By Dirgha Raj Prasai
We, the Nepalese people, observe National Unity Day and birth anniversary of the great warrior King Prithvi Narayan Shah on 27 Pous (11 January). Although the government of traitors has stopped observing national unity day on 27 Pous, people have not stopped celebrating the Day with great fanfare. The Muslim had ruled in the India states before they were invaded by the British imperialist East India Company to impose Christianity. They came first as traders, second was Bible and third was sword where they were building their own military force to takeover India with the support of Great Britain and thus they succeeded. By knowing the intention of the British imperialists, King of Gorkha, Prithvi Narayan Shah unified more than 54 small Hindu states as the United Hindu Kingdom Nepal.
In India, there were more than 50 nations before Muslim and British Empire. As majority of the people were Hindu in these Indian states, British named it as ‘Hindustan.’ However, before 250 years, the great King Prithvi Narayan Shah had remarked Nepal as a true Hindustan as Christians had already taken-over India.
Nepal and India are only the two pious Hindu countries in the world. These Hindu countries are bordered in between Kailash-Mansarowar in the north and Hinda-Mahasagar in the south, which is popularly known as the original place of Hindu and Hinduism. Hinduism educated us global brotherhood, humanity and respectful coexistence among different communities. I strongly believe that Hindu philosophy can guide the entire world for humanitarian norms and values. Hinduism is our identity, Hinduism is our dignity, Hinduism is our life. It is our pride that we are part of it.
Prithvi Narayan Shah, the unifier of Nepal is the glory of Nepal. Almost 100 years before Germany and Italy were unified and restored the Meiji dynasty, Prithvi Narayan Shah had unified 54 small Hindu states making only Hindu kingdom in the world. The British Empire, spreading in Asia, after getting hold in India had eyed on mountainous region i.e. Nepal. It was not an easy task to fight against the British force during that time. As our culture, religion and nationality were in danger, Prithvi Narayan Shah was compelled to form Greater Nepal. The Shah king had kept the originality of mountainous Nepal by holding the Moon-Sun depicting flag to wave, which obliged all the Nepalese in the world. The creator of this nation, Shah the Great had explained in his Divine Counsels: “This is not the nation gained by my trifle efforts, this is the garden of all class of flowers, and may all be aware of this”.
It is sad to note that after the 2006 uprising, the so-called revolutionaries — the Maoists mobilized from RAW and EU – demolished the statue of the Great King Shah and Krishna Shitaula like Indian puppets abruptly cancelled the tradition of observing King Shah’s birth anniversary as the national unity day.
The American citizens never forget the history of Gorge Washington, who gave freedom to the people from the British imperialism by unifying the United State of America almost after 30 years of the Nepal’s unification (1768).
The Gorkha King declared Kathmandu as the capital and Nepal as the kingdom but not Gorkha. King Shah not only brought different caste and ethnicity dominated states under one umbrella but also laid a solid foundation of the modern state. He explained Nepal as a “yam between two boulders”and suggested for a delicate balance of relationship with the two giant neighbors, which is considered as a fundamental policy in our foreign affairs. King Shah, on the side of governance, had indicated that both bribers and takers are the enemies of the nation.
After winning Kathmandu, King Shah sat on the royal throne in Hanuman Dhoka after receiving ‘Tika’ from Kumari (Living Goddess) by respecting local culture. With the support of all different castes including Magar, Gurung, Sherpa, Bahun, Chetri, Kami, Damai, Sarki etc. King Shah became successful to expand Nepal’s international borders from Tista in the East to Kangada in the West and Ganges in the South. A strong sovereign nation was created comprised of all the indigenous people.
Nepal’s identity is the Hindu Kingdom in the globe. Our so-called revolutionary leaders sponsored by the foreign powers have tried to remove our identity by declaring Nepal a secular republic. If we fail to restore Hindu Kingdom, we will be removing our own identity forever. It is ungrateful to try to forget the creator of Nepal, king Shah the Great. Let all the patriotic Nepalis pay tribute to the Great King!
Great warrior King Prithvi Narayan Shah
By Dirgha Raj Prasai