On August 21, Saathi conducted its fifth annual series of Teej Talks virtually. Conducted via zoom app, 175 people from various walks of life participated. Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Yogesh Bhattarai, his wife Asst. Professor Binda Ghimire, Actors Nischal Basnet and Swastima Khadka, Industrialist Shekhar Golchha and his wife Seema Golchha were on the panel of speakers moderated by Bandana Rana.
The couples shared their personal experience and perspective regarding cultures and customs especially about Teej. Panelists agreed that fasting for Teej is a personal choice.
Minister Yogesh Bhattarai said, “Religion and festivals are personal choices, the government cannot impose its rules upon them, but if there are discriminations in the name of culture and religion, it is the responsibility of the government to eliminate it.”