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Inclusiveness at its best


WM Correspondent

The country has recently got two women in two of the highest state offices for the first time in its history.

CPN (UML) Vice-Chairman Bidya Devi Bhandari was elected as the country's president while UCPN (Maoist) leader Onsari Gharti Magar became the Speaker of the parliament.

Bhandari defeated Nepali Congress leader Kul Bahadur Gurung in the election held at the legislative parliament to become the first female and second President of the country.

Also the widow of popular communist leader Madan Bhandari, she had struggled hard within the party to carve a strong political image for herself.

Magar, also a former Maoist fighter, was Deputy Speaker before being elected as Speaker last week. Before handling the post of deputy speaker, she used to be a politburo member of the UCPN (Maoist).

 Two female leaders succeeding to bag such vital titles is indeed a momentous development in the country's political history.  

It also indicates that the new constitution is indeed geared towards the notion of gender equality.

There is a constitutional provision that guarantees at least 33 percent participation of women in all three levels- state, provincial and local.

As per the article 70 of the new constitution, there should be representation of different sexes and communities in the posts of president and vice-president. Thus, it opens the door not only for women but also for the third gender communities to hold these posts.

Additionally, the constitution has adopted the principle of inclusiveness with an aim to empower various other disadvantaged communities like Dalit, Madhesi, ethnic groups.

"There might be some flaws in the new constitution but it is far better compared to the same of many other countries in terms of inclusiveness," say experts.

In this context, the allegations of Madhesi parties and India that the statute is not inclusive are strictly hollow.

Opposing the constitution, the Madhesi Morcha has been violently imposing bandh in Terai for more than last two months.  Similarly, the southern neighbour has imposing an illicit embargo on Nepal for the last one month to back the Morcha. Needless to reiterate, the Madhesi parties are acting as political lackeys of the aggressive and expansionist New Delhi.    

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