Nepal’s national flag -- the only one in the world with a triangular shape -- should be changed to reflect the new socio-political reality in the nascent republic, the Maoists have demanded.
Nepal’s last king Gyanandra was dethroned last year after the 240-year-old monarchy was abolished and the country was declared a republic. The Maoists, who waged a decade-long insurgency in the country before returning to political mainstream, say the sun and moon in the current national flag represent the Rana and Shah dynasties and should be replaced.
“We must change the national flag as the country has gone through tremendous socio-political change,” said Unified CPN-Maoist spokesman Krishna Bahadur Mahara.
The Maoists have not yet suggested any substitute. “We are in the process of discussion,” he said.
The proposal, which is sure to trigger a fresh dispute in Nepal, has received support from smaller parties like the Rastriya Janamorcha and the Dalit Janajati Party.
However, the key partners in ruling coalition -- Nepali Congress and CPN-UML -- are yet to state their positions.
The flag -- which has two triangular shapes with moon in the upper triangle and sun in the lower one -- is believed to be about 2,500 years old and is unique being the only triangular shaped national flag in the world.
It has red colour in the middle with blue borders. Blue represents peace and red represents courage. The Nepalese often identify the red colour with brave Gurkha soldiers, recognised world over for their bravery.