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‘Federalism based on ethnicity recipe for conflict’

KATHMANDU:  A pall of frustration is writ large on the faces of the Nepalis as the political parties were leading the country towards the precipice of ethnic and regional conflict, said the speakers at a programme here on Thursday.

Speaking in a colloquium organized by the Intellectual Students’ Council Nepal, experts on federalism, members of the civil society and student leaders said Nepal is a veritable confluence of the Buddhist, Aryan and Kirant cultures and people of every caste and creed have intermingled in this pan-Nepali identity.

They warned that carving out federal provinces on singular ethnic line in this situation would invite ethnic tension.

Referring to different countries adopting federalism on ethnic lines ending up in civil war, they warned that a similar situation might brew up in a multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural country Nepal.

They argued that since no single ethnic community among some 118 ethnic groups was in majority in Nepal, giving federal states on ethnic line would weaken the social goodwill and fabric.

Those expressing their views in the colloquium were expert on federalism Shree Krishna Anirudhha Gautam and expert on conflict management Dr. Chuda Bahadur Shrestha, among others. RSS

Published Date: Thursday, May 24th, 2012 | 11:09 PM

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