Absolute Power

According to his teachers and classmates at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan University, Kundal Kamle's defining trait was his relentless sense of injustice. A humanities undergraduate and student-union leader, Kamle spent much of his time whipping up political passions, hectoring passersby through megaphones and blocking the main road outside the campus with banners or burning tires. His causes ran the gamut from human rights to the price of gas. "Sometimes I liked him and I thought what he said was right," says Keshab Kumar Shrestha, an anthropology lecturer. "But other times he annoyed me. He was just too much, you...

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