The Influence of the Tharuhat Autonomous State Council (Tasc) in a Kailali in the Farwestern Tarai

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Abstract

The signing of the Comprehensive Peace Accord in 2006 and the Nepal entering a postconflict era has been associated with the emergence of various organisations and movements often formed along ethnic lines. The Tharuhat Autonomous State Council (TASC) is one such movement that is the focus of this paper but more generally has received relatively limited focus within academia. Within the context of Kailali district in far-west Nepal, this paper explores various characteristics and policies of the wider Tharuhat movement focusing on the vision for an autonomous Tharu state. It will highlight some of the successes and problems that the movement faces. Furthermore, this paper will explore a number of tensions between the national Tharuhat discourse and how this finds meaning and resonance at the local level where activists are attempting to engage with the Tharu community. Ultimately this paper examines the extent to which the Tharuhat movement represents a new more political stage in the wider Tharu ethnic movement.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-89
Number of pages12
JournalNew Angle
Volume1
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Keywords

  • Tharuhat
  • Madhesh
  • identity politics
  • movement
  • Western Tarai

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