Nepal’s dethroned King Gyanendra Shah on Thursday warned that the “politics of obstruction” that has thrived in the country can lead to a “rebellion” by the “oppressed masses”. Addressing the three-day International Hindu Extensive Conference here, Gyanendra said: “Such kind of politics would only give rise to dissatisfaction.”
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Gyanendra, 69, said, “Obstructionist politics would fuel discontent and it would instigate feeling of rebellion among the oppressed masses.”
“We would be able to safeguard national pride, sustainable peace and the feeling of nationalism, if we could preserve the thousands of years old civilisation, culture and religion,” he said at the event organised by the World Hindu Federation at Pashupati area in Kathmandu.
Gyanendra, the last King of the Hindu Kingdom of Nepal who was dethroned in 2008, also said that the current political situation has generated despair among the people.
“The recent hopelessness has made everybody ponder the reason behind the current state of affairs in the country,” he said.
He said Nepal has always been the source of inspiration for ancient traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism and added that dark clouds are hovering over the ancient traditions and culture.
“Peace and goodwill will prevail wherever there are Hindus,” the former Hindu monarch said.
Shankaracharya of Jyotirmuth Vasudevananda Saraswoti and Adityanath of Gorakhnath Muth of Gorakhpur, also attended the three-day conference that kicked off today.
According to the organisers, representatives from Nepal, India, Thailand, USA, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Indonesia, Canada, UK and various other countries have been attending the conference, which is expected to come with a proposal to reconvert Nepal into a Hindu nation.
Nepal has seen months of protests over the federal provisions in the country’s new Constitution.