Crisis in Kathmandu

UCLA Luskin Abroad

By Joseph Lawlor, MURP ’16 & International Practice Pathway Fellow

In the final weeks of my internship I visited Nepal to attend a workshop on gender in development work. It was a great event – I connected with researchers from Nepal, Bangladesh, India, the Netherlands, and France. Getting there, however, makes for a better story than the event itself.

If you don’t follow Nepali politics, here is a little background information. Nepal has been attempting to adopt a constitution since 2008. The constitution is contentious, to say the least. Recently the Madhes, a politically disenfranchised group living in the Southern low-lying Terai, have been protesting what they see as gerrymandering, intended to dilute their political power further.  The Madhes have long been underrepresented in Kathmandu, and have developed a vocal protest movement as well as a political party. Currently the political situation is very tense.

I entered Nepal on…

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