Indian ambassador to Nepal Jayant Prasad launched a book entitled “Federalism in Nepal: Lessons from the Indian Experience”. Published jointly by Centre for South Asian Studies, Kathmandu and Centre for Security Analysis, Chennai, India, the book discusses federalism in the context of Nepal and India.
Addressing the program, Indian ambassador Nepal Jayant Prasad said that this is a very important book at the present context of Nepal. Eminent industrialist Binod Chaudhary shared his experience as a member of dissolved Constituent Assembly. "There need some sort of devolution of power but it should be economically viable and suitable," said Chaudhary. Federalism is not only political agenda but it is an agenda of economic empowerment."
"Nepal needs to walk cautiously before taking any decision on the type of federalism Nepal wants to practice," said Dr. Sambhu Ram Simkhada, former ambassador. Centralization of power needs to decentralize but there need to do intense discussions before taking the decision. "
Highlighting the economic importance, professor and senior economist Biswambher Pyakuryal said that Nepal cannot economically afford to five units. "Nepal's all districts have deficit of resources. Some are very poor and some are rich. Before carving the units, there need to take serious study," said Pyakuryal.
Dr. Nishchal N. Pandey, executive director of CSAS highlighted the importance of the book in the present context.