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Supremacy of prime minister (executive) on constitutional council sparks debate, by Kiran Paudel (ae 17/06/2024)

Time to Review the Constitution, by Krishna Prasad Sitaula, Nepali Congress (kh 30/05/2024)

Challenges Of Implementing Constitution, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 09/04/2024) [The implementation of this constitution is definitely not wanted by the leading politicians. They break the constitution whenever they want and only use it to further their power struggles.]

Final hearing begins on writ seeking dismissal of 110 lawmakers elected through proportional representation system (kh 21/02/2024) [Then one could also say straight away: the elections to the Constituent Assemblies and the adoption of the new constitution were not based on the interim constitution. Consequently, all governments and parliaments since then would be illegitimate and should be dissolved immediately. While the former statement is entirely true, it does not help the country and its people in view of the chaos caused by the top politicians and now also the Hindu fundamentalists and monarchists!]

Implementation of Constitution and Challenges, by Kalyan Shrestha (kh 16/02/2024)

Prasai’s campaign uncertain as he fails to unite monarchists : Silent on his support for Durga Prasai, former king Gyanendra Shah appears with RPP chief Lingden in Jhapa, by Anil Giri (kp 26/11/2023) [Unconstitutional campaigns and demands like those of Durga Prasai, the RPP and Gyanendra Shah should have legal consequences!], Prasai-led campaign scheduled in Bhaktapur put off until further notice, cultural programs in Kathmandu today (kh 26/11/2023), Durga Prasai withdraws habeas corpus writ petition (kh 26/11/2023)

Teasing us could result in dire circumstances: Durga Prasai (kh 22/11/2023) [This radical leader of a minority threatens to return the multi-ethnic and multicultural country to the Middle Ages!], Government shows caution ahead of Prasai’s planned demonstration : Kathmandu and Lalitpur declare no-go areas. CPN-UML and Durga Prasai shown different venues to stage protests (kp 22/11/2023)

Constitution became more of a political than constitutional document, interview with Nilamber Acharya, Nepal’s former envoy to India, who was involved in drafting two of Nepal’s most recent constitutions, on eight years of constitution implementation and the prime minister’s recent foreign visits (kp 02/10/2023)

Constitution Day being observed today (kh 20/09/2023), Calls for constitutional reform intensify : In 8 years, parties have shown little commitment to safeguarding charter, say observers, by Nishan Khatiwada (kp 20/09/2023), Our constitution, our guide : Only through collective efforts can we realise the full potential of the hard-won federal system, by Khim Lal Devkota (kp 20/09/2023), Constitution Bolsters Democratic Fabrics, by Jivesh Jha (rn 20/09/2023) [Does this constitution really represent the will and ambitions of the people or is it not rather a work of the traditional high-caste male party elites who prevented any criticism and discussion by the elected representatives when it was adopted?], Who failed: Constitution or political parties?, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 20/09/2023), Constitution Day: Time to uphold and implement the Charter, by Jagadish Dahal (ae 20/09/2023), Need for Transformative Constitutionalism, by Kalyan Shrestha (kh 20/09/2023), Eight years young : To breathe life into the constitution, leaders should adhere to the spirit of constitutionalism (kp 21/09/2023), 'Constitution should be amended to address people's grievances', by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 21/09/2023), 'Constitution, a document of compromise' (ht 21/09/2023)

Nepal's Constitution and Disability Inclusion: A Gap Between Law and Reality, by Nir Shrestha (rep 20/09/2023)

Constitution Day Special (Humor) : A Letter to the Constitution of Nepal, 2015, by Akhilesh Tripathi (rep 20/09/2023)

Implement the constitution in true sense : It would have been better had the CA members given due respect to the things which could be crucial in bringing Madhesis and Pahadis together, by Jivesh Jha (ae 15/09/2023)

Govt to observe Constitution Day for three days (kh 03/09/2023) [Why such an effort for a constitution that has not been properly implemented until today and has been repeatedly misused by the top politicians and parties to push their political interests? The social inclusion promised by all parties in 2006 is insufficiently anchored in the constitution and is completely disregarded by the parties!]

Irreversible System, by Parmeshwar Devkota (rn 28/05/2023)

The poverty of republican imagination : The divisive 2015 constitution has almost foreclosed any chance of further reforming society and polity, by CK Lal (kp 24/05/2023)

Should we review the constitution? Experts have no definite answer, but they do agree on one thing: the political parties must change their attitude and implement the constitution to the letter, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 13/04/2023)

Durga Prasai forwards 11 points demands, urges abolition of republicanism, federalism (kh 28/02/2023) [If the CPN (UML) does not distance itself from this Hindu fundamentalism and Prasai's unconstitutional demands and underlines that Nepal is a multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural secular state, the rule of law attitude of this party must be doubted! The failures of the high-caste male politicians, which primarily include the chairman of the CPN (UML), must not be used as an excuse to question the few hard-won democratic achievements!]

Implement the Charter in letter and spirit for progress, prosperity, by Jivesh Jha (ae 17/01/2023) [The Oli and Dahal manufactured government of 2018 had no interest in this, nor did those manufactured by Deuba, Dahal and others in 2021! Why should this change with the current government, manufactured by Dahal, Oli and others? Oh, I just see, Dahal has always been involved!]

Constitutional Bench’s inaction holding up vital national issues : Supreme Court records show the last time the bench conducted hearings was more than two months ago (kp 15/10/2022)

Constitutionalism in crisis : Ironically, the final interpreter of the constitution, the Supreme Court, itself is mired in hazy confusion, by Achyut Wagle (kp 27/09/2022)

What kind of president did the new republic imagine? President Bidya Devi Bhandari’s recent political activism has trained the focus on the roles and responsibilities of the institution she represents, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 25/09/2022), President counter-accuses government of breaching constitution : Days after the ruling parties accused her of violating the constitution, the President writes to government to regularly brief her on Cabinet decisions, by Anil Giri (kp 25/09/2022), President Runs The Gauntlet, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 25/09/2022)

Eighth Constitution Day: Light of democracy will continue to shine with the politics of integrity and ideals, says former President Yadav (nlt 18/09/2022) (interview), Constitution Day: Time to deliver on promises rather than celebration, by Jivesh Jha (nlt 19/09/2022) [Not even one of the old party leaders will ever deliver! Without exception, they have only selfish power interests. Besides, it is their constitution. The numerous shortcomings and contradictions of the constitution were their intention!], Centralised mindset still the biggest hurdle to charter implementation : Parties chose to block full implementation and introduced only selective changes to help themselves, experts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 19/09/2022), Seven Years On: Remembering Ashoj 3, by Randhir Chaudhary (rep 19/09/2022), Leaders Must Uphold Constitution, by Bishnu Gautam (rn 19/09/2022), A Joyous Achievement, by Nanda Lal Tiwari (rn 19/09/2022)

Election Commission opposes plan to extend House term : Election code of conduct says terms of members of lower house and provincial assembly will lose their positions after filing nominations for elections (kp 06/09/2022) [A moronic discussion: elected MPs only become functional when parliament first convenes. No democratic country can afford to be without a legislature or executive for months!  This once again highlights one of the many shortcomings of the 2015 Constitution.]

