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Witnessing Palace, Power and Politics

Witnessing Palace, Power and Politics

Witnessing Palace, Power and Politics

Vivek Kumar Shah

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A memoir of a former military secretary, it takes us deep into the intrigues at the Narayanhiti Royal Palace and provide an inside-view into the momentous events of our times: the Royal Massacre, King Gyanendra’s wresting of all executive powers, the Maoists’ armed rebellion and its genesis and the forces backing it, the Comprehensive Peace Agreement between Nepal’s mainstream political parties and the Maoists, the end of monarchy, and the arrival of republicanism in Nepal. Written with courage and at great personal risk, the book is a must for anyone wanting to understand the contemporary history of Nepal.
 
Vivek Kumar Shah was born in 1949 in the village of Banfikot in Rukum, one of the remotest districts of Nepal. The first student to pass the School Leaving Certificate Examinations from the district, Shah began his career in the then Royal Nepalese Army – now Nepal Army – as an officer cadet while doing his BSc at Tri-Chandra College, Kathmandu. After excelling in the Army’s basic military training, he got an opportunity to study at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, UK. After graduating from Sandhurst in 1971, he was posted to the Gorakh Bahadur Battalion of the Brigade of the Royal Guards at the Royal Palace as Second Lieutenant. Upon being promoted to Captain, he was posted to the Kali Prasad Battalion (Engineers) from where he was selected to be an ADC to King Birendra for an initial tenure of two years. He continued serving at the Royal Palace as an ADC even after the completion of his tenure and was promoted to Brigadier General. Upon promotion to Major General, he was appointed Military Secretary to King Birendra. He was made to resign from his post by King Gyanendra in November 2003. He thus ended his military and the Royal Palace career of over three decades as Lieutenant General. During his service, Gen Shah traveled to all the 75 districts of Nepal and visited more than 50 countries in his official capacity. After his retirement, he played an active role as an associate at the Carter Center to build peace in the country during the years of Maoist insurgency in Nepal. Presently, General Shah is Chairman of the Nepal Institute for Strategic Studies. He continues to participate in national and international forums.

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