Dipayal, February 7:
Dalits coming to Silgadhi bazaar, the headquarters of Doti district, are relieved ever since a Dalit opened a hotel-cum-lodge there. Until Shyam Bahadur Sunar opened his inn, they used to have a tough time finding earteries or rooms for staying the night.
Traditionally, a guest looking for lodgings or meals is asked by all hotel owners in Silgadhi whether he/she is â€˜pureâ€™ or â€˜impureâ€™, â€˜Dalitâ€™ or â€˜non-Dalitâ€™. Talking to this daily, Sunar said there was no caste discrimination in his premises. He disclosed that even non-Dalit people have started frequenting his hotel. â€œInitially, non-Dalits used to pass snide remarks at me. But they have stopped now,â€ Sunar said.
His regular clientele consists of those visiting the district headquarters for different purposes and Dalit students, apart from other Dalits.
As a youth, Sunar had to abandon his studies just because he is a Dalit and the house owner was unwilling to rent out a room to him. â€œAlthough the Doti campus is the oldest in the far-western region, non-Dalits never let out rooms to dalit students,â€ president of the National Dalit Network Ganesh Bahadur BK.