» 07/12/2012, 00.00
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.
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.
Ex Nepali king trying to restore monarchy
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.
Minorities have the right to freedom of religion and worship, former Nepal king says
In an interview with AsiaNews, Gyanendra Shah talks about his campaign to restore the Hindu monarchy. He acknowledges the great contribution minorities have made to the country. He also condemns terrorist attacks in the name of religion.
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.
Pro-monarchy Hindus accept transition to republic
The leader of the Nepalese branch of the World Hindu Federation acknowledges the change of the constitution sanctioned by the constitutional assembly. Dissent still remains over the declaration of the "secular state": if this is not revoked, public protests are in the offing.
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