A Comparative Study of Nepali Political Manifestos

The first-ever Constituent Assembly (CA) Polls in Nepal is being held on April 10, 2008. About 100 thousand international and domestic observers have enlisted for observation of the polls. The EU and Carter Center including many other international bodies have established their contact offices at Kathmandu to observe the election. People and organizations interested in Nepal are keen to know what agendas do the key political parties have for the people and the nation. Here is a comparative analysis of the election manifestos of three key political parties prepared by Conflict Study Center.

Nationality territorial integrity

CPN Maoist:

End to all semi-colonial and unequal relations and protect completely. Nepal’s sovereignty, national independence, freedom and territorial integrity.

CPN United Marxist-Leninist (UML):

Nepal’s national unity, integrity, sovereignty, and freedom to be consolidated.

Nepali Congress (NC):

Sovereignty and state power shall rest on the people. Harmony shall be among people of different castes/ethnicity and national integrity and sovereign constitution.

Head of the State/ Government (Executive)

Maoist:

1. President shall be elected through direct election and the legislature members shall elect the Premier.
2. The President shall perform the role of head of the state, chief of army and executive chief, whereas the PM shall deal with daily administrative affairs.
3. Both can remain in office for two terms of full tenure only.
4. There shall be governors and Chief Ministers in the States

UML:

1. Prime Minister shall be elected through direct election and all MPs of Central and Federal legislature shall elect the President.
2. Both presidential and premiership shall not continue for more than two full terms.

NC:

1. President shall be elected through Central and Provincial parliament. The executive and government head shall be the prime minister.
2. The Provincial Head shall lead the Federal State.
3. The Cabinets at the Central and Provincial levels shall be inclusive. Continue reading A Comparative Study of Nepali Political Manifestos

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Shameful.

I don’t know if Dalai Lama can bring democracy in Tibet after getting what he wants now…. but that doesn’t mean our police have to stop Tibetans from protesting against what they call Chinese atrocities in Tibet.

Dinesh Wagle
Wagle Street Journal
All photos by Wagle

A few dozen Tibetan refugees were rounded up by the Nepali police when the former tried to protest outside the offices of the Kathmandu bureau of Chinese official news agency Xinhua (yes, the building is pretty much big and looks nice from outside!). The protesting refuges were shouting ‘Free Tibet’ and ‘China, Stop Killing in Tibet’ slogans. Soon after they started shouting slogans, police personnel reacted. The police forcefully put the shouting refugees inside the vans and trucks. The incident didn’t last for more than half an hour but that did portray very ugly image of Nepal to the rest of the world. The cameras captured nasty pictures from the event, thanks to the unnecessary police intervention. Continue reading Shameful.