Gyanendra

Gyanendra

(gyänĕn`drə), 1947–, last king of Nepal (2001–8). Second son of King Mahendra (r. 1955–72) and brother of King Birendra (r. 1972–2001), Gyanendra was a businessman whose assets included a hotel, tea estate, and cigarette factory and was also an adviser to King Birendra. Gyanendra became king in June, 2001, when Birendra and other royal family members were murdered by Crown Prince Dipendra, who was apparently distraught over royal disapproval of his choice of a wife. Under Gyanendra, Nepal's long-simmering Maoist insurgency worsened, and conflicts between the monarchy and Nepal's fractious politicians complicated the situation. In 2005 he assumed complete executive powers, arrested many politicians, dissidents, and others, and declared a state of emergency. The royal coup led to increasingly confrontational protests, and the king ended absolute rule in 2006. The reinstated parliament quickly reduced the king to a figurehead and subsequently signed a peace accord with the rebels. In 2008 the monarchy was abolished by the constituent assembly elected to write a new constitution.
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Former King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev has stated that only by preserving old Nepal, we can build new Nepal.
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King Dipendra, 29, was last night in a critical condition in hospital and his uncle, Prince Gyanendra, is acting king.
London, July 7 ( ANI ): Nepal's deposed king, Gyanendra, has said that he wants to return to the throne.
Soon after the incident, the hysterical public saddened and shocked at the demise of their king, who was revered as an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, put the blame of the massacre on Birendra's younger brother Gyanendra who was away from Kathmandu on the night of the incident.
The royal massacre, believed to have been the worst since Russia s Romanovs were shot on the order of Vladimir Lenin in 1918, prompted rumours about the possible role in the slayings of the king s less popular brother, Gyanendra.
DID senior BJP leader from Uttarakhand, Bhagat Singh Koshyari, meet former Nepal king Gyanendra in Kathmandu recently?
Nepal's government on Tuesday barred deposed King Gyanendra from attending a cultural function organized on the eve of a centuries-old festival.
He has been a prominent figure in Nepalese politics for more than a decade and played an important role during protests in 2005 against the rule of Gyanendra, the last king of Nepal.
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Surya Thapa, a journalist who has written three books on the Himalayan royals, said ex-king Gyanendra is unlikely to feel any financial squeeze as a commoner, and that state accountants will have a tough time if they want to confiscate his wealth.
Former King Gyanendra said he wanted to stay to "help establish peace" as the country moves from a monarchy to a republic.