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Nepal’s Main Political Actors Must Admit That The New Constitution Is A Failure.

Nepal can either continue to be governed by a failed constitution, with the rulers using it the way they want. Or the leaders of three parties can give up on their egos and chart out a conciliatory roadmap. For this to happen, they need to admit that they bungled all the opportunities in the past 11 years. But unlike on the previous occasions, they have to find a way out in Nepali territory, involving all internal forces genuinely and seriously.

Read Here – The Indian Express

The Shadow Of Monarchs

One reason why Nepal’s constitution has not been owned by a large section of the people is because the radical actors have kept out the old and traditional forces, including the monarchy from the political and constitution-making process. The exclusion of these sections and the insults heaped on a nation-builder like Prithvi Narayan Shah, are now backfiring on the radicals.

Read Here – The Indian Express

In First Political Resolution On War-Torn Syria, Security Council Gives UN Major Role In Seeking Peace

U.N. Security Council meeting to discuss the situation in the Middle East.

U.N. Security Council meeting to discuss the situation in the Middle East.

In its first resolution to focus on the politics of ending Syria’s five-year-long war, the Security Council today gave the United Nations an enhanced role in shepherding the opposing sides to talks for a political transition, with a timetable for a ceasefire, a new constitution and elections, all under UN auspices.

Read Here – United Nations

Constitutional Settlements Require A Measure Of Statesmanship And Generosity Missing In Nepal Today

There is a lot of political activity around the crisis produced by the Madhesi agitation in Nepal. But it is far from clear this is adding up to an enduring solution to a crisis that now goes to the heart of Nepal’s constitutional future. Nepal can have a vibrant and prosperous future but, as is so often the case in South Asia, political alignments often risk snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

Read Here – The Indian Express

Nepal’s Constitution And Lessons For India

New Delhi’s response to the constitution has come as a surprise to many. As a democratic country itself, India has arguably overstepped the limits of suggestion and rather tried to impose its views on its much smaller neighbor. In various international forums, India has repeatedly advocated for a country’s right to self-determination. Unfortunately, this seems not to apply to Nepal.

Read Here – The Diplomat

Making Friends, Influencing Nepal

Any policy, however consistent and well-crafted, yields results only if implemented properly. The time to use Indian influence by working with our friends was during the first half of the year. What was needed was to sensitise the leaders of the ‘big three’ parties to the risks of brinkmanship and get the agitating groups to unify so that a coherent stand could emerge. Instead, we played host to an assortment of Nepali leaders who would tell us what we wanted to hear, while going back to Kathmandu and doing precisely what they wanted to do.

Read Here – The Hindu

Next Door Nepal: The Communist Comeback

A series of meetings over the last two weeks — especially between Maoist chief Prachanda and K.P. Sharma Oli, chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML) — to bury their bitter past seems to have sent across a message that it was poor leadership that came in the way of the timely delivery of the constitution and earthquake relief, and that the two lapses are interlinked.

Read Here – The Indian Express

Believe It Or Not

One need not go to the doors of the prime minister’s most prominent critics to conclude that (Narendra) Modi’s long-delayed reassurance to India on the subject of religious freedom is driven more by expediency than commitment.

Read Here – Bloomberg

Is Japan’s Pacifism Worrying?

The murder of two Japanese citizens by Islamic State terrorists shouldn’t be used as an excuse to eliminate the Constitution’s restraints on the use of military force.

Read Here – Japan Time

India’s Benign Constitutional Revolution

This is the story of how and why the framers of the Constitution of India deliberately designed a procedural error in the adoption of the new Constitution with a view to severing the seamless transition of legal authority from the British Crown-in-Parliament to the new Republic of India. The deliberate procedural error consisted in a deviation from the Constitution making procedure prescribed by the Indian Independence Act, 1947 — the law enacted by the British Parliament granting India independence and formally authorising the Constituent Assembly to draft a Constitution for the newly liberated state. To be sure, the framers of the Constitution of India were not the first, and indeed they were not the last to deliberately incorporate such procedural errors in the process of Constitution making. The founders of the Constitutions of several other states including Ireland, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Ghana, which were being liberated from the British Empire, took such a step. In doing so, they were all motivated by the same goal: that of ensuring constitutional ‘autochthony.’

Read Here – The Hindu

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