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.
    2. O
      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 that it won't create an problem later.
      1. A
        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.
          1. D
            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.
          2. B
            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.
            1. B
              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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