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We are glad that the Constituent Assembly has taken a definite course after Chairman Subhash Nembang on Sunday announced formation of a questionnaire committee to draft a list of questions to be put up for vote in the CA. The initiation of ‘due process’ (prakriya) was not the most desirable option on the table, not by a long shot. Ideally, at least the four major political forces should have come together on important constitutional issues, an outcome which would have lent greater legitimacy to new constitution. But it wasn’t meant to be. The country had already wasted five years trying to garner the elusive consensus. It was about time we moved on.

The Twitterati will of course be crying foul. The prospect of the country relapsing into conflict will be raised, so will the fears that the CA Chairman’s move will increase polarization. These are possible. But we believe the danger of protracted instability will be even more if we don’t have a constitution in the near future. As the constitutional process has dragged on, the number of actors with active interest in the process has increased disproportionately. This has made compromises hard. There is now a real danger that if we don’t end constitution-making now, the country might never get a constitution through the CA mechanism.
Tripartite Benefits
Kirti Nidhi Bista
Nepal is a beautiful country blessed with abundant water resources, mines and minerals as well as rare herbs of medicinal value. It is also the land of honest and hard-working people with uncommon bravery and indomitable courage. Nepal’s future should thus have been secure. However, the current state of affairs gives a clear message that all-round development of Nepal is a distant dream. Lack of desired development in economic as well as social sphere impacts the living standard of common Nepalis.

Today, Nepal has nearly lost its semi-skilled and highly-skilled manpower, who are forced to leave their homeland in search of better paying jobs in Middle East and South East Asia. So much so that even the unskilled ones in agricultural and construction sectors have left, leaving a big human resources gap that will take a long time to fill. Worse still, owing to partisan interests, Nepali leaders have been squandering Nepal’s precious natural resources—the only hope for future generations. The current generation is neither authorized by its ancestors nor has the right to misuse Nepal’s natural resources, leaving no scope for the posterity.
The New Right
Tika P Dhakal
Recuperating from the shock of electoral defeat in November 2013, Nepal’s self-proclaimed “progressive intellectuals” of Maoist commiseration have come back to launch a well-coordinated, scathing attack against some selected people. Together in a herd taking up same issue and same person makes it look like a hounding joint-venture, promoted with an understanding between them and their parent party, a modus operandi often adopted since the insurgency days to strengthen the party’s position of bargain.

Target of such personal vilification campaign that has suddenly appeared in all media are political leaders and civil society frontrunners speaking for national unity, sovereignty, liberal democracy, social harmony and preservation of national culture. The lead attackers are Marxist-Maoist progressives, brought up with the mis-education of public lynching of those who disagree with them. Since the message of unity and nationalism is stronger than that of divisiveness, it is clear they hope to kill the messengers.
Black Day
Chandra Mohan Yadav
On January 20, what was considered to be a meeting that would bring consensus for the most important political document of the country turned out to be the ‘black day’ in the history of Nepali politics! As the events unfolded before my eyes, I realized I was a mere by-stander in an exhibition of the worst type of animosity, which would be hard to find even in the senates of the medieval world.

To begin with, the Constituent Assembly was expected to embark on its proceedings at 1 pm in the afternoon on Jan 19. We were informed that it would resume its activities at 5 pm. It did not initiate its work even then. The members were getting restless after waiting for the whole day. Finally, after a lunch with others, I took my seat in the assembly hall. After a light chat with a few members of the assembly, I started dozing off. The bell rang. Soon I came to know, it was midnight.
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