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.
Nepal Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai visited his alma mater, Jawaharlal Nehru University and addressed a gathering of students and teachers, explaining to them his and his party's understanding of the changes that are taking place in his country. The audio recording (a relatively poor quality one) of the speech can be found here.
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 months of petty mindedness, crass oneupmanship and the impossibility of forming a national consensus government, a Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist-Leninist) leader has been elected to the role of prime ministership in Nepal in a two round process. UML chairman Jhalanath Khanal was supported by the Maoists in his bid to become the premier, marking an end to a tortuous process of electing a new prime minister after UML leader Madhav Kumar Nepal resigned as part of a three point formula worked out to extend the deadline for writing the Constitution by the Constituent Assembly. In many ways, a UML leader has been re-elected to power, but with a difference.
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.
Another short comment on the ongoing happenings in Nepal. (Photo courtesy Kiran Panday, Nepali Times)