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 The Nepali middle class
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Posted on 03-13-20 6:24 PM     Reply [Subscribe]
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Although I come from a middle class family, I am starting to think that the Nepali middle class is a joke. First of all, the Nepali middle class family does not have that much money. It is a topic for a different day. Anyway, I think that the Nepali middle class is maha ज्ञानी when they are in Nepal. They know pretty much everything from the world affairs to what America will do next. But, I hardly hear them talk about themselves. However, when they go to a foreign country. We turn into a donkey from maha ज्ञानी . This has really started to surprise me. I wonder what makes this massive transformation on us. It must be money? You generally make more money when you work in a foreign country. Or, is it respect for work?

Let me share a real story with you. My wife and I were visiting Lumbini a couple of years ago. We hired a rickshaw to show us around. While the rickshaw driver was taking us to different temples in Lumbini, we had a brief conversation. He told me that he just got back from a gulf country after working there for a couple of years. He has again submitted his passport to go work in a gulf country. And, he is driving the rickshaw in the meantime while he is waiting to get his visa. He added that if he can work in a gulf country, why shouldn't he work in his own country and make some money? I agreed - work is work. What he said after this is something that I will never forget. He said that although he drives the rickshaw here, but he will not drive this rickshaw in his village even if I pay him 1000 rupees. If he drives the rickshaw in his village, his relatives will make fun of him. This is the thinking of the Nepali middle class. I think that we should start respecting work and working people not make fun of people who work.

What do you think? Feel free to share your thoughts/comments.



 
Posted on 03-13-20 6:53 PM     [Snapshot: 35]     Reply [Subscribe]
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It's easy to say "Respect all work." Why haven't you married a "Dalit" woman?
 
Posted on 03-14-20 9:11 PM     [Snapshot: 389]     Reply [Subscribe]
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Though I do not believe in statuswise 'classes' in Nepali society, I would like to know how much of wealth is considered as belonging to a middle class family when the OP says:
"First of all, the Nepali middle class family does not have that much money. "
Be specific, Harkhe bro!
 
Posted on 03-15-20 10:06 PM     [Snapshot: 586]     Reply [Subscribe]
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According to the below article, the average monthly Nepali household income is about NRS 31,000. If you convert that money into dollars, it comes out be about 263 dollars. The rent and food is cheaper in Nepal, but the luxury items are actually more expensive in Nepal than the US or other European countries because of high taxes. And, Nepal hardly produces any luxury items. Therefore, the Nepali middle class does not have the same purchasing power as the middle class from other developed countries. They may actually have less purchasing power than the poor class from the developed countries.

You may not believe in the 'statuswise classes' in Nepali society, but the Nepali society had not only have the 'statuswise classes', but it also has had caste system for centuries. There were Jamindaars and Kamaiyaas. And, you already know one caste 'Chettri' ruled the land for centuries. You may choose to not see it, but it is the reality of the land. I hope that you will open your eyes to the realities soon!

First, stay safe from the corona virus.

https://www.ceicdata.com/en/nepal/household-budget-survey-average-monthly-household-income/average-monthly-household-income-whole-kingdom
 
Posted on 03-20-20 3:45 PM     [Snapshot: 904]     Reply [Subscribe]
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@ujl i agree that it is always easier said than done. But, we should know when to stop talking and start taking action if we want change in our situation. Usually the action doesnt have to be bigger. Just identifying a problem will do.

To answer your question - why haven't I married a dalit woman? Although I haven't married a dalit woman, but I married a woman from a different country and religion. The marriage didn't work due to many differences. But the experience taught me few things about myself. I think it helped me to be more open. Now, I am happily married with a woman from my own caste. All I want to say is if talking is not helping, taking action may help. Atleast it will help us to move on!
 


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