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The Stage's Set
Dahal and constitution
As the country enters the final leg of the constitutional process, Pushpa Kamal Dahal the-statesman faces the toughest test yet. Dahal first emerged from the hiding in 2006 with Che Guevara-like aura. During the ten years of civil war there were all kinds of rumors about him. The most famous among them had it that the man known as Prachanda and Gyanendra Shah were the same person. Prachanda was a myth created to unite the Maoists during the torturous years of conflict, it was also said. Others believed he was a RAW agent. So when the actual person emerged in flesh, people were fascinated by the little-understood leader of a bloody insurgency. At the time even his detractors were forced to acknowledge Dahal’s unmatched mass appeal.
Stories Of Pain
Hari Bansh Jha
Migrant workers
Perhaps no other country sends as large section of its workforce abroad as Nepal. Currently, more than a third of the country’s population of 27 million are estimated to be working abroad. About six million Nepalis work in India alone; while the remaining four million are employed in other countries. Continuing political and economic chaos in Nepal has compelled a large number of youth to leave. Push factors such as poverty, unemployment and risk of life are coupled with pull factors like lucrative job opportunities abroad. The choice could not be starker.

Unemployment among the Nepali youth is as high as 40 percent. For many, working abroad has also become a symbol of social status and adds to their credibility back home. Whether rich or poor, skilled or unskilled, male or female, most of the working age population has dreams of going abroad. So each year hundreds of thousands of people apply for the American Diversity Visa, though only around 2,500 eventually get the opportunity to go to the ‘land of dreams’. Recently, almost half-a-million Nepali youth appeared for Korean language tests for a limited number of jobs in South Korea. The frustrated youth often prefer to try their luck abroad, even in the absence of any job guarantee, even if they have to leave their loved ones behind.
Look Within
Kedar Neupane
Constitution making
The idea of dividing Nepal into six-nine federal states may be a compromise deal but most people are skeptical on how these states would be defined and constituted. It was discomforting to hear a rumor that one major party was insisting on no less than 30 federal states, with as low as few thousand inhabitants in a federal unit. With its limited resources, this nation cannot support so many states. No one exactly knows the financial requirements for federal state infrastructure: the annual overhead expenses, the cost of maintaining federal bureaucracy and institutions, among other things. Who is to pay for these expenses?

Given Nepal’s diverse political landscape, geopolitical complexities, and unique socio-economic patterns, ethnically federated states may prove to be “Hara-kiri”. Is it worth the risks?
Death Of Justice
Charan Prasai
Nanda Prasad Adhikari lost the crusade for justice on September 22, on the 333rd day of his third successive hunger strike. His son Krishna Prasad, an 18 years old student, was brutally killed in Chitwan on June 6, 2004. Although the Maoist party claims that he was a spy for the Nepal Army, he was not party to the conflict. But in the excuse of conflict, he met this terrible fate while visiting his maternal grandparents. Nanda Prasad is the first person to die during hunger strike in Nepal.

Ganga Maya Adhikari, wife of Nanda Prasad, finally, on her 359th day of hunger strike in Bir hospital, agreed to live on the liquid diet following a five-point commitment of the government on October 19. However, she refused to take the normal diet saying that she would do so after the perpetrators are booked. From October 24, 2013, she had jointly staged fast-unto-death with her husband, who died without getting justice.
Not Ready
This month around 300 Nepali peacekeepers in Liberia, one of the four West African Ebola hotspots, will return home. But Nepal is not prepared for their return. “When the first case crops up it would likely be at a public hospital in some mid-size or large city, where there may be serious questions about whether the institution had… sufficient training to manage someone
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