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Social networking and the recruitment process among activists in Nepal (1).

As a result of the signing of the 12- point agreement between the seven-party (parliamentary) alliance and the Communist Party of Nepal The Communist Party of Nepal (Nepali: नेपाल कम्युनिष्ट पार्टी) was founded in Calcutta, India, on April 29, 1949. , Maoist, (2) from the 6th to the 24th of April, 2006, for the first time in Nepal's history, millions of people marched on the streets of entire cities and most of the villages of the country. They crossed all state coercive co·er·cive  
Characterized by or inclined to coercion.

co·ercive·ly adv.
 measures, defied Defied is an active punk rock band from Long Beach/Wilmington, California. They were formed in December 2001 by guitarist, George Romano; bassist, Melvin Trinidad; and drummer, Manuel Mora. Defied soon inducted Brian Zuniga as lead vocalist in February 2002.  curfew curfew [O.Fr.,=cover fire], originally a signal, such as the ringing of a bell, to damp the fire, extinguish all lights in the dwelling, and retire for the night. The custom originated as a precaution against fires and was common throughout Europe in the Middle Ages. , and cleared security barricades, all the while chanting 'Loktantra' (democracy). People from to all walks of life took part, at their own high risk. These demonstrations were not merely a coincidence or a form of spontaneous mobilization mobilization

Organization of a nation's armed forces for active military service in time of war or other national emergency. It includes recruiting and training, building military bases and training camps, and procuring and distributing weapons, ammunition, uniforms,
; they were a manifestation man·i·fes·ta·tion
An indication of the existence, reality, or presence of something, especially an illness.

 of undercurrent activism, contentious politics Contentious politics is the use of disruptive techniques to make a political point, or to change government policy. Examples of such techniques are actions that disturb the normal activities of society such as demonstrations, general strike action, or civil disobedience. , collective action, and social movements This is a partial list of social movements.
  • Abahlali baseMjondolo - South African shack dwellers' movement
  • Animal rights movement
  • Anti-consumerism
  • Anti-war movement
  • Anti-globalization movement
  • Brights movement
  • Civil rights movement
. Over the last 200 years, Nepal has changed considerably (Gellner 1997a) and in recent decades the rate, intensity, and spectrum of change has been noteworthy. This may be compared to Tarrow's (2003) "movement society," concept, which he created for contemporary global contexts. In the same vein, in the 1960s, sociologist Daniel Bell For the minimal techno artist, see .

Daniel Bell (born 10 May 1919 in New York) is a sociologist and a professor emeritus at Harvard University. He is also a director of Suntory Foundation and a scholar in residence of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
 proclaimed pro·claim  
tr.v. pro·claimed, pro·claim·ing, pro·claims
1. To announce officially and publicly; declare. See Synonyms at announce.

 the "end of ideology" (Lloyd 2003); following his footsteps many social scientists predicted a stage of societal so·ci·e·tal  
Of or relating to the structure, organization, or functioning of society.

so·cie·tal·ly adv.

 development where ideological conflict would gradually be translated into a more pluralistic plu·ral·is·tic  
1. Of or relating to social or philosophical pluralism.

2. Having multiple aspects or parts: "the idea that intelligence is a pluralistic quality that ...
, pragmatic consensus (McAdam, McCarthy, and Zald 1996). This seems to ring true for Nepal, where ethnic organizations, regional movements, civil societies, Dalit groups, and women movements, to name a few, are proliferating Proliferating is the multiplication of a certain thing. Often it is used as a biological term to describe the increase of cells due to cell division.

Look under proliferate or proliferation for more details.
 as new alternative intermediaries, somehow challenging/replacing political parties in mediating between people and the state. All these mobilizations are triggering social scientists to ask some serious questions: why have the collective actions, mass mobilizations Mass mobilization (also known as social mobilization or popular mobilization) refers to mobilization of civilian population as part of contentious politics. Mass mobilization can be used by social movements, including revolutionary movements, but also by the state  (movements, revolution) come into being? Why do people join these mass mobilizations? What are the motivating and networking patterns of activists? What recruitment technologies and processes are being deployed by activists?

Social Political Upheaval 1990

Almost every day from the 1990s onwards on·ward  
Moving or tending forward.

adv. also on·wards
In a direction or toward a position that is ahead in space or time; forward.

Adv. 1.
, particularly post 1996, after the introduction of the Maoist insurgency in·sur·gen·cy  
n. pl. in·sur·gen·cies
1. The quality or circumstance of being rebellious.

2. An instance of rebellion; an insurgence.

insurgency, insurgence
, both printed and electronic media have been cultivating column and airing news on various levels, forms, types, and natures of collective actions, protests, activisms, movements, insurgencies, and counter insurgencies as well as their strategies and tactical repertoires. The promulgation PROMULGATION. The order given to cause a law to be executed, and to make it public it differs from publication. (q.v.) 1 Bl. Com. 45; Stat. 6 H. VI., c. 4.
 of the new constitution of the Kingdom of Nepal in 1990 produced avenues for the mobilization of all sorts of activism in the country-- both individual and collective. From that time onwards, activism, movements, and collective actions became a perennial perennial, any plant that under natural conditions lives for several to many growing seasons, as contrasted to an annual or a biennial. Botanically, the term perennial  and routine part of Nepali life, especially in urban areas (nevertheless the Maoist insurgency has emerged from rural areas). Enormous public discourses were initiated and organizations materialized; activists, academics, and intellectuals began to engage in the expression and exchange of views in a way that had previously been banned. (3) As noted earlier, varied forms of activism took place as political groups, cultural nationalists, Dalit, women, Madheshi, etc., asserted their ethnic and territorial autonomy States wishing to retain territorial integrity in opposition to ethnic or indigenous demands for self-determination or independence sometimes offer or impose limited territorial autonomy. , the right to self determination, linguistic revitalization re·vi·tal·ize  
tr.v. re·vi·tal·ized, re·vi·tal·iz·ing, re·vi·tal·iz·es
To impart new life or vigor to: plans to revitalize inner-city neighborhoods; tried to revitalize a flagging economy.
, and so on. Dalits, women, the disabled, and numerous social organizations and religious groups have since advocated their rights and identities as Weigert, Smith, and Teitge state, "social organization is the principle of self-organization, and both together explain social action" (1986: 5). Lesbian, gay, and sex worker movements started up. Many of these have or seek links with International NonGovernmental Organizations An international nongovernmental organization (INGO) is a voluntary association of organizations or individuals for worldwide or regional action.

The term nongovernmental organization or NGO is sometimes used to describe these groups, although it more correctly refers to an
 (INGOs). Activist organizations have a key role in the ongoing transformation of Nepali society. Since 1990 it is estimated that more than 30,000 Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) and NonGovernmental Organizations Transnational organizations of private citizens that maintain a consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. Nongovernmental organizations may be professional associations, foundations, multinational businesses, or simply groups with a common interest in  (NGOs) have been registered in Nepal, focusing particularly on development, awareness, advocacy, civic and human rights, the environment, children, women, peace, and so on (Gellner and Karki forthcoming).

Modern Nepali political activism can be divided into five generations by key historical events: prior to 1951 Rana Regime, 1952-1961 multiparty mul·ti·par·ty  
Of, relating to, or involving more than two political parties.
 system, 1962-1979 party-less political Panchayat Noun 1. panchayat - a village council in India or southern Pakistan
panchayet, punchayet

council - a body serving in an administrative capacity; "student council"
 system, 1980-1990 reformed party-less Panchayat system, and the post- 1990 reinstallation of multiparty system. These events have offered opportunities for contentions, oppositions, and original activist dynamics, producing new generations of activists. One major outcome of mobilization is the formation of a political generation, a cohort cohort /co·hort/ (ko´hort)
1. in epidemiology, a group of individuals sharing a common characteristic and observed over time in the group.

 of activists who are committed to the cause in enduring ways (Mannheim 1928 quoted by Whittier 2004: 541). Cultural nationalist, Dalit, women's, social, and Tarai activisms, are also seen to be analogous analogous /anal·o·gous/ (ah-nal´ah-gus) resembling or similar in some respects, as in function or appearance, but not in origin or development.

 to political events (religious activism may be a partial exception here). The 2001 census recorded over 100 castes/ethnicities and 92 mother tongues mother tongue
1. One's native language.

2. A parent language.

mother tongue

the language first learned by a child

Noun 1.
, each of which could be said to constitute separate cultural entities. Cultural nationalists have claimed that the original culture of those units goes back to the period prior to the modern administrative unification (programming) unification - The generalisation of pattern matching that is the logic programming equivalent of instantiation in logic. When two terms are to be unified, they are compared.  after 1769 initiated by King Prithivi Narayan Shah.

Many of the existing studies have focused on identity formation or reformation Reformation, religious revolution that took place in Western Europe in the 16th cent. It arose from objections to doctrines and practices in the medieval church (see Roman Catholic Church) and ultimately led to the freedom of dissent (see Protestantism).  as well as agenda production (Gellner, Pfaff-Czarnecka, and Whelpton 1997; de Sales 2000; Lecomte-Tilouine and Dollfus 2003; Fisher 2004), ideology and agenda building through the process of grievances construction (Bhattachan 1995, 2000), and issue claiming and counter claiming (Dahal 1995; Adams 1998; and Shah 2005). Hachhethu (2002), Rawal (1990), and KC (2001) have focused on political party/institution building through political process perspectives. Dahal (2004) analyzes an emerging new social movement in Nepal from a western theoretical position. Even if social movements are not acknowledged as such, they are a vital social force in mass mobilizations and socio-political change in general, as is evidenced by the last seven-eight decades. Although many activists have greatly contributed to those movements, the sociological study of their recruitment process in Nepal has been neglected, with the exception of de Sales (2003), Lecomte-Tilouine (2006), Gellner and Karki (2004, 2005), who have produced two preliminary articles addressing motivation and trends in recruitment. (4)
   Opposition to existing (unequal) social conditions was revealed to
   be a major motivation for activism, as the single biggest first
   response (21.6%) to the direct question on this matter, going up to
   35.3% when up to three responses are allowed. 'Ideology' is given
   as a first response by only 12.5%, though this increases to 34%
   when up to three responses are included. Once the responses are
   broken down by type of activist some perhaps predictable
   regularities can be observed: political activists are much more
   likely to have been influenced by an ideology or a text than
   others; Janajati, women, and Dalit activists are much more likely
   to be influenced by a desire to resist social evils or by events
   than others; and business or commercial activists are influenced by
   neither, with over 50% saying that the advancement of their
   professional interests was their motivation. (Gellner and Karki

In this article, I attempt to further explore a) how individuals become involved in/recruited for activism, b) what types of social and political process one needs to undergo to be an activist, and finally, c) what motivations are affective affective /af·fec·tive/ (ah-fek´tiv) pertaining to affect.

1. Concerned with or arousing feelings or emotions; emotional.

 during the recruitment process?

General Literature

The growth of social movements (5) is a global phenomenon these days (McAdam, McCarthy, and Zald 1996), which has come to be regarded as permanent components of western democracies (Porta and Diani 2004), but I think these are omnipresent om·ni·pres·ent  
Present everywhere simultaneously.

[Medieval Latin omnipres
. However, movement has been variously conceptualized in different eras and places. Zirakzadeh (1997) states that immediately following the few decades after the Second World War, social movement theorists of Western Europe Western Europe

The countries of western Europe, especially those that are allied with the United States and Canada in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (established 1949 and usually known as NATO).
 and Northern America
For the historical document of the Mexican Independence War see: Solemn Act of the Declaration of Independence of Northern America.

Northern America
 had negative associations with social movements due to their painful memories of National Socialism National Socialism or Nazism, doctrines and policies of the National Socialist German Workers' party, which ruled Germany under Adolf Hitler from 1933 to 1945.  in Germany, Fascism fascism (făsh`ĭzəm), totalitarian philosophy of government that glorifies the state and nation and assigns to the state control over every aspect of national life.  in Italy, and McCarthyism in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. . These theorists therefore depicted de·pict  
tr.v. de·pict·ed, de·pict·ing, de·picts
1. To represent in a picture or sculpture.

2. To represent in words; describe. See Synonyms at represent.
 social movements in a derogatory de·rog·a·to·ry  
1. Disparaging; belittling: a derogatory comment.

2. Tending to detract or diminish.
 way and dwelt dwelt  
A past tense and a past participle of dwell.
 on their childish child·ish  
1. Of, relating to, or suitable for a child or childhood: a high, childish voice; childish nightmares.

, immoral, and anti-democratic features.

