Re­turn of the King

Southasia - - 9 -

The Nepalese Con­sti­tu­tion has been in a dead­lock though re­cent ef- forts have been made by Prime Min­is­ter Bhat­tarai to break the im­passe and move the process along. It will be in­ter­est­ing to watch Nepal tran­si­tion from a mono-re­li­gious monar­chy to a plu­ral­ist democ­racy. It is gen­er­ally the case that once a gov­ern­ment has been ousted, if the process to es­tab­lish a new sys­tem is re­peat­edly de­layed, it only fur­thers the le­git­i­macy of the pre­vi­ous sys­tem. In this sce­nario, the draft­ing of the con­sti­tu­tion has been de­layed three times al­ready and in­stead of mov­ing the coun­try for­ward, it is only root­ing is deeper into a glo­ri­ous façade of the pre­vi­ous sys­tem. If the con­sti­tu­tion re­mains in limbo, it is cer­tainly pos­si­ble that King Gya­nen­dra may re­turn to helm of af­fairs thus re­viv­ing a monar­chy. It is crit­i­cal that the con­sti­tu­tion show at least some signs of ad­vance­ments in a po­lit­i­cal sce­nario where peo­ple are grow­ing in­creas­ingly dis­en­chanted with the sys­tem and im­pa­tient for sta­bil­ity. If PM Bhat­tarai re­ally wants to be the sav­ior of democ­racy and a cham­pion of civil rights then he needs to clean up his act and get the ball rolling. Aayushi Dan­bir Kath­mandu,

Nepal

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