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Friday, 15 June, 2001, 12:24 GMT 13:24 UK
Can King Gyanendra restore confidence?
Nepal's King Birendra, revered by many as a living god, is dead and eight other members of the royal family with him.
With the explanation for the tragedy being slowly pieced together, the newly-crowned King Gyanendra is facing a difficult situation, as Nepal struggles to make sense of the killings.
So what can the new king do to restore a sense of cohesion and stability? What should his first priority be? And how will he gain the widespread support he needs to rebuild a sense of harmony in the country?
This debate is now closed. Read a selection of your comments below.
Revealing the true picture of the Royal massacre is the first challenge for the new King Gyanendra. If he fails at this very first step then he can never restore confidence. Since he is well known as a business person, he needs to rebuild his image as a successful monarch of the nation. For that he has to balance democracy with constitutional monarchy. At present, unstable government, Maoist activities, access to the world market, unemployment and widespread poverty are the major problems of the nation. If he can make the effort to solve these problems then he will gain the faith and trust of the Nepalese people. Time alone will tell and we wish him all the best!
Valerie, PA, USA
Nepal needs stable government not a King.
It is in King Gyanendra's interest to maintain cordial relations with India and enhance them into commercially beneficial ties. It would help if he makes someone else other than Paras the Crown Prince.
G.B. Banjara, Nepal
King Birendra proved time and again that he was a sensible and compromising king. Every time there was dissent, he fully co-operated and gave up to the popular demand, although reluctantly. The new King's acceptance by the people hinges on; whether he can be more democratic and more transparent as the time progresses. As he severely lacks popular approval, it might as well be better for him to voluntarily renounce some of the perks, privileges and authorities. This way he could gain some acceptance and approval from overwhelming number of people who are deeply sceptical of his reign.
Sayantan Chakravorty, India
The country is suffering with many crises. If this situation continues, it can poison the royal palace. Only one way the king can save his throne for himself and for his son is to bring economic prosperity to the people. At least, people should realise that they are better off now then they were before Gyanandra. What is the new king's plan to restore economic prosperity in the country?
The new King should try to bring peace, stability and democracy to that marvellous country which I visited last year. This is one more problem he will have to tackle and I hope he will succeed. Nepal and its people need it.
Dwarika Dhungel, Nepal
The most important thing is to stabilise and develop the nation. King Gyanendra should try to prove that he is committed to Nepal and the Nepali people.
My heart bleeds even to think of the tragic death of our King and Queen along with several members of the royal family. He was a great patriot and loved Nepal and its people. We have lost a great leader. May all of their souls rest in peace.
While Gyanendra comes to the throne with severe lack of credibility, the best thing to do in the interest of Nepali people is for him to strengthen the parliamentary form of democracy. This way, it will be immaterial to the people who reigns on the throne and it will provide the stability and continuity the nation so desperately needs.
Amod , Nepal/now in Australia
The new King should move Nepal forward to constitutional democracy, transparency and economic opportunity for its people. It is a slow and evolving process which starts with education, information flow and evolution in social structure. Caste, privilege and discrimination are issues to be confronted head on. Let's not dwell on the old King, the massacre and the gory details.
Nepalese public are very sceptical and hasty in their opinions, but it's just matter of time before the public realise that regretting and indulging over the spilled milk all the time is of no use. I am sure, we as a nation will move on; it's just a matter of time.
First and foremost he should cooperate fully with the investigation committee. The result of the committee can be crucial for the vitality of the monarch. King should stop immediately the rumours emerging from monarch's relatives. Secondly, king should prove in action that monarchy and democracy can match each other. Thirdly, role of monarch must be non-partial to any political thoughts/parties within Nepal.
Ashwani Kumar, India
King should ask the committee to investigate the incident thoroughly. Let them interview all eye witnesses. Have forensic expert evaluate the situation. Then report should be made public. Most people will accept the report and go forward in their life. There will be some groups who will try to create problem. No one can satisfy 100%. After the report, King and the Government should just close the chapter and move forward for routine business (if there is no one alive to punish for the crime).
King Gyanendra should ask all witnesses to the massacre to come forward and publicly bear witness to the events of that fateful evening, without fear of any recrimination. He should also reiterate publicly his support for constitutional monarchy and reassure the public that he is fully committed to democracy.
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