In his recent op-ed in Republica, Jivesh Jha wrote that Nepal’s constitution is one of the most progressive documents in the world (see “Our constitution is one of the most progressive documents,” Sept 18). He went on mentioning the progressive provisions of the constitution but ignored its regressive and flawed aspects.
On the lead up to the Constitution Day and the day itself last week, as cynics on social media were jeering at the government’s appeal to people to mark the day by wearing national flag emblazoned t-shirts, my contemplation was on what the press and intelligentsia would say about the constitution that turned four on September 20, 2019. There were two stark responses: outright ambiguous and dismissive.
KATHMANDU, Sept 20: As the country marks the fourth anniversary of the promulgation of the new constitution, an influential leader of the main opposition party, Nepali Congress (NC), has alleged that the government has been trying to weaken the spirit of the constitution.
KATHMANDU,Sept 20: We are marking the fourth anniversary of our constitution and it is now in the course of implementation. Some of the political parties were protesting when the constitution was promulgated on September 20, 2015. But it has been accepted by all as all sides have participated in the elections for the three tiers – federal, provincial and local- conducted as per this constitution.
Nepal Communist Party (NCP) co-chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal seems keen on granting amnesty to the perpetrators of 2015 Tikapur carnage. On Sunday, he said that the anti-constitution protest that resulted in lynchings of seven police personnel and a toddler in Kailali was a political uprising and that it should be dealt with as such. Such a remark from the head of ruling party is irresponsible and smacks of impunity.
KATHMANDU, June 22: After the country promulgated its new constitution in 2015, the first in Nepal written by a constituent assembly, the list of fundamental rights grew to 31 from 24 in the interim constitution. Expectations were high that the people were about to enjoy greater freedom.
When bizarre things happen, people in Nepal often tend to say ‘this is Nepal’ meaning that anything can happen here and nothing is impossible. This seems to hold true in many cases. This is Nepal and we still don’t seem to be politically stable. This is Nepal and so many political parties are here. This is Nepal and we still don’t have water from Melamchi.
KATHMANDU, April 23: The ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) chairman and former Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that the aspirations of the indigenous people have been addressed in the Constitution.
GORKHA, April 14: Although article 31 of Nepal’s constitution states that every citizen shall have the right to get free education up to the secondary level, community schools in Gorkha are charging fees for students studying in basic to secondary levels.
KATHMANDU, March 24: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said the enactments of 126 new laws demanded by the constitution in a year were the first record in Nepal’s parliamentary history. In his address to the House of Representatives ( HoR) session today, the PM reminded that within a year of the government formation, 126 laws were formulated and 13 acts and some of Nepal’s acts were amended.
KATHMANDU, Feb 3: The Parliamentary Hearing Committee has sought for complaints against the five chairpersons of constitutional bodies despite discontent from the Nepali Congress, the main opposition. Nepali Congress had handed over a note of dissent against the PHC’s decision to recommend five chairpersons in its absence.
KATHMANDU, Dec 28: Chairman of Federal Socialist Forum Nepal (FSFN) Upendra Yadav has called for an amendment to the Constitution stating that the current statute will not bail the country out of the current crisis.
NEPALGUNJ, Sept 22: Spokesperson for the Nepali Congress, Bishwa Prakash Sharma, has stressed that the government should not leave democratic system and characters for the successful enforcement of the constitution.
BHADRAPUR, Sept 19 : Leaders of the Limbuwan movement who are not happy with the new constitution, asserted that their main demand is federalism with identity, but noted that republic, federalism and secularism in the constitution are welcome. "Federalism as envisioned in the constitution is not complete.
KATHMANDU, Sept 19: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli said that rather than questioning whether federalism was right or wrong, more attention needed to be diverted towards implementing federalism and making it a success. Oli said so during his address to mark the Constitution Day from the Army Pavilion, Tudikhel.
KATHMANDU, Sept 19: When the country prepares to celebrate today the fourth anniversary of the promulgation of Nepal's constitution drafted by the Constituent Assembly in 2015, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is confident that Nepal will move ahead in the path of 'Prosperous Nepal and Happy Nepali' despite many challenges faced by his government.
KATHMANDU, Aug 20: The failure of each successive government to form various statutory bodies almost for three years since the new constitution was promulgated has raised serious doubts over the commitment of the ruling parties to honor the Constitution.
CAPE TOWN, Aug 1: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has said the ruling African National Congress must initiate a parliamentary process to enshrine in the constitution a proposed amendment, paving way for land grabs without compensation.