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Nepal's religious leaders and political leaders to defend secular state
Christians, Muslims and civil society group fear the growth of Hindu extremism in the country. They meet at an event organised by Freedom for All Nepal, an association that promotes inter-faith dialogue.
Nepalese Premier: New Constitution will protect minority rights and state secularism
Sushil Koirala speaks at an event of the Nepal Trust Office, the government agency which lists and controls the assets belonging to the former royal family. The words of the premier weaken the Hindu pro-monarchist movements. Jesuit priest: "Democracy will be stronger when all religions are respected."
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.
Former Nepalese king visits India: meetings with Hindu leaders scheduled
For the first time since the end of the monarchy, Gyanendra has gone to New Delhi. It is possible that he will meet with Prime Minister Singh and members of the BJP. For the former Nepalese ambassador in India, the former monarch could ask for pressure on the Maoist government.
Hindus from India and Nepal demonstrate in favour of the restoration of Nepal’s religious monarchy
Thousands of ascetics protest peacefully on the border between the two countries, blocking roads for a day, chanting hymns and slogans. Extremists now threaten more actions if the government does not restore the Hindu king and monarchy.
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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