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Hindu renaissance could throw up a baby

Staff Writer, KATHMANDU: The blockade imposed by India on Nepal recently has paved way for “normalization” of relations between the two countries for the time being while Nepal could come under yet another wave of change.

No one has so far explained why India imposed the blockade although cause whipped up by tarai-centric parties was seen as apparent reason.

Moreover given how frequently former king Gyanendra Shah is shuttling between Kathmand-Bangkok and New Delhi what appears in the air at least for now is restoration of monarchy, with baby king in Shah throne.

Section of the media also carried reports that Shah was in Bangkok to meet with Chinese and Indian top guns to work out how changes can be inserted in Nepalese political process that ends with monarchy with some role.

The current frenetic series of reports claiming former king is staging a comeback even if it is highly diluted form go back to sea change in Indian politics after 2014 May general election.

The BJP, a Hindu nationalist political outfit, upstaged Congress party, spurring sea change in Indian politics with stress on Hindu identity, sending pseudo-seculars on the run, with Nepal too likely to come in its sweep.

With fervor around Hindu ways of life growing by the day in the Indian sub-continent, former king Gyanendra Shah has been meeting with Hindu-leaning leaders in visits to New Delhi all too often.

It finally appears that flux of change in Nepal will continue in futurity. Nepalese politics have never gained stability and it is now becoming a rule.

A Rana oligarchy until 1951 had British blessing. That was followed by mix of regimes until 1959 when Congress led by B P Koirala came to power before sent packing in a royal coup. Next 30 years saw Panchayat oligarchy, with political pundits seeing powerful neighbor India behind it all.

Latest spell goes back to 1991 election, which was won by Congress but only to give way to new series of political instability with old hallmarks.

It was concurrently followed by Maoist insurgency and periodic change in government that ended only with abolition of monarchy in 2008.

So far, so fine but the umpteenth series of change began with the rise of Hindu nationalists in India which marked change in way India feels about its identity and identity of its neighbors. That threw open window of opportunity for former king and royalists in Nepal.

If it needs any reminder, abolition of monarchy was worked out only following mediation by India, with Dr Karan Singh, an authority on Nepalese royalty for Indian ruling establishment chipping in to ensure he leaves. But he left with a parting shot to infer he may come back.

And possibly to pick up the thread of Nepalese politics in future, queen mother Ratna was not obliged to move from old quarters of the palace inside Naryanhity Royal Palace complex something which has not been explained by Nepalese political parties.

Now the tempo is rising in section of media rooting for monarchy while the reported interaction between Shah and section of Hindu leaning leadership getting thicker and credible.

Understandably, India today believes Hindutva elements must be revived when Christian internationalists and pseudo-seculars have sold out culture and Hindu way of life. There is a curb on unbridled secularism in India today, heralding a phase of Hindu renaissance which can blow northward.

:: File: A Nepalese Hindu activist shouts slogans at a rally near the Nepalese Constituent Assembly Hall during a protest in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sept. 1, 2015. (Photo: AP)

Published Date: Monday, February 22nd, 2016 | 09:42 PM

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