Nepal in Transition: A study on the State of Democracy Author:Krishna Hachhethu
...In Nepal, ethnic identity and national identity overlap largely. Ethnic/regional identity by minorities could challenge the nation, but it appears from the survey that this assertion does not challenge national identity, which remains the prime identity.
Though there is no clear understanding of what 'minority' means in political discourse, surveyed Nepali citizens, by large margin, advocate special treatment to minorities.
To bring the armed conflict to negotiated settlement, the majority of surveyed Nepali citizens of those who responded, recommend a round table conference, formation of an interim government that includes the Maoists, and a constituent assembly.
In the imagination of a new Nepal, the location of the monarchy is the big question. Nearly two third majority respondents of Nepali citizens choose a middle way between two extreme alternatives given -- monarchy with power and republic - that is a full fledged constitutional monarchy.
On other key characteristics of the Nepali state, the majority prefer status quo (Monarchy, single-language system, Hindu state, and unitary state formation). Support for alternative provisions, i.e. secular state and equal treatment of all languages is substantial. The minority groups are attracted more to the agenda of restructuring Nepali state...
Publication: International Idea Number of Pages: 134 ISBN: 9789185724352
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