KATHMANDU, Jan 10: Former King Gyanendra Shah has said that though he left the Naryanhiti Royal Palace in the given situation, he still feels responsible for the nation and its people.
Issuing a statement on the eve of Prithivi Jayanti, the birth anniversary of King Prithivi Narayan Shah, the former King also claimed that the Nepali people’s wish has been the monarchy’s wish in Nepal.
“It is worth remembering that in this country with the tradition of the people’s wish being the monarchy’s wish, we left the Naryanhiti Palace also in the view of the situation back then. However, we have never forgotten and we will never forget our responsibilities for the people and the country,” the statement reads, “Not even a decade has passed and we find ourselves at a critical juncture where the question is not whether Nepal will progress, but whether it will exist.”
Shah said that it’s been his conviction that the country is not and should not be allowed to be anyone’s playground and that the existence and identity of Nepal can be saved through communal harmony, unity and love for the nation.
“We have to become an example of how we can unite at the time of crisis. As the world community competes for prosperity, we are becoming more and more poor,” the statement reads.
The former King said that at a time when the tide of nationalistic feeling is rising in the world, we on the other hand are behaving in such a way that is harming the very existence of the nation.
“This tragic and ironical situation has to end,” he said, “As a Nepali who is a descendent of Prithivi Narayan Shah, I appeal to all Nepalis to get united under the national flag to save Nepal’s existence, pride and honor forever, to make the unity among Nepalis lively and permanent and to create a stable, peaceful and prosperous Nepal,”