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A new book, just out of the press and scheduled to be launched formally Wednesday, deals a fresh blow to the image of Nepal’s controversial royal family, laying rape, womanising and intrigues at the door of generations of kings.

‘Rakta Kunda’, which means ‘pool of blood’, written by Nepali journalist Krishna Bhattarai, who uses the pen name ‘Abiral’, meaning continuous, has already sold over 2,000 copies before its official launch – a remarkable feat in the Himalayan kingdom where buying books is not a popular culture.

The 32-year-old author claims all the sensational happenings described in the book are real, based on his conversations with a mother and daughter pair, who worked in the palace, and then cross-checked with palace and security officials.

The genesis of the book goes back eight years ago when as a reporter with a Nepali weekly, Bhattarai began researching an article on why the then crown prince Dipendra was not getting married.

Nepal’s monarchy has been on the down slide  since 2006. A few days ago, Nepal’s government scrapped the old anthem that praised the king and now, they and the crown prince of Nepal had to pay tax; just like a normal citizen. A great king and Prince just turn into two unlucky fellows overnight!!! I do not know what other things they would have to do in future. In 238 years of monarchy, this is the first time the king is forced to pay tax in Nepal. I am quoting from the report published in ekantipur.com:      

Probably for the first time in the history of Nepal since the founding of the Shah dynasty 238 years ago the King and Crown Prince have been made to pay tax. The Customs Office at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) on Wednesday charged Rs 53,739 as duty and tax on 50 pieces of torch light that came recently from the US in the name of King Gyanendra. 

The office also charged Rs 77,193 in customs duty, demurrage charge, tax and fine earlier  when royal palace officials reached TIA to acquire a ‘Hunting Trophy’ that came from Vienna, Austria, for Crown Prince Paras, an official said, preferring anonymity. There is a saying what you do to someone may just come back at you tenfold. All these years, the royal family of Nepal waste tax payers’ money for their own luxury. Neither King Gyanendra, nor Paras, bothered about people’s suffering or welfare. Now, they have been dragged to the level of a normal citizen and forced to pay tax. A king who is not fair and just to his subjects would fall one day or the other. 

There is a saying . All these years, the royal family of Nepal waste tax payers’ money for their own luxury. Neither King Gyanendra, nor Paras, bothered about people’s suffering or welfare. Now, they have been dragged to the level of a normal citizen and forced to pay tax. A king who is not fair and just to his subjects would fall one day or the other. 

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