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Narayanhiti Palace Massacre completes 23 years, tragic event still shrouded in mystery (kh 01/06/2024)

Melodrama for monarchy : The monarchists' idea that the return of constitutional monarchy will solve Nepal’s problems is nostalgic, amnesiac and ahistoric, by Naresh Koirala (kp 03/04/2024)

Dangerously deluded monarchists : Sensible Nepalis should aim for the secular republic's reformation and revitalisation, by Mitra Pariyar (kp 06/02/2024) [In particular, the person at the centre of the monarchist ambitions should be brought to heel immediately!]

Conspiracy Theories Galore, by Ritu Raj Subedi (rn 04/02/2024)

Durga Prasai meets former King Shah (kh 29/01/2024)

Former King Gyanendra Shah expresses concerns over misconceptions about himself and his family (kh 27/01/2024) [And what about the feelings and suffering of the people during your coup in 2005, when they were beaten, maltreated and arrested on your orders!], Royal Massacre 2001 will be subject to reinvestigation: Prime Minister Dahal (kh 29/01/2024)

Everywhere I go, I hear Nepalis calling on me to save Nepal: Former King Shah (rep 05/01/2024 ) [You are obviously talking to the wrong people! People's resentment is understandable, but people who have suffered under monarchy and Hindu state cannot wish them back!]

Former King Gyanendra Shah meets five RPP leaders in Bhairahawa (rep 04/01/2024) [Coup preparation by a Hindu fundamentalist minority? The Shah monarchy once created the non-inclusive state of men from so-called high Hindu castes. And now the ousted monarch claims in all seriousness that all Nepalis are equal for him. Presumably this means, as in the Panchayat period, the eradication of all ethnic languages and cultures!]

Former royal family members knock the doors of House panel (ae 29/12/2023) [The question is how the royal family got their incredible wealth in the first place. Presumably it was at the expense of the people.]

Former King Gyanendra Shah to embark on tour of western Nepal (kh 18/12/2023) [He just can't let it go!]

Illogical logics and raja-badies, by Narayan Manandhar (rep 02/12/2023)

Secularism and social inclusion or Hindu state and monarchy?, by Karl-Heinz Krämer (kh 29/11/2023)

Kamal Thapa pushes for unified front to reinstate monarchy (kh 27/11/2023) [Back to the Middle Ages against the will of 95 per cent of democratic voters?]

Spectre of monarchy : It is no coincidence that most of those clamouring for monarchy are figures like Durga Prasai (kp 27/11/2023)

Former King Gyanendra unveils statue of King Prithivi Narayan Shah in Birtamod (with photos) (kh 25/11/2023) [The nexus of top politicians, political parties, corrupt elements, ex-monarch and Hindu statesmen seems to be unfathomable!], Yogesh Bhattarai challenges former king to engage in active politics (kh 26/11/2023)

Royalist groups organize motorcycle rally calling for restoration of monarchy (kh 14/10/2023) [Already in the past, the autocratic monarchy could not effectively address the state of affairs in the country. Rather, it was responsible for many of the undesirable developments. What is this medieval institution supposed to achieve in today's world, even without a family perspective for the future? It is not democracy that is failing today, but the so-called political leaders and their parties!]

RPP Chairman Lingden objects to accusations of royalists disrupting religious harmony (rep 06/10/2023) [Those who want the monarchy back are anti-democratic! And anyone who wants to replace the federal republic with the Hindu state again and identify Nepal exclusively with Hindu culture is acting against social harmony in the multi-ethnic and multi-religious state of Nepal! Basta!]

Former King Gyanendra Shah’s Bhaktapur visit draws enthusiastic crowd of locals (kh 24/09/2023)

Congress leader injured in khukuri-attack in Kathmandu : Police have arrested the alleged assailant, Shyam Sapkota, who styled himself as a pro-royalist and anti-MCC activist, by Anup Ojha (kp 07/09/2023)

Auditor’s report says royal regime minister had also reduced rent of Kathmandu Fun Park : Another ex-minister is sentenced to jail for awarding the contract of amusement park without competitive bidding, by Prithvi Man Shrestha (kp 15/04/2023)

Nepal, sans Division of Labor!, by Pradip Kumar Kafle (rep 05/04/2023) [Once again a primordial fault of the institution of Shah Monarchy!]

