Print Edition - 2018-01-14  |  Letter to the Editor

GOBBLEDYGOOK

Jan 14, 2018-

Nepal’s federalisation, begun by dividing up the country into first six, and later seven provinces has been the work of a few reckless politicians for whom, as suggested by the author, social science certainly was “gobbledygook” (‘It is not Snake oil’, January 11, Page 6). There is nothing in terms of distinctiveness to these “provinces” that should have aroused a special sense of belonging to them among the people who now happen to be included in them. The making of zones by King Mahendra more than half a century ago was a more professional affair, because they were conceived around either the natural or religious heritage that the people of the new-found regions could identify with. In contrast, these provinces are given only a number. The politicos not understanding, or using, social science in their decisions was further heightened when they decided to ignore the findings of the nationwide consultation on the draft of the new Constitution which reportedly demanded overwhelmingly that the proposed federalisation project be done away with. The artificiality of these “provinces” has now come into full view with a few hill and Tarai towns agitating to be recognised as provincial capitals. However, the intended inhabitants of the provinces have remained silent about it. One politician responsible for this “provincial gerrymandering” KP Oli is the Prime Minister-in-waiting. He has suggested the possibility of amendment to the Constitution, he should take note of the fact that the overwhelming majority of the Nepali people had never wanted the federalisation of their country. 

- Bihari Krishna Shrestha, 

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Published: 14-01-2018 08:25

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