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Country: Nepal

Programme manager, the Nepal Peacebuilding Initiative

Rajendra Senchurey is the programme manager at the Nepal Peacebuilding Initiative, based in Kathmandu, Nepal. He is a Dalit (the community that come at the bottom of Hindu caste hierarchy) intellectual with an MPhil in International Peace Studies from Trinity College Dublin in Ireland. He is a core-team member of the ‘Towards an Inclusive Peace’ conference organized by the Caux Forum in Switzerland every summer. He regularly writes for Nepal’s leading national dailies as a freelance contributor.

Rajendra lives life with a twin objective – to extirpate the caste-based discrimination and to promote sustainable peace in Nepal and beyond. A staunch advocate of peace and harmony, he has raised his voice in many national and international fora about interfaith, non-violence, countering violent extremism and building sustainable peace. He now works in the area of interreligious dialogue through the Restorative Justice project that aims to foster peace and reconciliation between different groups divided on the basis of religion and their contraposition to the decade-long (1996-2006) armed conflict of Nepal. He is recognized in Nepal as a conflict analyst-cum-human rights activist.

The motto he identifies himself with is, “Discrimination incapacitates – your society cannot function well when its one part has been incapacitated”.