Public dissatisfied with petty partisanship: Former King Gyanendra Shah (kh 03/04/2023) [The problem lies less with the parties than with the behaviour of their leaders. In 2006, the people were similarly dissatisfied, not only with the royal system, but especially with the coup-mongering monarch who disregarded basic human rights! The people can influence the parties because sovereignty lies with them. The autocrat, which is what the word monarch means, only needs the people as subjects.]

Former King Gyanendra proposes “cooperation between political parties and institution of monarchy” (kh 19/02/2023) [The monarchy was rightly abolished. It is not her place to make any offers of cooperation!], Nepal’s former king issues a veiled warning to the political parties, says he won’t keep mum : In his message issued on the occasion of National Democracy Day, Gyanendra Shah has accused political parties of corruption and misrule, while also calling for coordination between monarchy and political parties (nlt 19/02/2023), Former king is suitable candidate for new head of state, aide says : In a statement issued on Democracy Day, former king Gyanendra Shah has offered to collaborate with political parties, by Purushottam Poudel (kp 21/02023) [May God save Nepal from this disaster! The people fought for democracy in 1950/51, 1990 and 2006. In 1960 and 2005, the monarchy staged a coup and ended the democratic hopes! This must never happen again! The monarchy has been abolished and has no place in modern Nepal!]

King Birendra’s bust reinstalled at Birendra Chowk after 16 years (rep 29/12/2021)

PM Deuba challenges former King Gyanendra to contest polls (kh 10/11/2021) [Not a good idea! Nepal does not need another authoritarian putschist for election. Just like most of the top party leaders, Gyanendra belongs to the completely failed generation of political leaders.]

Democracy without monarchy, and monarchy without democracy not relevant in Nepal: Former King Gyanendra (kh 12/10/2021) [For all the justified criticism of the failed elite of the leading political parties, such open criticism of the foundations of the modern Nepali state must not be accepted! More than 17,000 people had to die before the institution of monarchy, which was responsible for the undesirable developments of the state for centuries, was finally abolished. With statements like this, Gyanendra is trying to exploit the failure of politicians to create new suffering for the people. What is needed is not a return to anti-democratic and authoritarian monarchy, but an immediate replacement of the failed party leaders by an upright and democratic generation of politicians!]

If Birendra was alive, Nepal could still be a monarchy : On the 20th anniversary of the royal massacre, people who knew King Birendra pay tribute, by Alisha Sijapati (nt 04/06/2021)

Royal massacre: No going back : There can be no going back from a situation where sovereignty is now fully vested in the people (ae 03/06/2021)

World Hindu Federation office vandalized in Kathmandu (kh 12/04/2021)

[Former king’s personal secretary urges govt to reconsider reduction in VIP security (kh 12/02/2021) [An ex-monarch who has putsched against the state does not need security personnel financed from taxpayers' money. He can pay for that out of his own pocket!]

Misplaced trust in a sovereign : The youngsters have little knowledge and experience of the tyrannical monarchy days, by Narayan Manandhar (kp 03/02/2021)

Can the Hindu movement become an alternative political force? : The appeal of monarchy and Hindu forces can backfire, as they disavow principles of inclusion and democracy, by Ajaya Bhadra Khanal (kp 27/01/2021)

How the country can be kept safe is my biggest worry at present: Former King (rep 10/01/2021) [Tell the confused followers of monarchy and Hindu state that they are clinging to failed and outdated aspects of Nepali history. After that, you had best leave the country and never return. Oli and the other so-called top politicians are well on their way to destroying the country. But they are only completing what the monarchy could not complete before. Only a younger charismatic generation of politicians from among Nepali citizens with a commitment to inclusion, democracy and secularism and an aversion to theocracy and overrated political ideologies can save the country!]

Pro-Monarchists Up The Ante, by Narayan Upadhyay (rn 15/12/2020)

‘Putsch Ek’, by Kunda Dixit (nt 11/12/2020)

Brainchild behind ‘Bir Gorkhali’ says Nepal will soon restore monarchy, by Anjali Subedi.(rep 09/12/2020) [Clearly, these young people have not understood the history of the country and the negative role of the monarchy in it!]

