The successful culmination of a new Constitution in a republican Nepal was an imperative for the alternative to it would have been anarchy. But that Constitution without a meaningful agreement on state restructuring was fruitless.
The Nepali polity united in the republican cause against the monarchy. They have to unite again for a Constitutional cause against anarchy. This is an edited transcript of a public talk I gave at the South Asian University, New Delhi recently.
Blog post on the latest developments in Nepal where yet another extension to the Constituent Assembly has been agreed upon. The post also comments on the Indian role in Nepali political matters during the CA period.
After futilely searching book stores in New Delhi for the July-August issue of the Analytical Monthly Review featuring an interview of prominent civil society activist and well informed leftist intellectual Shyam Shrestha on the recent developments in Nepal, I finally managed to get hold of a copy in the JNU library. Too bad that this interview is not available online. I decided to type out the entire interview verbatim and paste it on this blog giving credit to the AMR editors and interviewer Johan Petter Anderson. It is a must read for all progressive Nepal watchers.
A blog post expressing frustration at the political developments in the Republic of Nepal, as its Realpolitik driven political class still struggles to formulate a Constitution despite the deadline of two years for the Constituent Assembly passing by.
As written about earlier, the Nepali political situation is back in crisis mode. With the withdrawal of the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) from the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) led government following a disagreement over the removal of the Army chief, followed by a constitutional crisis featuring incorrect actions by the Nepali president, the Constitution writing process is now under limbo and so is the new governmental formation process.