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Neither Peace nor Constitution in Nepal

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The ongoing Nepalese Peace Process (PP) has been virtually postponed and the deadline for writing the constitution has somehow ended without even the coarse draft of the new constitution being submitted. The Constituent Assembly (CA) and its Government have totally failed to achieve its principle tasks. They are neither able to complete the constitution writing process nor to enforce properly the comprehensive peace accord.

Mainly, the Peace Process was simply destroyed due to the consensual confrontation between the Maoists and the Nepal Government for the integration issues of vieux jeu - Maoist combatants into Nepalese security force. It is comic to mention that both parties agreed to integrate the former Maoist guerrillas into the Nepalese security system but have always been undecided about the number of guerrillas that should integrate and why?

The United Nations Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) is supposed to provide technical support in the peace process, however the role of UNMIN has not been very useful. It has become a burden on the Nepalese Peace Process, and the UN too, because its role pushed the entire process into political polarization and left the parties in the position of confrontation and mayhem due to faulty peace diplomacy, and I believe, a cause of greater crisis in political consensus.

Surprisingly, the Internal and external stakeholders in the Nepalese Peace Process have remained silent on these issues, as they say they consider it an internal matter for the nation.

For this reason, the bilateral confrontation on integration affairs has become one of the major hurdles to achieving peace through a comprehensive peace accord.

Unfortunately, the Peace Process is not a true priority on the agenda of the Nepalese political parties, which we can easily see by observing the progress in implementation of the comprehensive peace accord. The Government and the Maoists have failed and wavered from their commitment and duties to carry out the comprehensive peace accord in a systematic manner.

There is no political culture of self-examination on their own lapses in performing roles and responsibilities towards the peace process and constitution writing. They deliberately failed to rule and operate the CA, Cabinet and Peace Process through political consensus in a constitutional manner as agreed. Most of the political parties are on a mission to capture the cabinet and seek to extend their powers in multifarious ways as much as possible.

Sadly, the CA has become a huge national burden and just a salary provider for its members. In other words, the CA members are temporary jobholders and it was just strategically created to provide employment for political workers. So we should not have expected any great and historical things like a new constitution for New Nepal and sustainable peace from such people who have not even delivered even the minimum characters, role and performance of CA member. Many People have started to comment that CA is a just crowed of ineligible political citizens who are unaware of the interest of our nation and people. This crowd only care about their individual interests, ignoring the people's mandate and national priority.

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Mr. Pushkar was a DAAD fellow and studied research master in peace and conflict studies in Germany. Also, he holds an internationally honored first class master degree in public administration. He has participated in dozens of national and (more...)

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