Lost Dream

Southasia - - Editor's mail -

The peace process in Nepal seems to have be­come too much to ask for. With the lat­est ex­ten­sion of the Con­stituent Assem­bly term in Nepal for an­other three months, the po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion will only get more un­cer­tain. No more ac­cu­rate words could have come up for this cri­sis other than what SouthAsia high­lighted in its June is­sue as ‘One Step For­ward, Two Steps Back.’ While many in the coun­try be­lieve that the con­sen­sus be­tween the po­lit­i­cal par­ties for the ex­ten­sion has pre­vented a pos­si­ble cri­sis, I be­lieve this is noth­ing but our pro­longed fail­ure to draft the con­sti­tu­tion on time, some­thing which re­flects badly on our po­lit­i­cal lead­ers. What is it that has taken us so long to reach a mu­tual con­sen­sus? This is the 9th amend­ment of the In­terim Con­sti­tu­tion of Nepal 2007 whereas the con­sti­tu­tion writ­ing process has been con­tin­u­ing for the past four years af­ter the first meet­ing in 2008, fol­low­ing a glo­ri­ous his­tory of events that brought down the 240 years old monar­chi­cal sys­tem in Nepal. We can just hope that this ex­ten­sion like many other ex­ten­sions in the past is not ex­tended for an in­def­i­nite pe­riod.

Vikram Pathak, Kath­mandu, Nepal

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