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Gyanendra Shah: My sacrifices for Nepal have been undermined

In his address to the Nepalese people on the eve of 66th National Democracy Day, the former king said: “I stepped aside for the sake of the nation, nationalism and movement forward, but I never separated myself from the supreme aspiration of the nation.”

By: Express News Service | Kathmandu | Published: February 19, 2016 1:00:54 am
Gyanendra Shah Gyanendra Shah

Nepal’s last monarch Gyanendra Shah Thursday claimed that his “sacrifices” for the nation have been undermined and he is still inseparably linked with the “supreme aspiration” for nation’s collective well being.

In his address to the Nepalese people on the eve of 66th National Democracy Day, the former king said: “I stepped aside for the sake of the nation, nationalism and movement forward, but I never separated myself from the supreme aspiration of the nation.”

In a clear disapproval of the prevailing situation in the country, he said, “But unfortunately, the current statute has not done enough to strengthen the nation, national integration, political order and forward movement. Instead, there are signs of discord in the country. The people who harboured a dream for peace and political stability are in deep pain.”

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His assertion, despite the threat meted out from some Communist leaders belonging to the ruling party to snatch all facilities he is enjoying from the state, is significant as the current constitution comes under debate and criticism from many, and also amounts to seeking his past role restored.

Recalling how his grandfather King Tribhuvan and people aspiring for democracy had joined hands together 66 years ago, he said, “Together, we laid the foundation of a modern, democratic unified and integrated Nepal,” and appealed to all Nepalese to move forward to the right way taking into consideration “our geography, social context, religion, culture and tradition”.

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