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Nepal’s Crisis: Can a Broken Nation Remake Itself?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 7, 2012

After a decade of war and nearly half a decade of political dysfunction, the impoverished Himalayan nation is struggling to refashion itself as a secular, pluralistic republic. Political bickering and factionalism is getting in the way.
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Nepalese student activists shout slogans during a protest demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai in Kathmandu on June 17, 2012. The Himalayan nation plunged into political crisis after the constituent assembly was disbanded having failed to agree on a new constitution.

Not long ago, a gleaming white edifice in the Baneshwor neighborhood of Kathmandu evoked hope and optimism. The Chinese-built hall for Nepal’s Constituent Assembly, a 601-member body tasked with writing a constitution for the fledgling republic, was supposed to be the site of the country’s remaking after a decade-long Maoist insurgency that ended in 2006.

Instead, after yet another deadline for Nepal’s feuding lawmakers to draft a new constitution passed on May 27, the area has taken on a worn, deserted look. Gone are the thousands of protesters who converged here; so too, the hordes of security forces in riot gear. An eerie silence pervades life in Kathmandu, a capital city that has grown accustomed to political deadlock and dysfunction.

Nepal’s uneasy calm hides crises that are deepening every day. The major dispute centers around how this country of 26.6 million will be reshaped. That question has remained unanswered since the peace process began under U.N. auspices six years ago, marking the end of a nearly three-century-old Hindu monarchy and the awkward beginnings of a secular republic. Read the rest of this entry »

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Baburam Bhattarai, Nepal Maoists Deputy Chief, Sworn In As Prime Minister

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 29, 2011

Congratula­tion and all the best Dr. Bhattarai.
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Nepal Maoists win battle over UN

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 14, 2010


KATHMANDU: Locked in a battle of will with the Maoists over the future role of the UN in Nepal’s wilting peace process, the government was forced to blink first and agree on Monday to extend the world body’s tenure at the expense of the national army. Now the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) gets a four-month extension with no redction in its mandate despite the Nepal Army lobbying to be freed of its supervision.

The extension comes even as Nepal’s ruling parties had been accusing the UNMIN – entrusted by the peace agreement of 2006 with monitoring the arms and soldiers of the Nepal Army as well as the Maoists’ People’s Liberation Army – of meddling in Nepal’s internal matters and speaking as the former guerrillas’ spokesman. As UNMIN’s term neared expiry Wednesday, the ruling parties had been favouring reducing its mandate and taking the army off its supervision. As the UN Security Council pondered the report on Nepal tabled by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York, the government and the Maoists had sent separate letters, seeking different roles for UNMIN. Read the rest of this entry »

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