Kavrelis want one-horned rhino as new national animal
Kavre, July 21
Majority of participants in the feedback collection programmes voiced their concerns about the rationale behind giving continuity to traditional emblems in the upcoming constitution in Kavre.
Most of the people of Tamang community in Bhakunde of Kavre constituency No 1 argued against recognising cow as the national animal in the new constitution of Republic Nepal. “If there is essentially no difference between a cow and a pig or any other animal for that matter, what is the point in recognising cow as national animal over other animals?” asked NC district secretary Shankhabuddha Lama of Bhakunde at the programme.
Another participant Khadga Bahadur Lama questioned the propriety of giving continuity to cow worship in the new and secular Nepal.
“We Mongolians have a long-held tradition of eating beef. So, why not replace cow as national animal with one-horned rhino because they are endangered species and it makes sense to protect them?” he asked.
Beef is an essential dish during weddings of Jirel and Tamang community here.
While there were feeble calls to change the national flag to something that represents all linguistic, religious, and cultural communities of the country, a few participants also sought to fix the minimum qualification of bachelor level for those aspiring to run for major posts of the country including president, vice-president, legislator and the likes.
Surendra Bahadur Badeshrestha, former Mayor of Banepa, suggested retaining the old Hindu State identity with liberal provision of religious freedom.
Leaders and cadres of Rastriya Prajatantra Party Nepal torched the copies of the draft statute, demanding revival of old Hindu State identity in the constitution in Banepa today.
In Panauti, cadres of CPN-Maoist walked out of the feedback collection programme.