Today marks the 20th anniversary of the destruction of the dynasty of the then King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah. King Birendra’s family was assassinated inside the Narayanhiti palace on June 3, 2008. There are those who say that the genocide of the republic has grown due to this massacre.
That tragic incident of June 3 still shakes the mind of every Nepali. Every Friday there was a family gathering of the monarchy. During the gathering, King Virendra, Rani Aishwarya, Prince Dipendra, Prince Nirajan, Princess Shruti, Prince Dhirendra, Princesses Shanti Rajyalakshmi Singh and Sarada Rajyalakshmi Shah, Shah Jayadi Jayanti Rajyalakshmi Shah, Kumar Khadga Vikram Shah and other members of the royal family were killed.
The monarchy did not last long in Nepal after the annihilation of Birendra, who created the image of a liberal, popular and peace-loving king. After the death of King Birendra, his half-brother Gyanendra Birvikram Shah became king.
However, when he tried to use the non-partisan system by taking direct control of the government, the people’s movement of 2006-07 intensified. And, after bringing the armed Maoists into the peace process, the end of the monarchy and the declaration of a republic was declared in the country on June 3, 2008.
With the end of the monarchy, the country is now running in a federal democratic republican, political system, but there are many Nepalis who have King Virendra in mind. Therefore, the tragic Durbar massacre of June 3 has not been erased from the minds of Nepalis.