Prithvi Narayan Shah a symbol of national unity

Prithvi Narayan Shah a symbol of national unity

   Last Updated At: 2011-01-12 11:47 PM

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A gathering to mark the 289th birth anniversary of Prithvi

Narayan Shah at Singha Durbar in Kathmandu on Tuesday.

HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE

KATHMANDU: The contributions of Prithvi Narayan Shah, who unified tiny states to form Nepal, were recalled today on the occasion of his 289th anniversary.

Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal said Shah should be remembered with due respect for his role in unifying Nepal at a RPP-N organised programme.

The intellectual community and civil society, have of late, been raising voices to revert to the practice of celebrating National Unity Day on Shah’s anniversary to recognise his contribution to modern Nepal. The practice was scrapped after Jana Andolan II. However, this might not happen soon as the government is not mulling over it. Meanwhile ministers, lawmakers, representatives of various organisations and the general public paid their respects by garlanding his statue at Singha Durbar.

Speaking at the gathering, Minister for Law and Justice Prem Bahadur Singh opined that Prithvi Narayan Shah’s contribution should be recognised. Campaign coordinator and historian, Buddhi Narayan Shrestha, said that Prithvi Narayan Shah’s contribution to modern Nepal is unparalleled. “Shah should be recognised as the symbol of unity not as a member of the Shah dynasty,” said Shrestha. Shrestha also demanded that Mangsir 1 be declared ‘Nepal Day’.

PN Shah declared the entire territory won by him as Nepal on Mangsir 1, 1826 BS after victory over the then Kantipur state.

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