20 sept, Kathmandu : The day before the 5th Constitution Day, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli today launched the 646-page volume, A Treatise on the Constitution of Nepal, 2015 at the Buddha Garden at the Prime Minister’s Complex in Baluwatar, with a small gathering maintaining physical distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the release ceremony, the Prime Minister said that the new Constitution of Nepal was based on the sovereignty of the Nepali people and it is important to educate all Nepalis about it. For its stability, the role of all the political parties that made the Constitution is important. He clarified that its implementation would safeguard the security of the citizens, life without discrimination and terror, human dignity, national prosperity and nationalism. If the Constitution shows incompleteness, as we go ahead implementing it, it can be amended. In the name of stability, stagnation is not accepted in the Constitution. But there is no need to be misled by others in this reform process.
Discussing the features of the new constitution of Nepal, Dr Ram Sharan Mahat said that the entire country needs to emphasize on the implementation of the Constitution and its institutional development. This is a very unique type of Constitution. For its success, efficient and agile administration and continuous capacity building are essential.
Bipin Adhikari, who edited the book, stressed that its interpretation and analysis would be important for the proper implementation of the Constitution of Nepal 2072 BS. “This is the newest constitution in the world and it represents the hopes and aspirations of the people, which have been expressed twice through the Constituent Assembly,” he said. The published book is also special because it is being published five years after the promulgation of the constitution and at the eve of the Constitution Day. It properly analyzes both challenges and possibilities.”
Adhikari highlighted the importance of interpretation and analysis of the Constitution of Nepal, 2015 for its proper implementation. He noted: “This is one of the youngest constitutions of the world and represents the hopes and aspirations of the people as voiced through not one, but two Constituent Assemblies. It is significant that we are publishing this volume on the 5th anniversary of the Constitution’s promulgation in September 2015.”
The volume was launched today is simultaneously a commentary on the new Constitution as well as a report on the international Conference on the Constitution of Nepal, 2015, which was held on 11-13 August 2018. The Conference was held nearly three years after the promulgation of the Constitution and following the three-tier elections. The conclave was opened by President Bidhya Devi Bhandari and the closing address was given by Prime Minister Oli.
The volume contains a review of the Constitution’s provisions, a summary of the proceedings, as well as individual essays by 29 contributors — framers of the Constitution, jurists, constitutionalist, and social scientists and practitioners from Nepal, South Asia, and overseas. The topics addressed by the work range from comparative constitutionalism to significant elements of the new Constitution, as well as aspects that might require further work and amendments. Overall, the essays make a call for the implementation of the Constitution according to its letter and spirit.