The local Rajdhani Daily correspondent, Bhairahava, found perhaps some minutes to talk with the now sidelined King Gyanendra, July 3, 2012. We found it interesting and thus the interview is being translated into English (literal translation only) for larger audience both within and without . Thanks Rajdhani daily dated July 4, 2012.
Q1: What should be the role of the former King in today’s prevailing political context?
Gyanendra Shah: We are in the process of understanding the people’s inner feelings. As we had been committed for the prevalence of peace and democracy yesterday, our commitment remains for the same even as of today. What we have found is the people now were longing for a role of the Nepali monarchy in the country’s politics. This is what we have understood. The people have been making slogans like “Raja Au-Desh Bachau” (King! Save the country). We highly honour and respect the people’s benevolent feelings. We are determined to act as per the people’s wishes and aspirations.
Q2: Have you any plans to jump into politics?
Gyanendra Shah: No Way. There is no question to enter into the political domain. If we come then we will have our own original role as the “King of Nepal”. King is a King. There are several political parties to remain in politics. Let them play politics. If the people really desire to see me in my own role then only it would be possible. All depends upon people’s wishes yet.
Q3: So do you mean that there will be revival of Monarchy in Nepal now?
Gyanendra Shah: For this to happen and take a formal shape, we will have to wait for some more time with patience. The people are sovereign. The desire and preference of the people must be respected and honoured because the people are ultimate authority. I have found the people from across the country demanding a role of Nepali monarchy. That’s why, what I think and appeal as well that we should wait for some time.
Q4: Some even allege you for having caused the annihilation of your own family. Under these circumstances, how could the people appeal you for your grand comeback? What say you?
Gyanendra Shah: This is a grave allegation upon me and the Nepal’s Royal Institution as well. How much a deep wound pains one, only the one who has been wounded and undergone through the traumatic pain of the wound understand its better. I have been tortured mentally by such questions that confront me occasionally. But we have maintained our equanimity without any deviation. Its facts some time later history will prove. This is what I presume. But such allegations are being made against me to malign my credentials.
Thanks Rajdhani daily: Ed.