The Black Day: Yarsagunbu, the State, and the Struggle for Justice

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Tashi Tewa Dolpo


The emergence of the unified Nepal with its centralized structure has put indigenous peoples in danger. Exclusion has been a primary medium to negate the indigenous peoples and their knowledge. Violence has become a new weapon to silence these peoples. The state is still reluctant to accept indigenous peoples' demands though the peoples' aspiration of justice reflects their own socio-cultural and political context, affected by the state led exclusion and violence. The interrelation of this hidden structural violence and continued historical exclusion by the state has led to continuing direct violence and injustice on the indigenous peoples of Nepal.

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Tashi Tewa Dolpo, Social Science Baha

Tashi Tewa Dolpo is originally from Dolpa, Nepal. He holds a master's degree in political science from Tribhuvan University in Nepal. Under the supervision of Dr. Rajendra Pradhan, he completed a research project entitled "The Indigenous Movement: The Gendered Perspectives." He was also involved in many other research projects and worked as a research associate for Social Science Baha. In addition, he assisted in the preparation for the ethnographic profile of Dolpa, funded by the National Foundation for Development of Indigenous Nationalities (NFDIN). Besides participating in several indigenous movements and national and international level meetings, he has also published journal articles, opinion based newspaper articles, and online articles.


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