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Inspired by the short but extraordinary life of social justice activist Suvash Darnal, the Darnal Award for Social Justice (DASJ) is a biennial international award that honors emerging change-makers working to end caste-based inequities and indignities.
The award is open to young leaders who are working toward a just future for Dalits or other marginalized communities, irrespective of their caste, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or nationality. It carries a prize of Nepali Rupees 5,00,000 (approximately USD 4,000), which is presented every two years on August 15th, the anniversary of Suvash Darnal’s death. Sarita Pariyar, wife and partner of late Suvash Darnal, established the Award in partnership with Samata Foundation, an independent think-tank specializing in research and advocacy on caste-based issues concerning Nepal’s Dalit community. From 2014-2018, Jagaran Media Center was the primary partner of DASJ.
DASJ is a tribute to the power of ordinary people who have demonstrated unwavering courage and passion in their efforts to address challenges and questions related to caste. In celebrating the stories of these young leaders, the award seeks to inspire all of us to work towards a society that is just and equitable. In between the biennial award ceremonies, the Darnal Award team supports the work of the awardees and collaborates with individuals, institutions, and movements dedicated to recognizing and supporting a new generation of thinkers and leaders, especially from the Dalit community.