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Understanding the Crisis in Nepal: Film and Talk by D. Thapa

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[size=200]FILM AND PUBLIC TALK ON NEPAL:

UNDERSTANDING THE CRISIS IN NEPAL: MAOISTS, THE MONARCH, AND THE STRUGGLE FOR DEMOCRACY[/size]

[size=150]Speaker: Deepak Thapa

March 4th, 2006; 8pm. Admission: $5

Earth Sciences Auditorium (33 Wilcocks Street), University of Toronto

(event includes the screening of the film ‘Schools in the Crossfire’ about the impact of the Maoist conflict on schools in Nepal)

The University of Toronto’s Nepal Group invites you to a public talk by Mr. Deepak Thapa – a renowned Nepalese journalist – on the current political crisis in Nepal. This talk, partly sponsored by Centre for International Studies (Munk Centre) and Centre for South Asian Studies, is being organized on March 4th, 2006 (Saturday) at 8pm in the Earth Sciences Auditorium of the University of Toronto (33 Wilcocks Street; between Wilcocks and Huron Street). Admission is $5

This past February marked two watershed events in Nepali history: one year of direct rule by the king on the 1st, and 10 years of insurgency by the Maoists on the 13th. The democratic political parties have been in the margins for four years. The talk by Mr. Deepak Thapa will provide a brief overview of the circumstances that led to this situation and seek to provide possible exits from the political quagmire. Mr Deepak Thapa is a journalist and book editor from Kathmandu. The 2005-06 recipient of The Asia Foundation's William P. Fuller Fellowship in Conflict Resolution, he is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for International Conflict Resolution, Columbia University. He is the editor of Understanding the Maoist Movement of Nepal (Martin Chautari, Kathmandu, 2003) and author of A Kingdom under Siege:Nepal's Maoist Insurgency, 1996-2004 (Zed Books, London, 2004), and author of numerous articles and papers on the ongoing conflict in Nepal.

The event will include the screening of Dhruba Basnet’s new documentary film called ‘Schools in the Crossfire’ (2004; 52 minutes) for which Mr Deepak Thapa wrote the script and provides the narration. The Maoists have targeted schools and students as part of their political strategy to pressure the government, with tactics ranging from calling education shutdowns to outright attacks on school buildings. Schools in the Crossfire goes deep into the battle zones and uncovers the unenviable situation of teachers and students as they learn to survive between the army and the rebels.

For more information contact Diplav Sapkota at (416) 755-1314 (Email:diplav66@yahoo.com) or Sabin Ninglekhu at (647) 273-8045 (email: s.ninglekhu@utoronto.ca). The organizers of the talk hope to use this event to mobilize progressive activism for human rights and democratic concerns for Nepal. Organizations currently involved in (or interested in getting involved in) human rights and pro-democracy work in Nepal are invited to contact the organizers ahead of time to discuss possibilities for collaboration and if interested in setting up information tables. [/size][/b]

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