Barams set up national association

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, January 22:

The first national convention of the Nepal Baram Association was organised here today.

Baram or Bamaru and one of the 59 indigenous groups recognised by the government, and originally from Gorkha, have formed the association to raise voice on their welfare in a more organised manner.

The convention has unanimously elected a nine-member executive committee under Prem Baram. Others elected were Bhairav Baram, Purna Baram, Sanjeev Baram and Indra Kumari Baram as the vice-president, secretary, joint secretary and treasurer respectively.

“The population census 2001 has reported that the population of Barams is slightly over 7,383 and the number might be slightly higher now,” said secretary of the association Purna Baram.

Founder president of the NBA Indra Bahadur Baram said many of the Baram people were compelled identify themselves as Gurung or Magar to make it easier to get a citizenship certificate or recruitment in government services. A dictionary of Balkura, the mother language of the Baram community, has been published and publication of Baram-Nepali-English dictionary underway with help from linguists from the Tribhuvan University, Indra Bahadur said. The origin of the Baram community confined in ten western districts of Nepal, according to researcher Brian Hudson. They live scattered in the eastern areas of the Kaligandaki river. According to a book written by anthropologist Dor Bahadur Bista the word Baram has been derrived the word Balbang.