Ghost of the crown : The risks associated  with a return to the past  far outweigh its touted,  fictitious benefits, by Achyut Wagle (kp 08/12/2020)

Warning on the wall: Rising protests in favor of monarchy (rep 04/12/2020) [Why do people not learn from history? In the past, the monarchy has set the course for non-inclusive, undemocratic and authoritarian politics. The fact that today's party politicians act as heirs to this misguided policy in no way justifies a return to the basic evil!], RPP to stage mass demonstration in support of monarchy (kh 04/12/2020) [The former henchmen of the autocratic monarchy scent their chance, even though they won only two per cent of the votes in the elections three years ago!], Nepal party reincarnating Hindu monarchy : The RPP exploits disarray among ruling Communists to push restoration of Hindu kingdom (nt 04/12/2020)

The why, how  and who of the  anti-federalism, pro-king rallies : The rallies, though small, are an expression of frustration with both the government and the opposition for their  failures, and should be taken as a warning, observers say, by Tika R Pradhan (kp 01/12/2020), Spectres of monarchy : We might loathe the current regime, but we can’t let the country slide back on the regressive path (kp 02/12/2020)

The Border Dispute Saga – End of the argument for the Royalists, by Sachin Timalsena (kh25/05/2020)

NCP Spokesperson Shrestha rules out possibility of revival of monarchy (ht 03/10/2019)

Police to probe Paras’ manhandling of on-duty cop (ht 20/08/2019)

Gearing towards a Hindu republic: Perceived lack of good governance from the secular republic means the conversation is moving back to notions of a Hindu state, by Achyut Wagle (kp 16/04/2019)

Former Prince Paras Shah suffers another heart-attack (ht 29/01/2019), Ex-crown prince Shah discharged from hospital (rep 02/02/2019)

Rastriya Prajatantra Party Chair Thapa meets former king Gyanendra in Pokhara (ht 22/12/2018)

Ex-princess moves SC seeking return of nationalized land (rep 22/12/2018), Ex-princess petitions against SC verdict: Says nationalisation of Vijayaghar gifted to her by her father is illegal (ht 22/12/2018)

Tulsi Giri, who defended monarchy and betrayed Congress, dies at 93, by Anil Giri (kp 19/12/2018), Hardline monarchist ex-PM Dr Tulsi Giri dies (rep 19/12/2018)

Royal crown and other regalia from Shah dynasty on display in museum (kp 16/10/2018)

Call for turning Ratna Mandir into museum, by Lal Prasad Sharma (kp 01/08/2018)

Plan to display royal crown still delayed, by Diya Dhakal (rep 29/06/2018)

Nepal Trust locks former palace employee’s house: Also plans to seize house of former princess Prerena at Chhauni (rep 27/06/2018)

Will monarchy return? Talks continue on giving monarchy some space in the spirit of the 1990 constitution. India, China and the US have discussed this issue in twos but not collectively, by P. Kharel (rep 29/05/2018) [Only because these foreign countries have leaders that behave like monarchs?? May god protect Nepal against this failed institution of monarchy! By the way, CK Raut has been imprisoned time and again for similar anti-constitutional talks!]

Ex-king evades Rs 38 million tax: Municipality official, by Yuwaraj Biwas (rep 20/03/2018)

Ex-King Gyanedra says time has come for his leadership (kp 22/10/2017) [??????????????????????????????????????????????]

Ex-king undergoes angioplasty at Norvic (kp 20/07/2017)

From royal to republic: Nepal sets an example in smoothly transitioning from monarchy to republic, by Shreejana Shrestha (nt 26/05/2017) [??]

King PN Shah’s 295th birth anniv marked amid adulation and criticism, by Anup Ojha (kp 12/01/2017), Glorious (and not-so-glorious) history: Nepali history-writing has erased the contribution of Kumaonis and Garhwalis in building the brave Gurkha myth, by Deepak Thapa (kp 12/01/2017)

CPN-UML leaders want holiday on Prithvi Jayanti; Nepal can’t be playground: Shah (kp 11/01/2017)

SC: Property Claimed by ex-princess belongs to govt (kp 06/01/2017), Land claimed as Prerana dowry belongs to Nepal Trust: SC, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep 06/01/2017)

RJP-R takes up royalist agenda (kp 06/01/2017) [!??]

A Reflection On Prithvi’s Birth Anniversary Celebration, by Siddhi B Ranjitkar (km 05/01/2017)

A Rightist Revival Attempt, by Yuba Nath Lamsal (rn 27/12/2016)

Letter to the ex-monarch, by Trialokya Raj Aryal (rep 24/12/2016) [Article by an incurable monarchist!]

