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Digging for Dalit: Social Justice and an Inclusive Anthropology of Nepal. Where can we find Dalits in discussions of the earthquakes?

Digging for Dalit: Social Justice and an Inclusive Anthropology of Nepal

An apt metaphor would be “under the rubble,” with the muffled cries of hard-hit Nepali communities calling our attention to their social marginalization. Much like the caste fissure between pure and impure, the earthquakes pitted insiders and outsiders against each other in the realm of public commentary and rendered silent those voices aligned with Dalits’ concerns. Like the structures that collapsed, so did old social barriers (albeit temporarily), prompting some observers to report on instances of intercaste cooperation. Mothers and babies. Bimala Majhi, 21, with her baby born just five days after the earthquake is now living in a shelter next to the ruins of what was once her house.

Mothers and babies

Photo: Om Astha Rai Om Astha Rai in Sindhupalchok The April earthquake not only flattened Januka Chhetri’s house but also damaged a health post she used to visit before having her baby. She was eight-month pregnant when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Nepal, destroying over 600,000 houses and 619 health facilities. Chhetri spent a few nights under a tent and then shifted to her maternal home in Melamchi. Remote Access Operations: Larke Pass, Nepal on Vimeo. The country is yours. Porters transporting a car across a stream in Nepal (January, 1950).

The country is yours

PHOTO: Volkmar K. Wentzel JUL 01 - It is a story worth telling, the one about how cars were carried over the mountain trails on human backs till the 1950s so that Nepal’s ruling class in Kathmandu could zip around the Valley’s few roads. It is something that adds to Nepal’s exotic mystique, which most of us are guilty of encouraging. For the most part, the grainy, black-and-white photographs of these laborious undertakings showing scores of men struggling with metallic beasts of vehicles tell us nothing more than just that. Who will guard the guards themselves? Karl Marx’s book, The Eastern Question, was first published in 1897.

Who will guard the guards themselves?

It is, to quote from the sub-title, “A Reprint of Letters Written 1853–1856 Dealing with the Events of the Crimean War.” Marx could be a dull, even tedious writer, and we know that a lot of his more memorable lines were written for him by his long-time friend, partner, and financial supporter, Friedrich Engels, starting with the famous opening words of the 1848 Communist Manifesto, which they co-authored, “A spectre is haunting Europe—the spectre of communism. All the powers of old Europe have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this spectre: Pope and Tsar, Metternich and Guizot, French Radicals and German police-spies.”

Engels also had a formidable intellect to go with a gift for dramatic expression, which he put at Marx’s disposal. Syafru-Goljung route reopens after 40 days of closure. Rebuilding communities with communication. Radio helps make relief distribution and post-earthquake recovery more transparent, accountable and responsive Reporter Deepak Khatri (below) interviews earthquake survivors in Chautara last week for his program.

Rebuilding communities with communication

Photo: Madhu Acharya Sitting on mismatched mattresses inside the tent that houses Radio Sindhu’s transmitter, desktop, mixer, microphone, and telephone hybrid, Station Manager Ratna Prasad Shrestha points down to the three-storey building that was once a vibrant radio station. Contact Us - General Enquiries - Plan UK. No longer at ease. Dhan Bahadur Sunar was outside his house making iron window frames in the workshop he’d set up recently when he heard his 10-month-old daughter wailing in her cot.

No longer at ease

He went inside and tried to calm her, but she wouldn’t stop. He was alone; his wife and son had gone off into the hills to collect the creamy white mud with which they would repaint their house. He carried the baby in his arms and stepped outside. Bamboo House Design for temporary shelter. After the earthquake in Nepal, a simple, almost traditional design for a transitional house One point has become very very clear to me in this emergency: Those of us who are donors and volunteers need to put our attention into listening and observing before we can start to think about what we are going to offer.

Bamboo House Design for temporary shelter

Now that the first crisis is over, there is a bit more time to be careful in making choices, although the monsoon is approaching. We met with our Everything Organic Nursery staff to discuss their needs for transitional housing. We talked about ideas we had seen on the internet: earthbag, metal roofing arch, straw bale, plastic bungalow, etc. The Ghosts Of Laprak - BuzzFeed News. A concrete future. Nepalis may have been lulled into a false sense of security about the strength of reinforced concrete structures.

A concrete future

In a narrow alleyway deep in the heart of Patan adjacent to the ruins of a clay-mortar house, a four-storey concrete block stands tall, unscathed except for some minor cracks. In street after street of the ancient towns in the Valley, centuries-old temples and ancestral homes have been reduced to rubble right next to buildings made of concrete. On another narrow lane near Mangal Bazar there is now a pile of bricks where there used to be a house with its first two floors made of bricks and clay.

Aftershocks in a migrant economy. PICKING UP THE PIECES: Benju Rai’s husband works in Malaysia.

Aftershocks in a migrant economy

She says: “Coming back means he will lose his daily wage, which is more important to us now than ever.” Sabita Danwar was washing dishes at the hotel where she works when the 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on 25 April. Her first thought was for the safety of her two sons on the other side of Kathmandu. Her second was to try to call her husband, much further away in Dubai. After several hours battling through streets full of panic-stricken survivors, she finally reached her boys. After the Earth’s Violent Sway, What Remains is Dejection. Credit: IANS Chautara: This morning, on 12 May, I drove out from Kathmandu intending to go to Charikot, Sindhupalchok district.

