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Statement by Gyanendra — the Hated Former King of Nepal

Posted by Mike E on June 11, 2008

Press statement from former His Majesty Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shahdev, King of Nepal [This statement was read by Shah in his press conference today in Narayanhitti palace. Thanks to UWB for posting it.]

Dear Nepalese brothers and sisters,

This country which came into being 240 years back as a garden of four castes and thirty-six sub castes as imagined and established by our ancestor His Majesty, the Great King Prithivi Narayan Shah, is going through a period of very serious and sensitive upheaval. It is well known that the Nepalese Monarchy which has always been activised for the people’s prosperity and progress has always been working together and cooperating with the happiness and woes of Nepalese people. Burning examples of that are unification, preservation of nationalism, democratization, and modernization through the united efforts of the king and national integrity as equivalent to the value of our lives. Our committed energized feelings towards these values and standards have remained constant from the past and are equally strong in the present and will remain so in the future.

I would like to inform everybody concerned that when seven years back because of an unnatural, unexpected and tragic incident while shouldering the responsibility of Head of the state according to the national heritage and ages of old monarchical traditions, I had no other interests except considerations for the sovereignty, independence, national pride, territorial integrity, peace and institutional development of democratic, and overall progress of all the citizens. In the then Hindu kingdom of Nepal, the birth place of Buddha the efforts started, with the best of intention trying to ensure the peace and prosperity in the country were not successful overtime, which I have already accepted earlier. The chain of events and ensuring results are obvious to everybody like an open book.

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Who Fights to Preserve Old Government Army…. and Why?

Posted by n3wday on June 11, 2008

The government army in nepal (formerly the Royal Army) was established over many years to defend the established order in the country and — as is well known — has been the main political pillar of the monarchy. There is great resistance being made to any suggestion that this army must now bend to civilian control (meaning to the leadership of the Maoists who lead the government) — and that this army should allow Maoist forces into its ranks and command structure.

The dispute is taking the form over how the NA (national army) can be severed from its monarchist ties, and how the PLA (People’s liberation army) can be “professionalized” (especially in how its commanders can rapidly raise their capability to lead a conventional national army).

In the long run, the Maoists have made it plain that they do not think it makes sense to maintain the regular army at all. They point out that India has a 1.3 million-man army and China has over 3 million troops. At such condition, the 200,000 Nepalese security personnel are unlikely to oppose any serious attack by conventional means.

One press analysis of these questions quotes PLA Deputy Commander Anant arguing that what Nepal needs is the general military training of its youth (meaning especially the broad ranks of bitterly poor peasant youth throughout the country).

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PDF Available: 4 Reasons Nepal’s Revolution Matters

Posted by Mike E on June 11, 2008

Download and distribute PDF of “4 Reasons” article
(great for printing and emailing)

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