Nepal is going through the most tumultuous period in its history. The writing of the new Constitution will only be a small step towards producing a stable country. While there is no disagreement over the issue of state restructuring itself, challenging spin-offs stemming from a failure to address questions of identity, ethnicity, language, religion, region and culture are emerging as clear fault lines of ‘New Nepal.’ Security sector governance, the structure of the political system and the relations between various organs of the state are yet to be determined, while law and order, supply of daily essentials, and immediate economic relief to the rural hinterlands is already testing the patience of the people. Political parties are once again resorting to the old addiction of forming and dismantling governments, knowing well that this will be disastrous the nascent democracy. A chaotic Nepal will also be a headache for both India and China. This book reflects the nature of the enormous challenges before Nepal and the exceptionally important discussion on how to resolve these problems and move ahead.

The Fault Lines

The fault lines

There is no contestation that there are some concrete accomplishments since April 2006 that have been taken as exemplary breakthroughs toward the creation of a more inclusive and a democratic “New Nepal.” Foremost has been the Maoist decision to quit the people's war and join competitive politics under a multi-party democracy. This is no small feat because neither Leninism nor Maoism ever envisaged the creation of a class-less society by competing in bourgeois elections nor did Comrade Prachanda or the party ideologue Dr Bhattarai ever talked during the course of the war about depositing their arms to the United Nations (UN). But it happened in a dramatic fashion while the world kept wondering. About 3,000 arms comprising mostly the sub-machine ...

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