Ex-king concerned over current state (kp 22/12/2016) [Though your criticism in respect to the current "political leaders" is reasonable, you have finally to admit that the single ethnic identity based Hindu state that has been built up by your Shah ancestors and uphold by yourself has been the main reason for most of the problems Nepal is facing today! Nepali nationalism has not been reflected by the Shah state that denied the country's plurality with respect to ethnicity, culture, society, language and religion and that has made women second class human beings! All this is responsible for Nepal's current state of non-inclusion that is now uphold be the male political leaders! Your critics are not of any value as long as you do not admit the fundamental failures of Shah monarchy!], Gyanendra: Parties weakening mountains-hills-tarai bonds of unity (rep 22/12/2016), Leaders lose temper as deposed king finds tongue: Shah’s remarks should not be taken lightly: Dahal (kp 23/12/2016), Cabinet takes strong exception (ht 23/12/2016)

After Oliological rush: From the debris of despair, let rays of openness, coexistence and cooperation emerge to light the path to a confident future, by CK Lal (rep 19/12/2016)

RPP puts on hold monarchy restoration demand (rep 25/11/2016)

Shah against ‘politics of negation’ (kp 21/10/2016) [Things are not going well, but the situation of the disadvantaged groups is not as hopeless as under the non-inclusive authoritarian royal system, Mr Shah!]

Will there be a comeback? Monarchists should know that their principles go against the basic premise of inclusiveness, by Narayan Manandhar (kp 11/09/2016)

SC allows Nepal Trust to file review petition (ht 03/09/2016)

RPP-N chair Thapa revives issue of Hindu state (kp 01/09/2016) [Kamal Thapa is sowing the seeds of unrest and another civil war in the multiethnic, multireligious, multicultural, multilingual and secular republic of Nepal and should be prosecuted for this anticonstitutional demand!!], Nepalgunj tense after pro-hindu, pro-monarch supporters put up late King Birendra's statue (kp01/09/2016) [!!], Nepalgunj tense over statue dispute (kp 02/09/2016), Nepalgunj tense after removal of Birendra's statue, by Arjun Oli (rep 03/09/2016)

NEA cuts power supply to former queen mother’s residence (ht 22/08/2016) [after she did not pay electricity bills of 3.7 million Rs.!], NEA restores power to Mahendra Manjil (kp 23/08/2016) [Still not equal!Those living a life in abundance get huge amounts from the state, but those in need, like most of the earthquake victims, get nothing!]

Late king’s property to be offered for rent (kp 28/07/2016)

Three kings in four days: The conspiracy theories of the royal massacre will never go away, by Kunda Dixit (nt 03/06/2016)

A long and lacklustre reign: If there was one thing Nepal got during Birendra’s 18 years as the supreme monarch, it was a number of slogans, by Deepak Thapa (kp 02/06/2016)

Ex-king takes a swipe at political leadership (kp 13/04/2016), Ex-king says ‘Agasti’ leadership failed to deliver (ht 13/04/2016) [Just as 'Agasthi' monarchy did before!]

I haven’t given up my responsibility: Gyanendra (kp 11/01/2016) [You have given up your responsibility when you putched against the state!!]

RPP-N’s amendment proposal seeks monarchy along with Hindu state (ht 04/09/2015)

Former crown prince hospitalised (ht 27/07/2015), Former prince discharged (kp 30/07/2015)

SC orders Trust to return Prerana’s land (kp 22/06/2015), SC quashes decision to nationalise Prerana’s property, by Ram Kumar Kamat (ht 22/06/2015), Verdict allowing Prerana to keep land contradicts Nepal Trust Act, by Nabin Khatiwada (rep 27/06/2015)

Paras Shah back from Bangkok (kp 03/04/2015), Paras Shah returns, finds Nirmal Niwas has shut the door on him (ht 03/04/2015)

Breaking the silence: Gyanendra Shah’s press statement about past agreements raises multiple questions, by Bhoj Raj Poudel (kp 12/03/2015)

Thai court orders Paras’ release (ht 11/03/2015)

‘People’s sovereignty agreed to with ex-king’ (ht 06/03/2015), New grand design in making: Nepal, by Chandani Hamal (rep 06/03/2015), Former king’s men raising their heads, says Madhav Nepal (ht 07/03/2015)

Ex-king, parties had a deal: Thapa (kp 04/03/2015) [??]

Ex-King Shah urges parties to ‘implement past agreements’ (kp 19/02/2015)

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