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A Kingdom Orphaned: Reflecting on June 1, 2001

A Kingdom Orphaned: Reflecting on June 1, 2001 S A M R A T U P A D H Y A Y Like all Nepalis around the world, for the past few days I have been trying to put together a coherent understanding of the incoherent act that took the lives of most of my native country's royal family. As the world now knows, Crown Prince Dipendra allegedly entered the family dining room with guns and massacred his entire family, including King Birendra, Queen Aishwarya, brother Nirajan, sister Shruti, and other immediate family members--all in all, ten dead, four injured--in a dispute with his mother over his choice of a bride. This is the jfk moment for all Nepalis: the nation has lost its innocence. Nothing in the modern chronicles of Nepal compares to the evening of June 1 for its sheer shock value--not even the pro-democracy movement of 1990, which led to the dismantling of the nation's decades-old, one-party Panchayat reign and ushered in multiparty democracy. But the tragedy spells more than mere loss of innocence. Nepalis have lost their faith in the sanctity of monarchy, which had served as the only bridge from their repressive past to their progressive future. Before Friday, June 1, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Manoa University of Hawai'I Press

A Kingdom Orphaned: Reflecting on June 1, 2001

Manoa , Volume 13 (2) – Oct 1, 2001

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S A M R A T U P A D H Y A Y Like all Nepalis around the world, for the past few days I have been trying to put together a coherent understanding of the incoherent act that took the lives of most of my native country's royal family. As the world now knows, Crown Prince Dipendra allegedly entered the family dining room with guns and massacred his entire family, including King Birendra, Queen Aishwarya, brother Nirajan, sister Shruti, and other immediate family members--all in all, ten dead, four injured--in a dispute with his mother over his choice of a bride. This is the jfk moment for all Nepalis: the nation has lost its innocence. Nothing in the modern chronicles of Nepal compares to the evening of June 1 for its sheer shock value--not even the pro-democracy movement of 1990, which led to the dismantling of the nation's decades-old, one-party Panchayat reign and ushered in multiparty democracy. But the tragedy spells more than mere loss of innocence. Nepalis have lost their faith in the sanctity of monarchy, which had served as the only bridge from their repressive past to their progressive future. Before Friday, June 1,

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Published: Oct 1, 2001

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