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It is time to institutionalise all positive gains in the consitution and move forward

 

While more funds are necessary for reconstruction, utilisation of resources looks to be a greater challenge

 

In the ongoing constitutional game of Nepal, Malinowskian Minds have prevailed once again. Politicos loyal to the interests of geopolitical players, rather than to the people of the country, have prepared a draft of the Federal Democratic Republic that intends to keep federalism in abeyance, ensure the practice of guided democracy through the supremacy of political parties, and institute a synthetic republicanism that disowns secularism, disavows inclusion and deny citizenship rights to a significant section of population.

 
As in Haiti, foreign donors should not bypass the government of Nepal. Thursday marked two months since the devastating April 25 earthquake in Nepal, which killed over 8,700 people, left more than 17,000 injured and destroyed half a million houses. According to the official estimate, over eight million people were affected by the earthquake.
 

Judiciary is reasserting itself, pushing political parties towards accountability.

 

The relief efforts in response to Nepal's devastating earthquake are taking place against the backdrop of a country in the midst of a prolonged and fitful transition to peace and democracy. The massive humanitarian and reconstruction operation—and the influx of funds to the government, UN, and NGOs—will have a significant impact on the course of national political events and local conflicts. The question is: will the effect be positive or negative?

 

The Great Earthquake, besides causing huge loss of lives and properties, has added to the challenges in the way of our development goals.

 

"Three political parties—Madheshi People's Right Forum-Nepal (MPRF-N), Federal Socialist Party Nepal (FSPN), and Khas Inclusive National Party (KINP) announce unification and form a new party 'Federal Socialist Forum, Nepal (FSFN)' on Monday, June 15," so reads a Republica news report on the birth of a new national party, topping the list of dozens of other parties, and over a hundred if we count regional and ethnic parties.

 

Parties reach agreement on the new Constitution. Since 2008, after abolishing monarchy, Nepal has gone through a rapid and unprecedented transformation in its political history. For the first time, the Himalayan nation of about 28 million has turned into a secular democratic Republic.

 

Most refugees know the pain and hardship of losing homes and loved ones, so it came as no surprise to see them extend genuine offers of help

 


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