The Annual Kathmandu Conference on Nepal and the Himalaya – Kathmandu, Nepal

Conference Year: 2014

Citizens of a Hydropower Nation: Territory and Agency at the Frontier of Hydropower Development in Nepal

This paper blends a theoretical framework for understanding social and spatial change in areas affected by hydropower development in Nepal with ethnographic accounts of diverse ‘lived experiences’ of hydropower development in the watersheds of the Trishuli and Tamakoshi rivers. Discussing hydropower development in terms of the turbulences and negotiations that mark its fluid boundaries this …

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Secondary Level Organization and Exclusion in Community Forestry: A Case Study of Federation of Community Forestry Users, Nepal (FECOFUN)

Although community forestry (CF) in Nepal has been considered a successful program in terms of improving forest conditions, supporting forest-based livelihoods and enhancing local level community engagement, its exclusionary outcomes have been well documented. However, more focus has been given to the socio-cultural, economic and institutional factors at the community level as the causes of …

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“Sikkimization” and Gendered Anxieties of Nepali Sovereignty

Discussions about women in Nepal, especially in tracing contributions to the nation and democracy, almost always emphasize women’s participation in democracy movements, opposition politics and various leadership positions.  Thus for example, there are numerous histories that trace the role of various women from Yog Maya Neupane onwards.  These histories are very important contributions because they …

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‘A University for the Nation’s Survival?’: A Story of the Failed Attempt to Establish a University in Nepal

Nepal’s first university, Tribhuvan University, was established in 1959, which is pretty well known fact to those who are interested in Nepal’s education system. What however is not known to the most is the earlier effort(s) to establish a university in Nepal. Surprised many would perhaps be if one were to say that the first …

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On Three Basic ‘Ritual’ Gestures in Byans, Far Western Nepal

In this paper I describe and analyze several basic elements of rituals among Rangs in Byans, Far Western Nepal and adjacent regions, focusing on three different named gestures or bodily movements carried out very frequently in their “rituals”. Rang traditionally lives in several Himalayan valleys in Darchula District in Nepal and Uttarakhand in India, and …

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The Nepalese Indra Festival as Index of Contemporary Political Life

The Nepalese Indrajatra, the autumnal festival of the Hindu god Indra, is the mul Jatra (root festival) of the city of Kathmandu. The origins of this festival lie in the Sanskrit texts of classical India: the epic Mahabharata (most likely its first appearance), the dramaturgical Natyashastra, the architectural Samarangana Sutradhara, and the royal-astrological Brihat Samhita. …

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Money Speaks: The Effects of Remittances on Caste-Based Discrimination

Nepal, traditionally an agrarian society, used to offer limited employment opportunities. However, since this last decade it has witnessed drastic changes in its labour market. With an approximate 1600 youths leaving for foreign employment every day and remittances accounting for a large 25 percent of its GDP, Nepal is slowly and duly coming to be …

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