Nepal to stay secular, lawmaker reject proposal to declare it as Hindu state

A proposal to revert Nepal as a Hindu state was today overwhelmingly rejected by the Constituent Assembly which declared that the Hindu-majority nation will remain secular.

Written by Yubaraj Ghimire | Kathmandu | Updated: September 15, 2015 11:10 am
nepal hindu nation, hindu nation, nepal hindu state Nepal lawmaker rejected the proposal to declare the nation as a Hindu state and voiced their opinion that the country should remain secular.

The police used water cannons and lobbed several rounds of tear gas shells as the supporters of Hindu Nepal campaign committee’s one point agenda got defeated in the Constituent Assembly.

The Constituent Assembly, that took up clause by clause voting on the draft constitution on the second day Monday, defeated by voice vote an amendment proposal demanding that Nepal be declared a Hindu Nation, a status that it exercised under constitution for nearly 45 years, until May 2006. House Chairman Subhash Chandra Nembang declared that the amendment was defeated as there was no sufficient number supporting it to be put for division.

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However, the constitutional endorsement of Nepal’s status as a secular country soon triggered a fierce protest demonstration in the Baneshwar area — about 500-meters away from the CA Building –with the supporters of the Hindu Nepal campaign violating the prohibitory orders, threatening that they would burn the constitution once it is formally promulgated on Sunday (Sep 20), and continue their movement for it through out. In the meantime, the condition of Kamal Joshi, 19, whose fast unto death entered 14th day Monday, refused to break it despite personal request from Prime Minister Sushil Koirala. He came back to the venue of fast from the Hospital after the Constituent Assembly adopted the resolution to have Nepal declared a secular country. “I will give up my life as the cause that I have taken up is much more dearer to me than my life.”

Police lobbed tear gas shells and let loose water cannons on protesters after the news of Nepal going secular and Joshi’s health deteriorating surcharged the atmosphere.

As a sop to the campaigners, the major three parties in the House conceded their demand to have Cow declared Nepal’s National animal, with its slaughter bringing rigorous punishment.

