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The misunderstood queen
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Nepal, Sept. 15 -- Junge, Junge, Junge-I never knew you were so contemptible-were my thoughts after I finished reading Sheeba Shah's latest historical novel, 'The Other Queen,' based on the life of the fifth Shah king's junior wife-Queen Rajendra Lakshmi. In many school textbooks and historical novels, this ambitious queen is often scapegoated and slandered, baselessly as I've learned. She presided over two of the most infamous political killings in our history-the Kot and Bhandarkhal massacres-and yet, her story ends not with success but with banishment at the hands of her erstwhile allies and perpetrators of the famous killings-the Ranas. There is good reason to doubt the veracity of the image painted of Rajendra Lakshmi in the ensuing ...
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