Politics of Nepal

Nepal can ill afford violence at the polls

Nepal's hopes of being lifted from the dismal circumstances it has been mired in for more than a decade hinge on today's elections.

Thursday, 10 April, 2008, 12:00am

Throne out

Long live the monarchy! Down with the republic!' chanted the small crowd that gathered in a park near the royal palace in Nepal's capital, Kathmandu. Dressed against the Himalayan chill in colourful woollen shawls, the few hundred royalists waved placards in support of the world's last remaining Hindu monarchy - and then quickly disappeared.

15 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Window of opportunity for troubled Nepal

The deal by Nepal's coalition government and Maoist former rebels to abolish the monarchy and declare the nation a republic holds out the hope that peace and stability can finally come to the troubled nation. If such concerted consensus-building is maintained by all sides, the past can be buried and a bright future will be possible.

26 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

the five Ws

Your primer to an issue in the news


The government of Nepal has agreed to abolish the monarchy.


As part of a deal to persuade former Maoist rebels to rejoin the interim administration. Under the deal, Nepal will be declared a republic.


26 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Divide and rule

'I will go to the jungle for justice, and the rain will be my drink.' Such words, echoing an old Chinese folk ballad, have been forgotten by foreign-policy-makers in Beijing when trying to understand their neighbours' political instability. China may now need to relearn some of its own revolutionary history and culture - the hard way.

7 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

External affairs

Recently, Nepalese journalists questioned China's ambassador to Nepal, cleverly quoting a statement from former foreign minister Chen Yi. Chen had warned not to tolerate third-country meddling in neighbouring states' internal affairs. The Nepalese journalists asked the ambassador whether Beijing still stood by Chen's policy? The ambassador said that it did.

24 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Building trust will not be easy for Nepalis

After a decade of civil war, Nepal has a chance for peace and security now that former Maoist rebels have joined an interim government and elections have been set for June. If these goals are to be achieved, however, the nation also has to strive for accountability, a strong rule of law and a process of reconciliation.

3 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

On 'Prachanda's path' to a people's Nepal

Rebel leader outlines his vision of a country taking the best of Maoist philosophy to bring prosperity to everyone

Guerilla guards stand anxiously on the balcony and stairway of the nondescript safe house somewhere in the slums of Kathmandu.

26 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Palace at centre of political intrigue in Kathmandu

Once again, Nepal's royal palace is at the centre of a political storm.

Both the Maoist former rebels and moderate Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala accuse King Gyanendra of trying to destabilise the country.

14 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Nepalese king's defence of monarchy puts Kathmandu on edge

Nepal's King Gyanendra this week gave his traditional message to the nation on Democracy Day. In a democracy with a powerless king it should have been a bland affair, but King Gyanendra's ideas on democracy have been highly controversial since he seized power in an army backed coup in 2005.

22 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Decree turns god into a taxpayer

King's divine rule ends in declaration of secular status

The divine rule of the world's last Hindu monarch, Nepal's King Gyanendra, came to an abrupt end yesterday after Parliament declared the nation secular and stripped him of control of the army.

19 May 2006 - 12:00am

2,000 anti-royalists arrested for defying ban on protests

Chaos as power struggle continues between king, political parties and Maoists

Kathmandu has been declared a 'riot-affected zone' with gatherings of more than five people banned as authorities try to contain daily demonstrations calling for an end to rule by royal decree.

12 Apr 2004 - 12:00am