Kathmandu-  On the occasion of ‘Amrit Mahotsav of Independence (India 75)’, a panel discussion was held by the Consulate General of India, Birgunj on the topic of ‘Relevance of Constitution to Governance in Special Context of Democracy’. The event was held on November 26, 2021 at Clarks Resorts, Birgunj.

The panel includes social activist and lecturer Monica Singh, Sahu Bichar Manch president Suresh Kumar, Thakur Ram Multipurpose Campus, Virgunj economics lecturer Laxmi Karna, High Court, Hetauda Advocate, Rameshwar Sedhai, Birgunj College Principal Vinod Gupta, District Court Birgunj Advocate Pannalal Gupta, Professor Anil. Kumar Sinha, Pratik Prakashan Group Chairman Jagdish Sharma, Indian Consul General Nitesh Kumar and elected members of the civil society of Birgunj and Consulate officials and other members were present.

The members of the panel highlighted the features of the constitution including neutrality, inclusiveness, modification, progressiveness, separation of powers, duties of the government and guarantee of protection of fundamental rights of the citizens.

Reflecting the history of the constitution from the Magna Carta of 1215 to the constitution of Nepal in 2015, the constitution was considered as an important tool for the success of democracy. The panel members were of the view that the constitution of a strong democracy would maintain control and balance in its three pillars, the legislature, the executive and the judiciary, and that it would ensure the prosperity and success of democracy.

Emphasizing on the Constitution of India, the members of the panel suggested that Nepal could also adopt some provisions from it, including inclusiveness, progressiveness, respect for the fundamental rights of the people and supremacy of the judiciary.

Consul General Nitesh Kumar thanked the participants for their varied and informative views on the subject. He said that while protecting the rights provided by the constitution, the citizens should respect the duty and respect the appropriate restrictions provided in it.

The program was conducted by S. B. Kumar and the panel was thanked by Consul PCS Shailendra Kumar.