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    Ram Yadav
    Sep 15, 2015 at 12:44 am
    We want INDIA and NEPAL has HINDU RASTHA soon this wil happen and we will do everything to make these 2 country's HINDU RASTHA Jai sree ram
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      Satendra kumar
      Sep 15, 2015 at 7:53 pm
      The lawmakers for land of Nepal made the correct decision making Nepal a secular democratic state.
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        Oliver
        Sep 15, 2015 at 4:36 pm
        I agree with this.....I don't no about the Christian people ....but keep the Muslim people out of your country....Other wise they are gonna capture your country. ....focus on small things....so that it won't create an problem later.
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          Ajay
          Sep 15, 2015 at 5:24 pm
          the decision they will regret same as india is regretting
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            Barka Farooki
            Sep 15, 2015 at 4:02 am
            Salute to Nepal! Now time for Bigot Janta Party (BJP) to learn from them.
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              dhawal
              Sep 15, 2015 at 9:56 pm
              Why they are not looking towards west asia. When country dominate by a one community how a country goes into destruction despite prosperity of oil.whitout secularism there is a no democracy no consution. Sushil koirala should play wait and watch game and stick with secularism.bcoz as a Hindu nation they niether get any identification in UN nor a foreign investment.
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                BharatK
                Sep 15, 2015 at 12:08 am
                Nepal must re-declare as Hindu nation, for its own good. Else, a perpetual conflicts will ruin the nation. There are no human being on Earth more secular than Hindus. It is because of Hindus, Bharat/India is a secular nation. Our consution makers never thought of requirement of such words. But Indira i inserted the word during emergency for her political interests.
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                  BharatK
                  Sep 15, 2015 at 5:08 pm
                  Bharatvarsh and Nepal are Hindu nations, as western countries are christian nations. Western countries officially did not mentioned, but all western countries swear by their christian nations. Every city in the west centred around churches. The word secular comes from France, and France is a christian country. They will not allow a muslim to occupy their high posts. So as USA, UK and other western countries. HIndus should not feel shy to call their nation as Hindu nation.
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                    Bharat
                    Sep 14, 2015 at 9:35 pm
                    They are seeing that radicalised Muslims are killing each other and now understand that being human and secular is far better than become a hatred based society. Sooner or later Sangh parivar shall understand the values of human respect and the sincerity to all instead of engaging in different voices with hatred agenda.
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                      kiran
                      Sep 15, 2015 at 4:36 pm
                      Religion is not imperative, being human is important. It is in the interest of Nepal to be Democratic & remain a Hindu Nation, at the same time practice equality , appreciate & follow the law & order of the country you live in. Extremism in any religion is like fungus neither has Secularism proved itself as right path to prosperity.
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                        mik
                        Sep 15, 2015 at 10:08 am
                        Millions of Aboriginals were killed by whom? Who killed millions of Jews? who killed African slaves by throwing them in sea? who killed red Indian? Who created world war I and II? Who ruled India and killed Indians for 200 years? If there is no secularism in India Hindus will kill each other on caste basis. The same was happened in India before British Raj. who was Ashoka? Who did Mahabharata? Who fought in Ramayana? You fool first check within and then comment.
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                          mik
                          Sep 15, 2015 at 10:00 am
                          Why Hindus are scared that other community can overtake them, it is their forefather who did mistakes of caste and to take advantage of small and deprived Hindus. This is not Hinduism but Brahman Dharm.
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                            mik
                            Sep 15, 2015 at 10:02 am
                            Why you want India as a Hindu country? Let me tell you because you don't believe in your own religion. Already Hindu comprises 90 crores then why you are scared and for what.
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                              Mill Maroon
                              Sep 14, 2015 at 9:38 pm
                              ya...ur a muslim in fake name... get lost u anti hindu
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                                Ma Madhesi Nepali
                                Sep 25, 2015 at 6:36 am
                                Agree with you Brother. But, It surprising that Modi's Hindu Party BJP has 2/3rd majority in the parliament, still not taking any initiative to amend Indian Consution to change it to Hindu Country from Secular setting??But BJP wants to meddle in Nepal to make it Hindu Country, why???
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                                  Ma Madhesi Nepali
                                  Sep 25, 2015 at 6:33 am
                                  It surprising that Modi's Hindu Party BJP has 2/3rd majority in the parliament, still not taking any initiative to amend Indian Consution to change it to Hindu Country from Secular setting??But BJP wants to meddle in Nepal to make it Hindu Country, why???
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                                    Parshulakshya
                                    Sep 14, 2015 at 11:39 pm
                                    IT IS for Nepalese people to decide what kind of consution that they want to frame from themselves,what kind of country they want to build,what kind of religion they want to follow. India should not get involved in their matters.But INdia must be cautious of NEPAL for the anti-India forces that are very active there and are in dominating postion ,and made strong inroads into Nepal's political structure and governing systemdia must review her policy of common free unrestricted border and other concessions that are granted to them.
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                                      Indian
                                      Sep 15, 2015 at 10:58 am
                                      Nepal must remain as a Hindu Nation. That is good for the world. At least one piece of land in the earth is there where trouble world will get little peace.
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                                        Premjoy Babu
                                        Sep 14, 2015 at 10:20 pm
                                        I prefer Nepal as a Hindu state with full freedom to practise, profess & preach any religion they like. There must not be a state religion & the state cannot discriminate a person on the ground of religion. But the word Hindu "should find a place in the consution to keep at least the eny of the word" Hindu " in the world.
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                                          Rahul
                                          Sep 14, 2015 at 9:13 pm
                                          Nepali politicians have not yet learned their lesson, and neither are they listening to voices of their own people.
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                                            Rahul
                                            Sep 14, 2015 at 10:40 pm
                                            says who? rajan sharma, the president of Nepal? Go check yourselves in the mirror, and keep these name-calling to yourselves, stupid.
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