ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Nepal: Promises Unfulfilled

The working of the Sambidhan Sabha of Nepal provides a guide on how not to write a constitution. The Constituent Assembly was meant to be a place for discovery, healing and nation-building but ended up a divisive arena that neglected jurisprudence and succumbed to radical populism.

Silence on the part of the social scientists on the questions of ethnicity and state restructuring in Nepal ought to be a matter of concern, especially in a context where sociological, historical as well as anthropological knowledge appears to be critical in shaping the political debate on these issues. It must be clear to the scholars of Nepal that the nature of structuralviolence and inequality in the country is not about "ethnicity" alone. Therefore, it cannot be dealt within the framework of the proposed model of ethnic federalism. It is in the realm of livelihoods that structural violence is mainly rooted and so marginalised populations within the ethnic groups ought to be the focus of attention.