» 01/09/2009, 00.00
Government backtracks, lets Indian priests return to Pashupati temple
Government decision follows street demonstrations and protests by opposition parties. Criticism from the World Hindu Federation and India’s nationalist party, the Bharatiya Janata Party, plays an important role.
Maoists against police as clashes and arrests take place over the Hindu temple of Pashupati
More than two thousands demonstrators protest against the decision to put Indian monks in charge of an important temple. According to the protesters, the “government has insulted Nepalis by appointing Indian priests.” The authorities dismiss the complaints, saying they will not go back on their decision, which respects a century-old tradition.
Maoist government gains control of iconic Pashupatinath Hindu temple
After almost 1000 years, management of one of the holiest Hindu temples goes to the civil authority. Priests and vendors salaried by ministry. The measure is to prevent corruption among the temple authorities.
Clashes between Hindu monks and police at temple of Pashupati
The government of Prachandra has put two Nepalese monks in charge of the place of worship. Since 1904, the ceremonies had been led by Indian monks, now dismissed from their posts. The Maoist government is interfering in religious affairs in order to mark the beginning of the new course in the country.
Despite government yes, non-Hindus still denied the right to bury their dead near Kathmandu
Police and Hindu extremists stop funeral by animist Kirati in Slesmantak forest, near Pashupati temple. Christians, Muslims and animists protest. More than 40 people are injured in clashes. Prime minister urges local authorities to find an appropriate burial place.
Nepal, secular parties against King Gyanendra’s "religious" visit
Under the guise of a religious pilgrimage, the former monarch is to visit the districts of Kanski, Myagdi and Parbat in the western region. Local Maoist authorities announce a boycott. Whole villages festively decorated for the arrival of the king. Consensus, especially among the poorer classes of the Hindu religion disappointed by Maoism.
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