Kathmandu: The second season of Jaat Ko Prashna, a chat show that centers on the caste system in Nepal, discriminations its subjects face based on it, and ways to tackle it, will go on air from October 8, the producers informed amid a function in Kathmandu on Saturday.
The upcoming season of the show, to be broadcast on Kantipur TV, will have 12 episodes. In this season, actor Rajesh Hamal, who solely hosted the first season, will be accompanied by actor Dayahang Rai, former member of National Human Rights Commission Mohna Ansari, singer Prakash Saput and media person Nishma Dhungana Choudhary.
In the first season, actor Hamal interviewed former prime ministers Sher Bahadur Deuba and Baburam Bhattarai, Police Chief Shailesh Thapa, and writer and political analyst Aahuti, among others.
Speaking at the announcement function, Pradip Pariyar, executive chairperson of the producer Samata Foundation, a non-profit which works towards social justice, said that discussions on caste-based issues should be more widespread. “It is an issue that needs to be discussed in each and every house in the country because caste-based discrimination can only end if everyone shows solidarity against it,” Pariyar said, adding that last year’s grisly Rukum Massacre triggered the makers to come up with a show like Jaat ko Prashna.
Actor Hamal said that hosting the first season of the show has helped him a lot to understand issues on such matters more deeply. “Caste-based discrimination has greatly affected our society,” Hamal said. “Though we have well-shaped constitution, we are not being able to implement it properly, which is why the caste-based discrimination sees no decline yet.”
While the first season put its focus on Kathmandu, the second season will be more diverse and bring stories from across the country, according to director Shanta Nepali.
“We have been traveling to different parts of the country,” Nepali said. “The situation of caste-based discrimination outside the valley is much worse. We have met a lot of people and listened to them. We will try our best to give justice to their stories.”