Not Everyone is Happy About Nepal’s Constitution

December 24, 2015

Foreign intervention over Nepal’s constitution, particularly from India, has overshadowed local concerns.    Many groups are not happy with Nepal’s new constitution—which was adopted in September—particularly with issues of political representation, citizenship rights and gender...

Finally, Nepal Gets a Constitution

October 06, 2015

First promised over a half a century ago, Nepal's new constitution is surprisingly progressive. But it has led to tensions with neighboring India and with underrepresented ethnic groups. When Nepal entered the modern era in the 1950s, following the end of the century-old hereditary Rana regime,...

Nepal: Changing Fortunes?

February 07, 2014

The quest for political stability in Nepal has begun. Nepal’s first Constituent Assembly (CA) was elected in April 2008. The assembly was one of the principal outcomes of the People’s Movement of 2006 and the Comprehensive Peace Agreement of 2007, the latter of which brought an end to the...

Closing the Gaps: Nepal’s Marginalized Communities

January 12, 2014

Nepal’s constitution-making process has received limited participation from women and ethnic minorities. With a voter turnout of 70%, a new sense of optimism has emerged following Nepal’s November 19 elections — an exercise in reconciliation and democracy that held the potential...