Initially during the last century, sociological theories Sociological Theory is a peer-reviewed journal published by Blackwell Publishing for the American Sociological Association. It covers the full range of sociological theory - from ethnomethodology to world systems analysis, from commentaries on the classics to the latest  of ideology and later, theories of organization and rationality dominated as perspectives from which to address issues of social movement (Johnston, Larana, and Gusfield 1994). In the late sixties and early seventies, two principal theoretical models in particular evolved; the Marxist model and the structural-functionalist model. However, reactions to those theoretical lacunae developed in both settings; collective behaviour (in its interactionist version), resource mobilization Resource mobilization is a social theory related to the study of social movements. It focuses on the ability of the members of the movement to acquire resources and mobilize people in order to advance their goals. , and the political processes perspective developed in response to structural-functionalist model in the United States and the 'new social movement' evolved in response to the Marxists model in the Europe (Porta and Diani 2004). Garner and Zald (1985:138) and Diani (2004: 341) claim protest and contentious collective action are ultimately "politics by other means", and social movements were merely one of the options that challengers could draw upon to pursue their policy outcomes and their quest for Verb 1. quest for - go in search of or hunt for; "pursue a hobby"
quest after, go after, pursue

look for, search, seek - try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of; "The police are searching for clues"; "They are searching for the
 membership in the polity.
   It is difficult to grasp the nature of social movements, neither
   they could be reduced to specific insurrections or revolts, but
   rather resemble strings of more or less connected events, scattered
   across time and space; they cannot be identified with specific
   organizations either, rather, they consist of groups and
   organizations, with various levels of formalization, linked in
   patterns of interactions which run from the fairly centralized to
   the totally decentralized, from cooperative to the explicitly
   hostile. In another word social movements are complex and highly
   heterogeneous network structures. (Diani 2003:1)

It has been observed that modern social movements developed with the creation of the nation-state (Porta and Tarrow 2005). Nepal too has followed the same trajectory Trajectory

The curve described by a body moving through space, as of a meteor through the atmosphere, a planet around the Sun, a projectile fired from a gun, or a rocket in flight.
, where modern forms of activism began from the 1920s with action against the Rana regime (Gellner and Karki forthcoming). However, it is equally true that contention, opposition, grievances, collective action, and movement in any form are ubiquitous throughout space and time (Klandermans 2004a). To complicate com·pli·cate  
tr. & intr.v. com·pli·cat·ed, com·pli·cat·ing, com·pli·cates
1. To make or become complex or perplexing.

2. To twist or become twisted together.

 matters, everywhere movements as ideology and instrument (ibid) have been mobilized on the basis of various social and ethnic groups, castes, and geographical markers. It is very difficult to measure their scale and scope because of the changing face of transnational activism, which complicates the local processes of the diffusion diffusion, in chemistry, the spontaneous migration of substances from regions where their concentration is high to regions where their concentration is low. Diffusion is important in many life processes.  of movements with crosscutting cross·cut·ting  
A technique used especially in filmmaking in which shots of two or more separate, usually concurrent scenes are interwoven. Also called intercutting.
 trends of internationalization The support for monetary values, time and date for countries around the world. It also embraces the use of native characters and symbols in the different alphabets. See localization, i18n, Unicode and IDN.

internationalization - internationalisation
 (Porta and Tarrow 2005). In addition, Matsuda (2001: 128) points out, that human beings are active subjects with creativity and initiative in the existential ex·is·ten·tial  
1. Of, relating to, or dealing with existence.

2. Based on experience; empirical.

3. Of or as conceived by existentialism or existentialists:

Many theorists have concentrated on exploring how movements and revolutions emerge and develop. McAdam, McCarthy, and Zald (1996) tease out tease  
v. teased, teas·ing, teas·es
1. To annoy or pester; vex.

2. To make fun of; mock playfully.

 three factors: firstly, the structure of political opportunities and constraints CONSTRAINTS - A language for solving constraints using value inference.

["CONSTRAINTS: A Language for Expressing Almost-Hierarchical Descriptions", G.J. Sussman et al, Artif Intell 14(1):1-39 (Aug 1980)].
 confronting the movements; secondly, the form of organization (formal and informal) available to insurgents Insurgents, in U.S. history, the Republican Senators and Representatives who in 1909–10 rose against the Republican standpatters controlling Congress, to oppose the Payne-Aldrich tariff and the dictatorial power of House speaker Joseph G. Cannon. ; and lastly, the collective process of interpretation, attribution at·tri·bu·tion  
1. The act of attributing, especially the act of establishing a particular person as the creator of a work of art.

, and social construction that mediate MEDIATE, POWERS. Those incident to primary powers, given by a principal to his agent. For example, the general authority given to collect, receive and pay debts due by or to the principal is a primary power.  between opportunity and action. In same vein, Kandermans and Oegema (1987) claim four stages of social movements: forming mobilization potentials; forming and motivating recruitment networks; arousing motivation to participate; and removing barriers to participation. Chong (1991) observes that in every social movement some proportion of the activists primarily seek immediate gratification GRATIFICATION. A reward given voluntarily for some service or benefit rendered, without being requested so to do, either expressly or by implication.  and private benefits such as an increase in local prestige, and are neither steadfastly nor deeply committed to long term social change. People who do not become activists are those for whom the costs is too great, they tend to have little economic security and few, if any ties to a political base from which they may be granted political protection (Migdal 1974; Piven 1976: 316-18; Scott 1985 quoted by Zirakzadeh 1997).

Undoubtedly, activism and social movements share more or less the same trajectories, and overlap their meanings and conceptualizations to a great extent. However, implicit differences in the recruitment pattern exist. Essentially, social movements recruit participants not members (Porta and Diani 2004); participants in social movements do not make up a collectivity activists and may not follow the same recruitment processes as activists. Participants in social movements are recruited at any point of time across a given society through the intense interactions, fusions, conflicts, collective identities, and resources of activist organizations. In answering the question of why participation in movements is appealing to people, various factors have to be taken into account. "People may want to change their circumstances, they may want to act as a member of their groups, or they may want to give meaning to their world and express their views and feelings" (Klandermans 2004b: 361). Hirsch (1990: 243) has developed the steps to recruitment and commitment to protest movements: consciousness-raising, collective empowerment em·pow·er  
tr.v. em·pow·ered, em·pow·er·ing, em·pow·ers
1. To invest with power, especially legal power or official authority. See Synonyms at authorize.

, polarization polarization

Property of certain types of electromagnetic radiation in which the direction and magnitude of the vibrating electric field are related in a specified way.
, and group decision-making.

McAdam (1988) observes that structural availability is more important than attitudinal affinity in accounting for differential involvement in movement activities. Ideological disposition towards participation matters little if the individual lacks the structural contact to 'pull' her or him into protest. Consistent with this argument, a number of studies have demonstrated the decisive role of structural, rather than attitudinal, factors in encouraging activism. Very few would disagree that social network analysis facilitates the study of social movements through individual embeddedness in a pre-existing network and how new networks build up across the society and time.

The Study

'The impact of activism in Nepal: an anthropological and historical study' research project covers a wide range of data as I mention above. This article attempts to investigate the underlying social and political mechanisms and processes of activist recruitment through network analysis. (6) How does a neutral individual advance from the role of sympathizer sym·pa·thize  
intr.v. sym·pa·thized, sym·pa·thiz·ing, sym·pa·thiz·es
1. To feel or express compassion, as for another's suffering; commiserate.

 to supporter, and ultimately become involved in activism? How have motivational, networking, and recruitment processes worked and what types of techniques (physical, non-physical) are being adopted? Even though the political, ethnic, and religious organizations deploy their member activists for different goals, are the basic mobilization and recruitment technologies similar or not? This project and its resulting publications endeavour to seek to uncover the ways in which political parties and ethnic and religious institutions contact, influence, recruit, and organize activists in their cause. This article excludes from its quantitative survey activists who discontinued dis·con·tin·ue  
v. dis·con·tin·ued, dis·con·tin·u·ing, dis·con·tin·ues
1. To stop doing or providing (something); end or abandon:
 their activities or were expelled from their organizations. Primarily, it focuses on activists and does not look at non-activists or regular individuals.

As noted above, Nepal has faced several political movements/ revolutions so this research has attempted to cover the activism of each generation and a great diversity of movements from different political, social and cultural domains. As a consequence of this diversity of activists and movements, the project has also included analysis of many different environments or motivational contexts because of the vital role they play in generating the requisite networking that ultimately leads to the recruitment of activists. Fararo and Kosaka (2003) say "structure itself is as networking". However, structural motivation and inter-structural/inter-organizational networking are not my only focus and I try to explore other possibilities. Structural choice (opportunities/obstacles) and rational choice networking may create possible spaces in which individuals may be led into recruitment through networking, nonetheless; one needs to overcome some barriers. Additionally, motivation gains momentum from "structural opposition and contention. One important question is how these forces, as well as 'positive' networking factors, result in the production of activists. I have found that activists are recruited through various situations, environments, and prevailing knowledge. As our research has shown, an individual becomes an activist by borrowing from various concepts and existing theoretical. It would therefore be inappropriate to overlay (1) A preprinted, precut form placed over a screen, key or tablet for identification purposes. See keyboard template.

(2) A program segment called into memory when required.
 a unified theoretical position with which to analyse an·a·lyse  
v. Chiefly British
Variant of analyze.

analyse or US -lyze

[-lysing, -lysed] or -lyzing,
 their networking and recruitment on to their activities. Instead, I will present their various perspectives and begin to chart a course for an analysis based on their recruitment processes as they identify them.

Research Design

Urban-based activism is very common in Nepal. This may be due to the availability of modern infrastructures, which provide multiple means of disseminating dis·sem·i·nate  
v. dis·sem·i·nat·ed, dis·sem·i·nat·ing, dis·sem·i·nates
1. To scatter widely, as in sowing seed.

 ideology choices, and access to international links to advocacy and lobbying; consequently, cities are in focus. This does not mean, however, that activists are totally absent in the rural areas. Most eminent activists live in cities and conduct most of their activism within cities (national, regional, zonal, district, or rural-urban). Activism draws upon potentially mobilizing mobilizing,
v 1. freeing or making loose and able to move.
2. observing any ongoing movements in a client's body, whether small or large, assisted or not, that identify strengths and weaknesses, as well as the client's physical and
 structures (7) (McAdam, McCarthy, and Zald 1996) and resources, which are located in cities. Therefore, most activists commence their activism in urban areas and then diffuse diffuse /dif·fuse/
1. (di-fus´) not definitely limited or localized.

2. (di-fuz´) to pass through or to spread widely through a tissue or substance.

 their activities to villages. During the survey conducted as part of the 'Impact of Activism project', I found that just as up-grading occurs in a promotional system, if one gets good expertise, name and fame, a migrant mi·grant  
1. One that moves from one region to another by chance, instinct, or plan.

2. An itinerant worker who travels from one area to another in search of work.

 will migrate to cities to do more. All of the central offices of national political parties, INGOs, and NGOs are located in Kathmandu. In other words Adv. 1. in other words - otherwise stated; "in other words, we are broke"
put differently
, almost entire prominent activist leaders stay in the capital city. For example, of the fifty member organizations that are members of NEFIN (Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities), thirty are based in Kathmandu, including its central office, three are in Pokhara and one in Janakpur (Gellner and Karki 2005). Additionally, the Maoist insurgency has compelled opposing activists to migrate to the cities. Realizing this hard reality and high risk, our study excludes the country side and declined to survey Maoist activists (this decision was also taken out of concerns over the state, because at that time the Maoists were declared terrorists and all their activities were banned by the government of Nepal).

Taking into consideration those facts, the ecological setting and the location of the major concentrations of activists, from late 2003s to early 2004s, 109 pilot questionnaires were filled out. These covered three districts, namely Kathmandu, the capital city, Kaski (Pokhara), the western regional development centre, and Dhanusa (Janakpur), the zonal head quarter of Sagarmatha. From December 2004 to April 2005, of 800 quantitative interviews, fifty per cent (400) were obtained from Kathmandu, and twenty five per cent (200) from Pokhara and Janakpur, the district head quarters of Kaski and Dhanusa districts Dhanusa district, a part of Janakpur zone, is one of the seventy-five districts of Nepal, a landlocked country of South Asia. The district, with Janakpur as its district headquarters, covers an area of 1,180 km² and has a population (2001) of 671,364.  respectively. A questionnaire schedule containing 38 questions and divided into three major parts (organizational, personal, and political ideology inclination inclination, in astronomy, the angle of intersection between two planes, one of which is an orbital plane. The inclination of the plane of the moon's orbit is 5°9' with respect to the plane of the ecliptic (the plane of the earth's orbit around the sun). ) was used for the quantitative interview. Respondents In the context of marketing research, a representative sample drawn from a larger population of people from whom information is collected and used to develop or confirm marketing strategy.  were selected through 'snowball sampling' from several types of activist groups, namely political, ethnic, Dalit, religious, Madheshi, caste caste [Port., casta=basket], ranked groups based on heredity within rigid systems of social stratification, especially those that constitute Hindu India. Some scholars, in fact, deny that true caste systems are found outside India. , women, social, and economic. Of the 200 respondents in each area outside Kathmandu, 50 respondents were from political parties, 30 from women's organizations This is a list of women's organisations. International
  • International Association of Charity - Worldwide Catholic charitable organization for women (founded 1617)
  • Relief Society - Worldwide charitable and educational organization of LDS women (founded 1842)
, and 20 each from indigenous/nationalities, Dalit, economic, social, and religious activists. Within Kathmandu this number was doubled for each category.

An activist is a person who is consciously and voluntarily engages (full time or part time) in at least one organization that has certain end goals, whether those be halting halt·ing  
1. Hesitant or wavering: a halting voice.

2. Imperfect; defective: halting verse.

3. Limping; lame.
 or changing extant ex·tant  
1. Still in existence; not destroyed, lost, or extinct: extant manuscripts.

2. Archaic Standing out; projecting.
 authority whatever its form: culture, institution, group etc. It is not simple, however, to depict de·pict  
tr.v. de·pict·ed, de·pict·ing, de·picts
1. To represent in a picture or sculpture.

2. To represent in words; describe. See Synonyms at represent.
 the concrete definitional boundaries of an activist and any such project must acknowledge their overlapping meanings, conceptualisations, and shifting positions. For the sake of the study's feasibility, we do not include participants 'of the moment' or claimants in our definition of activists. However, in general, one could identify and claim that an activist is an individual who is just participating in any protest, movement, or collective action.

