Incident Reports

Rana Tharu community protest against not making Rana Tharu language official language of Sudurpashchim Province


Sudurpashchim, Kailali, Dhangadhi

The Rana Tharu community of Kailali and Kanchanpur have started protesting against not making the Rana Tharu language the official language of Sudurpashchim province. The Rana Tharu community living in Kailali and Kanchanpur of the far-western states staged a protest in Dhangadhi of Kailali today.

The Rana Tharu community protested after the report prepared by the Language Commission did not include Rana Tharu as the official working language. Addressing the protest, Rana Mati Rana, leader of the Rana Tharu community, said that the Rana community of Kailali and Kanchanpur would create a whirlwind of agitation if the Rana Tharu language was not listed as the official language.

Similarly, Rana Tharu Samaj president Kriparam Rana told the gathering that the Rana Tharu community in Kailali and Kanchanpur had a population of 300,000 and would continue to protest if the language commission did not rectify the report immediately.

The Rana Tharu community of Kailali staged a procession from the Dhangadhi crossroads today and reached the park mode and turned into a code assembly.

Details and Impacts
Violent / Non-violent Nonviolent
Primary Form Demonstration
Primary Cause Ethnic or caste-based collective tensions
Actor 1 - Number of people N
Actor 1 - Affiliations Tharu Organizations
Actor 1 - Youth na
Actor 2 - Number of people N
Actor 2 - Affiliation (Target) Local authorities (incl VDC, district, gov. line agencies at local level except education and health)
Actor 2 - Youth na
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