A general strike called by a regional group seeking a federal system of government in Nepal has crippled life across the southern Terai plains. The latest strike by Madheshi protesters has already affected goods and fuel supplies across Nepal. Madheshis make up 33-45% of Nepal’s population of 27 million but are vastly under-represented in government and the army, which tend to be dominated by hill-dwellers.

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