा वर्णव्यवस्था र वर्गसंघर्ष” (Nepalama varnavyavastha ra varga-sangharsha)

Original version written in Nepali. Author: Aahuti

Original version published in 2010 by Samata Foundation in Lalitapur, Nepal.

English Translation by Mahesh Raj Maharjan and Kiran Darnal

Price of the book (in Nepal only): Nepalese Rupees 500.

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