Nepal's Political Future Uncertain

July 29, 2008

Indigenous missions trust the sovereignty of God as they continue in their labors.

On May 28, 2008, the monarchy reigning in Nepal for 240 years was abolished. It is now officially declared to be a Federal Democratic Republic. His Majesty, King Gyanendra, now dethroned, was obliged to leave the former Royal Palace on June 11, 2008.

The new declaration states that Nepal has become an independent, indivisible, sovereign, secular and inclusive democratic republic. The fact that Nepal has moved from being the only official Hindu state in the world to being a secular one might indicate that religious freedom is on the horizon. However, since it is the communist party of Nepal (the Maoists) that is responsible for these recent turn of events, it might also be predicted that no religion will be tolerated.

While the political climate may not have a direct impact on the ministries in Nepal (especially in rural areas), there is another force more likely to disturb the relative calm Christians have enjoyed these past few years. Another ministry, located in the capital city of Kathmandu, gave us this view: "The Hindu extremist groups have challenged that they will pay any cost to keep Nepal as a Hindu state. Following the World Hindu Conference in India, the fanatic Hindu groups are working together with determination and resources in this effort. Please do pray for the will of God for this nation."