In this article, I defined the recruitment of an activist to be a state of recognition of involvement in an organization, either legally (formal membership) or socio-politically. The ties between individual or collective emotions and the end goals of any organization are an essential component in activism recruitment but this is not a formal requirement. I have observed cross directional In one direction. Contrast with omnidirectional.  processes in recruitment where legal (formal) recruitment motives, which I will here refer to as object-driven recruitment, and individual or emotional motivations, here referred to as subject-driven recruitment, can predicate In programming, a statement that evaluates an expression and provides a true or false answer based on the condition of the data.  one another, depending on the activist in question. For this study, an activist is the unit of analysis. A network is a set of nodes connected by specific types of relations In logic and mathematics generally, and in the theory of relations specifically, relations fall into various types according to their specific properties, often as expressed in the axioms or definitions that they satisfy. . The very network helps an individual to participate in an activism. A node could be a person, a society, a cultural meaning, an organization, an ideology, protest tactics, etc. Side by side, the dependent variable would be a multiplicity mul·ti·plic·i·ty  
n. pl. mul·ti·plic·i·ties
1. The state of being various or manifold: the multiplicity of architectural styles on that street.

 of causes: against social evils, an ideology, a person, an ego, a family, a work or body of literature, etc., across the context and type of activism. In this quantitative survey, the operational definition of an activist is inseparable in·sep·a·ra·ble  
1. Impossible to separate or part: inseparable pieces of rock.

2. Very closely associated; constant: inseparable companions.
 from 'the organization'. Activists who are members (executive or working committee) of mono (1) See monochrome and monophonic.

(2) (Mono) An open source implementation of the .NET environment for Linux, Unix and Windows platforms, sponsored by Novell. Mono includes a C# compiler and a Common Language Infrastructure (CLI) runtime engine.
 or multi-level organizations were respondents. (8) Nevertheless, movement veterans who had a key role in past but were retired were interviewed for qualitative purposes in order to access the feelings, emotions, life histories, and interpretations of this complex phenomena (Klandermans and Staggenburg 2002) even if they were no longer affiliated with an organization.

The processes of individual recruitment are relative phenomena that may occur variously because of several factors under different regime models over time (Passy 2003). The questionnaire was designed to generate personal information about activists, focusing on individual profiling (involvement history, overlapping membership commitments, family history, location of ancestral home The Ancestral Home (Dom Ojczysty) is a political party in Poland, founded after the elections. It is a splinter of the League of Polish Families and led by Piotr Krutul. , family migration patterns, birth, education, etc.), formation/networking/recruitment on activism, socio-metric choices (motivation and intermediary Intermediary

See: Financial intermediary


See financial intermediary.
 agencies), and political ideological inclination. Generally, it took about 25 minutes to fill out a questionnaire. However, the qualitative interviews took an average of 2 hours. The interview included asking in detail about life history (motivation, networking, and recruitment) depending on the activist's level of activism.

Discussion and Analysis Social Status and Recruitment

The social activist (reformer) category is the most popularly preferred identity marker amongst activists, irrespective of irrespective of
Without consideration of; regardless of.

irrespective of
preposition despite 
 what type of activism they are involved in, be it political, ethnic, Dalit, women, religion, etc. The very category captures first and third largest position securing 27.3 and 21.5 per cent in the father's and grandfather's generation respectively (Table 1). Thalu/Mukhiya decreases by 10.8 per cent and is pushed down into fifth rank in the father's generation although it occupied the second position in the grandfather's generation. This is unlike the teacher/Karmachari category which, in the grand father's generation emerged with 11.8 per cent, replacing the Thalu/Mukhiya as a new local elite group in the father's generation. These days, the tag of Thalu/Mukhiya is politically constructed to mean a member of the exploitative class and is now a derogative de·rog·a·tive  
1. Tending to derogate; detractive.

2. Disparaging; derogatory.

de·roga·tive·ly adv.
 status. As a result, activists who would formerly have belonged to this group have been intentionally in·ten·tion·al  
1. Done deliberately; intended: an intentional slight. See Synonyms at voluntary.

2. Having to do with intention.
 exchanging this identity with that of 'social reformer'. (9) Even though during the Rana regime their very name was supposed to be a prestigious social status. Along with the end of Rana regime such state-economic structures legally also came to an end. The new democratic movement has changed the social subjective consciousness Subjective consciousness refers to a state of consciousness, in which a person is constantly aware of himself as well as outside factors. This state is mainly connected to G.I. Gurdjieff's teachings. , plotting society into two major camps: feudal feu·dal  
1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of feudalism.

2. Of or relating to lands held in fee or to the holding of such lands.

 (in a relative sense) and general. Groups like the Thalu/Mukhiya have been placed in domain of traditional forces and have been labelled 'Samanti' (local feudal). To a great extent activism recruitment processes evolve in the relationships (ties or conflict) between those two groups particularly political activism is produced and reproduced.

Only 25.6 per cent of activists' father's social status is identified as 'general people', while it increases to 38.6 per cent in the grandfather's case. This clearly indicates that the majority of activists (the single largest position in the grandfather's generation and second in the fathers generation) belong to locally well known or respectable elite families including (Thalu/ Mukhiya/Jimawal), merchant/trader, priest/astrologer, social activist, ethnic leader, etc. The 'general people' category decreases by 13 per cent in the most father's generation compared to that of the grandfather, which reveals that in a democracy (10) and a more open/modern socio-political environment, general people were able to earn a good social position. Nevertheless, even in a democracy, the recruitment from the 'general people' sphere is still tends to be low; only one fourth of the total. Interestingly, few degrade TO DEGRADE, DEGRADING. To, sink or lower a person in the estimation of the public.
     2. As a man's character is of great importance to him, and it is his interest to retain the good opinion of all mankind, when he is a witness, he cannot be compelled to disclose
 to 'general people' in the father's generation, whatever their grandfather's social status, and indeed regained the title of activist in third generation, suggesting that such a commitment 'missed a generation' in terms of activism recruitment. It also indicates that structural potentiality might be an eminent factor in recruitment containing pre-existing social capital.

Of the total 800 respondents, 45 per cent of activists replied that they have elite relatives within their circle of core relations (uncle, aunt, brother and sister-in-law, and sister and brother-in-law). Out of them, 59.2 per cent belong to government offices as section officers or above, 41.4 and 33.3 per cent are to be found in political, military, or police professions (as senior officers including second lieutenant and inspector) (Table 2).

Overwhelmingly, 66.8 and 11.6 per cent of activists are sending their children to private school, college, or university, and to foreign countries respectively, as compared to the 27.8 per cent who have their children in government school/campus (Table 3).

These results may appear unusual according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

 Marxist theory concerning which groups lead and dominate class conflict and class struggle, but activism in Nepal is generated and sustained by elite groups because of the social movement culture of each elite activist family in which family and individual identity asserted through participation in activism. (11) The term 'political dynasty' is used both in practice and academically in the context of describing the 'political landscape'; however, it applies to the rest of activism too. Those members who are socially recognized as 'Khandaniya/ Kulin/Gharaniy' (aristocratic or blue-blooded) (relative to their socio-politio-economic milieu mi·lieu
n. pl. mi·lieus or mi·lieux
1. The totality of one's surroundings; an environment.

2. The social setting of a mental patient.


[Fr.] surroundings, environment.
) might be able to leverage their power in the name of recruitment to activism. Generally, one would proudly claim, 'Hing Navayepani Hing Badheko Talo' which literarily means that presently one may not have noble social status now, but he or she can still claim a noble family lineage LINEAGE. Properly speaking lineage is the relationship of persons in a direct line; as the grandfather, the father, the son, the grandson, &c. . Similarly, another very popular idiomatic expression Noun 1. idiomatic expression - an expression whose meanings cannot be inferred from the meanings of the words that make it up
phrasal idiom, set phrase, phrase, idiom
 is 'Mul Ko Pani PANI Polyaniline
PANI Pseudo Automatic Number Identification
PANI P-Access-Network-Info
 Kul Ko Chhori', 'drink water from the spring and choose a girl from a noble family (for marriage)'; implicitly those social meanings express a message about the socio-psychological importance of family capital. In the context of activism recruitment, such social capital is particularly valued and given special credibility regardless of the type of activism. Furthermore, one may observe a trend of formerly elite status-gaining members seeking more power through inventing a new identity or involving themselves in an organization.

Ethnicity/Caste and Recruitment

Few would deny that ethnicities are not new entities; however, the very term 'ethnicity' was Coined early in the 1950s and was slowly shaped on the conceptual boundaries of that time (Chapman 1993). Nevertheless, there are some who have historical roots and have manifested themselves variously over time, though sometimes in a dormant Latent; inactive; silent. That which is dormant is not used, asserted, or enforced.

A dormant partner is a member of a partnership who has a financial interest yet is silent, in that he or she takes no control over the business.
 state (Joireman 2003). However, it is equally true that social role activation activation /ac·ti·va·tion/ (ak?ti-va´shun)
1. the act or process of rendering active.

2. the transformation of a proenzyme into an active enzyme by the action of a kinase or another enzyme.

 based on ethnicity ethnicity Vox populi Racial status–ie, African American, Asian, Caucasian, Hispanic  is not very old in Nepal. As Gellner (1997b) writes- it would be quite wrong, however, to see the wars of the eighteenth century in terms of ethnic struggle. There were Newar artisans and traders settled in Gorkha from the seventeenth century, who owed allegiance to the Shah Kings. (12) Even though multinational and multicultural mul·ti·cul·tur·al  
1. Of, relating to, or including several cultures.

2. Of or relating to a social or educational theory that encourages interest in many cultures within a society rather than in only a mainstream culture.
 identities have been merged in Nepal, and are more or less assumed to be inseparable identities, Oommen (2003:123) claims multinational polities and multicultural polities have unambiguous separate boundaries. (13) Regardless, a new state-led identity was later constructed through the imposition of a Hinduism-based socio-cultural order introduced by the state in 1854 with the first civil code (Hofer 2004). Cultural, linguistic, and regional differences were largely ignored during the partyless Panchayat system (1960-1990), which placed its emphasis on one language, one form of national dress, and one national policy (Whelpton 1997; Pfaff-Czarnecka 1997; Gellner and Karki forthcoming).

Table 4 shows that the Hill Brahmans constitute the single largest percentage (21.5 per cent) of the total number of activists surveyed, whereas they make up 12.74 per cent of the national population. The Newars are 15.1 per cent among the activists, about triple the size of their total national population, resulting in over representation compared to the Hill Brahmans. The Chhetris/Thakuris occupy 12.8 per cent, quite a bit less than their national population of 17.27 per cent. The Chhetri (15.80) are the single most populous pop·u·lous  
Containing many people or inhabitants; having a large population.

[Middle English, from Latin popul
 group in Nepal (CBS (Cell Broadcast Service) See cell broadcast.  2001). The Hill and Mountain ethnic groups reported 13.6 per cent activists, which is an extremely low representation but if the Newars are included it increases significantly to 28.7, giving them over representation since their percentage of the total population is 27.39 per cent. The Newars are one of the enlisted en·list·ed  
Of, relating to, or being a member of a military rank below a commissioned officer or warrant officer.

 indigenous hill nationalities groups of Nepal. While the Dalits constitute 9.3 per cent of all activists, all of the Tarai groups together secure 17.1 per cent, excluding Musalmans who maintain 1.6 per cent. The remaining groups cover only 6.8 per cent.

Interestingly, these results match the national human development ranking. Here, the question arises about whether there is any correlation between the level of human development ranking and activist recruitment potential. The Newars, Hill Brahmans, and Chhetris secure first, second, and third position in the human development index ranking (NESAC NESAC National Electronic Switching Assistance Center (AT&T)  1998), which places them well above the average national level. The hill ethic eth·ic  
a. A set of principles of right conduct.

b. A theory or a system of moral values: "An ethic of service is at war with a craving for gain" 
 groups maintain the average national level, but this does not mean that all indigenous nationalities occupy the same status. The 59 government-recognized indigenous nationalities groups are divided into a further five categories: endangered en·dan·ger  
tr.v. en·dan·gered, en·dan·ger·ing, en·dan·gers
1. To expose to harm or danger; imperil.

2. To threaten with extinction.
, highly marginalized, marginalized, disadvantage, and advanced groups, (14) based on literacy rate, housing, land holdings, occupation, language, education level (graduate and above), and population size. Here, apparently, the Dalits are highly over represented in respect to the human development ranking, but this results from our project's intentional in·ten·tion·al  
1. Done deliberately; intended: an intentional slight. See Synonyms at voluntary.

2. Having to do with intention.
 sampling in which we set a compulsory 10 per cent Dalit respondents (see research design). However, their low status implicitly indicates by the decreasing order of allocated 10 per cent respondents to Dalit that decreases to 9.3 per cent in absence of their involvement. (15)

Numerically, the Newars are the dominant community of the Kathmandu valley The Kathmandu Valley, located in the Kingdom of Nepal, lies at the crossroads of ancient civilizations of Asia, and has at least 130 important monuments, including several places of pilgrimage for the Hindus and the Buddhists.  and have migrated to other major cities as a successful business community. The survey was carried out in cities/urban areas so a possible argument could be that it is natural for there to be overrepresentation of this group. Nevertheless, cost benefit ratio, potentiality, and future visibility factors do play prominent roles in activism motivation and recruitment. (16) This seems to ring true in terms of ethnic activism too; out of government recognized 59 groups, only 50 groups have succeeded in forming their own community organizations. Of 59, very few have envisioned their own current and future programmes and policies and have succeeded in setting up branch offices or holding periodic elections following their own organizations' constitutions (see Gellner and Karki 2004). The remaining groups are mainly quite behind on several political and economic measures and in their ability to access power. They are adhering to Tilly's ideas on how people may be divided into three camps: "idea people, behaviour people, and relation people" (2003: 5-6). Those groups that have not been successful in these areas follow the leading ethnic activists and organizations activism and create opportunities for themselves under the banner of indigenous nationalities recognition and identity. Those groups lack intellectual, political, and financial resources. In other words, conducive con·du·cive  
Tending to cause or bring about; contributive: working conditions not conducive to productivity. See Synonyms at favorable.
 and fertile fer·tile
1. Capable of conceiving and bearing young.

