Revolution in South Asia

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Nepali new national flag flies over former palace

Posted by n3wday on June 15, 2008

this article claims the king had left “without bloodshed.” And certainly his blood was not shed, and he did not (in the end) need to be forcibly ejected. But getting to this point required ten years of hard and bitter revolutionary war with the sacrifice of thousands of fighters — in conflict with the King’s police and soldiers. The basis of everything happening now has been that peoples war (and the mass struggles of the people) — just as the forward motion of events will require great struggle, conflict, sacrifice and armed confrontations. This article originally appeared in China View.

Former Nepali royal palace turns into public museum

by Phanindra Dahal, Zhang Jianhua

KATHMANDU, June 15 (Xinhua) — Nepal’s royal Narayanhiti palace, which was the residence of Nepal’s Shah kings for more than a century, was transformed to a public museum Sunday.

Nepali Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala hoisted the national flag in the palace to mark the republic and establishment of Narayanhiti palace museum.

Addressing the special function, Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala said the establishment of republic peacefully in Nepal has set an example to the world.

“The king left the palace without any bloodshed. It is unique and extraordinary event in the world,” he added.

Nepal became the world’s youngest republic nation on May 28 after the newly elected Constituent Assembly (CA) voted to abolish the almost 240-year-old monarchy.

Nepal’s last king Gyanendra vacated the former royal palace Wednesday evening and shifted his residence to Nagarjuna palace, which is situated 8 km northwest of Nepali capital Kathmandu.

Nepali Prime Minister Sunday said it was a historic day that the former royal palace was converted into museum.

“Today the son of a common people has hoisted the country’s flag in this palace. Now Nepal has entered a new era,” said Prime Minister Koirala, adding that the political parties must unite and work together to fulfill the aspirations of people.

Nepalese are looking forward to see what it looks inside the pink colored palace.

“I had a dream to go inside the palace. I wish it will be soon opened and all common people can see how it looks,” said Rajesh Shrestha, 22, a student in Kathmandu.

“After proper preparation, the palace will be opened to the public in two to three months,” Nepali home minister Krishna Prasad Sitaula said on Sunday.

The former king and his family who wished not to go to exile after the declaration of republic are now reduced to almost common citizens.

The former king, who is a billionaire businessman, has got a temporary home at Nagarjuna palace offered by the government.

The palace situated in the premises of a dense forest has a main building and nine small buildings for the former kings with few security and some servants.

The government has allowed the deposed king’s mother Ratna and grand mother Sharala Manandhar to stay in the former royal palace.

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