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The Last Hindu King: How Nepal Desanctified its Monarchy

Conference  by David Gellner, professor at Oxford Univesity.
This conference will be held on zoom.

Nepal was proud to label itself ‘the world’s only Hindu kingdom’ from 1960 to 2007. In 1990 the central place of the monarchy both in the country’s constitution and in its understanding of itself was, for most people, still utterly taken for granted. Yet just 17 years later the country became a republic. There were the two main steps to ensure that ex-King Gyanendra was not able to project himself as a king in the public sphere: (1) removing him from his role in prominent festivals and replacing him by the president; (2) converting the Narayanhiti Royal Palace into a museum.

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