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Public resentment against Maoists will escalate and might take virulent turn in the days to come. But the pressing questions now are: Why this eruption of rage against the forces who fought for CA? Why did Maoists do what they did? And above all, what will happen and what can be done? These are big questions. But they cannot be left unanswered. 

 

Like many of my colleagues, I was delighted to see democracy triumph in Sri Lanka this month. The people of Sri Lanka followed Nepal’s example from November 2013 when the citizens of this great nation held free, fair, credible, and inclusive elections.

 

Last year, on this day, all political parties had adopted a resolution to deliver an inclusive, democratic constitution within a year. The resolution was a consensual pledge to sort out outstanding issues and deliver a democratic constitution, hold local election and clean up governance. Now is the time to fulfill these pledges, and comply with the rules of democratic game. 

 

 They have once again flouted their commitment of delivering constitution within a year and have proved themselves as lying, irresponsible, dishonest and self-centric people. Their commitment before the voters during the second Constituent Assembly (CA) elections has been proved to be a fiasco

 

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Nepal in November during the SAARC summit, he had two pieces of advice for the country’s leaders – draft the constitution ‘on time’, and draft it ‘based on consensus’.

 

Secularism may not be a hated word in Nepal today, but it is arguably one of the most contentious issues in the constitution-making process. Some of the major parties that took the lead in declaring Nepal secular in May 2006 are rethinking the matter. 

 

In the imbroglio over details in the Constituent Assembly II, it is often forgotten that the primary purpose of a constitution is to resolve past conflicts, reconcile present contentions and prevent possible contestations.

 

There are some politicians like Prachanda—he hates being called Pushpa Kamal Dahal, he told us during an interview—who are open about their political ambition. He was keen to emphasize that his impending abdication from the post of Maoist party chairman should not be interpreted as the beginning of the end of his political career.

 

Even as Nepal’s political parties stare at a confrontation — with parties in government threatening to push a constitution by vote and parties in opposition walking out of the process — the United Nations has come out strongly in favour a statute with the ‘widest possible support’.

 

Though Nepal’s second Constituent Assembly has to deliver a constitution by January 22, Nepal’s politics has become sharply polarised. 

 


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