From The Nepali Press
Jana Astha, 25 May
FROM ISSUE #249 (27 MAY 2005 - 02 JUNE 2005) | TABLE OF CONTENTS
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"I will finish them! Do you understand? Bloody Americans, the British and Indians are trying to control our country! We don't need their money, we will show them!" The elderly stocky man in daura suruwal and topi was jumping up and down at the Soaltee Hotel at an anniversary party. Who was this man in powerful glasses with greying moustache and beard? None other than honorary royal ADC and former ambassador to Britain, retired Major General Bharat Keshar Simha. He is also the chairman of the World Hindu Federation, whose Pandit Narayan Prasad Pokhrel was recently assassinated mysteriously. This was the 50th wedding anniversary of 93-year-old Nara Shumshere Rana, the nephew of King Tribhuban who executed pro-democracy martyrs Gangalal and Dasarat Chand. The function was boycotted by Nara Shumshere's own son Prabhakar Rana and his son Siddhartha. Simha was getting worked up about the envoys of America, Britain and India, saying they should be thrown out of the country. "We don't want outside interference," he thundered, "just because they give us aid we won't kneel in front of them." He added: "The Indians are giving refuge to two Maoist leaders, as long as we have one soldier left we will keep fighting the Maoists and their foreign buddies." His Majesty arrived at 8.05 PM at the function that was populated mostly by Ranas and Shahs, including Pashupati Shumshere Rana who had a 20-minute private chat with His Majesty. An ebullient Pashupati Shumshere was listening most of the time and looked considerably crestfallen at the end of the royal conversation.