Groping for Peace
There is an urgency in Nepal to speedily move towards the goals of prosperity, progress and good governance despite all the roadblocks of political mistrust.
Nepal’s political scenario still seems uncertain and unpredictable. Although the country has finally elected the Communist Party of Nepal (UML) leader Jhala Nath Khanal as the 34th Prime Minister after nearly seven months, political deadlocks still persist and the existing distrust among political actors continues. In comparison to the period of caretaker government, possibilities of dialogue are increasing with the changed actors – the previous ruling coalition partner, the Nepali Congress in opposition and the United Communist Party of Nepal (UCPN-Maoists) as the ruling partner in the government. These changed dynamics further ease and complicate the situation in terms of finding peaceful solutions to differences towards building consensus politics. Therefore, the elected government must be sincere and actively engage with all stakeholders to demonstrate itself to the people as a functional government that is a successful democratic regime and has achieved the goals of the peace process along with the timely introduction of the Constitution through the Constituent Assembly.
After the exit of the United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN), the political scenario in the country has suddenly changed and the parties to the peace process, particularly the UCPN-Maoists have agreed to hand over the former combatants and the UN monitored cantonments to the special committee headed by the Prime Minister. However, the future of the former combatants remains