Trade Union Movement before and after the “Rhododendron Revolution”
March 21st, 2014

Policy dualism is the root cause of social inequality in Nepal. The State does not command people’s trust as it speaks often of ‘absolute equality’ but resorts to ‘unequal equality’ in practice. Studies of the National Bank and Central Bureau of Statistics show that, barring the period of 1996, the main beneficiaries of per capita national income have often been the middle-class (50%) and high-class (10%). The statistics of 2011 shows a further decline of the poor in the share of national income from what it was (12.8%) in 1977.

Ours is a post-peasant society now. It is a society in transition. As the University of Amsterdam Professor Bremen says, our social development does not follow the process of 19th and 20th century Europe. A huge group of workers has moved away from agriculture, but has not been an industrial labour force yet. Neither has it been able to protect itself in a permanent employment of this or that sector of economy.

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