Tremors in series are being felt in Nepal’s political quarters which may have encouraged some then equally it might have come as a disparaging political event for some more others.
Former King Gyanendra and the Indian establishment appear to have come to terms with each other. Both apparently have realized as to what the two respectively lost in the process of ignoring the heavy political clout of each other in the given political context.
If the King lost his 240 year long Crown then the Indian establishment facilitated the grand entrance of the Chinese regime after the King was dethroned through the kind courtesy of the Indian Union itself.
The King’s visible excessive leaning towards
By the same token, the Indian establishment in haste dismissed the entire institution of the Nepali monarchy and the clever Chinese made deep inroads into this erstwhile Kingdom.
Both appear to have repented for their past (mis)deeds and presumably vowed not to repeat the same mistakes.
But what would that mean now when every thing has changed abruptly? After death the doctor? Isn’t it?
Since politics is the art of the possible then let’s presume for sake of convenience that some thing still be corrected if the two sides desire. However, but the million dollar question still remains intact: will the people accept such a new equation, if that takes a shape in the days to come through the support of the same Indian regime whose reputation in making and unmaking of the politics remains unparalleled in South Asia? But yet difficult indeed.
New friendship in between the now sidelined King and the Indian establishment appears to have taken shape in
Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, the de facto ruler of the Indian establishment and the president of Congress-I, went out of the way and cared little of the prevailing diplomatic courtesies and greeted Nepal’s “dethroned” former monarch Gyanendra Shah at her official residence in New Delhi on March 18, 2009, 11.00 AM.
The former King was warmly greeted by Sonia Gandhi and the former was accorded the same treatment as is awarded to a ruling sovereign of a friendly country.
Amidst tight security arrangements and with continued Salutes which, writes Tarun Weekly dated March 23, 2009, was close to the Royal Salute, the ex-King entered the residence of Sonia Gandhi.
To the extent that Sonia immediately summoned her son, Rahul, who was touring the countryside for the election campaign and introduced her son with the Nepali VIP.
A chartered Chopper brought Rahul back to
To recall, Sonia Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi when they both were not political heavy weights used to reside at the private residence of the then Royal Highness, Prince Gyanendra, as and when they made a trip to Nepal.
The old friendship appears to have worked.
Sonia Gandhi and former King held secret talks for well over forty minutes, say sources in
During the meet, Sonia is learnt to have assured the former nepali monarch that the Indian government recognizes only the first Royal address to the nation made by King Gyanendra on April 21, 2006, wherein the then King had reinstated the dead parliament and invited the agitating political parties to find the next prime minister of their choice to rule the country.
The former King pushed his case well, claim sources. He reminded Sonia Gandhi that the seven political parties in the presence of the visiting Indian emissary, Dr. Karan Singh, had assured him that if he reinstated the dead parliament then his place will remain secured come what may. But still he was dethroned? Why I was dethroned? Questioned Gyanendra Shah.
However, the agitating parties demanded much more from the King and the King have had to make yet another address to the nation on April 24, 2006, wherein he yielded every thing to the champions of the movement then who not only declared the country a republic but also made the Hindu country a secular one.
The King is presumed to have asked Sonia as to why it so happened when he had agreed to handover power to the agitating parties of which the eye witness was the Indian emissary himself?
Dr. Karan Singh, to recall, had brokered the deal in between the King and the agitating parties wherein it had been agreed that the King’s position will remain safe and sound if he reinstated the dead parliament.
Dr. Karan Singh was in
Dr. Karan Singh, the foreign relations advisor of the Congress-I, was also present during the said meet on March 18, 2009.
Unsubstantiated reports have it that Sonia told the former
Sonia’s words must have elated the sidelined King, however, how Sonia’s words will bring back the already lost pride and glory of the Royal Institution is a very tricky issue.
Dr. Karan Singh must have told Sonia Gandhi that whatever the former
Sonia, nevertheless, sought the King’s support in diluting the increasing Chinese influence in
Dr. Singh and Gyanendra are close relatives. This too has some political meaning indeed.
Thus what could be inferred is that the former King played his political cards well.
Now let’s talk of the religious card that the former monarch apparently opened up in
Gyanendra Shah met with one of the prominent
Mr. Advani and his Hindu party have always favored that
More so, the BJP still reveres the
Naturally when the two met Sunday, both must have talked against the country being declared a secular one.
Reports say that Advani assured the visiting Nepali guest that his party will float the idea of going for a sort of referendum on key issues like the retention of the institution of the monarchy; secular or a Hindu state and etc…
Sonia too assured the former King that on key issues,
Highly placed sources claim that the Indian Prime Minister Dr. Man Mohan Singh too met the King, March 22, 2009, but the news of such a meet was kept a guarded secret for obvious political reasons.
Dr. Singh, during the meet, expressed his serious concerns as regards the already increased political clout of the Chinese regime in
This meet too has enough political meaning underneath.
By time this paper reaches to our readers, the former King will have already met the Indian Foreign Minister Pranav Mukherjee. Minister Mukherjee is a detractor of the Maoists.
The ex-King is arriving
Having said all these, what remains yet to be seen as to how the
The month long
Still the question remains intact: how the Indian regime will come to the rescue of the sidelined King without annoying the political forces now ruling the country?
A tough question indeed.