King of Nepal

The absolutist monarch, King Gyanendra of Nepal, has finally given way. Well to some extent anyway. The movement for democracy in Nepal has cornered him, and he has decided not to shoot anymore people for the moment.

A little anecdote about him from today’s Indie:

Even as a child, Gyanendra was convinced he was different. While he was at school in India, he was asked to present a flower to the Indian Prime Minister at the time, Jawaharlal Nehru. He refused, saying: “I am higher than he.”