2. Fertilized. Used of an ovum.
 contexts exist in abundance but most of the requisites for subjective consciousness and actions have been lacking.

Resource mobilization theorists, McCarthy and Zald (1977) claim a group or person who has the appropriate political experience, vision, and/or resources to help an aggrieved ag·grieved  
1. Feeling distress or affliction.

2. Treated wrongly; offended.

3. Law Treated unjustly, as by denial of or infringement upon one's legal rights.
 constituent may be termed an 'issue entrepreneur'. Significantly, in all national political parties Hill Brahmins (17) and Chhetris are in control, regardless of whether the party is extremist, centralist cen·tral·ism  
Concentration of power and authority in a central organization, as in a political system.

central·ist n.
, or liberal, which clearly indicates that social capital, education, and family background, and recruitment opportunity are strongly interrelated in·ter·re·late  
tr. & intr.v. in·ter·re·lat·ed, in·ter·re·lat·ing, in·ter·re·lates
To place in or come into mutual relationship.

 and have been so since the inception of the state. Similarly, all eminent indigenous nationalities leaders come either from the Newars or a few hill ethnic communities who had traditional access to the British/Indian army. Of all five general secretaries elected to the Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (18) (NEFIN, earlier called the Nepal Federation of Nationalities, NEFEN) three are meant to represent groups from the disadvantaged category. In fact, only one belongs to a highly marginalized group, and even he is an academic and therefore relatively privileged. None comes from the Tarai and Mountain regions or women's groups. Within ethnic groups who have traditionally had access to the Indian and British military, ex-army members have been greatly mobilized in the lower levels of organizational formation. Almost all eminent activists are from the upper strata of the indigenous nationalities whether their group is itself categorized cat·e·go·rize  
tr.v. cat·e·go·rized, cat·e·go·riz·ing, cat·e·go·riz·es
To put into a category or categories; classify.

 as disadvantaged or advanced.

It is common in Nepal for activists to hold overlapping memberships. In most cases, an activist is a political activist, an academic, a civil society leader, an ethnic activist, a human fights activist, a development activist, and usually this state of affairs would be articulated as a form of coalition building. I argue that just the hill Brahmins and Chhetris dominate the state and its mechanisms of power, a few ethnicities and a handful of activist families have a monopoly over the cultural nationalist activism
For nationalist movements in general, see Nationalism. For other meanings of activism, see Activism.

The Nationalist activism was an elitist political movement of the early 20th century in Scandinavia, Finland and the Baltic countries.
 of their constituency. Through social networks, cultural capital, size of population and social, intellectual or economic resources these groups have had control over identity production and reproduction, policy and strategy formation, as well as the benefits of activism. In other words, few are the core actors in activism and the remaining people are just allies.

Activists who are directly involved in the indigenous nationalities movements claimed that they were motivated 47.7 per cent by opposition to social evils, 27.5 per cent by ethnic causes, and 22.2 percent by families. Although it might seem contradictory, the high hill Hindu caste activists as a group, reported deriving 66.7 per cent of their motivation from the opposition to social evils category. However, it must be said that the 'opposition to social evils' response included a variety of meanings. In the case of indigenous nationalities, Dalits, and women, high percentages of 'opposition to social evils' suggest discrimination from the state and the high caste High Caste was a New Zealand thoroughbred racehorse and raced successfully there as a two and three year-old. He was subsequently sold for 7000gns, and then raced in Australia. He won many Weight for Age races in both New Zealand and Australia.  people in legal, public, and private spheres The private sphere is the complement or opposite of the public sphere. Heidegger argues that it is only in the private sphere that one can be one's authentic self.

See also privacy.
, whereas the high caste hill group also reports high numbers of this response, but in their case they explained this choice a reaction to the decrease or diminishment of their own sociocultural so·ci·o·cul·tur·al  
Of or involving both social and cultural factors.

 values and identities. I argue that there are basically two types of motivating philosophies guiding recruitment which may be divided into two broad categories of activisms: a) identity seeking activism and b) identity preservation activism.

Identity seeking activism envisages a twofold aim, firstly to regain their own autonomous identity from a subordinated position, and secondly to fight against the state for some direct political ends, i.e. autonomy, right of self determination, the secular state A secular state is a state or country that is officially neutral in matters of religion, neither supporting nor opposing any particular religious beliefs or practices. A secular state also treats all its citizens equally regardless of religion, and does not give preferential , etc. The second type of activists are campaigning for the status quo [Latin, The existing state of things at any given date.] Status quo ante bellum means the state of things before the war. The status quo to be preserved by a preliminary injunction is the last actual, peaceable, uncontested status which preceded the pending controversy.  (according to their socio-cultural meanings); they demand nothing of the state. Those activists are much more concerned with preserving and protecting their decaying identity and "dignity". They seem on a defensive mode, which I observed in the Kshetry Mahasang [Kshetry (Chhetry) Federation] assembly and during interviews with high caste Hindu activists. They feel loyalty to their historical role, identity, and culture values, excluding direct political ends. (19) In other words, the two types of activisms being discussed here, might generally be termed right-based activism and duty-based activism. Within these, the motiving categories of 'opposition to social evil' and 'family' are factors in identity seeking activism and identity preservation activism respectively.

Religion and Activism

Resource mobilization, new social movements The term new social movements (NSM) refers to a plethora of social movements that have come up in various western societies roughly since the mid-1960s (i.e. in a post-industrial economy) which depart significantly from the conventional social movement paradigm. , and ethnicity theories strongly propose religion as one of the most powerful allies that. shapes the identity. It has been an effective and most convincing resource with which to construct the grievances that recruits an individual into an activism. Nevertheless, some ambiguities exist in the analysis of religion as a context of activism recruitment. 'Preservation', 'conversion', and 'retention' are frequently used terms and tendencies, those multiplicities of position would be difficult to assimilate as·sim·i·late
1. To consume and incorporate nutrients into the body after digestion.

2. To transform food into living tissue by the process of anabolism.
 into an analysis of activism. In this article, therefore, I restrict myself to the meanings of activism and activists defined in the research design. Respondents were found from almost all nationally recognized religious beliefs: Hinduism, Buddhism, Muslim, Christianity, and Kirat are 70.1, 17.0, 2.5, 2.0, and 2.5 per cent respectively. Hindus are 10.5 per cent less than as recorded in the national census. However, Buddhists are 6.3 per cent more compared to 10.7 per cent in the 2001 census. Compared to the national size of the population, Christians represent more than double but Muslims are about fifty per cent less than its national population. The then dissatisfaction with the continuation of the official declaration of the country as a Hindu state (20) in the constitution of Nepal
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 1990, accelerated the cultural nationalities' activism demanding the then secular state. However, I argue that just as the British found 'Sikh Hindu' or 'Hindu Sikh' in India during their eighteenth century survey (Brass 2005), during my field work I also encountered some dilemmas within activists when asked to point out their religion. The performance of multiple religious rituals and practices during a single individual's lifespan prevail. Religio-politicians impose and claim identity from a top down perspective, the Vishwa Hindu Mahasang (The Word Hindu Federation) and its Nepal chapter advocate membership across ethnicity and caste through the concept of 'Sanaatana Dharma' (21) and 'Omkar Pariwar' (22). As Gellner observes "the state was still proud to call itself the only Hindu skingdom in the world, and the official doctrine was that Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism Both Jainism and Sikhism have originated in South Asia and are Eastern philosophical faiths. Jainism, like Buddhism, rejected the authority (but not the values) of the Vedas and created independent textual traditions based on the words and examples of their early teachers, eventually  were 'branches' of Hinduism; only a minority of Buddhist activists were seriously offended of·fend  
v. of·fend·ed, of·fend·ing, of·fends
1. To cause displeasure, anger, resentment, or wounded feelings in.

 by this" (2001: 194). On the other hand, NEFIN creates these boundaries stating that those group are indigenous nationalities who do not belong to the four fold Vama system of Hinduism. Nonetheless, in 2001, in Dhanusa district some Tarain activists have formed a separate federation with which to pressure the state called 'DKKA', (23) claming that they are a Tarain federation of nationalities opposed to the defining criteria of NEFIN. (24)

During the 2001 census, NEFIN summoned its member organizations to campaign within their communities to endorse their own 'original' religions other than Hinduism. Consequently the number of Hindus decreased by 5.9 per cent in the 2001 census compared to the 1991 census. Whereas 3.4 per cent of activists reported their religion 'others' (Animism animism, belief in personalized, supernatural beings (or souls) that often inhabit ordinary animals and objects, governing their existence. British anthropologist Sir Edward Burnett Tylor argued in Primitive Culture , Bon, etc.), 2.5 per cent of activists intentionally refused to associate themselves with any religion. It is quite a precarious position; on the one hand, in a country that states religion as the foundation of ethnicity and caste identity or as a key property that shapes the ethnic and caste boundaries, activism flows from religion. On the other hand, some activists are entirely denouncing religious recognition. Fundamentally, the confrontation occurs between two basic principles; individual identity (autonomy) and collective identity, or whether an individual is a socialized so·cial·ize  
v. so·cial·ized, so·cial·iz·ing, so·cial·iz·es
1. To place under government or group ownership or control.

2. To make fit for companionship with others; make sociable.
 product or is capable of or wholly constituted by subjective meaning; all of which has been at the core of sociological debates for some time. Political (communist) cadres and members of the younger generations in particular have refused to associate with any religious position, arguing that we are just human beings may choose to be independent from the human construct that is religion. This may be partly true at the macro level where we can say that communists are non-religious. Nonetheless, in Nepal it is wrong to generalize generalize /gen·er·al·ize/ (-iz)
1. to spread throughout the body, as when local disease becomes systemic.

2. to form a general principle; to reason inductively.
 about communists in this way. Activists of the Ekata Kendra Nepal and Janamorcha parties were surveyed as 16.7 per cent non-religious compared to activists of the communist party Communist party, in China
Communist party, in China, ruling party of the world's most populous nation since 1949 and most important Communist party in the world since the disintegration of the USSR in 1991.
 of Nepal-United Marxist and Leninist of whom 11.5 per cent responded that they were nonreligious (25). The remaining political parties' activists were entirely linked with religion.

Some key variables, namely opposition to social evils (35.8%), ideology (34%), family (22.1%), person (21.3%), and events (14.8%) are dominant across the religious groups in aggregate. Undoubtedly, compared to inter-religious groups those variables contradict con·tra·dict  
v. con·tra·dict·ed, con·tra·dict·ing, con·tra·dicts
1. To assert or express the opposite of (a statement).

2. To deny the statement of. See Synonyms at deny.
 each other in their rankings (Table 5). Nonetheless, these figures demonstrate these motivating factors are essential across all types of activism recruitment. Sometimes, religious activism might seem the sub-field of national political and cultural nationalist activism. I find commonalities with Paul Brass's perspectives on northern Indian political development, when he writes that "political elite choose the cultural symbols upon which they wish to base their claims for group rights, that they make a determination as to wish symbol is decisive, and that they make other cleavages congruent con·gru·ent  
1. Corresponding; congruous.

2. Mathematics
a. Coinciding exactly when superimposed: congruent triangles.

 with the primary cleavage cleavage, tendency of many minerals to split along definite smooth planar surfaces determined by their crystal structure. The directions of these surfaces are related to weaknesses in the atomic structure of the mineral and are always parallel to a possible crystal . Therefore, political conflict may induce cumulated cleavages just as the reverse process may occur in which cumulated cleavages produce political conflict" (Brass 2005: 28). The same is true in Nepal, where ethnic activists have been claiming religion as an inseparable component in cultural nationalist activism or movement emergence. Reversely, adherents of certain religions and languages are now capable of (and are) generating activism based on their own needs and agendas. Language is used as an instrument in the mounting ethnic activism. For example, now within the Rai community, a new language-based identity has emerged. The criteria (material or philosophical) which was formerly used to define activism, now becomes the basis of activism itself; what was initially an object or goal has become the subjective purpose of activism. A major question then becomes how to define ethnicity and caste, whether it be on the grounds of the primordial primordial /pri·mor·di·al/ (pri-mor´de-al) primitive.

1. Being or happening first in sequence of time; primary; original.

 or based in social constructivism constructivism, Russian art movement founded c.1913 by Vladimir Tatlin, related to the movement known as suprematism. After 1916 the brothers Naum Gabo and Antoine Pevsner gave new impetus to Tatlin's art of purely abstract (although politically intended) .

Women and Activism Recruitment

Few would deny that no one could recruit activists in a state of isolation. By this I mean that rational choice theory Rational choice theory, also known as rational action theory, is a framework for understanding and often formally modeling social and economic behavior. It is the dominant theoretical paradigm in microeconomics.  fails to include the recruitment process to a great extent. Some sort of agencies and mechanisms are needed to join any activism. Consequently, an examination of social networks and ties is essential in order to evaluate each case. In the process of recruiting women into women's activism the major categories of opposition to social evils, family, ideology, and person occupies first to fourth position, comprising 42.9, 37.9, 32.9 and 24.7 per cent respectively for women activists.