Upper house awaits vice-chair for months as parties show lack of interest in electing one : Lawmakers say the vice-chair position must not be left vacant because it is a constitutional position and is important in terms of inclusion, by Binod Ghimire (kp 24/07/2022) [The autocratic leading politicians never respect the constitution!]

UML lawmaker Pal suggests doing away with provinces (kh 12/07/2022) [This demand is clearly unconstitutional and should have legal consequences! Not the federal system is the problem, but the fact that many of the top politicians reject federalism, secularism and social inclusion, as these endanger their dominant position!]

It’s shameful to fail to nominate Deputy Speaker and Vice-Chairman: Bamdev Gautam (kh 12/07/2022) [It is not only shameful, it is a serious violation of Articles 91 and 92 of the Constitution. This constitutional violation was deliberately committed by the previous Oli government, like so many others of his numerous misconducts, and has been continued by the present Deuba government. Since both positions should have been filled by women, it is also an afront against women's rights and political participation. The politicians responsible for this scandal should be held accountable as a matter of urgency.]

Bill to amend Constitutional Council Act: Bishwa Prakash Sharma seeks accountability from PM : In what appears to be a case of blatant disregard for the rule of law and spirit of the constitution, the Deuba government is trying to amend the Constitutional Council Act in the same way done by his predecessor the KP Oli-led government (nlt 11/07/2022)

Federal government overlooks statute as it wants to oversee Valley’s security : Nepali Congress and CPN-UML are in favour while the Maoists are against the proposed arrangement, by Binod Ghimire (kp 06/07/2022)

A critical look at Nepal’s ‘Other’ commissions : The 'Other' commissions hold great potential for Nepal's marginalized groups, but they are in need of urgent support to ensure sustenance, by Sneha Ghimire, Georghe Varughese and Tara Kanel (rec 30/06/2022)

Leaving both houses without deputies reflects poorly on parties’ commitments : As House Speaker and Assembly chair are men, their deputies have to be women. Parties’ apathy leads some to suspect if they are being neglectful of women’s representation, by Binod Ghimire (kp 05/06/2022) [Nepal's macho men like to violate the constitution and laws when it comes to preventing women's participation!]

Mandatory reading for all who want to know about Nepal’s constitution : If there is one reason to read Bipin Adhikari’s "Salient Features of the Constitution of Nepal, 2015," it is his endeavor to give conceptual clarities on the provisions of the constitution in the light of international precedents, by Jivesh Jha (nlt 27/05/2022) [book review]

Call for amending the Local Election Act: Do we need a constitution at all?, by Birendra P Mishra (ht 02/02/2022) [A disturbing article by this author, whom I otherwise hold in high esteem. Even the initial assertion that no other constitution in the world provides for someone to become head of government who is not also chairman of the governing party has no basis in fact. Just one counterexample: In Germany, Angela Merkel was most recently chancellor for many years, but not party chairman. Her successor Olaf Scholz is not chairman of his party either. But what is most confusing is the final demand that politicians abolish the constitution, which I hope is meant ironically. The constitution contains even more serious contradictions and inadequacies than the ambiguities about electoral law. Subordinate laws may not contradict the constitution, but should help eliminate ambiguities.]

All kinds of discriminations against women will be ended: Minister Regmi (rep 24/12/2021) [For this, the constitution would first have to be amended!]

Forgotten commitment by political parties : The law says that there should be at least one-third women at party committees at all levels, by Ila Sharma (kp 17/12/2021) [The machos at the top of the parties will never change without drastic punishments. Exclusion of the parties concerned at the next elections would be a guaranteed effective remedy! CPN-UML and NC would definitely be candidates!]

Waning Constitutional Welfare State, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 13/11/2021)

Parliament unaware about 80 per cent laws formulated under its nose (kh 12/11/2021)

Non-Nepali children of Nepali parents demand rights (ht 26/10/2021)

Foreign Policy in the Constitution of Nepal, 2015, by Rajeev Kunwar (kh 09/10/2021)

Directly elected prime minister idea floated at UML convention : Observers warn against the idea saying that it will make the executive more autocratic, by Binod Ghimire (kp 04/10/2021) [Please, no autocrats in the style of Oli!]

Constitutionally compromised : The constitution mandates the chief justice be a member of a council that makes constitutional appointments while also leading a judicial bench that oversees those same appointments, by Robin Sharma (rec 03/10/2021)

Abrupt withdrawal of ordinance relating to political parties shows it was meant for UML split: KP Oli (kh 28/09/2021) [How true! The Deuba government's action was as undemocratic and unconstitutional as the various actions of the previous Oli government. The top politicians are destroying democracy! The Political Party Act urgently needs to be revised, but please through Parliament!], Why is Oli right this time? Experts question motive behind introducing and repealing the ordinance on political parties, by Binod Ghimire (kp 29/09/2021)

Top court in the dock as the Constitutional Bench issue gets even more complicated : Chief justice last month decided to recuse from hearing, but benches set by him have created more confusion, by Binod Ghimire (kp 25/09/2021)

Six years since promulgation, problems remain with the constitution : Madhesis, Tharus, Muslims, and women are still unable to take ownership of the statute due to the document’s failure to encompass their aspirations, by Prasansha Rimal (rec 19/09/2021) [This was the intention of the high-caste male party leaders who had given this constitution to their MPs for an unopposed vote in blatant violation of the interim constitution!], Civic group marches in Kathmandu to demand amendments to constitution : Activists call for unity among the marginalised, as they call for efforts to ensure wider acceptance of the charter, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 20/09/2021), Ordinary people vent their frustrations on Constitution Day, by Anup Ojha (kp 20/09/2021), Just another day : Even as we celebrate the constitution, we must remember that large sections still feel neglected (kp 20/09/2021) [This is a constitution of the ruling male highcaste elite who have thus secured their privileges. The representatives of the people were only allowed to nod off in 2015!]

At six, constitution’s fragility has only grown, observers say : Those who promulgated the charter have remained non-committal on its implementation and those who once objected to it lack the heft to push for amendments, by Binod Ghimire (kp 19/09/2021), Safeguarding The Constitution, by Bishnu Gautam (rn 19/09/2021) [This constitution can only be saved by a comprehensive revision that is oriented towards inclusion and equality of all groups in society. The self-interested machinations of the male party elites of 2015 must be eliminated!]

