Quest for a Constitution
The failure of the Constituent Assembly to draft a constitution has raised questions about the viability of democracy as a system of governance for Nepal.
The country’s Constituent Assembly has been unsuccessful in drafting a constitution even after six years.
multicultural society like Nepal’s, the failure of such a system was certain. And fail it did – albeit after remaining in place for almost three decades – from 1962 to 1990.
The Panchayat system was replaced by the Constitution of the Kingdom of Nepal in 1990 and remained in place for 17 years. In 1996, the Maoist insurgents announced an armed struggle against the monarchy. More than 13,000 persons were killed in the decade-long civil war but, in the end, the Maoists got what they had been fighting for – a democratic republic.
While most people thought that