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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 79

Nepal blues

[b]Nepal blues[/b]

By Tushar Charan - Syndicate Features

All too soon it is back to square one in the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal. The Maoist rebels have announced the end of the (extended) ceasefire unilaterally announced by them four months ago, leading to fears of eruption of violence that has already taken a toll of over 12,000 in the last decade. In fact, the announcement of the end of the ceasefire was almost instantly greeted by a number of blasts in at least three towns, including the popular tourist destination of Pokhara, though apparently no casualty had followed. But when bombs start going off regularly fatal casualties will be inevitable.

While the king in the neighbouring Shangri La of Bhutan has decided to give his subjects a bigger dose of democracy even when they made no such demand, the Nepalese monarch’s stubbornness in retaining all powers in his hands is hurtling his landlocked country into a kind of crisis that may eventually see the monarchy thrown out. It is one thing to jettison monarchy and quite another to usher in an era of relative peace and prosperity which is essential to addressing the problem of extreme poverty that is deeply rooted in Nepal.

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