About Magar Studies Center
All human beings belong to a single species and are descended from a common stock. They are born equal in dignity and rights and all form an integral part of humanity. All individuals and groups have the right to be different, to consider themselves as different and to be regarded as such. However, the diversity of life styles and the right to be different may not, in any circumstances, serve as a pretext for racial prejudice; they may not justify either in law or in fact any discriminatory practice whatsoever, nor provide a ground for the policy of apartheid, which is the extreme form of racism (UNESCO).
The history is the mirror of the society. It reflects the past events. Unfortunately the histories have not been perfect and impartial in the past. It has just been a reflection of one segment of population: segment which was able to dominate all others and preserve its way of life. The Nepali history is not impartial. It suffers from the rule of ‘winners write the history.’ There are numerous mistakes, misunderstandings, contradictions, gaps and hegemony. These need to be corrected.
Culture is ‘all the shared products of society: material and nonmaterial’ (Ian Robertson). It is the product of learned, socially transmitted behavior. It includes ideas, values, and customs of groups of people. The cultural diversity is a cherished asset for the advancement and welfare of humanity at large and should be valued, enjoyed, genuinely accepted and embraced as a permanent feature which enriches our societies. Like history, the cultures of societies have suffered from aggression and racism. The cultures of different societies need protection and promotion.
These issues are the concern of Magar Studies Center.