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

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Nepal: In a State of Dormant War

A chronic crisis has been afflicting Nepal’s political system internally and externally, as reflected in the articles published in the special section on ‘Nepal: Towards a Democratic Republic’ (May19). After the death of king Birendra the country has been lurching from crisis to crisis. The crisis of representation of the institution of monarchy deepened following the royal action of February 1, 2005. A pertinent point was not “what” but “who” the state is when absolute authority had been exercised by king Gyanendra in the name of the Nepali people. In the ensuing period, few could have lasting faith and trust in the intentions of the government. Democracy has remained an unfinished business on the main agenda of modern politics in Nepal. Since its unification, the Nepali state is beset by political instability.

The Maoist insurgency has politically awakened the rural people and sensitised the nation to the urgent need to redress their problems. The insurgency and the Jana Andolan-2 have changed the political balance in the country. But progress remains elusive even after hammering out a peace deal with the Maoist rebels. The country is in a state of dormant war.

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