Comments on: Another Himalayan kingdom tumbles, but will Nepal miss its monarchy? http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/05/28/another-himalayan-kingdom-tumbles-but-will-nepal-miss-its-monarchy/ Perspectives on South Asian politics Thu, 02 Jun 2016 08:03:22 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Sundar http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/05/28/another-himalayan-kingdom-tumbles-but-will-nepal-miss-its-monarchy/comment-page-1/#comment-226 Wed, 04 Jun 2008 13:08:45 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/criticaleye/2008/05/28/another-himalayan-kingdom-tumbles-but-will-nepal-miss-its-monarchy/#comment-226 what ever peoples says about the recent development and the end of monarch in Nepal, i believe as being the citizen of Nepal that we need monarch as it is the symbol of unity and independent country.
in the history, not all the republic country or democratic country progressed, many failed because of corruption and because of their internal causes and in term of Nepal, as the country itself is in complex position from all angle we need some one who have authority to take action immediately and right was one the monarch who has understood better of the suitation then other.
the former king Gyanendra did some wrong things because of his corrupt advisers and the people who were in touch with them.
anyways, now in the country our king is no more, and we have to see how the new government will lead Nepal and how will be the new Nepal. Hope there will no power struggle and nepal will be a prosperous country…JAI NEPAL

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By: Simon Denyer http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/05/28/another-himalayan-kingdom-tumbles-but-will-nepal-miss-its-monarchy/comment-page-1/#comment-189 Sun, 01 Jun 2008 17:25:46 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/criticaleye/2008/05/28/another-himalayan-kingdom-tumbles-but-will-nepal-miss-its-monarchy/#comment-189 Thanks for all the comments. We will definitely consult and reconsider our Nepali/Nepalese style. And I will certainly take on board the interesting comments on the religoius aspects of the monarchies. Time for some more research!

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By: Ing Shiong http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/05/28/another-himalayan-kingdom-tumbles-but-will-nepal-miss-its-monarchy/comment-page-1/#comment-185 Sat, 31 May 2008 06:57:12 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/criticaleye/2008/05/28/another-himalayan-kingdom-tumbles-but-will-nepal-miss-its-monarchy/#comment-185 Might I point out, none of the Himalayan kingdoms is or was ever ruled by a Buddha. As a matter of fact, the Buddha, as an evolved being who has attained nirvana, is free from the cycles of rebirth. It is the Boddhisatvas,
beings who defer their Buddha-hood so that they may be reborn for the benefit of humankind, who are reincarnations.

The word Chogyal means ‘he who rules justly’, and it was a title given to the first bearer of that name by a Buddhist monk. The Bhutani monarchy operates on the division of secular and religious power.

And the ‘god-king’ of Tibet is a reincarnation of the Boddisattva of mercy, Chenrezi, known in Pali as Avilokitshwara Padmapani.

Now that the Buddhas are out of the way: the Nepali king is generally described as an ‘incarnation’ of Vishnu. This is not peculiar to your organisation, but is across media. I would prefer the term ’embodiment.’

Not for the mere fact Vishnu’s nine incarnations have come and gone, and the cannon allows for just one more, who is to arrive at the stroke of doomsday.

Not also for the fact the Hinduism in the Himalayas from Nepal through Bengal to Assam was of the Shakta variety — which incorporated doctrines of power and animism that pre-dates Aryanisation — which is so very different from the pacifist and vegetarian Vaishnavite Hinduism. Note here the royal chapels and cathedrals of Nepal — Pashupatinath is dedicated to Shiva, the hemp smoking, ashes and skull adorned ascetic. The goddess the royal family worships with animal sacrifices is Kali, the fearsome one. The Kumari is an incarnation of Taleju, a shakta goddess.

And if the Shahs had a royal guru, he would be from the Nath sect of Gorakhpur, a Shaivaite sect. Indeed, Prithvi Narayan Shah was blessed and cursed by the founder of this sect. And as late as Birendra’s time, the royal
family used to seek the spiritual directorship of its current head.

The Hindu pantheon would offer us clues to this puzzling question: why would a shaivaite-influenced monarchy be seen as as an embodiment of Vishnu. Of the gods represented in stone, Vishnu is easily recognisable by the crown that he bears. He, of all the gods, is the embodiment of royalty. In native Hindu kingdoms, where the king was divine, it is not strange that the king becomes an embodiment of the god of royalness.