Right Conduct, Integrity Matters, by Mukti Rijal (rn 19/09/2021), Constitution Stands Firm Against Challenges, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 19/09/2021), Towards Sustainable Democratic Exercises, by Dhruba Hari Adhikary (rn 19/09/2021), SC’s Verdicts Enrich Constitution, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 19/09/2021), A Document Of Political Compromise, by Parmeshwar Devkota (rn 19/09/2021), More Needs To Be Done, by Sampada A Khatiwada (rn 19/09/2021)

We promulgated the Constitution despite threats and intimidation: UML leader Nemwang (kh 19/09/2021) [But you did it in grave violation of the 2013 interim constitution: not socially inclusive elected representatives of the people, but the traditional male highcaste elite of the parties decided on the constitution, securing their privileges in the process! Already in the nomination process for the FPTP system, the inclusion required by Article 63 (4) was grossly disregarded!], Pro-monarchy groups holding demonstration restoration of 1991 Constitution (kh 19/09/2021), Tharu community to observe Constitution Day as a black day (kh 19/09/2021)), Constitution needs to be rewritten: Prabhu Sah (CPN-UML) (kh) Media persons reject govt-conferred medals and honors on Constitution Day (kh 19/09/2021)

Trivialising the apex court : When the executive flouts the judiciary’s decisions, it raises questions on the constitution’s legitimacy, by Bijesh Joshi and Laabhesh Thapa (kp 03/09/2021)

Govt to mark 7th Constitution Day for three days (kh 03/09/2021) [The celebration of a constitution that the male leaders refuse to implement and some of them already want to revise?  Ex-Prime Minister Oli even wanted to destroy it!]

Supremacy of the constitution : To preserve democratic values and norms, the reinstatement of the House is inevitable, by Khim Lal Devkota (kp 06/07/2021)

Oli’s aversion to federalism and secularism becoming more apparent : A proposal at UML top panel to review major achievements of the constitution does not portend well for the charter which has come under increasing threats, observers say, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 05/07/2021), Don't even think about it : Political adventurism to scrap secularism and federalism will backfire (kp 06/07/2021) [Oli has already smashed democracy and major parts of the constitution. Abolishing federalism and secularism would be just another step towards Hindu authoritarianism!]

Supreme Court quashes cabinet reshuffle : 20 ministers relieved of their positions (kh 22/06/2021) [Oli and Bhandari have been taught that they are not above the constitution and have to respect it like any other citizen of Nepal! The next lecture will be about the renewed dissolution of the House of Representatives. The damage done by Oli and Bhandari is already immense! But if the interim cabinet should not have been changed under Article 77 (3), then the dismissed ministers should also be returned to their posts now, shouldn't they?], Supreme Court quashes appointment of 20 ministers : Oli had inducted the ministers in two different Cabinet expansions after the government became a caretaker one following May 21 House dissolution (kp 22/06/2021), In a big blow to Oli, Supreme Court annuls appointments of 20 ministers : Interim order asserts government is a caretaker one and terms induction of new ministers earlier this month, after prime minister lost a confidence vote, unconstitutional, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 23/06/2021) [Why are only the new appointments of ministers considered unconstitutional under Article 77 (3), but not the dismissals made at the same time? In any case, the aforementioned article does not make any distinction.]

Saving Nepal’s flawed constitution : Only a truly non-partisan a-political civilian movement can bring about this shift to institutional stability and help reinforce our crumbling constitution, by Bishal Thapa (ae 10/06/2021)

For Oli, power—not governance—is priority, as country fights virus wave : Thakur-Mahato faction joins government, inviting questions for themselves of being complicit with someone who they once opposed for his loathing for the Madhes, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 05/06/2021) [Another serious breach of the constitution by KP Oli: He now only heads a caretaker government. Such a government is supposed to remain in office until the election of a new prime minister, but according to Article 77 (3) of the constitution it may not be changed!]

A fledgling republic and a vulnerable constitution : How a charter that institutionalised republicanism has come under threat from someone elected to protect it–the President, by Binod Ghimire (kp 29/05/2021)

Bending constitutional provisions for government formation, the KP Oli way : Constitution drafters failed to foresee that prime minister elected under 76 (1) would dissolve the House after three years at the helm, as that article clearly ensures full term, by Binod Ghimire (kp 27/05/2021)

Controversies, conspiracies and  the constitutional crisis : With more holes in it than a strainer, the convoluted constitution was fated to fail, by CK Lal (kp 26/05/2021)

With President’s complicity, Oli hammers another nail in the coffin of the constitution : Bhandari’s call to form a new government in less than 24 hours at the request of the incumbent one bypassing  the due parliamentary process is unconstitutional, experts and political parties say, by Anil Giri (kp 21/05/2021)

As controversy over Constitutional Council continues, recruitment in state agencies is hit : Office bearers of Public Service Commission retired last week. With the ordinance on Council challenged in court and bill stuck in House, new appointments can’t be made, by Anil Giri (kp 28/03/2021) [How much longer will Oli and all the other would-be leaders be allowed to destroy this beautiful country and its newly won democracy?]

Language chauvinism : The recent arrests in Balaju show the need for greater understanding of language diversity, by Deepak Thapa (kp 18/03/2021)

They put excessive focus on stability. But they failed  to achieve it :Nepal’s lawmakers and framers of the constitution wrote strong provisions to end instability, but instead of helping politics move ahead, the laws have made it hobble, by Binod Ghimire (kp 04/03/2021)

Triumph Of Constitutionalism, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 28/02/2021)

Who owns the constitution anyway : As those elected to protect the charter assaulted it and those with reservations emerged as the vanguard, analysts call for work towards its wider ownership and acceptability, by Binod Ghimire (kp 27/02/2021)) [In any case, the constitution was not created as the interim constitution had prescribed. It is the work of the traditional male elite from the so-called high Hindu castes and continues to safeguard their interests in particular!]

Narrow the gap : Although the constitution has not discriminated its citizens based on gender, the laws need to be amended to see this in practice (ht 26/02/2021) [The constitution, too, discriminates against women, for example with regard to citizenship law!]

HoR reinstated : The apex court has set a precedent that the HoR cannot be dissolved as long as there is every possibility of forming a govt (ht 25/02/2021)

Give this constitution a chance : The only democratic way forward, by Raghav Gautam (ht 25/02/2021)

SC reinstates House of Representatives : Orders government to summon House session within the next 13 days (kh23/02/2021), House of Representatives reinstated with the verdict of Supreme Court on Dissolution case (ht 23/02/2021), In a landmark verdict, Supreme Court reinstates House of Representatives (Read the verdict) (rep 23/02/2021), Supreme Court scraps all appointments made by govt to various constitutional bodies after Dec 20 (rep 23/02/2021)

Is parliament dissolution constitutional? Prime Minister Oli has not been able to prove how exactly the House of the Representatives did not cooperate with him in carrying out his duties, by Neha Sharma (rep 18/02/2021)

A constitutional crisis in the offing : Without some sort of settlement, Nepal cannot be rescued from the present imbroglio, by Narayan Manandhar (kp 17/02/2021) [All those responsible for this must ultimately be held legally accountable!]

