Friday, 29 July 2016
Laxman Lal Karna, Vice Chair of Sabdahana Party and a member of the Constitutional Dispute Resolution Sub-committee's Task Force (formed to resolve disputed issues in the draft constitution) was interviewed by IDEA's Khushee Tharu, seven days before the 27 May 2012 deadline for approving Nepal's new constitution. What is your overall experience working in the Constituent Assembly, what do you consider to be your main challenges and victories? Constitution writing went well for a year after the Constituent Assembly Rules were agreed in 2008 and the various committees were formed accordingly. All thematic committees submitted their reports to the Constituent Assembly.
Thematic committee reports were passed by the respective committees but with dissents. So a decision was taken to form a committee to examine and harmonize the different reports. I was appointed Chair of that Committee. The members worked very hard and made a significant contribution towards harmonizing the different reports: especially those from the National Interest Committee, the Committee on the Distribution of Natural Resources and the Committee on the Protection of Rights of the Minority and Marginalized communities. We consulted experts and took IDEA’s ‘Commentary Notes on the Concept Papers and Preliminary Drafts of the Thematic Committees of the Constituent Assembly’ as a reference.
Traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular life. You get to forget your problems/issues for a few weeks, it can also help you figure things out that you would not have understood without the distance traveling can give you. We all have crazy schedules, work and a family to take care of, going away alone or with some friends can give you distance and perhaps even make you realize how important these people are for you. Like the saying says: we never know what we have until we lose it.
Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. It’s nice to live life to its fullest and enjoy a stress free time with yourself. Going on vacation lets us recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life. When we come back we feel invigorated and we are happy to be back in our day to day routine. It’s a very good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.
Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, some cultures don’t have fries in their diet and they are all skinny, others use spices to give taste and not oils or fats. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is really interesting. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.