Federalism not a panacea: Chitra KC

Kathmandu, August 8:

President of Rastriya Jana Morcha Chitra Bahadur KC said today that federalism alone cannot solve problems of indigenous people.

Addressing a programme, he said, “It is wrong to believe that federalism can solve all prevailing problems of ethnic people.”

Lok Bahadur Thapa, member-secretary, National Foundation for Development of Indigenous Nationalities, said discriminatory attitude of the ‘upper class’ to indigenous people’s problems was the main problem. He said foreign models of federalism should not be adopted here.

Rakam Chemjong, head of the Ethnic Concern Department of the CPN -UML, said only federalism could solve problems of the indigenous groups.

He said federalism had inspired feeling of oneness among the ethnic groups, adding that federalism could put an end to social conflicts.

Dev Prakash Tripathi, president of Weekly and Fortnightly Alliance, said the issue of

federalism was raised to divide the nation. He accused political parties of lobbying for federalism to fulfil vested interests of foreigners.