This publication summarizes a series of eight
roundtables with political parties and civil society membersin a pragmatic, politically sensible, and context-related manner by offering Federalism and the Constitution of Nepal: 30 Questions and Answers answers to a number of essential political questions related to the design and establishment of the Federal Republic of
Forum President and CEO Rupak Chattopadhyay visited Nepal in early June, 2011 to launch the new book “Federalism and the Constitution of Nepal: 30 Questions & Answers”, written by Prof. Ronald L. Watts.
The launch was also the impetus for discussion on the key challenges that the country will likely tackle in the transition to a federal system. Dr. Chattopadhyay shared his observations with program stakeholders during the launch held on 8 June 2011. All together 35 participants participated in the discussion which included Constituent Assembly members, political leaders, joint secretaries from different ministries, national experts, civil society organizations, academia, and journalists.
The bilingual English-Nepali publication aims at contributing to the Nepalese debate on constitution-making and federalism by providing easily accessible, credible, politically neutral and comparative information. The publication will be distributed to Constituent Assembly members, political parties and representatives of other stakeholder organizations and institutions engaged in, or supporting the constitution-making process in Nepal.
In the spring of 2010, the Forum organized a series of eight roundtable meetings with political parties and civil society members, which provided participants the opportunity to exchange ideas on federalism and constitution-making issues with Professor Ronald Watts, one of the world’s leading experts on federalism. This publication summarizes these dialogues in a pragmatic, politically sensible, and context-related manner by offering answers to a number of essential political questions related to the design and establishment of the Federal Republic of Nepal. The answers avoid the advocating of explicit or prescriptive advice on how to solve the problems in Nepal. Rather, it demonstrates and explains how the current challenges associated with the Nepalese situation have been dealt with elsewhere.
Mr. Budhi Karki, Senior Lawyer, Support to Participatory Constitution Building in Nepal, UNDP, commented on the book. He said that “the 30 questions and answers are highly relevant for Nepal’s constitution-making process and will help the Constituent Assembly members deal with issues that Nepal and its Constituent Assembly are wrestling with in the drafting of a new federal constitution.”
The publication is part of the Forum’s three year program in Nepal and supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).