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