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Accessing Injustice: The Gram Nyayalayas Act, 2008

The Gram Nyayalayas Act, 2008 moves Indian citizens with small claims, who live in rural areas, out of the adversarial system with its procedural guarantees. As a statute with limited procedural guarantees to adjudicate allegedly small claims, including those that implicate a plethora of social welfare legislations, this Act compromises the promises of the Constitution.

Integration of the Army and New Constitutionalism in Nepal

Constitution-making is a process involving a contested terrain and this is reflected in Nepal's political situation today, particularly on the question of integration of rebel combatants into the army and its "democratisation". It is important for Nepal's political parties and forces to leave aside their past mistrust and come together to reach an equitable settlement while integrating combatants. Political foresight is also needed to appreciate that democratisation of all institutions, including the army, is imperative for creating the new constitutional democracy that is Nepal.
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