Accepted Paper:

Role of ethnicity centered political party in inclusion: focusing on the Nepa Rastriya Party  

Author:

Keshav Lall Maharjan (Hiroshima University)

Paper short abstract:

This paper examines the issues on which the Nepa Rastriya Party, the party raising the concerns of Newars, stands to make their presence and contribute to the national polity of Nepal.

Paper long abstract:

The concept of inclusion is perceived to have evolved from the concept of social inclusion, a tool of social welfare policy to contain the deprived people in the safety-net through the process of inclusion and emancipation so that they could become the equal memebrs of the society, hene create a life world smoother for everybody to live peacefully. However, the end results of the policies were not as expected. The concept became more a tool for identity politics in the Nepali life world of plural identity. With the politicization of the concept of inclusion, awareness building, right base concerns growing, there have been movements through out the country, mostly ethno-centric (ethnicity, caste, religion, region based) to claim for their share in the state affairs to enhance their life world. In such a condition, how Newars, around half living in and around the Kathmandu valley and the rest scattered through out the country, with inbuilt caste system and multi religion, history of struggle against the state power for their livelihood world; language, culture and era position themselves is important to understand the ongoing ethnicity centered movemnts in the formation of the new constitution, which would mirror the Nepalese pluralistic society. This will be done by interviews and discussion with the rank and file of the party and the local dwellers and examining the basic principles and manifesto of Nepa Rastriya Party and how it intentds to contribute in the constitution making and nation building thereafter.

Panel P037
Comparative ethnography of 'inclusion' in Nepal: discourses, activities, and life-worlds