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In a State of Flux

When the Constituent Assembly was elected in 2008, it was hailed as being among the most inclusive national legislatures the world over. This had been achieved through an elaborately worked-out formula of quotas that guaranteed representation to all the broad groupings. But in the deliberations of the CA the political parties left the issue of federalism till the very end. By the time they came around to considering it, in late 2011, the public debate around it had become highly polarised, giving little scope for an agreement on the issue before the fi nal deadline for agreement on the Constitution.

The Life and Death of the Constituent Assembly of Nepal

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.

Social Science Engagement and Political Interregnum in Nepal

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.
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