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.

Southasia - - CONTENTS - By Jave­ria Shakil

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

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