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By: B Pokharel http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/05/28/another-himalayan-kingdom-tumbles-but-will-nepal-miss-its-monarchy/comment-page-1/#comment-178 Thu, 29 May 2008 13:39:05 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/criticaleye/2008/05/28/another-himalayan-kingdom-tumbles-but-will-nepal-miss-its-monarchy/#comment-178 This was long overdue. We should not have king long time back. Because of their deeds Nepal remained poor country all along. I hope for better.

B Pokharel

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By: Nayantara http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/05/28/another-himalayan-kingdom-tumbles-but-will-nepal-miss-its-monarchy/comment-page-1/#comment-172 Thu, 29 May 2008 10:27:13 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/criticaleye/2008/05/28/another-himalayan-kingdom-tumbles-but-will-nepal-miss-its-monarchy/#comment-172 Nepal will be better off without the king who almost assumed the role of a dictator- he was responsible for the chaos, destruction and teh ruin of the kingdom …the demon king as i wud call him. Democracy was crippled. But as they say that all bad things come yo an end. At this point of time it is hard to say whther democracy can bring out a positive change(if u see countries liek Pakistan) but yes, it will gv the Nepalese the much needed space and freedom to led their own lives rather than existing just for the state

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By: Akhilesh Shukla http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/05/28/another-himalayan-kingdom-tumbles-but-will-nepal-miss-its-monarchy/comment-page-1/#comment-171 Thu, 29 May 2008 10:09:27 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/criticaleye/2008/05/28/another-himalayan-kingdom-tumbles-but-will-nepal-miss-its-monarchy/#comment-171 Everything has to come to an end and so is the monarchy in Nepal. People of Nepal finally stepped into democracy. Thankfully all that happened without any loss of life. Now it would be up to the Maoist or the new government to take Nepal to new high, especially on the economic front. Corruption and crime is a part of society. Everyone has to live with the evil. So do’nt have any fears for the same.

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By: Sceptic Indian http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/05/28/another-himalayan-kingdom-tumbles-but-will-nepal-miss-its-monarchy/comment-page-1/#comment-169 Thu, 29 May 2008 07:19:56 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/criticaleye/2008/05/28/another-himalayan-kingdom-tumbles-but-will-nepal-miss-its-monarchy/#comment-169 The current Nepaly king did all the ungodly infact demonly things to clinch power, I guess karma catching up with the deeds. Its victory of the common Nepali people..who wanted to have democracy and representation of their views and rights at the top level, the concept of Hidu kingdom hardly works in 21st century. Nepaless are modernist and liberal and I feel they have a great future ahead, and could well turn out to be the most modern of the South asian nations..

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By: Bhuwan Adhikari http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/05/28/another-himalayan-kingdom-tumbles-but-will-nepal-miss-its-monarchy/comment-page-1/#comment-167 Thu, 29 May 2008 07:12:34 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/criticaleye/2008/05/28/another-himalayan-kingdom-tumbles-but-will-nepal-miss-its-monarchy/#comment-167 Monarch is gone , monarchy is gone its all right .But will the corruption and inequality fades away or not ? it is still to be seen . Beside the depost was over thrown and again the corrupted and perpatators are in power . Loosing the king may not cost so much but these corrupted and sub academic faces in the power will cost much to the people .

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By: Choodamani http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/05/28/another-himalayan-kingdom-tumbles-but-will-nepal-miss-its-monarchy/comment-page-1/#comment-166 Thu, 29 May 2008 07:09:28 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/criticaleye/2008/05/28/another-himalayan-kingdom-tumbles-but-will-nepal-miss-its-monarchy/#comment-166 King should be retained at any cost,there needs another people’s revolt,or this country will be next sikkim, which was gulped by INDIA, god save our King, and country from the corrupt politicians and INDIA

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By: rdr http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2008/05/28/another-himalayan-kingdom-tumbles-but-will-nepal-miss-its-monarchy/comment-page-1/#comment-165 Thu, 29 May 2008 06:30:49 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/criticaleye/2008/05/28/another-himalayan-kingdom-tumbles-but-will-nepal-miss-its-monarchy/#comment-165 “Sikkim’s monarchs, the Chogyals, retreated into history when India annexed their territory in 1975.” … Is Nepal next?? One wonders ……

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