The chief of a militant Hindu extremist group sought to disguise his extortion and terror activities from behind bars by claiming he had repented of bombing a church in Nepal and showing interest in Christianity, according to investigators.
The revelation emerged when Nepal’s premier investigation agency foiled a plot to explode a series of bombs devised by Ram Prasad Mainali, former chief of the Hindu militant outfit Nepal Defence Army (NDA), in the capital city of Kathmandu.
The draft constitution, aimed at completing the country’s transition from a Hindu monarchy to a secular democracy, contains provisions in its “religious freedom” section that prohibit anyone from converting others from one religion to another.
Parliament has yet to decide on the proposal, but Christian leaders said they fear it is likely to be approved given that Nepal’s largest political party, led by former Maoist rebels, sympathizes with the deposed king’s wishes for such a ban. The country is forging a new constitution as part of its transition from a Hindu monarchy to a democracy.
Vikash Patrick’s 19-year-old bride died while praying at the Assumption Church in Kathmandu valley’s Lalitpur district, the largest Catholic church in Nepal, in an anti-Christian bombing on May 23, the day they were to return home.
Claiming responsibility for the violence was the Nepal Defense Army (NDA), a group wishing to restore Hinduism as the official religion of Nepal.
Kathmandu, Oct 28 : After renowned mountaineers Sir Edmund Hillary, Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler, Nepal is now courting Indian spiritual gurus to portray the Himalayan kingdom as a safe destination. Nepal is hoping that the arrival of Indian spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, whose Art of Living Foundation teaches how to deal with negative emotions through breathing control techniques, will reinforce the image of Nepal as a safe destination for tourists, especially from India. “Ravi Shankar has disciples all over India and we hope his visit will build confidence among Indian tourists and promote religious tourism,” said Tek