A horse and a donkey

According to an assessment made public by Rewati Raman Khanal, former chief secretary of the Narayanhiti Palace, “Dr. Tulsi Giri is a sharp Arabian horse. It will take you to your destination. It recognizes the riders, but can cause them to fall if it...

Hari Bahadur Thapa

‘Mother’ of Panchayat system

Throughout the Panchayat reign, Tulsi Giri was considered a leading figure of the illiberal camp—even though the palace used him at times to further its own interests, and left no stone unturned at other times to destroy him | Photo amazon.com

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Two Himalayan lands

India considers both Nepal and Bhutan as being within its exclusive sphere. Nepal’s case is different as it has started adopting a balanced approach to India and China, and has been reaping maximum benefits from China’s growth | Photo: Forbes

Kamal Dev Bhattarai

Comrades turned conspirators

The veteran politician duo of the Panchayat regime, Giri and Thapa lived in BP’s home—and slept in the same room—until BP became prime minister in May 1959. Both had already assumed the role of the Nepali Congress General Secretary | PHOTO: jfklibrary.org

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Yogi breathes his last

The Panchayat regime apprehended Naraharinath on the sly and drove him on a government vehicle to the other side of the border through the Bhairahawa customs point. He was forced into exile to India | PHOTO: YouTube

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Emblems of missed opportunities for Nepal

In his 2004 book Pakistan Islamisation, Army and Foreign Policy, Bidanda M Chengappa, Associate Professor of International Relations at Christ University in Bangalore, writes, “Pakistan’s foreign policy towards Nepal has evolved over the five decades,...

Kamal Dev Bhattarai

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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.

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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

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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

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