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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 82

Indian government steps into Nepalese political crisis

[b]Indian government steps into Nepalese political crisis[/b]

By W.A. Sunil – World Socialist Web Site

The visit last week by Indian Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran to Kathmandu highlights New Delhi’s growing concern over political instability in Nepal and its impact on Indian interests. Saran put pressure on King Gyanendra to restore parliamentary democracy and to begin negotiations to end the civil war with Maoist guerrillas.

Gyanendra arbitrarily seized executive power in February, dismissing the nominal government and imposing a state of emergency. He banned all political protests, imposed strict censorship on the press and rounded up the leaders of the main political parties. Parliament had already been dissolved. The king’s pretext for seizing power was the inability of the political parties to end the civil war. Since February, however, the fighting has intensified and, despite the repressive measures, there have been growing protests over the lack of democracy.

Concerned at the danger of a political implosion in Nepal, India, the US and Britain called for a return for parliamentary rule. All three countries, which had been supplying the Royal Nepal Army (RNA) with arms and training, ended their military assistance.

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