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Being a Nepali/Nepalese 

Tapai Nepali ho? This is one of the most common questions I consistantly get asked, despite being born and raised aboard for most of my life. The pride of being a Nepali has got stronger than had I lived in Nepal. Just like me; many of my friends were brought up outside Nepal and some of them haven't even gone back to their hometown/villages. Every time, I meet my Nepali friends we always talk about the current scenario of Nepal. Few years ago, I read an article in Wave Magazine about how children of half Nepalese parents are treated unfairly in Nepal specially at the religious places like Pashupatinath Temple as they aren't allowed in. 

Having spent my teenager years and adult life aboard, one thing that I always hear from my family when I introduce my friend is they ask - "Kun Jaat ko ho Unee? - English Translation: What caste are they from?" I don't know if others, face the same questions repeatedly but I feel that now a days we Nepalese who live either in Nepal or outside have almost become more conservative than open minded. I have seen many numerous caste community making societies to separate one another and sometimes even in-between villages.

The Nepalese government isn't being helpful either, they have recently informed a new law for all non residential Nepali's called "Special Citizenship" which will allow us NRNs to sell lands and do business in Nepal which is a great news however, we aren't entitle to vote on our constitution which makes me feel like a second class citizen in my own country. For a NRN like me it is always been difficult, every time I get over charged when I buy souvenirs and at tourist area people try to charge me at the tourist rate. Also, most nepalese living in Nepal sometimes treat us like foreigners; which is really upsetting. There is a fear in me, as everyone in Nepal and outside is trying to hold their roots so much that they are forgetting that all of us come from different backgrounds, ethinicity, religion and lifestyles however what we all should remember is that we are all Nepali/Nepalese in end of the day. 

Despite being living aboard or having only part Nepali parent regards, we all are Nepali and we shouldn't forget that. Nepal is now a democratic country which means we the public have the right to speak our views unlike before and we all should be treated equally as discrimination will only lead to misunderstanding and unhappiness. If we learn to accept eachother than we will be able to move forward as one and start to improve our society and our country. To develop a country, we need to start by having an open mind, free from prejudice and discrimination. Stand as one; fearless like our brave Gurkha ancestors, we should unite and not separate as one - Nepal!

Writer - Admin G

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