Nepal gets its first female president

indexphp[1]Yesterday, Nepal’s ruling Communist Party’s vice-chairperson, Bidhya Devi Bhandari, defeated her opponent Kul Bahadur Gurung of the Nepal Congress party by 327 to 214 votes in country’s parliament – becoming the first female president of the Himalayan Hindu-majority nation. It’s ceremonial position and holds not much power.

On October 12, the parliament had elected the chairman of the Nepal Communist party, KP Sharma Oli as prime minister of the country. Both Chinese and Indian media have claimed KP Sharma Oli will prefer closer relations with China than India – no matter how much Narendra Modi play his Hindutva card.

On September 16, 2015, Nepal’s parliament passed a new Constitution under which country is divided into seven federated provinces. The new Constitution embraces the principles of republicanism, federalism, secularism, and religious freedom. The Hindutva groups opposed the Constitution to the last minute and blasted Indian government for not interfering to keep Nepal a pure Hindu state.

Between 1996-2006 Nepal’s traditional 240-year-old Hindu Monarchy fought Moist (Communist) insurgency from neighboring India or the so-called “Civil War”, like the Syrian “Civil War” going-on for more than four years. In 2004, the pro-India democratic parties too joined the Moist movement. In 2005, India brokered a peace through United Nations which abolished the powers of the ‘royal family’ in favor of a Constituent Assembly. The first election was held in 2008, two years after, a mass movement forced King Gyanendra to abdicate.

Nepal took a neutral position over disputed state of Jammu and Kashmir. Kathmandu established diplomatic relation with Karachi in 1963. It stayed away from India’s invasion of East Pakistan but when it recognized Bangladesh in 1972, Pakistan broke diplomatic relation with Nepal. King Mahendra had visited Pakistan twice.

Nepal’s ‘royalty’ maintained a policy of cordiality with its two giant neighbors; India and China. However, when the Nepal Congress party came into power as result of country’s first democratic election in 1959, Nepal’s prime minister, BP Koirala, found it impossible to maintain the ‘balancing act’ as result of China-India war of 1962. So he decided to court Israel which had friendly relations with both India and China. Nepal recognized Jewish occupation of Palestine on June 1, 1960. Koirala visited Israel the same year.

King Mahendra paid a royal visit to Israel in 1963. Crown prince Birendra paid a two-week visit to Israel in 1968. Zionist entity’s president Zalman Shazar (1963-73) accompanied by his wife paid a week-long visit to Nepal in 1966.

Nearly 3400 Nepalese work in Israel. Most of them are hired to look after the elderly Jews whose children have no time for their parents. The Jews found in Nepal are the tourists or belonging to Jewish surrogate baby industry.

Adolph Hitler presented a 1939 Mercedes Benz car to King Tribhuvan, grandfather of ex-King Gyanendra, which is on display at Kathmandu’s Narayan Palace which was turned into a national museum by the Moist government in 2008.

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