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Sajha Sawal is a weekly debate programme broadcast across Nepal on radio and TV. It is the most popular current affairs programme in Nepal with almost every one-in-three in Nepal being exposed to the programme.Broadcast at primetime on Sunday evenings, it aims to give all sections of Nepalese society, particularly marginalised and traditionally excluded groups, the chance to question their leaders – and each other. Each week, a panel of politicians and community leaders are asked questions by a studio audience which includes people, such as women and Dalits, whose voices are often missing from public discussion and debate.Sajha Sawal was launched in November 2007 , with then Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala on the panel. The audience included farm workers and women who raised concerns about their daily life and questioned the prime minister for over an hour. It was the first time the Nepalese public had been able to ask questions of their prime minister in such a direct way.
Since its launch, every prime minister has appeared on Sajha Sawal. Topics of debate have included the Nepalese constitution, federalism, agriculture, education and health issues.
The programme is produced by BBC Media Action (previously known as BBC World Service Trust) in Nepal and is the BBC international development charity’s longest running debate show. It is broadcast by Kantipur Television and on the BBC Nepali Service and a network of some 250 community and commercial radio stations.
With almost six million people tuning in each Sunday, Sajha Sawal sets the national agenda for the week, igniting debate from rural tea-stalls to the corridors of power in Kathmandu.