Golwalkar's followers call for Hindu republic in Nepal
Mar 24, 2007 - 4:03:19 PM

Kathmandu, March 24 - He was born in Nagpur city in India and died in New Delhi. But late Hindu nationalist leader M.S. Golwalkar is being honoured in Nepal on his birth centenary with a campaign for a Hindu republic in the Himalayan nation.

Golwalkar, who was the major force behind the Hindu organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh -, is being honoured in Nepal on his birth centenary with a campaign for a Hindu republic in the Himalayan nation.

As 65 countries with Hindu groups began a series of programmes to commemorate Golwalkar's birth centenary - he was born Feb 19, 1906, the RSS' sister organisation in Nepal, the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh -, also began organising pro-Hinduism meets in the country to press for a Hindu republic.

Last year, King Gyanendra, once regarded as an incarnation of Hindu god Vishnu and the monarch of Hindus worldwide, lost his popularity after his bid to seize power with the help of the army and rule the country failed.

The new government that came to power since then started taking measures to clip the king's influence and privileges.

One of the first measures was to declare Nepal, till then the only Hindu Kingdom and Hindu country in the world, a secular nation, and pledge to hold an election that will allow people to decide if they want to abolish Nepal's 238-year-old monarchy for a republic.

Sensing the winds of change blowing through Nepal, organisations like the RSS, HSS and Vishwa Hindu Parishad are demanding a Hindu republic while withdrawing their support for King Gyanendra.

'A democratic Hindu republic for social harmony' is the slogan coined for Golwalkar's birth centenary programmes.

The Nepal finale is to be held in Tundikhel, the open ground in Kathmandu city where a day before the Maoists and seven ruling parties had held a meeting.

The Hindu meet will be addressed by RSS leader Mohanrao Bhagwat and former Indian deputy home minister Chinmayanand Saraswati.

'We have the required permission from the government to hold the meeting and have been assured security,' HSS media in-charge Birendra KM said.

This is the first time that a Hindu meet is taking place in the capital in support of the abolition of monarchy and without extending an invitation to any royalists.

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