'Reject contitutional appointments bypassing parliamentary hearing' : Rights activists are very certain that the National Human Rights Commission will not be able to do its job effectively as it lacks legality and validity (kp 14/02/2021)

Constitutional Imperative Of Civic Education, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 13/02/2021) [Please start by educating Oli, who believes that sovereignty is vested in him and not in the hands of the people!]

Nepal’s constitutional crisis and mounting security challenges, by Abhaya Raj Joshi (kh 13/02/2021)

Is Oli right to say he dissolved the House, just the way UK prime minister did?No. In October 2019 Boris Johnson invoked the Fixed-term Parliaments Act-2011 as per which his election motion was endorsed by more than two-thirds of Members of Parliament (kp 10/02/2021)

Why women should be given equal rights in citizenship : Nepal’s sovereignty will be stronger if we empower our women and children and weaker if we disenfranchise the children of Nepali mothers. A nation that treats its citizens unequally is doomed from within, by Riti Prasai (rep 09/02/2021)

New appointments yet another Oli bid to wield control over key institutions : Analysts say Oli’s actions are making a mockery of the  rule of law, as agencies meant to keep the government  in check are being hugely compromised, by Binod Ghimire (kp 04/02/2021), Appointments to constitutional bodies receive widespread flak : Questions raised over Nepali Congress’ role as party supporters feature on list of appointees, by Anil Giri (kp 04/02/2021), Speaker Agni Sapkota files writ petition at Supreme Court against appointments made at constitutional bodies (rep 05/02/2021), SC issues show-cause notice over appointments to constitutional bodies (kh 05/02/2021), Speaker moves court bringing key institutions of state in confrontation : Agni Sapkota files petition against the constitutional body  appointments made by the Constitutional Council where prime minister is the chair and chief justice a member, by Binod Ghimire (kp 06/02/2021)

PM Oli calls a meeting of Constitutional Council for Wednesday (rep 02/02/2021), Constitutional Council meeting postponed sine die (rep 02/02/2021), Constitutional Council meeting postponed due to CJ’s refusal to attend (kh 02/02/2021), Dr. Govinda KC announces 20th Satyagraha (kh 02/02/2021)

Assessing constitutionality of parliament dissolution : Dissolution of the House of Representatives is the last resort, only when all options mentioned in Article 76(1), (2), (3) and (5) are exhausted, by Sneha Shrestha (rep 01/02/2021)

‘No parliamentary hearing can be held on political appointments made by Constitutional Council in absence of lower house’ (rep 31/01/2021), Speaker sends back constitutional body recommendations : The Council, headed by prime minister, had appointed office bearers to various constitutional bodies on December 15 after introducing an ordinance, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 01/02/2021)

Article 93 of constitution : Flouted clause in HoR dissolution, by Pushpa R Joshi (ht 29/01/2021)

House dissolution: A step towards the constitution’s failure in Nepal?, by Ashok Dahal (ae 29/01/2021) [Nepal's seventh constitution in 70 years also has numerous shortcomings. Every time there are idiots who exploit them mercilessly for their personal interests. The multi-ethnic state of Nepal needs a secular constitution that gives equal rights and participation to all genders, ethnicities, castes, religions and social classes without restrictions!]

Decoding controversies surrounding writ petitions, by Narayan Manandhar (rep 25/01/2021)

What is legislative intent and why lawyers want the Constitutional Bench to look to it : Advocates bring an interview and video clip of Subas Nembang to justices’ notice to argue the point that constitutional provisions be followed not only in letter but in spirit too, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 19/01/2021)

Chief justice mandatorily chairing Constitutional Bench exposes a major oversight by charter drafters : Recommendations of Constitutional Council meeting attended by Rana have been challenged at the Constitutional Bench. Can he sit on the bench which has to decide on a case which has his involvement?, by Prithvi Man Shrestha and Binod Ghimire (kp 10/01/2021)

What does Nepal’s Vice President do?  Nothing : Since the constitution does not provide any substantial role for the Office of the Vice President, it has by and large become an idle institution, experts say, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 31/12/2020)

Time to rewrite the constitution : It is time to move beyond the idea of political stability to the idea of constitutional stability, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp 30/12/2020) [The 2015 Constitution is the work of those politicians who are abusing and destroying it today. The CA, which was not even really socially inclusive in the end, was misused contrary to the interim constitution only for nodding off!]

Almost four dozen appointments made in various constitutional bodies; Former Home Secretary Prem Rai picked as chief of anti-graft body (With full list) (rep 20/12/2020), Constitutional Council recommends names in Constitutional Bodies (With List) (kh 20/12/2020)

In ordinance, Oli shows yet another authoritarian streak : By amending the Constitutional Council Act, the prime minister has effectively defenestrated the opposition leader and Speaker and disturbed the balance of power in a blatant attack on the spirit of the constitution, analysts say, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 16/12/2020)

46 posts in 11 constitutional commissions lie vacant for years, by Gajendra Basnet (kh 05/12/2020), PM Oli summons Constitutional Council meeting for Sunday : 46 posts in 11 constitutional commissions lie vacant for years (kh 10/12/2020)

Attacking the system, one step at a time : Oli administration’s actions are against constitutional  provisions and pose a threat to democratic  principles and norms, observers say, by Anil Giri (kp 04/12/2020)

Jurisprudential School Of Thought And Constitution Of Nepal, by Prem Raj Silwal (rn 04/12/2020)

Women commission defunct as cases of violence against women continues : Since it was elevated to a constitutional body in the new constitution, it has not had full quota of commissioners, and since 2017 it hasn’t had any office bearers, by Binod Ghimire (kp 01/12/2020) [Politicians who fundamentally disregard the constitution in the grossest way must be removed from all offices immediately!]

Former CJ Kalyan Shrestha concerned about delay in implementation of constitution (ht 07/11/2020)

दलित आयोग गठनमा ढिलाइ : सरकारले कानुन निर्माण प्रक्रियामा दलित आयोगले खेल्न सक्ने भूमिकालाई छल्न खोजेको त होइन , by Sushil BK (ka 03/11/2020)

Strengthening constitutionalism strengthens democracy, analysts say : Experts stress wider discourse on constitutionalism amid incidents in which those  tasked with implementing the constitution have been brazenly trampling upon it, by Binod Ghimire (kp 01/11/2020)

In constitutional breach, none of the 13 constitutional commissions has full quota of office bearers : The National Human Rights Commission was the only one which had all five positions filled but the team’s six-year tenure ended two weeks ago. This suits the KP Sharma Oli government just fine, experts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp) [Oli and his colleagues see themselves as the lords of the country, who are above the constitution and laws; this applies to the top politicians of all parties! The NC's top politicians are no better. There is only one democratic solution for the voters and that is 2022, if by then there are politicians and parties committed to democracy and the rule of law!]

