Wednesday, July 9

Yesterday was our King’s Birthday!!

In past, this day was great festival for whole nation. I still do remember the Poush 14th in mid winter, Birthday of late king Birendra. In fact it was grand day with full of many events throughout the day and couple of weeklong event like exhibition, sports events n all. There were military functions to observe the king birthday and hundred thousands of people gathered in capital from every corner of nation to celebrate king’s birthday. This was like big Mella in Tudhikhel.( one big open ground in the heart of capital) The city was echoed with the slogans for longevity of king.

Few lines I still remember,
Raja Birendra Amar Rahun( Live long our King) and the best one with rhymes.. Hamro Raja Hamro Desh, Pran Bhanda Payro Chha. (We love our king and nation more than our one lives), One felt really great fortunate if he could get view of King in the palace while marching in front of Palace in huge crowd. Besides, many hard working bureaucrats, police and army personal, industrialists, sportsman and social workers were honored with highly honorable laurels depending on their outstanding performance. There were the never ending long list of best wishes news in radio and television and same in the case in all daily newspapers.

But this year, today I come to know that yesterday was our king’s birthday. I often visit news portal of Nepal. But I didn’t notice any headlines of birthday celebration and wishes. But somewhere , in the middle of one news titled 'Former king living less opulent lifestyle... very few staff around' in, I came to know yesterday was the birthday of King Gyanendra. I got shocked, how even the Medias, who always look for small clue to make big issue, missed such a great event. Nepali people might intentionally ignore this event after the amazing victory in CA election. Even all the politicians and Nepal government didn’t seem so eager to give few regards in this occasion. Then I searched in google with key word” King Birthday in Nepal” then I found so many news in foreign media regarding the King’s Birthday.

Here are few links

Royalists celebrate ousted Nepal king's birthday

Nepal ignores last king's birthday

Clashes mar Nepal king's birthday

Birthday blues for dethroned Nepal king

Add ImageI really felt sorry for our King. How is he accepting the reality ignoring the insult? It shows how powerful the Time is. I remember one moral story of Lion and mouse of our school day in 2-3 grades. The mouse becomes the lion getting boon from the priest and then lion become very proud and starts misusing his post and finally priest becomes angry and curses him to bring back to same mouse. Same is the case here also. So this gives the very noble moral lesson, to reach in high post in not the great achievement unless you can’t be stable in that post.

( I apologize for missing to mention ex in front of King in above article. In fact, I feel very odd to call him ex-king. Because there is no king after him.So why to call him ex-king?)