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Constitutional and Political Predicament in Nepal

Ongoing political crisis in Nepal stems from the deep divisions in the polity across ideological orientations and along social, regional and personality fault lines. Decisions taken by the president, seemingly favouring the prime minister, entail violation of the constitutional scheme and parliamentary practices. India, driven by its immediate strategic interests to contain growing Chinese influence, seems to be tilting in favour of the prevailing authoritarian and unconstitutional regime.

Water: Thinking to Good Purpose

Water in Nepal by Dipak Gyawali; Himal Books, Kathmandu, 2001; pp xiv + 280, Rs 550

India-Nepal Trade : Loose Ends

The vanaspati industry has once again asked for a ‘level playing field’ vis-a-vis imports from Nepal. According to the industry, the flood of duty-free imports under the India-Nepal trade treaty has eroded the viability of domestic units, forcing hundreds of closures and large job losses. As one option, vanaspati-makers want the commodity to be placed in the negative list of imports under the treaty. Alternatively, the industry wants an origin of goods condition to ensure that the vanaspati is indeed manufactured in Nepal, and contains not less than 55 per cent of Nepalese material. Apart from the hard-hit vanaspati sector, other industries such as plastic products, copper wire and acrylic yarn have also complained of being affected by a sudden surge in imports from Nepal. The trade treaty with Nepal was signed in 1991, modified in December 1996 and is now up for renewal at the end of this year. It is under review by the Indian government which feels that several imbalances need to be ironed out if the treaty is to be beneficial to both sides.
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