Two steps forward, one step back: the Nepal peace process
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Issue 26

Gagan Thapa traces the decline and fall of the monarchy in Nepal. As the Maoists war progressed the monarchy became increasingly assertive and autocratic in the political sphere. The 2001 royal massacre played a key role in undermining the legitimacy of King Gyanendra’s rule, helping to validate the Maoists’ cause and, ultimately, hasten the end of the war and the onset of the Nepali republic.