Kathmandu, April 3:
Speakers from various walks of life today criticised the capitalist market that â€œexploits and uses the participants of the beauty pageants to sell their products in the marketâ€.
Addressing an interaction organised by the Beauty Pageant Protest Committee- 2063, litterateur Dr Jagdish Chandra Bhandari said: â€œThe capitalists have used the contestants as an object to gain profit by promoting their products.â€ He claimed that the beauty pageants have harmed local cultures. â€œThese contests have marginalised the inner ability of the contestants; they have encouraged the development of autocratic culture,â€ he said. Bhandari said the qualities of a person are acknowledged through the activities performed by him, not through such pageants.
Ishwar Chandra Gyawali the All Nepal Jana Sanskritik Mahasangh, said: â€œBeauty can be defined a quality of a person who can contribute something to the society.â€ He said the capitalists use women as object to gain profit by selling products through them. He called the participants to raise their voices against the capitalists â€œwho are creating social evils to gain profitâ€.
Shashi Shrestha, central committee member of the Janamorcha Nepal, said: â€œIt is necessary to know the actual motive behind organising beauty pageants, though such contests are necessary to bring out hidden talents of individuals.â€ â€œOur protest is against the unrevealed motive of such pageants, as the participants are used for the promotion of commercial products,â€ Shrestha said, adding, â€œSuch pageants have become the place for economic expansion of the capitalists.â€
â€œThe participants must come forward for a movement to build the nation through womenâ€™s empowerment,â€ Shrestha said.
Sugarika KC, Miss Nepal 2005, said: â€œThe contestants work in the promotional campaigns of the products, which directly and indirectly help in the enhancement of the business and national economy.â€ She added that the winner of the beauty pageant works as a tourism ambassador and helps in introducing Nepal to different parts of the world.