Manarishi Dhital

“Things my family encountered during my younger years are what shaped me to what I am today”, says Manarishi Dhital. He was born in 1978 in a remote village of Sinja in Jumla district, located in mid-western Nepal.

There were no schools in the area, so his parents sent him to a makeshift school set up in a temple where the teacher was a former army soldier. He was the lucky one in the family. Being a boy meant he got opportunities to get educated. His older sister was not so lucky.

During his first ten years in Jumla, he saw his family experience mistreatment by the village leaders. This was to be his first experience with, as he calls, “injustices by the elite”. Dhital’s father’s view on village leaders and local governance started to be noticed by others and was then considered a “rebel” in the village.

In 1980, Nepal’s king ordered a referendum on whether the country should have a multiparty system of governance. His father went against the majority view in the village and voted in favour of multiparty governance or against the status quo of the King’s rule. This led to his father being ostracised in the community by the people in power. His father’s land was captured, they were forced to move. In 1988, after the death of his mother, his family moved to Bardia, in the southwestern part of the country…. Read More

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