Nepali Village Story: Daughter Escaped Maoist Party, Soldiers Beat Dad

Kul Bahadur Gajmer

Kul Bahadur Gajmer, a blacksmith and so called untouchable, feels that the discrimination based on touch has gradually been eradicated in villages. It’s not because of the Maoist movement but because of the growing influence of young generation in the society. When Maoists wanted his 18-year-old daughter, she fled to Kathmandu. Government soldiers while patrolling the village beat him up. Pic by Wagle

By Dinesh Wagle after visiting Duragaun (Ramechhap)
Wagle Street Journal

When I reached at the workshop of Kul Bahadur Gajmer, a blacksmith (from the so called lower cast that is untouchable by so called upper cast people), in his house he was busy working with a sickle. He said that he has been experiencing drastic changes in peoples’ perception toward discrimination. “There is only one [upper cast] family in Duragaun village that doesn’t give us milk tea,” he said. I didn’t understand what he meant by that statement. Fortunately, there was someone to explain me the milk tea riddle. I got enlightened on the issue by one of my school time friends’ mother (upper cast) who was there in Kul Bahadur’s house to get her sickle sharpened. “We have the tradition that if we give milk to tallo jat (lower cast) people, our cattle will die.” I was shocked as I didn’t know about that earlier. Did my family do the same with lower cast people? I was curious to know. Continue reading Nepali Village Story: Daughter Escaped Maoist Party, Soldiers Beat Dad