Friday, May 30, 2008

End of Monarchy in Nepal

Here's a round-up from news (obits?) on Nepal's transition from a kingdom to a republic. This is a significant achievement for a country marred by a decade long Maoist insurrection that claimed lives of 14 thousand Nepalis.

But, what next after the end of monarchy? The question is very pertinent and the Maoists, who became the largest party by the virtue of republican agenda, fear mongering and violence--should shoulder the Herculean task of making Nepal a peaceful and prosperous nation.

Forbes says that economy should be Nepal's upcoming agenda.

Globe and Mail: Trading a Monarch for a Maoist.

LA Times reports: King Gyanendra out.

BBC: Have Your Say.

Ameet Dhakal's take on rise and fall of the Shahs.

Picture story at Le Monde.

1 comment:

Anup Kaphle said...

Deepak,
you wrote:
"This is a significant achievement for a country marred by a decade long Maoist insurrection that claimed lives of 14 thousand Nepalis."

It could have been a significant achievement for Nepal IF and ONLY IF the political parties, including the Maoists, knew what they wanted after ending the monarchy. Its a museum, hurrah! But what is the political solution for a country marred by instability?

I don't think this is anything significant. We had monarchy, now we don't. As simple as that. The country will save millions of rupees (having not to pay the royals) but our politicians will make up for that one as well. It is not going anywhere. Sad but true.