Nepal Political Discourse – Awkward, Cruel and Inevitable

Nepal Constitutional Crisis is turning out to be awkward, cruel and inevitable as it is bringing up racial segregation and discrimination issues in the Nepalese society dominated by one identity – ethnicity since the unification by Gorkha King P N Shah.

The current discourse and crisis of Nepal is an evolution of desire for assimilation and democratic values that demands equality and inclusion as the first and the foremost requirement for the nation building. The new constitution 2072 is claimed to fail on delivering the promises made to the marginalized Madhesi and Indigenous populations in securing identity based federal states with autonomy and allegiance to the greater Nepal. The eight years of long discourse on how the federal structure of Nepal will be shaped was shattered by the 16 point agreement between the three big parties who expedited the constitution to produce demarcation of federal provinces in haste undermining recommendations from the State Reconstruction Committee of Constituent Assembly. Adding on to the resentment of Madhesi – Tharu and Indigenous population, the six state declaration was amended to 7 state declaration within a week of protest in western Nepal with Khas Majority while a greater protest in Tarai for demarcation of state boundaries has been ignored till this day. The marginalized Madhesi protest is ongoing for more than four months resulting in death of more than fifty people including civilians and security forces.

Morcha led protests is demanding swift amendment or re-writing of the constitution to address their key demands of change to the state demarcation, proportionate representation and inclusion, issues of citizenship and delineation of constituency based on population.

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