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Write on Monday, 07 October 2013

Samrat Katwal talks about the need for a more inclusive form of development that incorporates traditional knowledge and practices in Nepal, instead of a 'replacement' version of development.

"With increased access to information through migration and the media, our general construct of development has shifted from sustainability- and context-based to bidesh ma esto huncha (This is what happens abroad). The general population today considers Nepal, our traditional  practices and our way of life to be less developed or even underdeveloped. Development is almost equated with replacing our organic practices with something we didn’t have—regardless of whether the new replacement suits our context or need. It means replacing traditional homes with pakki ghar (cemented homes), tarkari bari (vegetable garden) with Chinese grass lawns, weekly haat bazaars with malls and chiura (beaten rice) with chowmein. But is development mere replacement?"

Read the rest of this article at Ekantipur.