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28 Aug, 2011

Peace and Constitution, the Anna Way – Hindustan Times

Since last Monday a motley group of likeminded people are gathering at Basantapur Square in central Kathmandu every evening to protest. Their inspiration is Anna Hazare.

But while the septuagenarian Maratha is on fast seeking an end to corruption in India, this group in Nepal is clamouring for a different cause. They want an early end to the country’s long-drawn political crisis and are urging lawmakers and political leaders to complete the stalled peace process and draft the new constitution.

“Even though we support Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption hunger strike in India and are inspired from it, but we won’t copy it,” says Sunil Babu Pant, a member of the group and Nepal’s first openly gay lawmaker.

Also, those inspired by Hazare in Nepal are not fasting to press for their demand and instead of one man leading the way, they stress on collective leadership to end Nepal’s political deadlock.

via Peace and Constitution, the Anna Way – Hindustan Times.