It is interesting to compare those motivations with the highest ranking ideology, opposition to social evils, person, family and events securing 34.4, 33.0, 20.0, 16.2 and 16.2 per cent respectively for male activist. Those interfacing facts clearly express that every case of activism recruitment demands a different set of subjective, motivational mechanisms. The reporting of ethnic causes is highly dominated by male activists rather than female activists, with men claiming 8.8 per cent in this area compared to 3.2 per cent amongst the total 15 per cent of ethnic female activists (excluding female Newar activists). However, in total, ethnicity as a motivating variable claims about half (7.3%) of the total respondents (15%) from ethnic groups. It communicates how perception and meaning are constructed through the nearest environmental corolla corolla: see petal. . It means that each salient level of an individual's identity may be invoked by activist recruitment and its multiplicity of issues and agendas. Women seem greatly engaged in social disparity dis·par·i·ty  
n. pl. dis·par·i·ties
1. The condition or fact of being unequal, as in age, rank, or degree; difference: "narrow the economic disparities among regions and industries" 
 issues; that is, towards gender sensitivity. Conversely con·verse 1  
intr.v. con·versed, con·vers·ing, con·vers·es
1. To engage in a spoken exchange of thoughts, ideas, or feelings; talk. See Synonyms at speak.

, males might be involved in societal and state discrimination issues rather than be aware of gender inequality inequality, in mathematics, statement that a mathematical expression is less than or greater than some other expression; an inequality is not as specific as an equation, but it does contain information about the expressions involved. . Even though both may share the same treatment and identity at a macro level, i.e. ethnic, caste, etc., the 'opposition to social evils' category does not denote de·note  
tr.v. de·not·ed, de·not·ing, de·notes
1. To mark; indicate: a frown that denoted increasing impatience.

 the same meaning to women as it does to men or even within the total pool of women interviewed. The hierarchical position of individual women in society also helps determine a woman's activist concerns, i.e. one Dalit woman might be dominated by high caste/ethnicity women. 'Family' appears as second vital recruitment factor for women, while it is identified as being relatively less important for male activists.

The female activists who are engaged in specifically feminist organizations suggest different motivational factors. For them, 'opposition to social evils' is 10 per cent more in this category than among the total, women activists (Table 7). Further other agencies--family (7.0) ideology (12.3), and person (5.6)--are found less than the other motivating factors among the women activists. The 'events' variable increases by about 5 per cent, which indicates structural reasons, and events are more responsible for encouraging activists to become feminist in orientation.

Despite 15 per cent allocated to female respondents in the study and the tradition of the dominating patriarchy patriarchy: see matriarchy. , 27.6 per cent of women activists were surveyed in the study (though this still under represents women's 50 per cent of the total national population). Nevertheless, we felt that our sampling of women was reasonable and appropriate to the context of Nepal, particularly in the field of activism. Among women activists of Tarain origin, we were able to maintain just the allocated 15 per cent though a deliberate attempt was made to include the maximum number of Tarain women activists (women originating from the hill and mountain areas who were resident in the Tarai were intended to exclude). On the subject of low participation, some educated Maithali women activists commented:
   I am 21 years old but I have not graduated. I fear if I graduate my
   husband choices would be fewer so an intentional consensus has been
   reached within my family for me not to participate in further study
   before marriage. If one is under SLC [School Leaving Certificate],
   an SLC holder a boy would be eligible to marry you but if one holds
   an MA it is not easy to get a partner because he has to pay a high
   dahej (dowry). On the other hand, traditional parents feel that it
   is their attributive social, cultural, and religious responsibility
   to give their daughter's hand in marriage both socially as well as
   religiously. So sometimes when a husband's family assassinates a
   girl [because her family did not provide enough dowry], the girl's
   parent's side are compelled not to report them to the police
   because they believe their remaining daughter will not get a
   husband for herself if they do. Once the killing is publicized no
   one will come to ask the remaining daughters to marry them because
   they will assume that they too will not be able to negotiate a good
   price for her dowry. [She adds that such events happen in the
   Mithila region so it is very challenging to find women activists
   before they are married or get permission from a husband's family
   to participate in outside activities after marriage.] A 21 year old
   Maithil woman activist

Putting these issues to one side, the nature of the state is equally responsible for catalyzing activist recruitment. A leading political and development activist describes it is a result of centralized system In telecommunications, a centralized system is one in which most communications are routed through one or more major central hubs. Such a system allows certain functions to be concentrated in the system's hubs, freeing up resources in the peripheral units. :
   Kathmanduites provide all the resources to the rest of the country.
   In Dhanusa, Mahattari, Sarlahi, and other few hilly districts, the
   NGO network has been being captured by one hill Brahman family in
   which the husband had a key government position and his wife
   founded one of the leading NGOs in Kathmandu. She is also a central
   member of the Women Pressure Group, while their remaining family
   members are running NGOs in about five districts including three in
   Tarai. They have good connections and networks with INGOs and
   international agencies. Consequently, we Tarai people are
   discriminated and left out of the power

      A leading political and development Tarai women activist

Political Generation and Activism

As examined earlier, many organizations emerged after the reinstallation of multiparty democracy in 1990 or just before (see also Gellner and Karki 2004). The new constitution created a platform for political opportunities and the possibilities of organizing for diverse causes. Individuals, even those belonging to the 'older' generation, joined organizations in the democratic period. An 81 year old person joined an organization post 1990, which unambiguously indicates that political opportunities have been and are integral to the emergence of organizations and the production of a conducive environment that leads to individuals becoming involved in activism. It also reveals that activists capitalize on Cap´i`tal`ize on`   

v. t. 1. To turn (an opportunity) to one's advantage; to take advantage of (a situation); to profit from; as, to capitalize on an opponent's mistakes s>.
 an individual's social capital to influence and establish the organization itself. Initially, this man was a Pradhan Pancha (elected chief of the Panchayat or Nagar Panchayat A Nagar panchayat is one form of urban bodies in India.

An urban centre with more than 30,000 and less than 100,000 inhabitants is classified as nagar panchayat. However there are some exceptions.
) in his municipality MUNICIPALITY. The body of officers, taken collectively, belonging to a city, who are appointed to manage its affairs and defend its interests.  and later joined the community organization, Kshetri Mahasang, all of which expresses the shifting trend of activism. This also presents an account of how one may be motivated to follow a new, even contradictory form of activism on the basis of common identity. Technically, activists are generally defined as occupying an executive position of any functioning organization or movement, however, in some cases those activists are not personally or intellectually committed to the end objectives of a particular cause or movement, but instead are compelled to accept the activist role by their community, neighborhood networking, and moral pressure. In turn, the activist recruiter utilizes the social capital of the organization's members to communicate and address their goals as well to attract new activist members.

Formal and informal organizations (indigenous socio-cultural institutions) have directly and indirectly supported activism and mass mobilization. Earlier the Tharu Kalyan Karini Sabha, the Thakali Sewa Samiti, and the Tamang Ghedung were formally organized, side by side, in the local teashop, schools, colleges, at banbhoj (picnics), Tiz (Hindu women's festival), and other ethnic and caste ritual assemblies, these being places where there were opportunities to exchange views and to convince and consolidate individuals in the non-democratic era. Table 8 shows that almost all activists above 18 years of age have become active since 1990. This explicitly demonstrates that low risk/cost environment is conducive to galvanizing galvanizing, process of coating a metal, usually iron or steel, with a protective covering of zinc. Galvanized iron is prepared either by dipping iron, from which rust has been removed by the action of sulfuric acid, into molten zinc so that a thin layer of the zinc  the activism, both in terms of individual recruitment and mass mobilization. In general, it has been claimed that historical exclusion, alienation alienation, in property laws: see tenure.

In the social sciences context, the state of feeling estranged or separated from one's milieu, work, products of work, or self.
, and poverty produces activism. Table 8 communicates that political opportunity structures are the most important agencies to recruit individuals. Without opportunity structures the activism recruitment level stays in the low numbers. In the following cases, all social, economic, cultural, and political causes were in abundance in all generations but created mounting activism in fifth generation (1991-05).

After 1990, a rigorous current of diverse activism and movements gained a significant advancement including the 'recognition' (self, social, and political) of traditionally subordinate groups including Dalit, women, indigenous nationalities; etc., and formation of other organizations. Consequently, political parties and social organizations have been compelled to endorse those new identities formally in their agenda and have introduced new departments (ethnic, Dalit, social issues) into their own organizations organizational structure This article has no lead section.

To comply with Wikipedia's lead section guidelines, one should be written.
. Now, all political parties have introduced those departments as part of their integral wings. (27) Previously, those ethic, Dalit, and regional movements were supposed as communally and sectarally motivated tendencies and it is interesting to note that those political activists who are now in their parties' front organizations and central committees, were previously hesitant hes·i·tant  
Inclined or tending to hesitate.

hesi·tant·ly adv.
 to reveal their involvement in and commitment to the previously independent social and ethnic concerns. Activist organizations or groups that have served as gateways into the necessary networks that promote the mobilization and advancement of activism, but which are also activism groups in their own right, including women's associations (Ama Samuha), clubs, and developmental organizations.

Some Cases (from the Qualitative Interview) Ideology Indoctrination in·doc·tri·nate  
tr.v. in·doc·tri·nat·ed, in·doc·tri·nat·ing, in·doc·tri·nates
1. To instruct in a body of doctrine or principles.

 and Activism Recruitment

The deployment of ideology (as a dependent variable in the recruitment of an individual) for polemic po·lem·ic  
1. A controversial argument, especially one refuting or attacking a specific opinion or doctrine.

2. A person engaged in or inclined to controversy, argument, or refutation.

 division has been observed as a common cultural trend in Nepal. Generally, even from the first encounter, leading activists attempt to create an optimum level of moral outrage and anger against oppositional camps to obtain their end goals. Immediately after the 1990 people's movement There have been a number of groups called the People's Movement or similar.
  • Antigua and Barbuda - People's Movement, People's Progressive Movement
  • Argentina - Feuguino People's Movement, Neuquino People's Movement
  • Aruba - People's Electoral Movement
, oppositional political activists were cut off from each other even in their day to day lives and socio-cultural interactions i.e. the historically popular Parma (labor exchange) system, Malami (funeral procession pro·ces·sion  
1. The act of moving along or forward; progression.

2. Origination; emanation; rise.

a. A group of persons, vehicles, or objects moving along in an orderly, formal manner.
), in their use of the public tap etc. particularly in rural areas. The following cases indicate what types of instruction and indoctrination are being offered to a new recruit at various political camps and how sentiment is constructed and accumulated to create an ideological space.

'Would you mind telling me about your father and family background?'
   My father was in the British Gorkha army but later he came back to
   the village, resigned from his job, and studied. He became school
   teacher in the village and became known as social worker. I
   remember when I was a child, I visited villagers with him on two
   missions: first, to request that the villagers enroll their
   children in the school, and second to beg for votes for my uncle as
   part of his local election campaign. Both times after he won the
   election, my uncle arranged a huge feast at his house honoring his
   supporters, we had goat, chicken, and pork, managed in separate
   kitchens for high caste Hindus and others. He [uncle] used to
   address supporters in different places during the victory
   procession on the way back home. They used to offer him lots of
   flowers and smeared red powder (Abhir) [on him]. Having had such
   experiences, I used to repeatedly imitate the mass addresses alone,
   even after several days following him (uncle). In my child
   psychology those were very wonderful, heroic, and glorious events.

'When and where did you hear the word communist?'
   In childhood, I first heard word 'communist' in my house, however,
   I was also influenced by a local elder who was a communist cadre.
   Nevertheless, I felt an affinity through peeracquaintance as well
   as through my social surrounding (samajik mahaul ra sampark),
   particularly consolidated at the school. Later I received the
   ideological [communist] classes in the village. Instructors used to
   attempt to convince us by making aggressive statements and telling
   interesting stories. Yi Haat Pani Ke Communistka Haat Jun Haat
   Samantika Rato Ragatle Narangiyaka Hun. [What are these hands of a
   communist which are not 'tinted with the blood of feudals'.] He
   adds, I was also very much impressed by listening to a very
   exciting dialogue between two leaders who were farmers and also
   cadres of Chinese Communist Party, the Maoist.

   A group of farmers smashed a huge, hard rock that was in the way of
   the path from one village to another. Generally, that was assumed
   take ten days to clear out but they finished it within four days.
   Very inquisitively, another friend [group leader] asked what
   techniques were used to achieve such great success. The leader of
   the first group replied, "We used chisels and hammers to hit the
   rock, at that moment, you know, we saw our enemies' head instead of
   the rock. So we then started to charge again and again and again.
   We neither knew where we got the energy from or how fast it fell

   Actually, these days, I realize it was a story to encourage
   ideological plotting for the production of motivation and cadre
   recruitment. Now, Maoists are also repeating the same thing,
   dividing friends alliance and from enemies' cluster (Mitra Sakti Ra
   Satru Barga), which ultimately produces a deep gap within the
   social landscape that consequently, a future impact of which, will
   be an obstacle in the route to consensual democracy.

      An educated young leftist activist

   I was influenced by kin who used to convince me, saying that the
   communist destroys our social and cultural heritage, faith, and
   values; i.e. that they force us to marry within our core kin
   [blood] members, destroy temples, monasteries etc. They kill older
   generations; our parents and grandparents who are above a certain
   age, and support a one party autocracy. In the communist regime all
   basic human rights like freedom of reading, writing, and speech
   would be totally prohibited. It is an anti-human and anti-nature
   political ideology.

      Congress supporter woman activist, aged 54.

'Were you politically active from your school days?'
   In school I was not involved in politics is there was no political
   activity either. I joined politics in Dehradoon, after my school
   life finished in Gorakhpur. This [Dehradoon] was where, I met Puspa
   Lal and Yek Dev Aale and then gradually became active in politics.
   My acquaintances a agged me to politics. Initially, as new
   political recruits, we had very strict rules, regulations and
   timetables. Usually we faced three sessions in the holidays and two
   sessions a day during college days, not like today. In the morning
   between 4-6 am instructions class used to be held, focusing on
   national and international scenarios and books. From 2-4 pm they
   used to teach about various historical and contemporary political
   issues. Puspa Lal, Yek Dev Aale, Hikmat Bhandari, and others were
   our instructors.

