Lost in Transition in Naya Nepal!

In May this year (28 May 2011 to be precise), Nepal’s Constituent Assembly received an extension of three months, following a last minute deal between the three major political parties (the United Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist, the Nepali Congress and the Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist) which resulted in the 5 point agreement.

The first point in this agreement reads 'Completion of fundamentals of the peace process within three months'. One of the most fundamental tasks is to reach an agreement on the details of the integration and rehabilitation process of former Maoist combatants. The Special Committee for Supervision, Integration and Rehabilitation had set a timeline to agree on the contentious issues by June 19 but the major political parties have again failed to reach an agreement. The next deadline in this very contentious issue is the process of classification of the combatants which is supposed to start by June 27. It is likely that this deadline will not be met either. By the looks of it, it seems like the same old story in Naya Nepal where the only thing all political parties seem to agree on is to disagree!