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Federalism revisited

We need to understand federalism is meant to create a just and equal society, not for the sake of being different than others.

Pass the preamble

Sign on what you have agreed to and move on Damakant Jayshi On many occasions, the UCPN (Maoist) leaders Pushpa Kamal Dahal and Baburam Bhattarai have accused their political opponents and media and civil society whom they deem as class enemies of indulging in “Goebbels-style” propaganda. That’s a bit rich for comrades for whom facts […]

The Madhes saga

Navin Jha in, 12 January While parties in the capital are busy with federalism debate, Madhes is clouded by uncertainty. Leaders in this region are busy forming alliances and expediting their protest on the streets. There is C.K. Raut, and his cadres, who are continuing with their campaigning despite Raut’s broken leg. There are […]

One weapon, one combatant

The government has unveiled a strategy to integrate as many Maoist combatants into the army as there are arms in the Maoist arsenal. According to Kantipur: Peace Minister Rakam Chemjong said the integration would be based on ‘one combatant one weapon’ theory. “UNMIN has verified that there are 3,400 weapons, so only as many combatants […]

Constitution first, federalism later

CPN-UML has directed its party’s CA members to ask for a State Restructuring Commission in the CA, indicating that the new constitution may be written before the finalising the details of federalism. The Himalyan Times writes: “Restructuring the state is a very complex issue,” [UML president Jhal Nath] Khanal said, “We can also suggest leaving […]

High hopes

Maoist leaders have contested reports that the party’s chairman, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, offered support to Girija Prasad Koirala to oust the current government. Maoist politburo member Janardan Sharma said those reports were a part of propaganda to discredit the party. From Nepalnews: “In no way are we going propose Koirala for Prime Minister. There should […]

A new Newa State

Thousands of people gathered at Dashrath Stadium and declared a separate Newa autonomous state on Saturday–exactly 10 days after the Maoists had done the same. The Kathmandu Post reports: The UCPN (Maoist) had, on Dec. 16, declared the Newa Autonomous State amid confusion and controversy over the border of the state. Representatives of the Joint […]