CDOs riding roughshod over provincial governments : Even the chief minister has to seek the consent of the CDO, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 04/10/2020) [Federalism only on paper, if at all!]

NCP undermines spirit of federalism, again, as it ‘decides’ for Province 5 : Oli and Dahal may have taken the decision in a bid to  placate some leaders in the party but in doing so, they have trampled upon the constitution, experts say, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 03/10/2020)

Province 1 is still undecided about its name : Three years on, consensus eludes the parties and lawmakers in the province, by Deo narayan Sah (kp 03/10/2020)

Oli govt’s appointments are a mockery of the constitution: experts, NCP leader, by Ashim Neupane (rep 03/10/2020)

Increasing the number of ministries to pacify  dissidents sets poor precedent, experts sayIt would not only go against the spirit of constitution but also federalism and provinces could follow suit in future, they say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 30/09/2020) [Such an unconstitutional and in any case completely superfluous procedure must be strictly prohibited by the SC. Nepal is not a playground for the pointless power struggles of politicians.]

Fearing backlash, provinces other than Province 2 are not fighting for their rights : They must follow the example of Province 2 and demand the authority guaranteed  by the constitution, or else it will be a historical failure on their part, analysts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 27/09/2020)

Ruling NCP pressures PM Oli to fill constitutional posts (ht 23/09/2020)

Achievements of the federal constitution : The need to travel to Kathmandu for small tasks has been completely reduced, by Khim Lal Devkota (kp 20/09/2020) [But this does not change the numerous shortcomings of the constitution, which in any case remains largely unimplemented and misused by the politicians!], People say constitution turns out to be mere sheet of paper due to lack of implementation (rep 20/09/2020)

Respecting Spirit Of Constitution, by Bishnu Gautam (rn 19/09/2020), The constitution has been vindicated : It would be a mistake to attribute the mess the ruling party has created, or the misconducts demonstrated by political parties across the spectrum, as the consequence of the constitution, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep 19/09/2020)

Our most vulnerable need protection during the pandemic. We can then celebrate the constitution : First thing first, by Shreejana Pokhrel (rep 19/09/2020)

Govt ready to amend constitution on the basis of justification: PM Oli (rep 18/09/2020) [??], Constitution cannot be amended to fulfill individual interest: PM Oli (kh 18/09/2020)

Five eventful years of Nepal’s new constitution, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (ae 18/09/2020), Help the constitution mature (ae 18/09/2020)

Five years after the constitution, where do we stand?, by Jivesh Jha (rep 15/09/2020) [The author denies the numerous shortcomings of the Constitution and rejects any criticism of it. What is missing is a statement that many of the provisions of the critically rated Constitution have not really been implemented even after five years.],

Towards provincial fiscal autonomy : Nepal remains a framework wherein the key revenue sources rest with the federal government, by Ankshita Chaudhary (ht 14/09/2020)

Can Gautam become a minister? Depends which Article gets invoked : .While Article 78 (4) bars him from going to Cabinet for losing elections, Article 76 (9) may allow him to become minister once he is sworn into  the National Assembly. But opinions among legal experts are divided, by Binod Ghimire (kp 06/09/2020) [In any case, there is no qualifying reason to make him a minister!], Gautam recommended for Upper House (ht 15/09/2020)

Oli, Deuba agree to fill vacant positions in constitutional bodies (rep 17/08/2020))

Sudden move to prorogue Parliament undermines legislature, experts say: The budget session was ended saying it lacked business, but there are some crucial bills, including one related to citizenship, pending for approval, by Binod Ghimire (kp 05/07/2020)

Supreme Court issues show-cause notice over delay in election of deputy speaker: Constitutional experts say it is unfortunate that the court had to remind officials to make plans to elect a member of Parliament to the key position, by Binod Ghimire (kp 28/06/2020)

In a symbolic gesture to Madhes, Congress registers its own constitution amendment bill: The bill is the same one that was registered by then government led by party President Deuba in 2017, by Anil Giri (kp 03/06/2020) [In reality, even the NC has no understanding for the concerns of the Janajati and Madheshi. The present non-inclusive constitution was passed in 2015 under the then NC Chairman and PM, late Sushil Koirala!]

Janata Party and Samajbadi Party register private constitution amendment bill of their own: The regional parties propose amendments to 23 issues that are aimed at addressing the long-standing concerns of the Madhesis, Tharus and Janajatis, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 02/06/2020)

Government tables constitution amendment bill at House of Representatives: The bill seeks to amend Schedule 3 of the constitution to update Nepal’s political map in the national emblem, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 31/05/2020), Government seeks shortcut to get constitution amendment bill passed: The government has said that a quick passage of the bill will allow it time to prepare ground for talks with India, but analysts believe it fears political disruption, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 01/06/2020)

Removal of constitution amendment from parliamentary agenda leads to finger pointing between parties: While the Nepal Communist Party says that the agenda was removed to allow the Congress more time, the opposition says it’s the ruling party that is delaying amendment, by Anil Giri (kp 28/05/2020)

Madhes-based parties press own demands alongside constitution amendment for new map: While there’s no debate on an issue of national importance, the constitutional amendment bill could be an opportune moment to address long-standing demands of Madhesis, Janajatis and Tharus, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 24/05/2020) [The clarification of territorial claims is certainly important and decades overdue, but the inclusion of population groups that have been excluded for centuries, even under the constitution of 2015, is even more significant, a fact that the male Bahun at the head of the state and parties do not want to understand. It is problematic, however, that the leadership of the ethnic and regional parties is also exclusively male!], JSP-N seeks NC support for constitution amendment (ht 24/05/2020), Janata Samajbadi Party reiterates demand for constitutional amendment to incorporate concerns of Madhesi community: As the government prepares to revise the constitution to legitimise new map, Samajbadi leaders tell the Business Advisory Committee of Parliament that it’s also an ‘opportune’ moment to address their concerns, by Binod Ghimire (kp 25/05/2020)

Cabinet decides to amend constitution to include new map in emblem (kh 22/05/2020) [What about an amendment that makes constitution and state more inclusive, just as promised back in 2006? All top male Bahun politicians have rejected this so far. And now same same politicians want to change the constitution for a territorial issue in which they have never been interested for decades!], Government registers constitution amendment bill to revise Nepal’s map in national emblem: The bill seeks to amend Schedule 3 of the constitution to update the map in the national emblem as per a new political map released on Wednesday (kp 23/05/2020), Amendment bill registered to revise map (ht 23/05/23020)

Oli has shown no urgency to call Constitutional Council meetings to fill vacancies in constitutional bodies: Earlier, he had tried to bulldoze two ordinances—one of which he said was to prompt constitutional appointments, by Binod Ghimire (kp 10/05/2020)

