I used to farm and also work as a carpenter. I used to make doors, windows, tables, benches, beds and cupboards.
How did you feel when you got nominated for the CA?
Obviously, I was happy.
How many are you in the CA?
I am the only CA member from my community. Thamis are not even in higher posts in the bureaucracy or security bodies.
What is the total population of Thamis?
According to the 1991 census, they are 13,000. But it is not the correct data. They are about 80,000 across the country who live in 55 districts. Thamis live in 22 VDCs in Dolakha. They can also be found in Sindhupalchowk and Ramechhap.
What do Thamis want from the state?
We lagged behind in terms of economy, politics and education due to the centralised unitary system. To improve the plight of Thamis, we need an autonomous region with political prerogatives in the regions where they are in the majority.
In which proposed provinces are you?
I am in Tamsaling province. But we want a separate autonomous region within the province combining 22 VDCs of Dolakha and 13 VDCs of Sindhupalchok. A Thami should be the chief of the region and others should be given lower positions only.
What if other communities demand similar identities and prerogatives?
Other communities have the right to demand their identity. There are about 800 Surel in Thami autonomous region. We can create an autonomous unit at the VDC or settlement level. They should be given autonomous regions where they are in the majority.
Constitution 2010, Nepali Times coverage of issues related to writing the new constitution