A Disaster of Royal Proportions

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    Smoke rises during the cremation of King Birendra, Queen Aishwarya, and Prince Nirajan in Kathmandu, June 2, 2001. Ten members of the royal family were shot dead in a palace massacre on June 1.

The sad summary…

Dead:

  • King Birendra
  • Queen Aishwarya
  • Crown Prince Dipendra
  • Nirajan (king’s younger son)
  • Shruti (king’s daughter)
  • Dhirendra (king’s brother)
  • Shanti Singh(king’s sister)
  • Sharada (king’s sister)
  • Jayanti (king’s cousin)
  • Khadga Bikram (Sharada’s husband)

    Injured:

  • Shova Shahi(king’s sister)
  • Gorakh Rana(Shruti’s husband)
  • Keytaki Chester (king’s cousin)
  • Komal (king’s brother Gyanendra’s wife)

    Official Investigation Report


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  • What the constitution says on His Majesty and matters related to his succession

  • The comeback kid

     

    This is the second time King Gyanendra was appointed king. The first time was when his grandfather King Tribhuvan fled to India with the entire royal family on November 7, 1950. Tribhuvan was fighting against the Rana regime headed by Mohan Shamsher Rana. He remained king for two months until January 7, 1951. His grandfather was re-instated upon his return to the country.

    Fast forward half a century. Gyanendra is catapulted right back to the throne. And this time, according to
    unconfirmed rumors, it is because the great grand son of Tribhuvan, Dipendra, went on a shooting rampage in the palace because he was not allowed to marry the great grand daughter of Mohan Samsher, Devyani.


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