Nepal becomes a secular state from Hindu-nation
- On 28 May 2008, King Gyanendra surrendered and abdicated the throne paving way for secularism in Nepal.
- A Parliament declaration followed the abolition of monarchy from the country and officially transformed Nepal from a Hindu nation to a secular nation.
- A 560 vote strong resolution made Nepal "an independent, indivisible, sovereign, secular and an inclusive democratic republic nation".
Rath Yatra in Nepal to re-instate Hindu state
- Rastriya Prajatantra Party- Nepal took out a Rath Yatra (chariot procession) from Mechi to Mahakali to exert pressure on the government and other political parties to re-declare Nepal as a Hindu state.
- The procession lasted 10 days and mass gatherings were held en-route.
- The party has long been seeking a referendum on monarchy and religion and hoped that this would make the government relent.
81.3% of Nepali population is Hindu
Hindus are the majority in Nepal with 81.3% of its population Hindu, 9.0% Buddhist, 4.4% was Muslim, 3.0% was Kirant Yumaist, 1.42% were Christian and 0.9% followed other religions or were atheists.
RPP-N attacks Nepal for trying to ape West
- Nepal's pro-Hindu party Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal (RPP-N) affirmed that no one could prevent the nation from "turning back into a Hindu nation".
- It also attacked politicians for promoting secularism under the "influence of the West" and their ideologies.
- The party's president Kamal Thapa said that the new constitution should keep the nation's Hindu identity in mind.
After Muslim and Christian countries, Hindu-state next?
Kamal Thapa, the president of RPP-N said "When there are more than 40 Muslim countries and over 70 Christian countries, why can't Nepal become a Hindu state in today's world which is home to over 1.8 billion Hindus?"
Protestors hurl chairs at deputy PM
- About 200 RPP-N party supporters stormed into the national stadium protesting for a Hindu state.
- The protesters chanted slogans and threw chairs at the country's deputy prime minister Prakash Man Singh when he was gathering recommendations on a draft constitution.
- The protesters claimed that Nepal was a Hindu state and would continue to function as so and that it had changed due to 'bad-influences'.
Not just Hindus, even Muslims lobby for Hindu-state
Strangely enough, it's not just the Hindus but even the Muslims in Nepal who are backing the pro-Hindu nation campaign saying that they are more "secure" under a Hindu state than under a secular Constitution.
Why secular factions are against Hindu state?
- In Nepal, those who support secularism form important groups of the population "such as Buddhists, Muslims,Kirati, Christians, hill indigenous groups, and supporters of most of the Communist parties."
- These people contended that the pro-Hindu state people were those who wanted monarchy in the state.
- Monarchy would counter the progress made and alter Nepal's federal, secular and democratic framework established after 2008.
Calls to revert Nepal to Hindu state rejected
- Nepal's constituent assembly rebuffed demands to revert Nepal "back to a Hindu state" sparking violent protests.
- More than two-thirds of legislators of the assembly who voted on the draft-constitution were against establishing Nepal as a Hindu state again.
- The proposition needed the backing of at least two-thirds of the members to be approved.
- It was the Rastirya Prajatantra Party Nepal which pushed for this.