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Idea of ‘Nepal as zone of peace’ revived

By A Staff Reporter

Kathmandu, July 5

A foreign scholar has proposed declaring Nepal as zone of peace in the new constitution as the beleaguered nation is struggling to have durable peace following the decade-long ruthless Maoist insurgency.

German authoress Isabelle Duquesne made this proposal in her new book ‘Nepal Zone of Peace: A Revised Concept’ which was released in the capital other day.

Published by Bhrikuti Academic Publications, the book contains three sections and 12 chapters.

It proposes that Nepal add to its entity – in its constitution- the dimension of a Zone of Peace.

"This should be the new characteristic of new Nepali state that is yearning for eternal peace following the Comprehensive Peace Agreement," said Isabelle.

She noted that if Nepal was declared a Zone of Peace, this would have positive repercussion for other places in the South Asia region too.

"One basis for the proposition is my belief, from my personal experiences through many visits in the land, that the Nepali people are peace-lovers and naturally talented peace teachers; peace is a national characteristic of the Nepali folk-soul, composed of many identities," she said

She said she was taken aback by the diversity of the Himalayan nation.

In the book, she has mentions four pillars for a zone of peace – Nepal as a transit state, its immense hydropower, hospitality industry and voluntary services. "By exploiting these potentials, Nepal stands apart from the turbulence of the modern world and develop politically and economically by transforming itself into a zone of peace."

Commenting the book, Dev Raj Dahal, Head of Nepal FES office, said he agreed with the writer that Nepal’s great strength was its spirituality.

"The Nepalese people are not xenophobic because they do not feel cultural cringe. This is the mark of openness that inspired many foreign sages and seers to come to Nepal to perform meditation and reflection and achieve enlightenment," said Dahal, adding that Janak and Gautam Buddha spread the universal message of justice, brotherhood and peace.

He said that the book was written with the positive mindset as it appreciates the highest civic virtues of Nepal and the Nepalese and filled the mind with great hope on its progress.

Political scientists Ananda Aditya said that declaring Nepal would be a right step towards forestalling terrorist violence and to herald for all the freedom from fear of the preventable misfortunate in the future.

Publisher and head of Bhrikuti Academic Publication LB Pandey said that his publication house was interested to publish books that promote constructive values like peace as emphasized by the present book.

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