Posted by: becketfund | January 5, 2009

Nepal: Discontent Follows Government Decision to Elect Hindu Priests

KATHMANDU – Widespread protests ensued January 5 after the government appointed the head priests at Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most revered Hindu temple, the AP reported on January 5. Priests belonging to the Pashupatinath temple claimed that the government was interfering in religion and meddling with centuries of tradition they immediately condemned the appointments and have since refused to take part in religious ceremonies at the temple.  Nepal’s king traditionally appointed the country’s top priests, but the monarchy was abolished in 2008 and the prime minister became head of state. Since a new constitution has yet to be written, the laws are not clear on who now holds the power to appoint priests. Pratima Gautam, one of nearly 200 student protesting the governments appointments said, “We are protesting the government appointing their people to these respected positions and going against traditions.”

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