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  • » 04/06/2009, 00.00

    NEPAL

    Ex Nepali king trying to restore monarchy

    Kalpit Parajuli

    Former king’s heir, Crown Prince Paras Bikram Shah, makes the claim. Deposed in 2008 Gyanendra is said to have discussed such a goal in a recent trip to India. Prince makes new revelations about 2001 royal family massacre.
    Kathmandu (AsiaNews) – A plan exists to restore the monarchy in Nepal, or at least give the royal family some power, said former Crown Prince Paras, currently in exile in Singapore. His revelations come a few days after his father, Gyanendra Bikram Shah (pictured), the last king of Nepal, came home after a trip to India.

    In an interview with Singapore tabloid The New Paper, the 37-year former prince said that his father is actively seeking to restore the monarchy through his grandson Hridyandra, Prince Paras’ own son.

    The “baby king” as Paras calls the young boy was at the centre of talks the former king had in India with leaders of India’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), an unidentified multi-millionaire woman from Singapore, his former personal adviser Sagar Timilsina and former royal priest, Pashupati Bhakta Mahrjan.

    Until the abolition of the monarchy Nepal was the only Hindu kingdom in the world.

    After more than a decade of civil war, the monarchy was officially abolished in 2008. A new constitution is currently being drafted with input from the entire population in accordance to the wishes of the ruling Maoist-led government.

    In his interview Prince Paras does much more than talk about his father’s plans. He also reveals tome more facts about the 1 june 2001 massacre in Narayanhiti Royal Palace when nine members of the royal family, including King Birendra and Queen Aiswarya, were killed.

    Paras confirmed that his cousin, Crown Prince Dipendra, was responsible for the slaughter, dismissing rumours that had his father conspiring to seize the throne.

    According to Paras, Crown Prince Dipendra carried out the killings for three reasons.

    First, his father was opposed to his marriage 2ith Devyani Rana, a woman from a rival prominent family.

    Secondly, economic interests were involved. “The Nepal Army was looking for a new weapon to replace the Belgian SLR” but “Dipendra like the German Heckler and Koch G36 assault rifle, as opposed to the battle-tested Colt M16” favoured by the king. Millions were involved in lucrative contracts.

    Finally, Crown Prince Dipendra had never accepted his father’s 1990 decision to abolish Nepal’s absolute monarchy and turn the country into a constitutional monarchy with free elections.

    Paras’ revelations have caused a stir in Nepal. But canvassing opinion among various Nepali political parties AsiaNews found that no one believes that the restoration of the monarchy is possible.

    For Prakash Man Singh, historic leader of the Nepali Congress, the “monarchy is finished. The people will never accept its return in any form.”

    Jhala Nath Khanal, chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist), said that “restoring the monarch is impossible, whatever some might try to do.”

    In his response to Prince Paras’ conspiracy allegations, Nepali government spokesperson Krishna Bahadur Mahara said that the “government will take all necessary steps if Gyanendra takes any initiative against the will of the people.”

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    12/07/2012 NEPAL
    Economic crisis and corruption favour the return of former Hindu king
    In view of the upcoming November elections, Nepal's deposed monarch, Gyanendra Shah, continues a media campaign to regain his throne. However, for current prime minister Bhattarai, there is no going back and the republic is here to stay. His wife Yami, a member of his party, criticises corrupt politicians, and does not exclude a monarchist restoration.

    24/05/2010 NEPAL
    Hindu fundamentalists plan to restore a theocratic monarchy
    Nepali Hindus organise a conference in Mumbai a few days before the deadline for the signing of the new democratic constitution on 28 May. They are afraid the country could lose its identity that was once defined by religion. Christian and Muslim minorities are concerned about such plans, insisting that under the republic they exercise greater freedom of religion.

    08/02/2005 NEPAL
    Kings offers talks to rebels as he cracks down on them
    The poor side with King Gyanendra in his fight against corrupt parties, but democracy in the Himalayan nation takes the backseat.

    08/05/2007 HONG KONG – CHINA
    Legislative Council blocks motion condemning Tiananmen repression
    The president of the body, Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai, blocked the motion that calls on the government to shed light on what happened during the massacre on 4 June 1989. Those pushing for the motion say the most important thing is that the pro-democracy movement is remembered.

    14/04/2008 NEPAL
    ‘Maoist Republic’ on its way
    The Elections Commission confirms Maoist party’s landslide victory. Its leaders call upon the international community to trust them as they get ready to abolish the monarchy.



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