Understanding Vikas: How Dalits Make Sense of Development in Rural Nepal

  • Sagar Shahi Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, Singha Durbar, Kathmandu
Keywords: Vikas, Development, Caste, Traditional values, Dalits, Rural and social change

Abstract

The experiences, views and opinions of the marginalized people have generally not been included in the development discourse, even though they supposedly are the beneficiaries of development. Dalits are not only marginalized but also untouchable in the Hindu caste hierarchy. Notion of 'untouchability' labeled the Dalits unique characters in their identity from which other castes do not suffer. This study explores the Dalits’ understanding on development. It shows that the meaning of development is contextual and Dalits understand it differently according to their age and educational background. Their understanding on development mostly refers to infrastructural, social, economic, human, cultural and political aspects of development. This study suggests a more culturally sensitive development practices that address/incorporate Dalits issues in a holistic way.

 Nepalese Journal of Development and Rural Studies

Vol. 14 (Joint issue) (1&2), 2017, Page: 98-111

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Sagar Shahi, Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, Singha Durbar, Kathmandu
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2017-12-10
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Shahi, S. (2017). Understanding Vikas: How Dalits Make Sense of Development in Rural Nepal. Nepalese Journal of Development and Rural Studies, 14(1-2), 98-111. https://doi.org/10.3126/njdrs.v14i1-2.19653
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