   They used to teach all the cadres together but a few of them were
   selected for further special classes. However, everyone started
   from general classes and then were promoted into higher positions,
   Prarambhik Sadashya, Sadharan Sadashya (initial or primary
   membership and general membership). One comrade was teaching at the
   Butwal campus but had joined the communist party, who was initially
   affiliated with the Congress Party. Therefore, our leaders doubted

   However, he didn't know about it though they [our leaders] used to
   talk about it with us. Puspa Lal looked upon him with doubt. An
   internal hierarchy existed; one Brahman comrade held an education
   in Sanskrit therefore they did not fully trust him. Comrades like
   those had less powerful departments in the party organization.

The respondent In Equity practice, the party who answers a bill or other proceeding in equity. The party against whom an appeal or motion, an application for a court order, is instituted and who is required to answer in order to protect his or her interests.  later became a politburo politburo, the former central policy-making and governing body of the Communist party of the Soviet Union and, with minor variations, of other Communist parties.  member in the party and visited various villages as a school teacher in order to organize the people in their party. He said that by capitalizing on a teacher's social status he was able to influence people and to recruit them into leftist left·ism also Left·ism  
1. The ideology of the political left.

2. Belief in or support of the tenets of the political left.

 political activism.

'What strategies did you use to convince people during the underground period?'
   I used to visit students' houses, try to explore their psychology
   during the conversation, and decide whether it would be useful or
   not to talk with them about our political mission. In some cases I
   had to make four or five visits, walking for three or four hours to
   evaluate a single family. I used to wake up before the rooster
   crowed and come to school for teaching. It was necessary to judge
   people because once one was politically exposed the state would
   arrest them.

      Janajati Leader, aged 61, (Formerly-Communist)

On the recruitment in political activism and the shift to ethnic activism:
   Actually, I was influenced by the 1980 (VS 2036) student movement.
   I used to hear on the radio that policemen had physically attacked
   students and in response the students resisted and beat policemen;
   such news impressed me. I was very impressed by the information
   about the fight between students and police reported by villagers
   who used to go to the district headquarters to bring the daily
   necessities like and clothes. I used to imagine how those students
   were bravely and honestly fighting for us and the nation. Even when
   in police custody and bearing intense torture, they did not
   disclose their friends' names and organizational secrecy. Later, I
   joined Akhil Panchau. I was studying in class seven. Some senior
   colleagues (Dai-haru) came from the nearby school, Khong Ling High
   School. Those seniors gave us political instruction classes,
   focusing on existing social discrimination and inequalities. Their
   progressive songs motivated me, out sometimes I used to think of
   them as cunning elders during their instruction (Prasikshan).
   Anyway, their teachings gave me a political direction. Later they
   used to visit our school regularly.

He too turned to ethnic activism:
   I have an interesting story. I do not know how important it is. I
   am the first person to come to Kathmandu from the Tokpegola
   community and anyone who moved to or visited Kathmandu before was
   supposed to be a wealthy, Thulo Manchhe [big man]. One of the
   villagers belonging to the Tokpegola community came after a while
   but I was quite busy with my business; I had opened a carpet
   factory, therefore we did not have frequent contact. Unfortunately,
   his wife suffered from a brain tumor and he failed to contact me so
   our neighboring community Olangchunge, who were living and doing
   business in Kathmandu helped them, but after many days of care in
   the hospital she did not improve so they stopped caring for her.
   Then her husband brought her back to a room in Dalkhu where she
   died. The Newar house owner pressured them immediately to take away
   the dead body but the husband had not contacted anybody about a
   funeral procession, so he asked his brother-in-law, though he also
   belonged other than outside the Tokpegola community. Anyway, they
   carried the dead body on a motorcycle, putting it in the middle
   between two people like a cooking gas cylinder, wrapping it in a
   huge jute bag [Bora]. They rested three times on the way to a
   crematory for cremation. That became an anecdote within our
   neighboring communities. During our participation in any function
   like a funeral procession, marriage, and cultural activity, that
   event became the song [Geet]; a satirical story about
   how Tokpegola lived in Kathmandu, about how we bury dead
   bodies. They [members of other community] used to laugh at us,
   talking about the cremation, and that used to pinch
   me, used gave a heat to me [humiliate me].

   Later, many Tokpegola members came to Kathamandu saying "if Pasang
   could survive in Kathmandu why not I?" On 1999 (VS 2056), in my
   initiation, we introduced Tokpegola Samaj Sewa Samiti, (Tokpegola
   Society Helping Committee), targeting the enhancement of mutual
   understanding, helping each other, and the organization of
   Tokpegola community members who are living in Kathmandu. At the
   same time, Janajati Videyak was passed by the parliament and
   consequently our community was also listed in the 59 ethnic

      An Executive Member, NEFIN

On the inspiration to join ethnic activism as well as to form an ethnic organization:

'How did you become inspired to found the community organization?'
   There are several motivational tiers to form this community
   organization. On the one hand, [I experienced] discriminatory
   events, both individual and social, which have pushed me, and in
   another, the loss of our culture, sacraments, etc., are
   responsible. Outsiders' cultures, adaptations, and ways of lives
   have handicapped our community; we are living under poverty,
   illiteracy, and one could say in a Jangali (uncivilized) condition.
   I stayed in Sanischare, Morang district for about 12 years. One
   day, I heard someone mentioning Majhi (the community to which I
   belong) to a Brahman's child who was wearing poor clothes, full of
   mud, and who had dust on his face. His mother maltreated him saying
   how he was a dirty boy, like a Majhi child. I heard this
   maltreatment of the Majhi community and it hurt me deeply. Such
   inequitable events and social practices exist in society in day to
   day life Uncounted, discriminatory events exist in the society.

   My father was also social worker. Undoubtedly, he directly and
   indirectly influenced me, otherwise I would be a general Nepali
   Majhi as others are.

   I reached Puthauli, a Majhi village in Sindhuli district in the
   Panchyat era. They were drinking alcohol in group under a huge tree
   but went away after seeing me. There, both old and many of the
   young men wore Lagauti [a traditional, male Nepali dress]. One man,
   from a Majhi Gaoun of Sindhuli district had told me about the
   Majhis' social and economic condition. He had told me that at that
   village they would run away from seeing new visitors but then if
   one offered them Jad-Raksi (alcohol), they would come back again. I
   remembered that suggestion so I spoke to one old man who was
   looking at me from his nearby doorway. I called him using my
   finger, then he came slowly and I offered him one bowl of dad.
   Gradually all the other villagers came too, even from the jungle. I
   spent about five hundred rupees on local Jad and Raksi. I compared
   them to a pig, to first run away, looking at me, and then come
   close when offered food. That night I went to their homes and they
   did their best to be hospitable, offering Jad-Raksi, chicken, and
   talking a lot. That is the real position of Majhi. I don't know
   whether they are still at the same position. I guess they have
   relatively slightly changed. That event really hurt me and I
   committed myself to dedicating my life to the Majhi community.

'Had you just gone there to walk or did you have any specific objective?'
   I had deliberately gone there to explore the Majhis' lifestyle
   because I had heard about them. I felt that we Majhis are also
   human beings so we need to do something for us.

      An Executive Member, Nepal Majhi Utthan Sang.

To a great extent, social networks facilitate as well as intervene in individual recruitment. Such stories are very common means of influencing neutral individuals for a cause. During the periods of non-democracy (I mean prior to 1951 and during the Panchyat system from 1961-1990) interpersonal in·ter·per·son·al  
1. Of or relating to the interactions between individuals: interpersonal skills.

 contact and kin, or socio-cultural ties were popularly used methods of recruitment across the board. Those were probably the most convenient and reliable agencies with which to recruit in an isolated geographical regions, as well methods most appropriate to the socio-cultural construction of Nepali lives, where people were bound by collectiveness or community life, especially in rural areas. The formation of organizations were outlawed, with the exception of religious ones, therefore organizations were clandestine CLANDESTINE. That which is done in secret and contrary to law.
     2.Generally a clandestine act in case of the limitation of actions will prevent the act from running.
 in nature. At that time, the government had a monopoly over modern facilities. Things like telephones were prestigious symbols, and were used by wealthy and government-sponsored individuals or families. Ordinary people, and oppositional activists in particular, had little access to such facilities. Newspapers were strictly censored cen·sor  
1. A person authorized to examine books, films, or other material and to remove or suppress what is considered morally, politically, or otherwise objectionable.

. Consequently, recruiters played upon known and ubiquitous factors of inherited inherited

received by inheritance.

inherited achondroplastic dwarfism
see achondroplastic dwarfism.

inherited combined immunodeficiency
see combined immune deficiency syndrome (disease).
 identity and socio-cultural markers to recruit into desired ends. Caste/ethnic and family background as well as acquired social identity play predominant pre·dom·i·nant  
1. Having greatest ascendancy, importance, influence, authority, or force. See Synonyms at dominant.

 roles in the evaluation and selection of an individual by activist organizations and agents.

Summary and Conclusion

All types of activism are motivated by some basic variables, namely opposition to social evils, ideology, family, person, and events. Some variables dominate, which indicate that both 'push and pull' factors, that is, motivations based on affinity and opposition, have a prominent role in activism recruitment. Recruiters play upon inherited identity and use ideology to create productive divisions between new recruits and the rest of society. The correlation between activism and the human development index is both evidence of this kind of manoeuvring manoeuvring or US maneuvering

the skilful manipulation of a situation to gain some advantage
 and fodder fodder

feed for herbivorous animals, usually used to describe dried leafy material such as hay. See also forage.

fodder beet
a root crop grown solely as a source of feed for cattle, possibly sheep.
 for these tactics. As long as the cost/benefit ratio makes it worthwhile, groups that are the least developed tend to be the most active.

In this paper, the process of Nepali activist recruitment that I have described through activist's own words has demonstrated that networking is essential to activism recruitment in Nepal. This is in contradiction with Western and American processes of recruitment, which are basically evolving based on the state of individual autonomy and the grounds of secular loci loci

[L.] plural of locus.

loci Plural of locus, see there
. In Nepal, networks and linkages, based on not only ideology but family and socialization socialization /so·cial·iza·tion/ (so?shal-i-za´shun) the process by which society integrates the individual and the individual learns to behave in socially acceptable ways.

 experiences, are an essential part of how activists describe their activism histories. During the non-democratic system (Rana and Panchayat) individual formal contacts (individual, kin, community, geographical blocks) used to be deployed more often as means of recruiting individuals because all party and community based activism were banned and organizations were in clandestine forms. Today, we still see that activist organizations are led by elites and that those possessing cultural capital are consciously targeted by recruiters and are means by which organizations attract future members and leverage power in the political arena.


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(1.) This article is a product of an academic programme entitled en·ti·tle  
tr.v. en·ti·tled, en·ti·tling, en·ti·tles
1. To give a name or title to.

2. To furnish with a right or claim to something:
, "The Impact of Activism in Nepal: An Anthropological and Historical Study" which was jointly carried out by Centre for Nepal and Asian Studies CNAS CNAS Center for North American Studies
CNAS College of Natural and Applied Sciences (University of Guam)
CNAS Center for a New American Security (Washington, DC)
CNAS Commission Nationale d'Action Sociale
, TU and Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology cultural anthropology

Branch of anthropology that deals with the study of culture. The discipline uses the methods, concepts, and data of archaeology, ethnography, folklore, linguistics, and related fields in its descriptions and analyses of the diverse peoples of the world.
, University of Oxford from 2003 to 2006. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Dr. David N. Gellner, the principal researcher of this project and Dr. Krishna Hachhethu, the country supervisor. This paper would not be in this form and version without the help of Ms. Jessamine jessamine: see jasmine.  Dana. I would also like to thank Dr. Morimoto Izumi for kindly providing related materials and Dr. Maire Lecomte-Tilouine for her useful comments. An earlier version of this paper was delivered on the workshop on "Globalization globalization

Process by which the experience of everyday life, marked by the diffusion of commodities and ideas, is becoming standardized around the world. Factors that have contributed to globalization include increasingly sophisticated communications and transportation
 and Local Knowledge" at CNAS, TU, on September 3, 2006. I would also like to extend my sincere gratitude to Prof. Dr. Furukawa Akira, Prof. Dr. Matsuda Motoji, and Dr. Shaubhagya Shah for their valuable suggestions.

(2.) The Maoist's supreme leader, Puspa Kamal Dahal alias 'Prachanda', has proposed an innovation of the multi-party political structure other than conventional (Western) parliamentary model. 'Post: What about your goals? Prachanda: Since we belong to a communist party, our maximum goals are socialism and communism. Those are the maximum goals of all those accepting Marxism, Leninism and Maoism as philosophical and ideological assumptions Ideological assumptions are beliefs that often serve as the basis for particular disciplines which go unquestioned within that discipline or as justifications for the actions of a particular society. . Given the international power balance and the overall economic, political and social realities of the country, we can't attain those goals at the moment. We must accept this ground reality. We have mentioned democratic republic and constituent assembly A constituent assembly is a body elected with the purpose of drafting, and in some cases, adopting a constitution. An example is the Russian Constituent Assembly, which was established in Russia in the wake of the October Revolution of 1917, which overthrew the Russian Provisional , with the understanding that we should be flexible given the balance in the class struggle and international situation. This is a policy, not tactics. This is a necessary process for the bourgeoisie bourgeoisie (brzhwäzē`), originally the name for the inhabitants of walled towns in medieval France; as artisans and craftsmen, the bourgeoisie occupied a socioeconomic position  and the national capitalists alike, let alone the middle-class. Post: Constituent assembly? Prachanda: Yes. Constituent assembly is not a demand of the communists. It's a democratic process established by the capitalists a long time back. We are not saying this as a tactic. We have adopted this policy due to today's balance in class powers and today's world situation so that the Nepali people won't have to endure any more troubles. (See The Kathmandu Post, February 9, 2006).

