The umbrella umbrage

Yogi Naraharinath used to attract a fair bit of attention while he was in Nepal. His statements using the analogy of an umbrella were interpreted as a jibe at King Birendra’s tendency to hold on to power but without the ability to wield it. Indian Prime...

Hari Bahadur Thapa

Jogi’s dangerous politics

Yogi Naraharinath was attracting more and more followers by claiming he was Lord Gorakhnath. On 25 October 1960, his disciples mounted an attack on the headquarters of Gorkha district. Their plan was to occupy the town and capture the chief officer. He...

Hari Bahadur Thapa

When King Mahendra Shah got enmeshed with a mendicant

Yogi Naraharinath was inciting people and creating troubles in various places. He used to show a letter bearing a royal seal and claim he was following King Mahendra’s instructions to revolt against BP, the ‘atheistic’ prime minister. The mendicant was...

Hari Bahadur Thapa

The Mustang shooting

Political temperatures in Nepal rose after All-India Radio broadcast news that the Chinese army had encroached upon several border points. Indian radio stations were influential in Nepal at the time as there were no other news sources | PHOTO: Sam Cowan...

Hari Bahadur Thapa

Ramailo Mela rumpus

In the third week of June 1967, various activities were taking place to celebrate King Mahendra’s birthday. Part of the celebrations was a fair in Brikuti Mandap, Kathmandu, where the Chinese had set up a stall.

Hari Bahadur Thapa

The Everest dispute

There was a long discussion in Nepal’s parliament in April 1960 over the Chinese claim to Mount Everest and the threat posed by the spread of communism

Hari Bahadur Thapa

Cold War in Nepal

When communist nations like China and the Soviet Union started investing in physical infrastructures like roads, factories and power plants, the westerners grew anxious. PHOTO Getty Images

Hari Bahadur Thapa

Highway and geopolitics

‘Nepal will not be China’s client nation. We cannot even imagine communism in Nepal so long as the reins of power are in the king’s hands’ Photo: A section of the Kodari Highway

Hari Bahadur Thapa

Ambitious and guileful Mahendra

The king had adopted a policy of wooing and cowing influential Congress leaders, and of using them and casting them off once they outlived their utility

Hari Bahadur Thapa

The IPS conundrum

On June 1, the US Department of Defense made public its report on the IPS, which, among other claims, says America aims to enhance military partnership with Nepal. This shows the US considers Nepal a fairly important partner in its Indo-Pacific Strategy—despite...

Kamal Dev Bhattarai

The advent of Panchayat

Mahendra’s initial intention was to ban only the Congress, the party with a two-third parliamentary majority. The ban on all political parties was imposed only at the insistence of Bishwa Bandhu Thapa and Tulsi Giri

John Narayan Parajuli

Abusing the constitution

A month after dissolving the parliament, King Mahendra awarded medals to a number of army and police officers for their assistance in the royal coup. Altogether 85 high-level army officials were honoredMadan

Hari Bahadur Thapa

Tibet and big power politics

The US and some other western countries frequently raise the issue of human rights for Tibetan refugees in Nepal. But Nepal remains fully committed to the ‘One-China policy’ and to curbing any anti-China activity on Nepali soil

Kamal Dev Bhattarai

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