Management by association
Guthis, loosely translated as people-led ‘associations’ thrive in Nepal. Guthis are the pivot of volunteer-led initiatives, such as puja ceremonies, festivals, cremations, and the restoration of historical monuments, among others. The Alok hiti committee warded off encroachments in the guthi common lands to protect the hiti’s shallow aquifer.
Here, a guthi band en route to a wedding near Alok hiti.
Photographs by: ADITYA BATRA