Former King Gyanendra Shah today said he is deeply troubled over growing politicization of state organs on one hand, and an unprecedented threat that the indigenous culture, tradition and moral values were facing from outside.
In his message to the nation on the occasion of Bijaya Dashami, former King Shah said the politicization of all organs of the state was 'unusual' as it has adversely affected the impartiality of the state, and eroded people faith and confidence on it. "Some external forces are using a resource to weaken integrity and self-pride of the nation, something that the people have experienced. Although our collective responsibility lies in protecting our history,
“We must be aware that our sovereignty and prospects of prosperity are at peril," he said, echoing a concern that most opposition and traditional parties have been raising. He appealed to the people to be serious about the external game that aims to replace the indigenous Nepali culture, tradition and moral values with their imposed culture and religion. He joined issue with what has now come to be known as 'politics of syndicate', daring them to secure public mandate on national issues of far-reaching consequences. "Can we call it a democracy if issues of national importance with far-reaching consequences are settled without people being given a chance to have their say?" he said. adding ' it is time those responsible for it 'must be made accountable.'
Former King Shah, says he will not celebrate Dashain festival this year. In particular, he says he will neither visit shrines of goddess Durga nor receive and offer Dashain Tika and Jamara.
The former monarch says he has taken the decision not to observe the major festival considering disasters caused by recent floods and landslides in various parts of the country.