The former King of Nepal, Gyanendra Shah, has stated that he is ready to take on the leadership and responsibility of the country. He talked to the media last Saturday and remarked that he is worried that the country currently appears to have no leadership. He calls himself a responsible citizen, and it is only natural for him to be worried.
He said: “It appears like our country does not have a proper leadership. That’s why I think the time has come to assume the responsibility of country’s leadership. But there should be support from all sect of the society.
“While saying this, questions may arise if the former King is trying to become active in country’s politics. But this is not about getting active or not. I believe the situation has demanded my leadership.”
Gyanendra Shah was King of Nepal from 2001 until 2008. He succeeded his nephew Dipendra, who on 1 June 2001 had opened fire at the Narayanhity Royal Palace and killed his father King Birendra, his mother, Queen Aishwarya, and seven other members of the royal family before shooting himself in the head. Dipendra was officially King from 1 June, but he was comatose until his death four days later upon which Gyanendra succeeded him as King. Dipendra’s motive for the murders is not known.
The monarchy was suspended in 2008 as part of a peace deal with Maoist rebels, and later that same year, the constitution was amended to abolish the monarchy and to establish the republic. Gyanendra has previously stated in 2012 that he would return as King of Nepal. Gyanendra married his second cousin Komal Rajya Laxmi Devi on 1 May 1970 in Kathmandu, and they have two children: Prince Paras Bir Bikram Shah Dev (born on 30 December 1971) and Princess Prerana Rajya Laxmi Devi Singh (born on 20 February 1978).