Wednesday, June 11, 2008

From the Far East - Nepal on a rocky path to democracy

Watching the goings on between the Maoist rebels and the government, it was only going to be a matter of time before the monarchy in Nepal came to an end.

The insurgency had been going on for too long, leaving at least 12,000 dead and more than 100,000 displaced, according to conservative estimates.

The death knell for the monarchy sounded in 2001 when the then crown prince Dipendra went on the rampage and slaughtered most of the royal family.

A 240-year-old dynasty was effectively ended by a young man intoxicated on a cocktail of drugs and alcohol. All because his parents would not let him marry the girl of his choice.

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