Nepal Constituent Assembly rejected proposal for Hindu nation in favour of secularism

Sep 15, 2015 12:12 IST

The Constituent Assembly of Nepal on 14 September 2015 overwhelmingly rejected the proposal to declare Nepal a Hindu state and reaffirmed to remain secular.

Pro-Hindu National Democratic Party Nepal made the proposal to amend the Constitution to make the country a Hindu state. The proposal to amend the constitution received the support of only 21 lawmakers in the 601-seat Constituent Assembly, which means that the proposal was rejected by more than two-thirds of the members.

Background
The erstwhile Hindu state, Nepal was declared a secular state in 2007 after the success of the People's Movement of 2006 and end of monarchy in the country.

It was defined as a secular state under the Interim Constitution, which was promulgated on 15 January 2007. The promulgation provided freedom to practice one’s religion and it specifically denied the right to convert another person.

The now-defunct constitution of 1990, which was in effect until 15 January 2007, described the country as a Hindu Kingdom, although it did not establish Hinduism as the state religion.

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