Nepal’s political parties rarely encourage public participation in lawmaking: Citizens’ engagement in the formulation of laws not only ensures transparency but also enhances the quality of legislation, experts say, by Binod Ghimire (kp 15/03/2020), Law-making process: Far from participatory, by Mukti Rijal (ht 19/03/2020)

‘Statute amendment as per people’s need’ (ht 11/03/2020)

Ruling party’s decision to name Gautam for Upper House against spirit of constitution, say experts: Constitution envisions three National Assembly members nominated by president, but their recommendation needs to be made by the government, not the party, by Binod Ghimire (kp 28/02/2020

Ruling party flip-flops after two factions spar over constitution amendment: Divergent narratives in the wake of widespread criticism over the constitution amendment plan are emblematic of Dahal’s increasing hold over the party, by Anil Giri (kp 25/02/2020), Ludicrous and frivolous: Don't make a mockery of the process of constitutional amendment (kp 25/02/2020111)

NCP working to amend constitution to allow Gautam to become PM (rep 24/02/220), Ruling party's plan to amend the constitution could invite a host of issues: The party's plan to allow a National Assembly member to become prime minister could upset the public, and parties that have long been demanding amendments to ensure rights, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 24/02/2020)

With just over half their terms remaining, constitutional commissions remain vacant: The Constitutional Council, which recommends members to the commissions, has not met in nearly a year, by Binod Ghimire (kp 11/02/2020) [A clear constitutional breach by the leading politicians!]

Composite Unity In Federalism, by Mukti Rijal (rn 02/01/2020)

NCP’s decision to impose name and capital of Province 3 is unconstitutional, experts say: ‘It is clearly written in the constitution that name and headquarters of the province will be fixed by the concerned provincial assembly.’, by Anil Giri and Pratap Bista (kp 30/12/2019) [The Constitution also demands that the names and capitals should have been designated by the provincial parliaments by August 2018 at the latest. Oli, Dahal and Co. must realise that they are not above the law!]

Constitutional provision for floor test exposes a major oversight by its drafters: The constitution demands that Oli pass a vote of confidence after Samajbadi Party’s withdrawal of support, but his party commands a comfortable majority, by Binod Ghimire (kp 27/12/2019)

Most constitutional bodies remain largely non-functional: The National Human Rights Commission established that the killing of Kumar Paudel was extrajudicial in nature, but the government and the Nepal Police have yet to implement its recommendations (kp 27/12/2019)

Continued political interference is weakening crucial constitutional bodies: Though such commissions are envisioned as independent agencies, parties have not allowed them to function independently, experts say, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 08/12/2019)

Security Provisions In Constitution, by Bigyan Sharma (rn 06/12/2019)

Constitutional experts say president betrayed constitution (ht 23/11/2019)

3 years on, language commission in limbo for lack of full shape (rep 31/10/2019)

For four years, commissions mandated to empower marginalised communities have remained largely vacant: While five commissions—Madhesi, Dalit, Tharu, Muslim, and Inclusion—have chairpersons but no members, two others—Women and Indigenous Nationalities—don’t even have chairpersons, by Binod Ghimire (kp 24/10/2019)

Nepal’s constitution gets international award (rep 24/10/2019) [Who has decided this, obviously has no idea of Nepal and its problems!], In defense of the constitution: Ours is the first charter in South Asia to include explicit mandate of one-third representation of women in legislative apparatus. How can we call it a regressive charter?, by Jivesh Jha (rep 24/10/2019) [The Constitution is in some respects regressive compared to the Interim Constitution. But even this 7th Constitution in just as many decades does not bring the inclusion that Nepal needs. Why are only 6 of the 165 directly elected MPs of the House of Representatives women? Why are almost all important positions in the state still occupied by men, especially male Bahuns? Why are 95 per cent of the Mayors/Chairs of the Nagarpalika/Gaunpalika male persons? Why are the leadership levels of all political parties in the hands of men? Why does this constitution still consider women as second-class people with different citizenship rights?]

Constitutional bench of Supreme Court repeals provincial laws for the first time: The legislation, related to salaries that local representatives were receiving, contradicted the constitution, according to the bench, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 19/10/2019), SC halts salaries of local level office bearers: ‘Parliament should correct the contradiction in the constitution’, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 19/10/2019), ‘Constitution amendment needed’: ‘It will be illogical to deprive local level office bearers of their salaries’, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 20/10/2019), Local bodies’ associations call for revision in laws: Friday’s ruling has effectively barred local representatives from taking salaries (rep 20/10/2019)

Former President Yadav urges government to amend constitution: Delay in amendment will give rise to more dissatisfaction, the former head of state says, by Binod Ghimire (kp 12/10/2019)

Far from progressive: Yes, the constitution is a historic document but it has still failed to become the people’s document for it is not still wholly accepted by the excluded and marginalized communities, by Praveen Kumar Yadav (rep 29/09/2019)

Don’t blame the constitution: The mistake Nepali commentariat and the parties dissatisfied with the government are making is they are venting their rage and hatred against Oli administration at the constitution, by Mahabir Paudyal (rep 26/09/2019) [??]

Ineffective Constitutional Bench will hamper implementation of constitution and federalism, experts say: Legal experts say there is a need to create a separate constitutional court to deal with disputes, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 24/09/2019)

Why celebrate Constitution Day? The document continues to alienate many while even the progressive provisions remain unimplemented (kp 20/09/2019), Calls for constitution amendment persist, but can it happen anytime soon? As the charter turns four, voices are growing for ‘correcting the mistakes’ to ensure its wider acceptance, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 20/09/2019), As country celebrates the constitution, marginalised groups await amendments: For Madhesis, Tharus, and indigenous groups, the constitution is still a contested document, but the government doesn’t seem too bothered, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 20/09/2019), ‘Implementation status of constitution dismal’ (ht 20/09/2019),
Four years on, constitution still divisive for some (rep 20/09/2019)

Civil servants across the country told to attend Constitution Day event (ht 19/09/2019) [The constitution was not drafted by the elected representatives of the people but by the leaders of the big parties, allmost all of them being male Bahuns. The elected representatives only had to vote for this draft as ordered by those party leaders!]

Why Nepal's existing constitution is innately flawed: Nepal has had seven constitutions in as many decades; the latest one is entering middle age, by CK Lal (kp 18/09/2019)

With the anniversary of constitution promulgation approaching, Congress proposes amendments: Nepali Congress, under whose leadership the constitution was promulgated, has said it will make amendment one of its protest agendas, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 09/09/2019) [The NC was in government when this constitution was passed. Later, its current chairman, Sher Bahadur Deuba, was PM. But he and all the male Bahuns at the top of the party were against a constitutional amendment. Obviously, they are calling for such a change now in order to stage themselves, knowing full well that they lack the necessary two-thirds majority!]

