Astounding facts on Royal Palace Massacre and top secret scandals of Royalties depicted in a book.
A novel based on reportage of a journalist has revealed astounding facts of Nepalese history. Rakta Kunda (meaning the bloody well) by a journalist Krishna Abiral has outstandingly revealed the activities of the Royal family members which used to …
remain top secret. The book depicts the history since 104 year long Ranarchy (from 1847 to 1951) and the Monarchy ruled by Shah Dynasty …till much talked and sorrowful Palace Massacre in June 1, 2001. In a sense, the book has tried to rewrite the history of that time.
The book begins as a recalling of a personal experience. Which can rightly be termed as prelude. However, the writer jumps into a conversation on which an old woman recalls her olden days and what she heard from her elders. The women is the former maiden at the Royal Palace, who was sent as a dowry to serve the then Crown Princess (Wife of Crown Prince Mahendra) and currently Queen Mother Ratna. The woman goes on recalling the past and revealing the secrets inside the Palace right till twenty years ago unless she left the Palace owing to her old age. The novel reveals that the women left her daughter as her successor in service of Queen Mother who then continues the narrative till the Royal Palace Massacre who turns to be the eye witness of the fatal incident.
The book mainly focuses on sex scandals of the Kings and Princes. It also depicts how the Shah Kings amassed the national property and deceived people. To take an instance, late King Mahendra sold the Narayanhiti Royal Palace to the government in 330 million rupees which was already a government asset. Another big amassing is that he transferred 20 million pounds deposited in an English bank in the name of his wife Ratna. The money was given by the British government to Nepal for her assistance during the first and the Second World War.
Most astounding is the depiction of Royal Palace Massacre which remains the sorriest incident in Nepalese history on which Nepalese people lost their Beloved King, Queen, Crown Prince, Prince and Princess and many other members of the Royal family. In this massacre, all members of King Birendra lost their lives whereas none of the present King Gyanendra’s family members was even injured in the incident. The then Prince Gyanendra was enthroned as King and a commission formed by him on the incident reported that the then Crown Prince Dipendra shoot them all and later shoot himself. The cause was denial of his parents on marrying him with the girl of his choice. Hence, alleging a dead person, the perpetrators of the incident were concealed.
However, the book has shown the next side of the coin. The narrator of the incident is the eye witness as well as a victim of the incident. She had lost her husband who used to manage the parties in the Palace. Desparate with her husband’s death and Palace’s denial to announce his death, she left her service in the Royal Palace and has recently settled in the USA. She tells that more than two people in the mask of Crown Prince Dipendra fired all the bullets which she was observing from the nearby room. The evidences seem trustworthy.
Hence, writer Abiral has dared to speak the truth which has thrilled the perpetrators. It has rewritten the history of Royal Palace Massacre and revealed many other unwritten and unrevealed anti national acts of Shah Kings. It has strengthened Nepalese doubt that the Royal Palace massacre was a long planned plot. Many Royal family members including Queen Aishwarya and the then Prince Gyanendra were dissatisfied with King Birendra’s decision to give back the democracy to the people. Which was the beginning point of the massacre, the book indicates.
There are reports that the book is talk of tongue inside the Royal Palace as well. The book has also made record on its sale. The challenge journalist Abiral took on bringing out this book is worthy of salutation. The way he gave the shape of novel to the reportage is more praise worthy. It is one of the best examples that journalism is literature written in hurry. And also that journalism can rewrite the history.
Some facts revealed by the book
♣ King Mahendra sold the Narayanhity Royal Palace to the government and took 330 million rupees which was already a government property.
♣ King trivuwan, Mahendra and Birendra and Birendra including other Princes were indulged in various sex scandals.
♣ They used to have multiple wives, some publicly recognized and others confined within the Palace.
♣ Rabindra Shah is the son of King Mahendra, who was elder than Birendra but denied Crown Prince because he was from similar unclaimed wife.
♣ King Mahendra transferred 20 million Pound on his wife Ratna’s name which was given by British government to the Nepal government in return of Nepal’s assistance during first and second world wars.
♣ King Mahendra committed suicide with the admission that his partyless Panchayat system jeopardised national sovereignty. Indira Gandhi’s expansionism compelled him to think that next victim could be Nepal.
♣ At least three people masked in Dipendra’s face committed the Royal Palace Massacre who killed those all the family members of King Birendra.
♣ The then Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala was detained by the army for few hours who reached the Royal Palace to seek the truth about the incident.