(3.) Phrases Bagiyan, Gath-gadi Taakne, Rajdrohi, Ratradrohi, Adaharmi, Arastriya Tatwa, Gobar, Kharani, Kulakshani, Sampradahik, Kshetriyabadi, etc, used to hold tag to various types of oppositional activists in different political regimes. Still it is conceptualize con·cep·tu·al·ize  
v. con·cep·tu·al·ized, con·cep·tu·al·iz·ing, con·cep·tu·al·iz·es
To form a concept or concepts of, and especially to interpret in a conceptual way:
 as careerists as well as interest groups to some extent to some activists. It would not be illogical to level as earliest women activists in Nepal to Yogmaya and Durga Devi, however, even today rumours persists that Shakti Yogmaya was (just) a religious fanatic who threw herself into the river in an nihilistic ni·hil·ism  
1. Philosophy
a. An extreme form of skepticism that denies all existence.

b. A doctrine holding that all values are baseless and that nothing can be known or communicated.

 fever. Sexual laxity laxity /lax·i·ty/ (lak´si-te)
1. slackness or looseness; a lack of tautness, firmness, or rigidity.

2. slackness or displacement in the motion of a joint.lax´


 was another characterization A rather long and fancy word for analyzing a system or process and measuring its "characteristics." For example, a Web characterization would yield the number of current sites on the Web, types of sites, annual growth, etc. , a prostitute prostitute n. a person who receives payment for sexual intercourse or other sexual acts, generally as a regular occupation. Although usually a prostitute refers to a woman offering sexual favors to men, male prostitutes may perform homosexual acts for money or  and kind followers followers

see dairy herd.
 were sexual deviates as well as a communist. At least that appellation ap·pel·la·tion  
1. A name, title, or designation.

2. A protected name under which a wine may be sold, indicating that the grapes used are of a specific kind from a specific district.

3. The act of naming.
 acknowledges her political character' (Aziz 2001: xxix prologue pro·logue also pro·log  
1. An introduction or preface, especially a poem recited to introduce a play.

2. An introduction or introductory chapter, as to a novel.

3. An introductory act, event, or period.

(4.) Increasing interest in social movements is also indicated by the proportion of articles on collective action and social movement, published in four top American journals (Sociology: American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, and Social Problems). Since the middle of the past century these subjects have accounted for 2.23 per cent of the total articles included in these journals in the 1950s, 4.13 per cent in the 1970s, and 9.45 per cent in the 1990s (Snow, Soule, and Kriesi 2004:5).

(5.) Snow, Soule, and Kriesi (2004: 3) state that "social movements are one of the principal social forms through which collectivities give voice to their grievances and concerns about the rights, welfare, and well-being of themselves and others by engaging in various types of collective actions (such as protesting in the streets) that dramatize dram·a·tize  
v. dram·a·tized, dram·a·tiz·ing, dram·a·tiz·es
1. To adapt (a literary work) for dramatic presentation, as in a theater or on television or radio.

 those grievances and concerns and demand that something be done about them".

(6.) I worked for an academic research program entitled 'The Impact of Activism in Nepal: An Anthropological and Historical Study'. This began on 1 February, 2003, and lasted for three years. The project was a joint undertaking between my research centre, the Centre for Nepal and Asian Studies, Tribhuvan University, and the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford, UK. Dr. David N. Gellner was the principal researcher, Dr. Krishna Hachhethu was the country supervisor, and I was the research associate in the project. Mr. Suresh Dhakal, Mr. Basanta Maharjan, and Ms Babee Shrestha were also part of the project during the quantitative interview phase.

(7.) Universities, colleges, industries, business houses, religious, ethnic organizations, media (electronic and print) state facilities etc.

(8.) Existing organizations and institutions may be divided into major two camps according to the nature of their structure; the mono-level denotes organizations and institutions having only one registered committee, whereas multi-level contains a centre and districts or more than two branches. Political parties, some ethnic organizations, and religious organizations follow the second category, ie Tamu Chhoj Djin, Tamang Ghedung, Vishwa Hindu Mahasang Nepal chapter, Nepali Congress, and the Communist Party of Nepal United Marxist Leninist. Social organizations, youth organizations, women associations Arna Samuha fall in the mono structure and issues like Bagmati Bachau Abiyan, Phewa Tal Samrakshan Samiti, Ratamate Ama Smuha, Bajarang Yuwa Samaj. In terms of membership distribution, general and active/Sangathith those two types tradition is popular in political parties, however, in ethnic organizations and social organizations honorary, life long, executive Visistha are being popular. From those memberships an executive body is formed or elected which deserves executive rights to day to day functioning, however, need to rectify rec·ti·fy
1. To set right; correct.

2. To refine or purify, especially by distillation.
 from general convention along with active members or in some cases general members' assembly.

(9.) Earlier the Thekibethi Uthaune (local tax collectors) authorities were known as 'Jimmawal, though Mukhiya was/is lower level state official.

(10.) Defining democracy may come into view to be easy, nevertheless in fact full of problems. Which deserves varieties of concept, definition and ideology therefore, here, I am intended to express for conducive environment to form the organization, to recruit member, and right of expression through the peaceful means. These rights have assured in the 'Constitution of the Nepal 1990'.

(11.) I take the lead here from Stryker who writes that "identities are conceptualized as being organized into a hierarchy of salience sa·li·ence   also sa·li·en·cy
n. pl. sa·li·en·ces also sa·li·en·cies
1. The quality or condition of being salient.

2. A pronounced feature or part; a highlight.

Noun 1.
 defined by the probability of the various identities being invoked in a given situation or over many situations" (Styker 1981: 23-24) See McAdam and Pulsen (1993) for similar.

(12.) Siller writes, 'the Newar kings themselves made extensive use of Parbatiya and Magar mercenaries, who were quite happy to fight against Parbatiya opponents, until Jaya Prakash, King of Kathmandu, made the mistake of assassinating his Parbatiya general, Kaji Ram Thapa, and seven companions, for being defeated by Prithvi Narayan Shah Prithvi Narayan Shah

(born 1723?—died 1775) Founder of the modern state of Nepal. A member of the ruling Shah family of Gurkha (Gorkha) principality, he conquered the three Malla kingdoms (see Malla era) and consolidated them.
. Only on one occasion during Prothvi Narayan's campaign against the Valley did Newars from other kingdoms come to the aid of fellow Newars: when Prithvi Narayan made his first attack on Kirtipur in 1757" (1973:111-12, quoted in D. N. Gellner 1997b).

(13.) "The case of multinational polities: people with distinct homelands and cultures, particularly language and religion, coexist co·ex·ist  
intr.v. co·ex·ist·ed, co·ex·ist·ing, co·ex·ists
1. To exist together, at the same time, or in the same place.

 in one polity. In contrast, multicultural polities are products of the deterritorization of national groups who migrated to new homelands" (Oommen 2004: 123).

(14.) The 59 indigenous nationalities groups divided into the five categories by NEFIN on 1 March 2004 are: 1) Endengered Group: Kusunda, Bankariya, Raute, Surel, Hayu, Raji, Kisan, Lepcha, Meche and Kusbadiya. 2) Highly Marginalized Group: Majhi, Siyar. Lohmi, Thudam, Dhanuk, Chepang, Satar (Santhal), Jhangad, Thami, Bote, Danuwar and Baramu. 3) Marginalized Group: Sunuwar, Tharu Tamang, Bhujel, Kumal, Rajbansi, Gangai, Dhimal, Bhote, Darai, Tajpuriya, Pabari, Topkegola, Dolpo, Free, Mugal, Larke, Lohpa, Dura Dura, in the Bible
Dura, in the Bible, plain, near Babylon, where Nebuchadnezzar set up a golden image.
Dura, ancient city, Syria
Dura (d
 and Walung. 4) Disadvantaged Group: Gurung, Magar, Rai, Limbu, Chhairotan, Tangbe, Tinganule Thakali, Bargaule, Marphali Thakali, Sherpa, Yakkha, Chhantyal, Jirel, Byansi, and Yolmo, and 5) Advanced Group: Newar, Thakali (See Gellner and Karki 2004).

(15.) We did not find enough independent Dalit organizations and even in their involvement in other area of activism, however, it does not mean that Dalit Activists are absent but because of February 1st, 2005, King's political move and our time schedule we covered other activists in the place of Dalit activists.

(16.) Zirakzadeh (1997) argues that the poorest, must socially disorganized dis·or·gan·ize  
tr.v. dis·or·gan·ized, dis·or·gan·iz·ing, dis·or·gan·iz·es
To destroy the organization, systematic arrangement, or unity of.
, and most politically powerless strata in every society has a tendency to avoid participation in movements despite the daily indignities and deprivations they endure. This is because an individual immediately visualizes the avowed a·vow  
tr.v. a·vowed, a·vow·ing, a·vows
1. To acknowledge openly, boldly, and unashamedly; confess: avow guilt. See Synonyms at acknowledge.

2. To state positively.
 aims of the movement pertinent to his or her current position and calculates the cost benefit ratio of any involvement.

(17.) Hill Brahmans have dominated the Nepali Congress (NC) central committee; out of 19 elected posts including its president, 10 are hill Brahmans, of them, five belongs to a Koirala family The Koirala family have provided many leaders of the Nepali Congress Party, and were instrumental in its 1947 formation.

Three Prime Ministers thus far have come from the family, all brothers:
 (a high hill Hindu caste), and only four hill Kshetries succeeded to win. The Nepali Congress Democratic (split from the NC) central committee has an equal share of the hill Brahman and Kshetry members in central committee election securing seven each of 19 seats. The NC and the NC (D) are headed by Brahman and the Kshetry leaders respectively. This may demonstrate that once the primary foundation breaks the second boundary creates or merged on other common identities sharing whatever these might be it caste, ethnicity, region, etc. Even in private conversation amongst the party cadres it is usually said that they are parties of Kshetries or Brahmans, such types of motivation attempted.

(18.) Academicians have been controlling general secretary of NEFIN which is most powerful post in the organization. Suresh Ale ale: see beer.

Fermented malt beverage, full-bodied and somewhat bitter, with strong flavour of hops. Until the 17th century it was an unhopped brew of yeast, water, and malt, beer being the same brew with hops added.
 Magar, Parsuram Tamang (two tenure), Bal Krishna Mabuhang and Om Gurung all are lecturer of Tribhuvan University.

(19.) Here, I do not claim all members of first category entirely fall into right-based activism and vice versa VICE VERSA. On the contrary; on opposite sides. , with second category it is but a general trend.

(20.) On 18 May 2006, a nine-point proclamation An act that formally declares to the general public that the government has acted in a particular way. A written or printed document issued by a superior government executive, such as the president or governor, which sets out such a declaration by the government.  of the reinstated House of Representatives declared Nepal 'a Religiously Secular State'.

(21.) Since this religion is not only about the infinite but also about the eternal; and its principles are based on the internal principles if the cosmos, they called their religion as Sanaatan Dharma dharma (där`mə). In Hinduism, dharma is the doctrine of the religious and moral rights and duties of each individual; it generally refers to religious duty, but may also mean social order, right conduct, or simply virtue. . (see "SSJB Rana, 1978)

(22.) Hindus claim that 'Omkar' refers to those adhering to the 'Omkar', which refers to the Vaidic, Jains, Buddhist and Sikh; but Buddhist (Majority) have strong contention with this concept

(23.) The DKKA (Dhanuk, Koiri, Kewat, Amat), an organization of nationalities from the Tarai, was established in 1998. They claim that they meet all economic, historical, and social measures as existing Tarain members of the NEFIN but because they practice the Hindu religion they are excluded from NEFIN membership. The Gopal Sewa Samiti, a community organization of Yadav/Ahir raised a question; "we were me first kings of Nepal, the 'Gopal Vanshi', which is entirely recognized fact, but it is ridiculous not to include us in indigenous communities. The Kirati Kings came very late in the Kathmandu valley, however, they are pure indigenous, 'Khatti Adhibasi, why aren't we?' Another, executive member of the Gopal Sewa Samiti pointed out that the Newar Kings also ruled in a later period. There seems to be a contradiction in the selection of Indigenous/Nationalities to Danuwar, actually they have their Danuwar Kuti, at Ramanda Chouk, Janakpur where they worship Hindu gods (as claimed by its priest), they also have Gotra, and some wear the sacred thread, like involved in Kshetri Saamaj at Sarlahi District Sarlahi district, a part of Janakpur zone, is one of the seventy-five districts of Nepal, a landlocked country of South Asia. The district, with Malangwa as its district headquarters, covers an area of 1,259 km² and has a population (2001) of 635,701.  but recognized as Nationalities that contradicts with the existing definition of 'indigenous/nationalities'.

(24.) Significant events happened during the King's visit to Janakpor in the Vivaha Panchami. Mithila Natya Kala KALA Kalaupapa National Historic Park (US National Park Service)  Parisad is one of the oldest renowned clubs in Janakpur. It is basically focused on Maithili arts, literature, and dances. The president of the Parisad illustrated the cultural misunderstanding/gap between the hill people and the people of the Tarai. They had prepared 'Ahipan/Aripan' (commonly used both) to welcome the king on the road spending about four hours but an army officer came and ordered them to erase it. Initially they tried to convince him explaining the importance of Aripan but the officer told him to either erase it or be arrested. In fact, the Aripan is prepared through Trantic Vidi to welcome a god during great occasions in the Mithila region, so they prepared it supposing the king to be a god but the army officer did not understand its significance. The members of Parisad were naturally very disappointed with the soldier's refusal.

