Nepal Army Chief Rajendra Chhetri recently described the current situation in Nepal as “very volatile, difficult and challenging”, and asked the institution to remain prepared to face “any eventuality”. The genesis of present crisis started with the moist insurgency and the signing of 12 point agreement mediated by India signed in New Delhi on 22 November 2005.The Indian Congress leader Dr. Karan Singh, who had visited Nepal in April 2006 as a special emissary of then PM Manmohan Singh, in an interview to Kathmandu Daily Nayapatrika, said that he was able to convince the then king Gyanendra to hand over power — something Gyanendra did gracefully to bring stability to his country. Dr. Karan Singh also revealed that the stated Indian position of two-pillar Nepal policy of constitutional Monarchy and the Hindu State of Nepal got set aside, against the Indian public opinion. Dr. Karan Singh admitted that there may have been another government channel, with a greater influence on Nepal’s politics that made the change of policy happen. This is an abrupt change in one of the most significant pillars of Indian Strategic foreign policy. The Indian Congress leader Dr. Karan Singh, who had visited Nepal in April 2006 as a special emissary of then PM Manmohan Singh, in an interview to Kathmandu Daily Nayapatrika, said that he was able to convince the then king Gyanendra to hand over power — something Gyanendra did gracefully to bring stability to his country. Dr. Karan Singh also revealed that the stated Indian position of two-pillar Nepal policy of constitutional Monarchy and the Hindu State of Nepal got set aside, against the Indian public opinion. Dr. Karan Singh admitted that there may have been another government channel, with a greater influence on Nepal’s politics that made the change of policy happen. This is an abrupt change in one of the most significant pillars of Indian Strategic foreign policy.
In April 2006, Gyanendra abdicated his power for preserving the unity of his country, The new constituent Assembly was elected in April 2008 and it abolished the monarchy in May 2008.The monarchy’s removal and Nepal’s transition to a republic were not due to mandate from the people of Nepal but rather because of hidden political maneuvering by the Left in India and the radical forces in Nepal.
The Left of Nepal has been a brother in the arm of the Communists in India. The year 2006 provided an ideal opportunity to the Left in India and Nepal to work in tandem and deal a blow to the Hindu character of Nepal. Dr. Karan Singh’s revelations in 2006 and the subsequent event in the last decade has proven the point that post abolition of the monarchy, the leftist forces and foreign power without the mandate from the people of Nepal imposed Secularism and Federalism. The parties that assumed power in 2006, the foreign powers backing them and the civil society of Nepal appeared to be swayed by the argument that if Nepal had to become a republic, its Hindu identity must be done away with. The idea of secularism was never debated. It was forced on the people of Nepal. The international NGOs and some UN organs openly advocated the right to conversion as an integral part of secularism.
The JNU-Left in India and Nepal are against the Hindu Nationalist in Nepal and India. According to Jonathan Gregson’s book Massacre at the Palace: The Doomed Royal Dynasty of Nepal, Sonia Gandhi, and Queen Aishwarya ran into conflict during the SAARC meet in the mid-1980s over who should take precedence. This incident along with Sonia Gandhi having being denied permission to enter Pashupatinath temple on the basis that she was born a Catholic and Sonia Gandhi’s general unfavorable disposition towards the Hindu Nationalists of India and Nepal enabled all the anti-Hindu establishment in Nepal to seek support from Left in India to abolish Hindu state and Monarchy.
The UPA government continues to face an accusation that it aligned with the forces in Nepal that were the “biggest threat” to India’s internal security and stability of Nepal. Ten years down the line the former king is more popular than many of Nepal’s politicians. All the false propaganda against him has been exposed. He has stood by his people at the time of crisis and shown statesmanship. He is admired across the world and Hindus in India.
The Former Nepal King Gyanendra Shah has rightly pointed out the rise in dis¬cord in the country. The de¬signs to di¬vide the coun¬try un¬der a revo¬lu¬tion¬ary guise and Nepal’s Secular Federal Republic status is still questioned by the majority of people and rightly so.
Time has come to review the past 10 years of political change and bring its actors into account. The year 2006 saw the assimilation of the Maoist into the democratic system of Nepal, renouncing violence which is very commendable, now all the leftist forces that took over in 2006 must respect the wishes of the people, their own countrymen and pave the way for unity in Nepal.
The former king has said if Hindu religion disappears, then Nepali culture will be in peril and once culture disappears, our civilization will be lifeless. And, with Nepal’s culture and civilization gone, Nepal will cease to exist. The constitution should not come at the cost of national unity. The country comes first. It’s Forcing Secularism, Republic and Federalism is the main cause of the crisis in Nepal. In 2014 the BJP declared that the UPA government’s neighborhood policy was wrong. It’s time the Modi Led NDA government reinstate its commitment to the earlier Indian policy of constitutional Monarchy and the Hindu Kingdom. King Gyanendra gave up power and handed over power to the political parties in 2006: since which anti-government protests have led to the death of 50 people.
Who should the people think is more of a democrat - Gyanendra or the people who ruling Nepal for past decade? This was the question posed by the ordinary people of Nepal. India must stand by the people of Nepal and work with all sides for a constitution that is a true reflection of the wishes of people of Nepal. Nepal’s economy is in doldrums all for a constitution that people don’t feel belong to them. Nepal and India must focus on keeping the Hindu Kingdom intact.Democratic Hindu Monarchical System is the best way to end the crisis in Nepal and those who love Nepal should work towards that. Any further suppression of the desire of Nepalese people will lead to more social unrest and economic downturn.
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