February 26, 2021
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Unending crisis
Political instability in Nepal Nepal is a tiny nation traumatized by its bloody past, uneasy present and uncertain future. Six prime ministers and two elections later, Nepal is nowhere near the end of the process of drafting its long-awaited Constitution due to profound political differences among its political class. As long as new constitution does not come into force, the ongoing political instability cannot be expected to end. On 22 January, 2015, Nepal has again failed to meet the deadline to frame the new constitution and to give the country stable political institutions. The agonizingly slow pace of political progress toward democratic governance has deepened public frustration. As the constitution-making process is entering the most decisive phase, the rhetoric of the political parties is becoming more acrimonious and their behavior more unscrupulous. Nepal’s current constitutional situation is delicate and its feuding politicians must realize that time is not on their side. The protracted constitutional stalemate raises the risk of socio-political unrest in the impoverished buffer state wedged between India and China. Constitutional drafting is difficult in any context, particularly in a system witnessing transition from authoritarian to democratic one. It is even more complicated to throw away the feudal influence and to establish democratic consciousness. A constitution that qualifies itself as democratic should be one not only in its provi
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