Ethnic Federalism a crisis situation for Nepal
Kathmandu, Nepal May 22, 2012: Nepal burns in agony of identity crisis, from past few weeks Nepal has been in a crisis situation of political deadlock and lack of understanding in between the communities. Nepal was declared Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal in May 2008 but still after 4 years Nepal has not been able to address the issue of constitution where on contrary federalism practice stands as a huge hindrance. With political chaos and disagreement in between, the situation has extended from table talks to the Identity crisis at individual level. The major city areas have been tensed where everyday protesters and agitators are seen or heard chanting slogans of ethnic based federalism.
In recognition of their identity, the Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationality (NEFIN) had organized a 3 days shut down program which has prolonged the situation. From the past three days life of Nepal has completely halted. The third of the Nepal shutdown program was seen very violent and aggressive in every aspect of agitators protesting in the streets to attacking public property.
NEFIN, has been pressuring Nepal Government for ethnic federalism and secured identity and rights of the indigenous groups. The government on the other side is very positive towards the issue but due to lack of understanding and cooperation for ethnic federalism from public sector, the government is holding its cards about the issue. Though large numbers of police personnel have been deployed but their involvement is very inactive in every aspect of making the public secure. Openly journalists have been beaten up while covering the news and the government keeps its silence. The general secretary of the NEFIN, Ang Kaji Sherpa directly threatens journalists for being bias and not covering their news and the government keeps its silence.
Likewise the chairman of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) Puspa Kamal Dahal has been in controversy with his provocative speeches and assurances to different NEFIN representative. Speculation and rumor has it that this is being done to deteriorate the law and order situation so that the State of Emergency can be declared. This would certainly give the Prime minister and his party a firsthand chance to escape the last deadline of the constitution declaration date of 27 may 2012 and do what they want.
The apex court in November had directed the government and the CA not to extend the CA term beyond May 27, ruling that there could not be any extension beyond May 27 and the CA would become dissolved automatically if it failed to draft the new constitution within the deadline.
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