Gyanendra Shah’s seven questions and what Khagendra Sangroula makes of it

By Ram Khatry, Sydney
9 October 2016

A renown author and columnist in Kathmandu has said whereas the seven politically-charged questions Nepal’s last monarch recently raised are highly relevant to the fragile socio-political context of the Himalayan nation, Gyanendra Shah doesn’t have “the moral right” to raise them.

What he asked last Friday nevertheless hit the very core of local political parties’ performance, or the absence of it, Khagendra Sangroula indicated during a telephone conversation with today.

Issuing a press statement on the occasion of Dashain Festival, Mr Shah had made a direct reference to the performance of the main political parties who robbed him of the throne in 2008. The questions in question, translated version of which have been made available below, make mockery of the political parties’ failure to deliver on their tall promises made after republicanism was imported into the mountain nation.

Gyanedra Shah
Gyanendra Shah trying a spinning wheel at Gandhi Ashram in India in 2008 | Photo: source unknown

Unlike last year when few political leaders spoke of “repercussions” when Mr Shah made similar political comments, they have maintained stoic silence this year – including the very vocal ex-Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli.

Their complete silence may have left the Nepalese public bewildered but not Mr Sangroula.

The first possible reason of silence

“We may look at it from two different angles. First, political leadership may have chosen not to react against Gyanendra’s comments because they see no significance in it at all,” the popular author said. He reminded that it was mainly due to Mr Shah’s nature and role that led to the abolition of monarchy, “He was not popular among people even before he became the king. And he was not popular after he became the king as well.”

Even though the questions Mr Shah put to the political leaders were all pertinent and timely, the renown satirist remarked, he has long lost the moral authority to raise such questions. “The questions raised by Gyanendra, in my view,  are the right questions but again the question arises as to where he gets the moral right to raise those questions. We all can imagine what would be the condition of Nepal today had Gyanendra continued his regime,” Mr Sangroula said on Sunday, alluding to the fact that the ex-king himself was no better when he directly ruled the country following the death of his brother King Birendra.

It is because of this background that the political parties may have seen no value in his words due to which they did not issue any statements against Mr Shah’s sharp criticism, he noted.

Khagendra Sangroula | Photo: Facebook

The second possible reason

The other reason that may explain the suspicious silence of the political parties could be, the novelist said, because the seven politically-charged questions are at the heart of how they performed since they wrested power off the palace.

The other reason that may have stopped the political leadership from responding to the open challenge of a king they overthrew less than a decade ago is because they do not have “the moral and physical base” to launch their verbal retaliation from. “The questions Gyanendra Shah raised directly relate to the actions, morality and opinions of the political parties,” Mr Sangroula said, and they do not want to go there.

Given the economic, political, moral and indigenous issues that still dog the South Asian nation in all these years since Mr Shah was thrown out of the palace, all questions raised by him are “worth-speculating”, Mr Sangroula said when asked what he personally thought of them.

Translated version of the seven questions contained in Gyanendra Shah’s festive press release 

Question 1. Has there been positive changes in the daily life of people over the past decade?

Question 2. Have nationalism, sovereignty, national unity and social amity become stronger?

Question 3. Has a pro-people governance (administration) been established by replacing corruption, irregularities, slow service delivery and impunity?

Question 4. Has an environment conducive to development, construction and industries been created?

Question 5. Have national self-respect and interests been protected by formulating a mature foreign policy?

Question 6. And, have Nepali youths been liberated from a situation wherein they are compelled to leave their home and family members and toil in foreign lands?

Question 7. Have crime and criminalisation been discouraged?

17 thoughts on “Gyanendra Shah’s seven questions and what Khagendra Sangroula makes of it

  1. What 7 questioned asked rightly by ex HM King G. Shah all have one answer….. a big fat NO. Only positive uphill swing has been the bank balance of all these impoverished politicians. T we all blind & mad?

  2. Nepali politician need to urgently focus in national development and completing pending projects and tame corruption. other wise another phase of political instability is brewing in Nepal.Politicains need to think for common people not their political followers and party cadres.

  3. And who gave us the right to judge him..
    Its not a question its a fact ..
    Is he the only one who could change the course of the present scenario

  4. ‘No Moral Right’ – Wow! He has not accused anybody. For a meritocratic and democratic system to function we need individuals and organizations who ask questions and evaluate performances. To put it right, former King Gyanendra is just exercising his rights of being a citizen of democratic country to ask questions. Simple.

    1. Exactly my thoughts, aren’t citizens of this country important? Does our concern have “No moral value”? It’s people like this guy who has no moral value towards the country and people of this country.

  5. राज्नितिक दल माथी प्रश्न उठाउने नैतिक अधिकार हरेक नागरिक सङ्ग हुन्छ । पुर्वराजा पबि तेसै भित्र पर्छन ।

  6. the communist demagouge Mr. Shangrula, wouldn’t accept the failure of these political leaders since they have been the source of his well being& bread and butter. He goes to the extent of saying that Gynendra do not have any right to comment and ask pertinent questions to public with regard to the functioning of those leaders who have been holding the reign of the country since last one decade. shame for those so called intellectual or may be right to term them slave-intellectuals.

  7. I totally agree with Mr. Kaushal Raj Sapkota. Gyanendra Shah is exercising his democratic rights. If what he is asking is not true, then the concerned ones should have the guts to counter them. At least the former King had enough guts. Let’s also reflect on his contribution (including financial) in reinstatement/inauguration of the Pachali Bhairab idol last week (normally Head of the State’s duty) and no one commented on this.

  8. The questions raised by former king are pertinent enough.. Being a Nepali citizen he has moral right to raise such questions… The answer is the situation has been worst than before!!!!

  9. You need no f***ing right to ask these questions other than that you are a citizen of this nation. Former king has done what the other weak, poor fellow citizens are not able to do. If the leaders have any face, they should come front and provide a tallying answer. Else, just shut the f*** up!

  10. Why can’t he raise the questions? Every citizen has right to do so…I guess…because he is a former king and he got attention…that’s it…

  11. I don’t believe former king has no rights to question the political parties. No one should say that he do not have rights. He is a nepali citizen too.
    And for those who say how bad his reign was, it was getting frombad to worse but at least he didn’t go ti the other side of this country to protest.

  12. he has right to ask these questions as a citizen of nepal. It’s not only his question, it’s a question that has been raised in the mind of all the nepalese

  13. His Majesty King Gyanendra Shah, left his crown for the people if he would have not done so, there would arise a war.
    Killing many thousands of people from both side maoist as well as army plus citizens in between.
    The choice he made was a moral one other wise Nepal would have been like Syria. Think about it.
    As for he couldn’t achive progress and stability is due to the fact that there was a revolution going through where progress was being hault, no matter how devoted you were in your work it didn’t make much difference.
    Terror was in peoples heart, damn we know what we have been through.
    And about the question, its true give us people the answer.
    And who says a King is not allowed to question political parties for shake off common people.
    He is the King call him ex King or what ever but remember a King is a King.
    And we normal people have the same question it is you nobel duty to answer them.

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