After the Earth’s Violent Sway, What Remains is Dejection

Sindhupalchok was badly hit by the earthquake of 25 April and I hoped to get a better sense of the destruction in the area and the needs of the affected people. UNICEF – 7 May 2015 – Nepal Earthquake: Education for nearly 1 million children in jeopardy - UNICEF. KATHMANDU, 7 May 2015 – At least 950,000 children in Nepal will not be able to return to school, unless urgent action is taken to provide temporary learning spaces and repair damaged school buildings following the 25 April earthquake – according to UNICEF. Almost 24,000 classrooms were damaged or destroyed in the 7.8 magnitude quake that hit the country 12 days ago, with many suffering further damage in subsequent aftershocks. The scale of the education crisis is expected to grow over the coming days and weeks as additional information flows in from remote areas. Schools are due to reopen on 15 May. “Almost one million children who were enrolled in school before the earthquake could now find they have no school building to return to,” says Tomoo Hozumi, UNICEF’s Representative in Nepal.

“Children affected by the earthquake need urgent life-saving assistance like clean water and shelter, but schools in emergencies – even in a temporary setup - play a vital role too. Codefornepal.cartodb. How Helicopters Are Helping – And Hampering – Aid Relief In Nepal - BuzzFeed News. Nepal Desperate for Helicopters to Reach Shattered Villages. Helicopters have become the single most important mode of transport in Nepal since a massive quake wreaked havoc in the mountainous country two weeks ago. Initially it was the injured—estimated by the government at more than 16,000—dispersed across a constellation of remote villages that taxed Nepal’s small helicopter fleet. When the earthquake struck, the Nepal Army only had nine functioning helicopters, plus approximately 22 more belonging to private operators.

“Even if we had 40 more helicopters, it would have been insufficient,” says Birendra Prasad Shrestha, acting general manager of Tribhuvan International Airport, in Kathmandu, describing the urgent need to reach victims in the immediate aftermath of the quake. How those few aircraft were deployed in the immediate hours and days after the quake provoked cries of unfairness and government negligence from many Nepalis. Rising from the rubble. Nearly two weeks after the devastating earthquake Bal Sundar Khatri and his father Ramji Khatri are still sifting through the rubble of their house in Sindhupalchok, looking for anything that can be salvaged. Bal Sundar works for Nepal Police and was posted in Kathmandu when the earth beneath him shook at noon of 25 April. “I was helping with rescue in the capital when my wife called to say that our two-year-old son had been killed when our house collapsed,” says Bal Sundar. It was nightfall by the time he reached his home to see that he had lost his child, his home, and most of his livestock.

SOLUKHUMBU - Rapid Needs Assessment Data - Google Sheets. Nepal quake: Meet the amazing women rebuilding communities. 'People don't steal supplies from women' Earthquakes destroy indiscriminately - they take no account of gender. But relief efforts need to. In villages where men's and women's roles are strictly defined, to get help to where it is needed, relief agencies need to notice who is doing what, and who is most vulnerable. In Nawalparasi district Deepak Sharma says: “Lots of women activists have led the relief fund collection and distribution in affected areas” - and many of them got their first experience of organising through women’s savings co-operatives.

Treacherous journey to epicenter of Nepal earthquake. The terrifying tremors last for about five seconds. They send the few villagers left in the remote village of Mandre -- a 174km drive northwest of Kathmandu, when roads are passable -- scrambling down the mountainside towards the relative safety of the plains. Most of the village has taken refuge there since the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck more than a week ago. Nepal earthquake: The remote communities still waiting for help - BBC News. Nepali Mountain Villages 'Completely Washed Away' By Quake. Nepal's dilemma: Rescue quake-hit communities or mountaineers? - BBC News.

Nepal earthquake: Sherpas mourning Nepal's avalanche dead - BBC News. Nepal earthquake: Many survivors receiving no help despite relief effort - Asia - World - The Independent. Remote Nepal village still awaits aid week after quake. Mikeldunham: 7500 now confirmed dead in Nepal. Sindhupalchowk hardest hit with 3,656: See photos. Nepal earthquake: 'Worst-affected' village of Langtang - BBC News.

The hills of Nepal are crying, but why aren’t we listening? [Savage Minds is pleased to publish this guest essay by Galen Murton. Galen is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His research examines of questions of identity, development, and material culture in the Himalayan borderlands of Nepal and Tibet. Nepal: "Our Priority is to Reach People in Places Where No One Else is Going" Dr. Prince Mathew normally coordinates Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) projects in India's Bihar State, but was quickly deployed to Nepal following the earthquake on April 25.

Here he describes MSF's operations in Nepal, and his experience. I left Delhi with two other colleagues at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, but because of a strong aftershock that resulted in the evacuation of the airport, we managed to land only at 8:00 p.m. after circling above the city for hours and being diverted to Delhi and back. When we finally made it into the airport, it was utter chaos. There were thousands of people trying to leave, and hundreds trying to get in to provide relief. "A Huge Need for Shelters, Hygiene Materials, and Cooking Equipment" Events - Devastating Earthquake in Rasuwa. 'People have nothing left': scale of Nepal quake devastation emerges. Nepal earthquake: Rural regions prepare for the worst - BBC News. Nepal quake survivors face threat from human traffickers supplying sex trade. Nepal’s Young Men, Lost to Migration, Then a Quake. Their eyes are watching the road.