At a time when Nepal is slowing becoming a feudatory of China, pro- Monarchy sentiments are on the rise. Massive demonstrations were held at the Nepalese capital city of Kathmandu for the restoration of Hindu Monarchy. Nepal was the Hindu Kingdom till 2008 when the monarchy was abolished. In the previous rallies slogans such as “monarchy must return to save the country” and “country above party” were raised. Slogans such as “King, please come back and save the country,” were also raised.
Rashtriya Shakti Nepal leader Keshar Bahadur Bista said that after the fall of the monarchy, Nepal has become a nation with many kings. He said, “King Gyanendra has no parallel in world history, where a monarch quietly gave up the throne to give leaders a chance, but what they did in the past 14 years was indulging in rampant corruption and plunder.” Nepal’s interior ministry has directed 77 districts to suppress the ongoing protests, granting them the right to use force to make the situation under control.
Rashtriya Prajatantrik Party, royalists groups and pro-monarchy citizens have extended support to these protestors. Damodar Wagle, president of the RPP youth organization Bagmati, told Nikkie Asia on Wednesday, “We are supporting the royalists, and our movement will continue despite the directive of the home ministry. If they use force, we will retaliate. We aim to re-establish the monarchy and a Hindu state in Nepal. We will gather support from the streets and also push for a referendum based on the 2015 constitution via winning the next general election.”
The protestors demand the restoration of the Hindu Monarchy for the ‘sake of the country’s national unity and well-being of the people’.