Hindu is Nepal’s national religion as over 80 per cent Nepalis are Hindu, says deputy PM
Kathmandu, Aug 3: Hindu is Nepal's national religion as over 80 per cent of the population in the country belongs to Hindu community, said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Bamdev Gautam.
"No one can end Hinduism from this country," said Deputy Prime Minister while inaugurating the Bol Bom Kanwar Yatra organised by Bol Bom Kawariya Association at Sundarijal on Sunday, The Himalayan Times reported.
"Who can end Hindu religion from Nepal as more than 80 per cent Nepalis are Hindu? Deceiving the people in the name of religion should not be done but religious reforms are needed," Gautam said.
He also urged not to engage in the task of bringing dispute among the people and added that the new constitution would ensure rights of all.
Nepal was declared a secular state after its centuries-old monarchy was abolished in 2008 and was declared a republic. The monarchs that ruled Nepal promoted Hinduism and the kings were believed by some to be a reincarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu.