Sajha Sawal – or “Common Questions” – is a weekly debate program in Nepal that involves discussion between different political leaders and/or policymakers with a live audience. A typical Sajha Sawal program is 45-minutes long and is aired on Sunday evening through a national TV and 163 radio channels. The aim of this project was to situate the program within the cultural and political environment and identify approaches to increase discursive participation at the local level. This project was an initial exploration of political empowerment by analyzing and highlighting power relations, enabling wider participation, and establishing a mechanism for accountability. I interviewed the director of BBC Sajha Sawal, a staff member, and analyzed the discourse during the episodes.
Literature review, Interviews, Video analysis