Darkness at Noon

In the late 1990s, India’s twin strategy of supporting multi-party democracy and constitutional monarchy in Nepal was working well – or so it seemed!
There was clearly some preoccupation in New Delhi to repair the relationship with the monarchy, after the tensions generated by the standoff of 1980-90. Birendra was supposed to be only a constitutional monarch, but was still a highly important element in the Nepalese polity. Prime Minister Narasimha Rao felt that the king could make a constructive contribution to a more mature relationship with India just as the king of Bhutan had, and wanted India’s links with the monarchy to be made firmer even as it sought to strengthen Nepal’s democracy: what came to be known as the ‘twin-pillar approach’.


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