We often complain that the reason Nepal is in such bad situation is the leaders we have now . We have got irresponsible leaders these days who are doing nothing but deteriorating the situation of Nepal. But this was not the case always we have amazing history and there are leaders who made the Nepal we have now. Many leaders have given their heart and blood for this nation.
This article is for those leaders who made Nepal great. While awe are talking about kings and kingdoms from history, this article continues with that. We are listing the names of three most effective and dynamic leaders in past time. They are the ones who made steps towards unifying Nepal.
Prithivi Narayan Shah
I don’t think there is anyone who is not aware of the Prirthivi Narayan shah. He was the most visionary and farsighted king of all time. Prirthivi Narayan Shah is the one who made Nepal great with his bravery and diplomatic skills. Prirthivi Narayan Shah is the most skilled, brave, courageous and visiosnary leaders of all time. He was born in Gorkha from the then king and queen of Gorkha.
At the time his birth there was controversy on who should be the king of Gorkha. He was born within seven months of conception while his brother Brindakeshar born after ten months of conception.
There was debate on who is elder as the elders one gets the throne. But later on Prithivi Narayan shah became the king. He was very brave and showed the traits of true king from his childhood. He learned all weapon, diplomatic and war skills in his childhood . His upbringing was such that he gained the character of a king form very young age. He was very patriotic and passionate about his kingdom.
As he grew up, east India company was extending its boarder. Most neighboring countries were under its rule. Prirthivi Narayn shah knew the more divided we are the less powerful we are. He knew that it will be really easy for British to take over small states one by one. So he saw the dream of unification.
He with his diplomatic skills and courage took over all the powerful states like Nuwakot, Kirtipur, Patan, Bhaktapur, Kathmandu . After conquering the valley he moved towards the Chaubise Rajya in the west. He conquered the most powerful states in west side Lamjung, Tanahun, Kaski and Palpa. He eventually won war with almost all states and became successfull in his mission of extending Nepal.
However his coming generation also did a lot in process of unification. Prithivi Narayan Shah started the steps and other followed it. Prithivi Narayan shah will always remain the bravest King of Nepal and the kingdom we have now we all owe it to Prithivi Narayan shah . Even he was not there Nepal would be still divided into smaller states probably. But now we have a single country that we can proudly call Nepal.
Queen Rajendra Laxmi is another name that has important role in unification of Nepal. And She is probably the most powerful woman in history. After death of Prithivi Narayan Shah, his elder son Pratap Singh Shah took over the throne.
He was doing good as a king but after ruling for three years he died at the age of 26. Then his two and half year old son Rana Bahadur Shah took over the throne. He was too small to look after the country. His mother Rajendra Laxmi watched over the nation in his reign. He was king of name only it was his mother who looked after all the administrative works. She and her brother in law Bahadur Shah together run the country. Later they had a fight and Rajendra Laxmi imprisoned him and started ruling the country alone.
It was the first time, a queen was looking over Nepal. But as they say women prove better leaders, she did an amazing job. That is why she makes it up to the list. During her eight years of rule she showed extraordinary bravery and diplomatic skills.
She took over many countries during her rule and continued on path of Prithivi Narayan Shah. Rajendra laxmi died in 1842 BS but she is still an example for all women out there. She ruled over the country in most effective way when only males used to look after all these things. She continuously struggled for keeping the dignity and freedom of Nation.
Bhadur Shah was the second son of Prithivi Narayan Shah. Being the youngest son ,he couldn’t rule over the kingdom. However he was as brave and visionary as his father. His brother Pratap Shah ruled over the kingdom for three years and died shortly . Then as well Bahadur Shah couldn’t rule over the kingdom as throne was given to two and half year old son. However he along with wife of Pratap shah took over the kingdom.
He also has a very big hand in unification of Nepal. He studied in India in order to understand the nature of east India Company. Palpa and Parbat were very powerful at that time and were big issue for Bahadur Shah in his unification campaign so he married the daughter of Mahadutta Singh, King of Palpa.
Then he did treaty with Palpa. Bahadur Shah was dealing with internal affairs as well with Rajendra Laxmi Shah. He was even imprisoned by the queen . But despite all the issues he overcame them and worked on his aim of unifying Nepal. Bahdur Shah has strong role in unifying the chaubise states. He also won over the baise states.
He is important name in history . However when son of Pratap Shah, Rana Bahadur Shah reached eighteen years of age he imprisoned Bahadur Shah with false accusations. He did in captivity in 1855 BS after being in jail for three years. Rumors are that he was killed with boiling hot oil. He became the victim of Rana Bahadur Shah’s diplomacy.