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Civic appeal

Sunday, May 27th, 2012
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A group of intellectuals have issued a civic appeal asking the parties to declare the constitution by postponing federalism issue, stating that it has led to an unhealthy debate. Six noted intellectuals including Sociologist Ganesh Gurung, Demographer Ratna Sansar Shrestha, Captain Vijay Lama, Bijay Man Serchan, Rajesh Bishwakarma and Nim Bahadur Budathoki Magar have appealed to the parties not to let the countries be held hostage to the federalism debate.

The appeal states “A federalism that is defined on the basis of the demographic diversity of our country, its history of settlement, and its unique geography will safeguard the identity of each community while simultaneously opening the door to economic prosperity in every part. For this, provinces must be created in such a way that the optimum exploitation of natural resources including water resources becomes possible to benefit the people of the Himalayan highlands, the midhills, and the Tarai/Madhes plains.”

The appellants have expressed concern that federalism has not been adequately debated in the Constituent Assembly and public have been denied right to open and extensive discussion among on this crucial subject which makes the statute drafting incomplete. They have requested the parties to put off matters of the demarcation and naming of the federal provinces as it is impossible to decide such crucial and sensitive matter in the final hours. “It will be wise for the definition of federalism to be withheld, and carried forward through an appropriate and authoritative arrangement in the days ahead.”, the joint appeal states.

The statement from intellectuals who represent cross-section of Nepali society comes at a time when the parties are increasingly under pressure from the same sections to address the federalism issue in the constitution within the given deadline

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