Provision allowing prime minister to monitor constitutional commissions raises concerns: Opposition leaders say the provision was inserted in the bill in a mysterious way, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 28/08/2019)

Government’s apathy renders constitutional commissions ineffective: Dalit, Tharu, Muslim, Madhesi and Inclusion commissions  not a priority right now, an aide to prime minister says, by Tika R. Pradhan (kp 07/07/2019) [This state belongs to the small minority of male Bahuns only! They will do everything to keep all other groups excluded!]

Decline of constitutionalism: Ensure separation of powers, by Yagyadi Acharya (ht 02/07/2019)

Constitutional bodies without officials despite mandatory provision, by Ashok Dahal (rep 30/06/2019)

Killing the constitution: The more Prime Minister Oli wastes time dishing out slogans and false promises, the more he will be pushing the country to the brink, by Narayan Manandhar (rep 19/06/2019)

Toward green democracy: Nepal’s constitution is the first national charter in the world to enshrine the provisions to advance the cause of green democracy. We need to communicate this message clearly, by Jivesh Jha (rep 04/06/2019)

Amid government’s unilateral moves, calls grow for adherence to constitutionalism: Experts point at Constitutional Council’s decisions without taking opposition leader into confidence while taking decisions, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 31/03/2019)

Power to PM to deploy Army causes unease in defence force: Experts say government should abide by constitutional provisions, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 24/03/2019)

Parliament misses deadline to amend laws inconsistent with constitution: Provisions of the Acts that contradict the charter are invalid from tomorrow, by binod Ghimire (kp 03/03/2019)

Tell the truth: We should critique the constitution on legitimate grounds. But disseminating false information about it is unprofessional and unscholarly, by Jivesh Jha (rep 20/01/2019)

Federal Affairs Ministry asks local governments not to enact laws on their own: Contrary to constitutional provision, ministry issues circular to 753 local units to consult with the Centre before formulating any law, by Binod Ghimire (kp 29/12/2018) [Misunderstanding of federalism or deliberate disregard of the constitution? Probably the latter!]

Resolve constitution amendment (rep 27/12/2018)

Comparing constitutions: Our constitution may not be the best document of the world but it has some provisions which are more progressive than many constitutions of South Asia, by Jivesh Jha (rep 06/12/2018)

Statute discriminates against women, say MPs (ht 01/12/2018)

Constitutional disputes: Ways to meet challenges, by Krishna Man Pradhan (ht 02/11/2018)

Constitution continues to be controversial: 3 years on, Madhesis mourn the promulgation of the statute, by Abha Lal (Record 02/10/2018)

Amendments on back burner as country marks Constitution Day: Madhes parties haven’t dropped the demand for statute amendment but haven’t pushed the agenda firmly either, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 19/09/2018), Third Constitution Day: Safeguarding The Statute, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn 19/09/2018), Constitutional Evolution Through Practice, by Mukti Rijal (rn 19/09/2018), New institutions in place, but their performance dismal, by Ashok Dahal (rep 19/09/2018), Law of the land: The constitution is an evolving document and can be amended (kp 20/09/2018)

The autumn thunder: It’s too early to declare the divisive statute dead, but its dysfunction was visible from the day of its promulgation, by CK Lal (rep 10/09/2018)

Constitutional Body Recruitment, by Multi Rijal (rn 30/08/2018)

CC begins process to give full shape to statutory bodies (rep 22/08/2018), Applications called to form constitutional bodies: The National Inclusion commission has mandate to mainstream the marginalised, poor and disabled people (kp 22/08/2018) [After three years? Wow!]

Oli govt dillydallying on statutory commissions: Experts question govt’s commitment to constitution, by Kosh Raj Koirala (rep 20/08/2018)

Constitution’s Nepal: Constitution of Nepal is the encapsulation of the collective will of Nepali people and contains all the novel, modern and progressive features of a democratic, inclusive and humanistic polity, by Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli (kp 16/08/2018) [Views by PM Oli]

Experts criticize constitution for its ‘flaws’ (rep 13/08/2018), Experts stress need for constitutional court (ht 13/08/2018)

Prez stresses state mechanism empowerment for constitution implementation (rep 12/08/2018)

Govt may miss deadline for passing fundamental rights: The constitution has set three years since the implementation of the constitution as the deadline for the implementation of 31 various fundamental rights, by Ashok Dahal (rep 16/06/2018)

Note on Constitutionalism, by Dev Raj Dahal (rn 10/04/2018)

The spirit of the constitution: A demonstrable commitment by political leaders to the spirit of the constitution and basic norms of democracy is missing, by Naresh Koirala (kp 02/04/2018)

Constitutional Bodies in Democracy, by Mukti Rijal (rn 08/03/2018)

Issue of Constitution Amendment, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 01/03/2018)

An opportunity for a fresh start: As Nepal begins its tenure in UN Human Rights Council, it is important for it to protect citizens’ right to religious freedom, by David Anderson (kp 21/02/2018)

An unequal constitution: For all the years of debates and discussions on constitutional issues, we could not do justice to Nepali women, by Mohna Ansari (kp 19/02/2018)

Truth to populist power: A civil society shaped by Panchayat era ethos must develop clarity  and courage on the path to implementing the new Constitution, by Kanak Mani Dixit (kp 19/02/2018)

The politics of human rights: Govt must enact laws for protecting and promoting human rights if Constitution is to be implemented, by Mohna Ansari (kp 10/12/2017)

Implementation of the constitution is an intergenerational process, interview with Waris Husain (rep 27/09/2017)

Constitutional Rhetoric And Reality, by Mukti Rijal (rn 21/09/2017)

Constitution Day Special: A Commitment In Order, by Prem Khatry (rn 19/09/2017), People’s Constitution, by Bishnu Gautam (rn 19/09/2019), The Third Constitution Day, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km 20/09/2017), Constitution Taking Effect, Gradually, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 20/09/2017), A Long Wait But What Now?, by Shyam KC (rn 20/09/2017)

An Epoch-making Document, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn 18/09/2017), Despite setbacks, the implementation of the constitution is commendable, interview with Bipin Adhikari (kp 18/09/2017)

Proposed Second Amendment To The Constitution, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km 22/08/2017), Constitution amendment bill fails in Parliament, by Binod Ghimire (kp 22/08/2017), Amendment bill falls through in Parliament: Only 347 lawmakers, 48 short of two-third majority required to pass the bill, vote in its favour (ht 22/08/2017), Year-long efforts at constitution amendment fail, by Ashok Dahal (rep 22/08/2018), Failure Of The Amendment Bill, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 24/08/2017)

Statute revision: Clause-wise discussion on amendment bill starts; To be put to vote in Parliament most likely on Monday, by Binod Ghimire (kp 17/08/2017)

