Call to include minorities in development process

Kathmandu, June 22:

Inclusion of minorities in the development process and resolution of their genuine issues can solve social problems and pave the way for development of the nation, speakers said at a conference on ‘Transformation, Inclusion and National Integration’.

Speaking at the meet organised under the aegis of the Human and Natural Resources Studies Centre of the Kathmandu University (KU) and the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) today, Dr Suresh Raj Sharma, the vice-chancellor (VC) of the KU, said, “The political system should provide social justice and effectively put an end to anarchy.”

He urged the government to pay heed to the demands of women, Dalits and Janajatis. He also urged politicians and bureaucrats to do away with a feudalistic mindset to build a prosperous and harmonious nation. Hom Nath Dahal, VC of the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology, said, “People are protesting because they are not a part of the development process. If the government thinks it can ignore their voices, it’s a greatest illusion.”