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Radio Programme 'Asamaanta ra Sakaratmak Kadam' (Inequality and Affirmative Action)

23 June onwards • Every Sunday 8 – 8.30 am • Radio Sagarmatha (102.4 MHz)

The conference ‘Inequality and Affirmative Action: Situation Nepal in Global Debates’ held in Kathmandu in July 2012, saw presentations on diverse topics by national and international scholars. The papers presented at the conference were summarised and translated and are now being published in three issues of Shikshak magazine as a special supplement. The Asar supplement of Shikshak can be accessed here.

Following this publication, the papers are being used to form the basis of a weekly half-hour radio programme on Radio Sagarmatha from 8–8.30 am every Sunday, starting on 23 June, 2013. The programme is also carried by 15 other radio stations to cover all of Nepal. Each radio programme will focus on one of the papers written about the various facets of inequality and affirmative action.

The radio programmes will feature Basanta Thapa, Dyuti Baral and Hari Sharma of Social Science Baha along with Mukta Singh Lama-Tamang of the Central Department of Sociology/Anthropology, Tribhuvan University, and Hira Vishwakarma, Indepent Scholar, discussing the contents of the papers. Whenever possible, Nepali authors of the papers will join the show as guest speakers.

Since it is a live programme, callers can field questions to the presenters. Please tune in and participate in this programme to be part of the debate that is of great relevance and importance to the Nepali public.

The archived shows can be accessed here.

Click here for the full schedule of radio programmes.

Click here for a list of radio stations, broadcast coverage area, and the respective timings of the programme.

# Title Date
1 Episode 21—Susan Hangen: ‘Diversifying and Decentralising the State: Affirmative Action in Education’ November 16, 2013
2 Episode 20—Anand Teltumbde: ‘Positive Discrimination Policies in India: An Evaluation’ November 7, 2013
3 Episode 19—Mara Malagodi: ‘Legal Equality between Recognition and Redistribution: Constitutional Drafting and Adjudication in India and Nepal’ November 2, 2013
4 Episode 18—Kåre Vollan: ‘Affirmative Action and Power Sharing Instruments: Possible Electoral Arrangements for Nepal’ October 26, 2013
5 Episode 17—Mahendra Lawoti: ‘Affirmative Action and Political Representation across Time, Groups and States: Testing Claims for and against with Cases of India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka’ October 19, 2013
6 Episode 16—Alpa Shah: ‘A Step Back from Ethnic and Indigenous Rights’ October 5, 2013
7 Episode 15—Om Gurung: ‘Implication of Rescheduling Indigenous Peoples for Affirmative Policy in Nepal’ September 28, 2013
8 Episode 14—Sara Shneiderman: ‘Disentangling ‘Ethnic Federalism’ and Affirmative Action’ September 21, 2013
9 Episode 13—Khyam Bishwakarma: ‘Affirmative Action in Nepal: What Does It Mean for Dalits at the Grassroots Level?’ September 14, 2013
10 Episode 12—Uddhab Pyakurel: ‘Caste-based Discrimination and Discourse of Affirmative Action: Perspectives of Successful Dalits in Surkhet’ September 7, 2013
11 Episode 11—Anjoo Sharan Upadhyaya: ‘Affirmative Action and Women in India’ August 31, 2013
12 Episode 10—Ram Bahadur Chhetri: ”Women and Men Are the Two Wheels of the Chariot’: Rhetoric and Realities of Quotas for Women in Politics and Governance in Nepal’ August 24, 2013
13 Episode 9—Meena Acharya: ‘Design and Delivery of Affirmative Action for Gender and Inter-caste Equality in Nepal’ August 17, 2013
14 Episode 8—Ajay Gudavarthy: ‘Can We De-stigmatise Reservations in India?’ August 10, 2013
15 Episode 7—Dilli Ram Dahal and Krishna Bhattachan: ‘Inequality and Affirmative Action in Nepal: Issues and Challenges’ August 3, 2013
16 Episode 6—N R Madhava Menon: ‘The Case for an Independent Equal Opportunity Commission to Address Inequalities in Multi-Cultural Societies’ July 27, 2013
17 Episode 5—Debipriya Chatterjee:’Can Affirmative Action Policies Succeed in the Presence of Social Marginalization?’ July 20, 2013
18 Episode 4—Glenn C Loury: ‘The Simple Economics of Affirmative Action Policies’ July 13, 2013
19 Episode 3—Ashwini Deshpande: ‘Caste Discrimination and Exclusion: Assessment of Affirmative Action as a Remedy’ July 6, 2013
20 Episode 2—Hilary Silver: ‘Social Inclusion and Affirmative Action: Conceptual and Policy Distinctions’ June 29, 2013
21 Episode 1—Neera Chandhoke: ‘Locating Affirmative Action in the Concept of Equality’ June 23, 2013