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The King's Red Doppelganger

Maoist supremo Prachanda does a Gyanendra-like purge in his own ranks, the king can only benefit Updates

The King's Red Doppelganger
The King's Red Doppelganger
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Monarchs relinquish power only under popular pressure. The king of Nepal ought not to have any immediate fears on this count. For one, the clutch of political parties clamouring for restoration of democracy are fragmented, though serious efforts are afoot to unite them. Second, there have emerged ideological divisions in the top leadership of Maoists who are arguably the king's most powerful opponents. Add to this the loyalty of the 80,000-strong Royal Nepal Army (RNA) to him, and you'd understand Gyanendra's indifference to the democratic aspirations of his people.

The lifting of Emergency has prompted people to ask: do they now enjoy the fundamental rights the king suspended on February 1? Then the king had announced he was imposing Emergency and issued executive orders suspending civil rights for six months. And though Emergency was lifted last week, no orders—or clarifications—have been passed restoring the people's fundamental rights; these remain suspended for at least another three months. In fact, fresh government orders were issued extending the detention of incarcerated political leaders.

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