Finally, the house has passed the historic proclamation with some minor changes. King is no more powerful; he is just like every other citizen now. King lost control of the army, and the government would now be called "Nepal Sarkar."One of the greatest achievement is that now the parliament can choose the heir to the throne meaning Paras has lost his hope to become the king of Nepal. However, this is not the end. We need to scrap the king's position as well- a move towards a republic Nepal is inevitable.
Surprisingly, the parliament has passed yet another change-Nepal will not be a hindu kingdom anymore. Whether it is a good thing or bad thing, I don't know but I guess this will make the minorities feel better. So, may be it is meant for good. Further changes that have been accomplished include change of national anthem, fixation of palace expenditures by the parliament andscraping the Raj Parishad.
Now, the army chief is to be nominated by the parliament and the existing provisions on security council will also be scrapped. New security council will be formed under the leadership of the prime minister but the army will be mobilized by the cabinet-writes Himalayan Times.
And to make this new change the supreme, house also passed a provision which discredits any other laws which does not line with these changes. Himalayan Times writes:
The proclamation says all the laws and constitutional provisions contradicting with it would be considered void and any obstacles in implementing the proclamation will be solved by the HoR.
Now, we are done with a part of our goal. Further challenges lie ahead. Peace talks with the maoists must be made soon so that the fruits of democracy can be realized by one and all in the country. This change, however, should not be the optimal change. We should press forward with the election of CA which still would decide the final fate of monarchy among other issues.