Two steps forward, one step back: the Nepal peace process
Publication date: 
2017
Accord issue: 
Issue 26

The 2015 Constitution affirmed Nepal’s commitment to federalism. But, as Krishna Khanal stresses, the failure to uphold the interests of especially Madhesi communities in relation to the federal configuration leaves many questions unanswered. Federalism is seen as the main vehicle to reconfigure the Nepali polity and has been especially divisive. Khanal asserts that further compromises will be needed to amend the new constitution in future.