Two steps forward, one step back: the Nepal peace process
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Issue 26

Social movements have been at the forefront of efforts to challenge prevalent political power structures. Here Mukta Singh Tamang describes the evolution of four major mobilisations – by women, Janajatis (indigenous groups), Dalits (‘low caste’) and Madhesis (from the Tarai plains). Whilst all have experienced success in effecting significant change in promoting their inclusion in the political sphere, splits both within and amongst them have made them less effective than they could have been. Tamang argues that strategic coordination could help to advance their agendas in future.