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Rishikesh Shah

BORN : 1925
DIED : 13 NOV 2002, Chandol,Nepal

FATHER : Raja Tarak Bahadur Shah [ca 1903 - 6 MAR 2001]
MOTHER : Rani Madaan Dibyeshwari Rajya Lakshmi [OCT 1901 - ]

Raja of Bhirkot [6.3.2001] - [13.11.2002]
He recieved post graduate degrees in English and political science from Patna and Allahabad universities, leading to a lectureship at Trichandra College, Kathmandu in 1945, joined the Nepal Democratic Congress, and later the Nepali National Congre ss, becoming its general secretary, before moving to the Nepali Congress and the United Front, opposition leader in Nepal's first (nominated) parliament in 1953, left for the USA where he spent approximately five years, including serving as Nepal' s very first permanent representative to the United Nations, he was also Nepal's Ambassador to the US for a short time, in 1961, he was elected by the UN General Assembly as chairman of the international commission to probe into the death of th e UN General Secretary, returning to Nepal, he served for a short period of time as finance minister and foreign minister. In 1962, he chaired the Constitution Drafting Committee. He contested and won a seat to the Rashtriya Panchayat, in the grad uates' constituency twice in the years 1967/71, he served as president of the Nepal Council of World Affairs, he became founding chairman of the Nepal Wildlife Conservation, later he also founded the Human Rights Organisation of Nepal (HURON) , at various times, he was Visiting Professor, Jawarharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; Regents' Professor, University of Berkeley, California; and Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars and the East-West Center, Honolulu , author of "Heroes and Builders of Nepal, Nepali Politics: Retrospect and Prospect and Politics in Nepal, 1980-1991".


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