(25.) in this research, we have surveyed all national constitutional political parties and some local parties except the Maoist. Nepali Congress, Communist Party of Nepal, United Marxist and Leninist, Nepali Congress Democratic, Janamorcha, Rastriya Prajatanta Party, Nepal Majdoor Kisan Patty, Ekata Kendra Nepal, Nepal Sadbahwana Party, Nepal Sadhawana Party Anandidevi etc.

(26.) The "time when involved in the activities of the organization" pertains to the definition of activist which we have used in our project and in this paper. It may not reflect the length of time in which individuals have been informally active.

(27.) As a lust Lust
See also Profligacy, Promiscuity.


fiend of evil passion. [Iranian Myth.: Leach, 17]

Aholah and Aholibah

lusty whores; bedded from Egypt to Babylon. [O.T.: Ezekiel 23:1–21]


lustful fairy. [Ital.
 in the political history of Nepal The History of Nepal is characterized by its isolated position in the Himalayas and its two dominant neighbors, India and China. Even though it was independent through most of its history, it was split in three from the 15th to 18th century. , the Nepali Congress Democratic party introduced reservation practices at their 11th national patty convention in 2005. The party allocated two reserved seats in its central committee for indigenous ethnic people, women, and Tarain people, including one seats to Dalits, and backward region (Karnali).
Table 1 : Social status of activist's father and grandfather

Social Status            Father            Grand Father
                     Number   Per cent   Number   Per cent

Social activist       218       27.3      172       21.5
General people        205       25.6      309       38.6
Political leader      122       15.3       18       2.3
Karmachari/Teacher    121       15.1       26       3.3
Thalu/Mukhiya         104       13.0      190       23.8
Ex. Army/police        94       11.8       38       4.8
Merchant               92       11.5       91       11.4
Others                 57       7.1        48       6.0
Religious activist     42       5.3        51       6.4
Pandit                 37       4.6        48       6.0
Ethnic leader          3        0.4        5        0.6
DK                     1        0.1        7        0.9
Total                 800      137.0      800      125.4

Note: Per cent based on multiple responses.

Table 2: Activists and their core relatives' occupational position
Field of recognized post of the close relatives-

Politics                            149    41.4
Govternment office, officer level   213    59.2
Police/Arm officer level            120    33.3
Industrialist/Businessman            26     7.2
Occupation                            9     2.5
International service                14     3.9
Others                               16     4.4
Total                               360   151.9

Note: Percentages based on multiple responses.

Table 3: Educational institutes where activists' children
are getting education

Place of educational center of   Number   Per cent
the children--combined
Public                              156       27.8
Private                             375       66.8
Foreign                              65       11.6
Others                               42        7.5
No where                             17        3.0
Total                               561      116.8

Note: Percentages based on multiple responses.

Table 4: Ethnicity/Caste and Activist

Ethnicity/Caste             National Population      Activist
                               and Percentage

                            Number     Percent     Number    %

Brahmin-Hill                2896477    12.74          172    21.5
Newar                       1245232    5.48           121    15.1
Ethnic Groups- Hill and     4983957    21.91          109    13.6
Chhetri- Hill and Thakuri   3927616    17.27          102    12.8
Yadav and other Tarai       2409075    10.60           92    11.4
Hill Dalit                  1605248    7.00            58     7.3
Brahmin-Tarai               134496     0.59            29     3.6
Dalit-Tarai                 674859     2.98            16     2.0
Musalman                    971056     4.27            13     1.6
Kayastha/Rajput             94525      0.41            12     1.3
Ethnic Groups- Tarai and    2225593    9.81            11    14.0
Inner Tarai
Sanyasi                     199127     0.88            11     1.4
Others                      1369673    6.00            54     6.8
Total                       22736934   100            800   100.0

Source: Field Survey 2005 and 2001 census.

Table 5 : Religious Activists and their motivating factors

Inspired from           Hinduism      Bauddhism     Muslim
                        No       %    No       %    No      %

Opposition to           192    34.2    54    39.7    8    40.0
social eveils
Ideology                186    33.2    41    30.1    7    35.0
Family                  125    22.3    30    22.1    5    25.0
Person                  124    22.1    28    20.6    3    15.0
Events                   83    14.8    18    13.2    5    25.0
Books                    44     7.8     9     6.6    0     0.0
Ethnic cause             30     5.3    14    10.3    3    15.0
Social service           37     6.6    11     8.1    2    10.0
Selfawareness            40     7.1     6     4.4    2    10.0
Promotion of own         32     5.7     6     4.4    0     0.0
group interest
Peer association         16     2.9     9     6.6    0     0.0
Resistance               14     2.5     3     2.2    0     0.0
Preservation of           8     1.4     7     5.1    1     0.0
art, religion
and culture
Others                   25     4.5     7     5.1    0     0.0
Social environment       12     2.1     5     3.7    0     0.0
Historical tradition      9     1.6     0     0.0    2    10.0
Social exclusion          8     1.4     1
Educational institute     7     1.2     1     0.7    0     0.0
Total                   561   176.8   136   183.8   20   190.0

Inspired from           Christianity   Kirat        Others
                        No      %      No      %    No      %

Opposition to            5    31.3      7    35.0   12    44.4
social eveils
Ideology                 9    56.3     10    50.0   14    51.9
Family                   4    25.0      7    35.0    2     7.4
Person                   4    25.0      2    10.0    5    18.5
Events                   1     6.3      4    20.0    2     7.4
Books                    4    25.0      2    10.0    5    18.5
Ethnic cause             0     0.0      6    30.0    4    14.8
Social service           0     0.0      0     0.0    2     7.4
Selfawareness            1     6.3      0     0.0    1     3.7
Promotion of own         0     0.0      0     0.0    0     0.0
group interest
Peer association         0     0.0      1     5.0    3    11.1
Resistance               0     0.0      0     0.0    3    11.1
Preservation of          0     0.0      2    10.0    2     7.4
art, religion
and culture
Others                   0     0.0      0     0.0    0     0.0
Social environment       0     0.0      1     5.0    0     0.0
Historical tradition     0     0.0      0     0.0    1     3.7
Social exclusion               6.3      0     0.0    1     3.7
Educational institute    0     0.0      1     5.0    0     0.0
Total                   16   181.3     20   215.0   27   211.1

Inspired from           Not reported   Total
                        No      %      No       %

Opposition to            8    40.0     286    35.8
social eveils
Ideology                 5    25.0     272    34.0
Family                   4    20.0     177    22.1
Person                   4    20.0     170    21.3
Events                   5    25.0     118    14.8
Books                    4    20.0      68     8.5
Ethnic cause             1     5.0      58     7.3
Social service           2    10.0      54     6.8
Selfawareness            2    10.0      52     6.5
Promotion of own         0     0.0      38     4.8
group interest
Peer association         0     0.0      29     3.6
Resistance               1     5.0      21     2.6
Preservation of          0     0.0      20     2.5
art, religion
and culture
Others                   0     0.0      32     4.1
Social environment       1     5.0      19     2.4
Historical tradition     0     0.0      12     1.5
Social exclusion         0     0.0      11     1.4
Educational institute    0     0.0       9     1.1
Total                   20   185.0     800   180.8

Percentages are based on multiple responses.

Table 6: Factors that inspired involvement in the activities of
organizations Inspired from

                        Sex                         Total
                        Female        Male

                        No       %    No       %    No     %

Opposition to            94    42.9   192    33.0   286    35.8
social evils
Family                   83    37.9    94    16.2   177    22.1
Ideology                 72    32.9   200    34.4   272    34.0
Person                   54    24.7   116    20.0   170    21.3
Events                   24    11.0    94    16.2   118    14.8
Books                    17     7.8    51     8.8    68     8.5
Social service           16     7.3    38     6.5    54     6.8
Self awareness           14     6.4    38     6.5    52     6.5
Social environment        8     3.7    11     1.9    19     2.4
Ethnic cause              7     3.2    51     8.8    58     7.3
Others                    6     2.8    26     4.5    32     4.1
Educational institute     4     1.8     5     0.9     9     1.1
Peer association          4     1.8    25     4.3    29     3.6
Preservation of art,      4     1.8    16     2.8    20     2.5
religion and culture
Historical tradition      4     1.8     8     1.4    12     1.5
Resistance                3     1.4    18     3.1    21     2.6
Promotion of own          2     0.9    36     6.2    38     4.8
group interest
Social exclusion          1     0.5    10     1.7    11     1.4
Total                   219   190.4   581   177.1   800   180.8

Note: Percentages are based on multiple responses.

Table 7: Factors inspiring to various activisms

Inspired from                Q.1 Name of the associated

                        Political     BS            Religious
                        No.      %    No.      %    No.      %

Opposition to            15    13.6    32    24.2    17    22.7
social evils
Ideology                 57    51.8    50    37.9    43    57.3
Family                   25    22.7    43    32.6    16    21.3
Person                   51    46.4    34    25.8    15    20.0
Events                   26    23.6    24    18.2     8    10.7
Books                    19    17.3    16    12.1     7     9.3
Ethnic cause              0     0.0     1     0.8     1     1.3
Social service            2     1.8     5     3.8     5     6.7
Self awareness            2     1.8     3     2.3     7     9.3
Promotion of              0     0.0     9     6.8     0     0.0
Peer association          4     3.6     5     3.8     2     2.7
Resistance                6     5.5     3     2.3     0     0.0
Preservation of           0     0.0     0     0.0     3     4.0
art, religion
and culture
Others                    4     3.6     3     2.3     3     4.0
Social environment        2     1.8     2     1.5     5     6.7
Historical tradition      0     0.0     0     0.0     8    10.7
Social exclusion          1     0.9     1     0.8     1     1.3
Educational institute     3     2.7     3     2.3     0     0.0
Political party           1     0.9     3     2.3     0     0.0
Knowledge                 1     0.9     1     0.8     0     0.0
Extension of              0     0.0     0     0.0     0     0.0
political ideology
Total                   110   199.1   132   180.3    75   188.0

Inspired from                  Q.1 Name of the associated

                        Janajati      Women          Total
                        No.      %    No.       %    No.       %

Opposition to            52    47.7    36     52.9   286     35.8
social evils
Ideology                 24    22.0    14     20.6   272     34.0
Family                   22    20.2    21     30.9   177     22.1
Person                   12    11.0    13     19.1   170     21.3
Events                    9     8.3    11     16.2   118     14.8
Books                     4     3.7     2      2.9    68      8.5
Ethnic cause             30    27.5     0      0.0    58      7.3
Social service            8     7.3     8     11.8    54     68.0
Self awareness            6     5.5     6      8.8    52      6.5
Promotion of              1     0.9     0      0.0    38      4.8
Peer association          2     1.8     2      2.9    29      3.6
Resistance                3     2.8     2      2.9    21      2.6
Preservation of          11    10.1     1      1.5    20      2.5
art, religion
and culture
Others                    1     0.9     0      0.0    20      2.5
Social environment        1     0.9     5      7.4    19      2.4
Historical tradition      2     1.8     0      0.0    12      1.5
Social exclusion          3     2.8     0      0.0    11      1.4
Educational institute     1     0.9     1      1.5     9      1.1
Political party           0     0.0     0      0.0     6      0.8
Knowledge                 1     0.9     0      0.0     4      0.5
Extension of              0     0.0     0      0.0
political ideology
Total                   109   177.1    68    179.4   800    180.8

Note: Percentages based on multiple responses

Table 8: Cross-sectional cohort of activists

                     Time when involved in the activities
                         of the organization (26)

               Before     2008-    2018-    2037-    2047-
               2007       2017     2036     2046     2062
               (Prior     (1952-   (1962-   (1980-   (1991-
               to 1951)   1961)    1979)    1990     2005)    Total

Age of         First      Second   Third    Fourth   Fifth
Respondent     Gen.       Gen.     Gen.     Gen.     Gen.

18-27                                                    58      58
28                                               1       12      13
29                                               2       14      16
30                                               5       19      24
31                                               3       11      14
32                                               3       17      20
33                                               3       10      13
34                                              11       16      27
35                                              14       21      35
36                                      2        5       12      19
37                                      2        9       13      24
38                                              10        7      17
39                                      4        6       11      21
40                                      2        8       22      32
41                                               9       10      19
42                                      6        8       20      34
43                                      3        4       14      21
44                                      2        6        8      16
45                                      2       11       12      25
46                                      6        9       11      26
47                                     10        3        7      20
48                                      7        1        6      14
49                                      4        6       12      22
50                                      5        9       11      25
51                             1        2        4        5      12
52                                      7        4        8      19
53                                      3        1        7      11
54                                      5        1        4      10
55                                      5        2        1       8
56                                      7        1        2      10
57                                      6        2        2      10
58                                      3        1        5       9
59                                      3                 3       6
60                                      4        1        3       8
61                                      5        2        3      10
62                                      2        1        6       9
63                                      2        4        4      10
64                             1        1        1        2       5
65                                      2        1        3       6
66          1                           3        1        1       6
67                                      2                 4       6
68          2                                    1        1       4
69                                               1                1
70                                      1                 2       3
71                                      2        1        1       4
72                                      1        1        1       3
75                                               2                2
76                                               1                1
78          2                           1                         3
81                                                        1       1
85          1                                                     1
Total       6                  2      122      180      423     733

Source: Field Survey 2005.
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