Comparative Analysis of CASTE-RACE in an Agrarian Landscape

October 28, 2019, Baltimore, Maryland

Dr. Purna Nepali, a STAR Fellow from Kathmandu University talks about Comparative Analysis of Caste-Race-Class in an agrarian landscape. This talk examines and reorients the modes, processes, and trends of inclusive agrarian transformation transformation considering the inclusive issues of marginalized communities (in terms of caste, class, and gender) from critical, political, and economic perspectives.

Dr. Catherine Martin-Dunlop, Director for the Center of Excellence in Teaching and Learning introduced Dr. Nepali to as an invited key speaker at Morgan State University. 

Mr. Bhim BK, a STAR Scholar, provided critical comments from the developmental perspectives. Mr. BK is a champion of education rights, women’s health, girls’ education, reproductive health rights, economic empowerment, Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI). He argued that policies reforms need to reflect reduced marginalization of women, children, and adolescents. He brings invaluable talent, visionary and practical leadership, and a strong network of collaborators to reach to the unreached with services, resources, and information to impact life of the children, youth, women and community people.

The specialized topic attracted many scholars from various institutions, engaged in a rich follow up discussion. Those present included  Mr. Trilok Chand Vishwas VK from Nepal National Dalit Social Welfare Organization (NNDSWO), Mr. Ujjwal Prasai from AICER, Dr. Krishna Bista from the STAR Scholars Network.  

Public Policy and Governance (MPG) program of Kathmandu University School of Management (KU SOM), Kathmandu. His teaches agrarian and rural studies: public and Social Policy. He is involved in a range of research projects including  “Reorienting Political Economy of Agrarian Transformation in Nepal with special focus on Marginalized Community.” Through the Fulbright program, his US Placement is at the Heller School Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts.