Indian students to take lesson from Nepal’s transition to democracy

July 24th, 2008 - 5:24 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 24 (IANS) The “people’s movement” in Nepal and the Himalayan nation’s transition from monarchy to democracy have found place in an Indian textbook. In an innovative step to explain to school students the need of a constitution, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has incorporated the political transition of Nepal in its Class 8 social sciences textbook.

The book, prepared by the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT), has devoted a couple of pages to Nepal to explain the value of a constitution in times of change in the political guard at the highest level.

“Let us try and understand… through two contrasting situations in the recent history of Nepal. A people’s movement in Nepal fought for several decades to establish democracy and in 2006 they finally succeeded in putting an end to the powers of the king,” notes the book.

“As in the game of football, in which a change in the constitutive rules will change the game altogether, Nepal, by moving from a monarchy to a democratic government, needs to change all its constitutive rules in order to usher in a new society,” the book adds.

NCERT officials said that since Nepal is a neighbour of India and the developments there are still fresh in people’s mind, they preferred to incorporate political transition across the border as a case study for class 8 students under the CBSE.

“We wanted to talk about a country where political transition has taken place in recent times. Neighbouring Nepal is a perfect example of that. I am sure our young students will be able to relate to it,” NCERT spokesman B.C. Patra told IANS.

The chapter entitled “Why does a country need a constitution?” also includes a few photographs of street protests and people’s uprising that took place in 2006 in the Himalayan state.

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