Nepal In­er­tia ad in­fini­tum

De­spite the shakes from re­cent earth­quakes, Nepal con­tin­ues to live in a state of in­ac­tion on the elec­tions front.

Southasia - - CONTENTS - By Sam­ina Wahid

More than three months have passed since Nepal was rocked by a se­ries of dev­as­tat­ing earth­quakes. While the tremors con­tin­ued long af­ter dis­as­ter struck, the earth has fi­nally set­tled in the re­gion of­fer­ing respite to the peo­ple till the mon­soons ar­rive. Still, the sit­u­a­tion re­mains des­per­ately grim for the two mil­lion Nepalis who have sur­vived in the 30-odd dis­tricts hit by the earth­quakes.

The earth­quake gives a whole new mean­ing to what state restruc­tur­ing will en­tail. Nepal has been try­ing to re­write its con­sti­tu­tion and re­struc­ture the na­tion to be a fed­eral, demo­cratic re­pub­lic since 2008. It has been in a po­lit­i­cal stale­mate that forced the first con­stituent assem­bly to dis­solve in 2012, and the sec­ond con­stituent assem­bly has been hashing out com­mit­tees since it was elected in 2013. In many ways, the coun­try is far

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