One year on, language panel incomplete, without Act (kp 15/07/2017)

Civil society group calls for charter revision (kp 19/05/2017)

Irreparable damage: The impeachment motion seems politically motivated and aimed at barring the CJ from carrying out her duty, by Govinda Sharma Bandi (kp 09/05/2017)

Constitution amendment bill: Supreme Court declines to issue interim order, by Dewan Rai (kp 03/01/2017)

Saving The Constitution, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn 16/12/2016)

Amending the Constitution: Time to choose, by Surendra Bahadur Sijapati (ht 15/11/2016) [only foreign and security aspects, no important internal aspects]

Nepali constitutions: Transitional provisions; No transitional provisions are found in established democracies; There is no such provision in the constitution of the United States of America, Australia’s constitution, the constitution of French Republic, the Japanese constitution, Israel’s basic Law (no formal constitution), by Birendra Pratap Mishra (ht 06/10/2016)

The 9/11 in Madhesh: Like all other constitutions of the past, the days of the inert statute of 2015 too are numbered, by C.K. Lal (rep 19/09/2016), Year after new Constitution, Madhes issue still bone of contention, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep 19/09/2016), Constitution: Faith In Delivery, by P. Kharel (rn 19/09/2016), Federal Constitution Of Nepal: Let It Evolve Through Practice, by Mukti Rijal (rn 19/09/2016), Implementation Of Constitution Still In Limbo, by Uttam Maharjan (kp 22/09/2016), A Need For Tuning In Priority, by Narad Bharadwaj (rn 23/09/2016)

Govt fails to meet the expectations of new constitution, by Ashok Dahal (rep 01/09/2016)

Amendment is possible: Conservative interpretation of the constitution that allows room to impose subjective and elitist values should be avoided, by Dipendra Jha (kp 31/08/2016), Amendment is not possible: Bypassing the constitution through political consensus will not only jeopardise it, but also endanger federalism and democracy, by Budhi Karki (kp) [The new constitution has already been written and passed in a non-constitutional and non-inclusive way, i.e. not by the elected representatives of all sections of society but by a handful of male Tagadhari politicians! So, what is in danger?]

Freedoms And Rights: Citizens Need To Exercise Them Diligently, by Mukti Rijal (kp 14/07/2016)

New statute puts restrictions on religious conversion, report says (ht 02/07/2016)

Implementation Of The Constitution, by Uttam Maharjan (rn 16/06/2016)

On Nepali constitution: The road to constitutionalism in Nepal is a long one, filled with dissent, litigation, amendments, and many more "best answers", by Waris Husain (rep 14/05/2016)

Curbs on press freedom: Constitution drafters seriously misunderstood idea of press freedom, which differs from right to communication, by Bhanu Bhakta Acharya (kp 25/04/2016)

Recommendation of envoys challenged (ht 22/04/2016)

Constitution of Nepal: Implementation main task, by Shiba Datta Gnawali (ht 19/04/2016)

Secularism in context: True freedom of religion is not neutrality to religions but equal treatment of all religions, by Robin Sharma (rep 01/03/2016)

House endorses bill amid the din: 461 lawmakers vote in favour, seven against; Agitating Madhes-based parties boycott voting, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai, Binod Ghimire and Roshan Sedhai (kp 24/01/2016), First amendment of constitution effected amid protest from Madhes parties, by Prakash Acharya (ht 24/01/2016), Progressive but incomplete, says Morcha (kp 24/01/2016), SLMM objects to amendment, by Madhav Dhungana (kp 25/01/2016), Constitution amendment was again endorsed unilaterally, interview with Upendra Yadav (kp 25/01/2016), First Amendment To New Constitution And Target, by Nandalal Tiwari (rn 25/01/2016)

Citizenship provision leaves out street kids (kp 09/01/2016)

Govt registers bill to amend existing laws contravening the new constitution (rep 02/01/2016)

Ministry preps to implement statute, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 09/11/2015)

Delight and despair, by Rashmi Thapaliya (rep 06/11/2015)

AI seeks amendments to new constitution: The global rights body has sought amendments to provisions regarding citizenship, right to life, right to freedom, child’s rights and state of emergency (ht 05/11/2015)

Preparations on to draft 138 new laws: Government to amend 315 existing ones to implement new constitution (ht 19/10/2015), Law ministry starts work on fresh laws for new statute (rep 19/10/2015)

Job well done: Post promulgation of constitution, Nepal must  harness its resources to accelerate development, by Dhruba Karki (kp 18/10/2015) [?]

Welcoming new Constitution: Now, its execution, by Birendra P. Mishra (ht 16/10/2015)

The right to have rights: The new Constitution lays bare misogynistic and patriarchal psyches that usually hide behind nationalism, by Sangita Thebe Limbu (nt 16/10/2015)

New Constitution: Ensuring human rights, by Shobhakar Parajuli (ht 13/10/2015)

A broken system: There are talks about amending the new statute even before it has been enforced, by Narayan Manandhar (kp 08/10/2015), Constitution of Nepal 2015: Amendment bill registered, by Binod Ghimire (kp 08/10/2015), Amendment bill registered to address protesters’ concerns, by Prakash Acharya (ht 08/10/2015)

FAO hails right to food provision in new statute (ht 02/10/2015)

On the edge: The new constitution was to resolve our political problems; Instead, it gave rise to a whole new set of issues, by Thira L. Bhusal (rep 02/10/2015)

Several jurisdictions overlap in new statute: The constitution needs either new acts and regulations or amendment in the existing legal provisions before it could be fully implemented, by Gaurav Thapa (kp 01/10/2015)

Government gears up for statute revision: Constituency drawing as per population, geography Proportional representation of marginalised groups, by Anil Giri (kp 28/09/2015), Call to revise constitution to make it gender friendly (kp 28/09/2015)

Highs and lows: Despite the anomalies in the constitution, we have no option but to implement it, by Jainendra Jeevan (kp 27/09/2015) [Very twee discription of this constitution!], The path ahead: By promulgating the new constitution, Nepal has overcome one challenge, only to be confronted by new problems, by Gopal (kp 27/09/2015)

Corruption Friendly Constitution, by Siddhi B. Ranjitkar (km 26/09/2015)

Law impedes progress of women: Report (kp 26/09/2015)

History lessons: Magna Carta holds significance for Nepal which is currently drafting a new constitution, by Bhanu Bhakta Acharya (kp 16/06/2015)
Documents / Websites

Constitution of Nepal 2015 (Nepal Gazette 20 September 2015)

1st draft of new constitution (07/07/2015, unofficial translation)

Interim Constitution of Nepal, 2007 (in Nepali)

Centre for Constitutional Dialogue (CCD)

Old constitutions

Democracy and constitutional crisis in Nepal, by Karl-Heinz Krämer. Nepal Observer 71, 20 August 2021

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