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Nepal: Maoists Take to the Streets for “Consensus”: Update No. 308

Note No. 734                                    Dated 05-Mar-2015

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

On 28 February, the 30 party alliance of the opposition led by the Maoists held a massive demonstration in Kathmandu to force the government to revert back to find a consensus in constitution drafting rather than take the route to finalise through voting in the constituent assembly.

Nepal: Picking up the Pieces: Speaker Finally wakes up: Update No. 306

Note No. 733                                    Dated 05-Feb-2015

By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan

Once the target date was missed, the media is full of criticism of all political leaders for their failure to produce a draft of the constitution within the self-imposed target date of 22nd January 2015.

Nepal: Promulgation of New Constitution: Dead line Missed- Update No. 305

Note No. 732              Dated 22-Jan-2015
 
By Dr. S. Chandrasekharan
 
As expected the dead line of Jan 22,  2015 for the promulgation of a new constitution is being missed.  The political parties refused to compromise and made little headway in drafting a new constitution.  One whole year was wasted.
 

Bhutan: The tale of Three Secretaries and other Issues: Update No. 108

Note No. 731                                 Dated 17-Jan-2015

By Dr.  S. Chandrasekharan

It should be conceded that Bhutan as a young democracy is still on a learning curve and mistakes do happen.  There will be teething problems.  Except for the entrenched bureaucrats all the rest involved in the administration directly and indirectly like the politicians, parliamentarians, ministers and the National Council members could make mistakes and these should be taken in the stride.

Nepal: Political Parties Not Sincere in Adhering to the Deadline: Update No. 304

Note No. 730                                     Dated 30-Dec-2014

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

There appears to be no seriousness on the part of te political leaders to expedite the constitution drafting process. 

Though the dead line of January 22nd was a self-imposed one, it was one date on which all the political parties had expressed their commitment at the time of the elections for the second interim constitution. 

Nepal: Constitution Making: Slim Chance of adhering to the Deadline of January 22: Update No. 303

Note No. 729                                        Dated 12-Dec-2015
 
By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan.
 
It looks almost certain that the self-imposed deadline of 22nd January to get the new constitution ready cannot be adhered to.
 

Bhutan: Smooth Transition and commendable Governance by Tobgay: Update No. 107

Note No. 728                                     Dated 18-Nov-2014

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan

In August this year, while listing the achievements of his government, Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay claimed that the fact that his government did not indulge in any witch hunt was itself an indication that democracy is getting strengthened in Bhutan.

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