Social Science Baha
Official

Nepal Tarai

Nepal Tarai: Context and Possibilities
(with the support of BP Koirala India-Nepal Foundation, Kathmandu)
10-11 March, 2005

Social Science Baha hosted this conference to bring together experts to address the various facets of the Nepal Tarai. With the national debate on ‘inclusion’ being limited to Janajatis, Dalits, and women at that time, there was continuing danger that the neglect of the Nepal Tarai would lead to a festering and un-addressed situation. Some of the areas covered by the papers were the peopling of the Nepal Tarai, modern demographic trends, the politics of citizenship, ‘open border’, interface with Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh, economy, industrialisation, hill-plain interaction, evolving inter-community relations, and development issues in the Tarai.

Programme

Nepal Tarai: Context And Possibilities

DAY 1
10-11 March 2005.

9:00 to 10: 30 am
INAUGURATION
Welcome address: Sudhindra Sharma, Conference Co-ordinator
Key-note address: Ramawatar Yadav
Vote of thanks: Rajendra Pradhan, Chair, Social Science Baha

10:30 to 11:15 am
Refreshments

11:00 am
Registration of Participants

11:15 am to 1:15 pm
TARAI AS A POLITICAL CONSTRUCT

  • Arjun Guneratne: ‘The Tharus and the State: Reflections on Democracy, State Building and the Shaping of Ethnic Identity in Nepal and India ‘
  • Bernardo A. Michael: ‘The Tarai: A Part of Moghlan or Gorkha? Perspectives from the Time of the Anglo-Gorkha War (1814-1816)’
  • Harald Olav Skar: ‘The Tarai as the Gatekeeper of the Kingdom’
  • Khreizodilhou Yhome: ‘Constructing Identity: The Case of the Madhesis of Nepal Tarai’

Chair: Lok Raj Baral

1:15 to 2:15 pm
Lunch Break

2:15 to 4:00 pm

OF LAND AND LANGUAGES

  • Ekraj Chaudhari and Shree Ram Chaudhari: ‘Tarai-ka Tharu-haru’
  • Scott E. Justice, Ashok Choudhury and Ajaya Choudhury: ‘The Decline of Zamindars of Rupandehi District’
  • Yogendra P. Yadava: ‘The Politics of Language Planning in Nepal’s Multilingual Contexts: Its Implications for the Terai’

Chair: Kailash Nath Pyakurel

4:00 to 4:30 pm
Tea/Coffee Break

4:30 to 6:00 pm
Panel Discussion
THE PROCESS OF SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION IN NEPAL TARAI
Chaitanya Mishra
C.K. Lal
Dilli Ram Dahal
Hamid Ansari
S.M. Habibullah
Usha Jha

Moderator: Arjun Guneratne

DAY 2

8:30 to 10:15 am
TARAI IDENTITY AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTS

  • Tatsuro Fujikura: ‘Translocal Interactions and Social Transformations in Western Tarai: The Case of Kamaiya Mobilization’
  • Hari Bansh Jha: ‘Change in Religious Composition of Population in Terai’
  • B.C. Upreti: ‘Politics of Citizenship in Nepal: Issues in Discrimination and

Marginalisation of Tarai’

Chair: Harka Gurung

10:15 to 10:30 am
Tea/Coffee Break

10:30 am to 12:15 pm
STATE, FORESTS AND BAZAARS

  • Jagannath Adhikari, Om Prakash Dev and Hari Dhungana: ‘State and Forest: a Historical Analysis of Policies Affecting Forest Management in Nepal Tarai’
  • Sondra L. Hausner: ‘Border Towns in the Tarai: Sites of Migration’
  • Mrinmoy Majumder: ‘Social Inclusion of Nepal’s Tarai: A Macroeconomic Perspective’

Chair: Elvira Graner

12:15 to 1:15 pm
Lunch Break

1:15 to 3:00 pm
REPRESENTING THE TARAI

  • Ganesh B.K.: ‘Madhesi (Tarai) Dalit ra Arakshyan-ko Prashna’
  • Bhaskar Gautam: ‘Pratinidhi tatha Sahabhagita-ko Rajniti ra Tarai’
  • Jayprakash Gupta: ‘Madhesh: Bived-ko Rajniti ra Bhavishya-ko Disha’
  • Dhirendra Premarshi: ‘Tarai-ko Tutulko Matra Dekhne Nepali Media’

Chair: Yogendra Yadav

3:00 to 3:20 pm
Tea/Coffee Break

3:20 to 5:30 pm
Panel Discussion (Concluding Session)

CHANGING DYNAMICS IN THE NEPAL TARAI
Chitra Lekha Yadav
Dambar Narayan Yadav
Ram Rijhan Yadav
Sarita Giri
Sita Nandan Raya
Ram Preet Pashwan

Moderator: Kedar Bhakta Mathema
Facilitator: Hari Sharma