Happy Anniversary Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal!

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the birth of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. Designated as Loktantra Diwas in 2007, the day marks the end of that nineteen-day uprising nationwide that finally toppled the monarchy, compelling then King Gyanendra Shah to step down and thus officially turn the country over into the hands of the people.

Five years down the track, people have begun to question if their dream of ‘Naya Nepal’ will ever materialize. The constant shortage of everything - fuel, electricity, food items, burial grounds, have both disappointed and demoralized them. The politicians continue to bicker over who should form the government and who gets which Ministry. We are but a few sleeps away from the deadline of May 28, 2011 by which the new Constitution has to be promulgated.

However, there are a few positives - the Jhalanath Khanal government is slowly restoring political stability and, hopefully, reviving hope among the people for a better future. More importantly, UCPN (Maoist) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has decided to discard the party line of revolt and instead focus on expediting constitution drafting and effectively concluding the peace process. Most parties approve of the Nepal Army's new proposal to integrate the Maoist combatants.

Let's hope that this year will finally see the promulgation of the new Constitution as well as integration of the Maoist Combatants into the mainstream labour force. Let's hope that Nepal achieves the target of 1 million tourists in 2011. Let's hope that all political parties come together to work for the betterment of Nepal and Nepalis.

Happy Anniversary Nepal! Jaya Nepal!