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JUNG BAHADUR AMONG THE HORNETS' NEST - THE AFTERMATH OF VELAYAT YATRA

Kazi Karbir Khatry was a trusted lieutenant of Prime Minister Jung Bahadur Rana. He was subservient and loyal to the new repository of power to a fault. He considered himself highly privileged to be a part of the prestigious retinue of the prime minister's epochal visit to England. But the Kazi was a very religious man; he was also extremely ambitious.

Prime Minister Jung Bahadur Rana finally returned home on the 6th of February, 1851 A.D. to a hero's welcome after a thirteen month long odyssey of England, France, Egypt and, on the way back, after politicking in the important power centers of British India. Entering Kathmandu Valley Jung was feted by his brothers, the court and the huge masses of the citizenry of the valley. Across the Black Bridge at Pachali, great welcome arches were constructed decorated with colourful banners and buntings hailing the prime minister and proclaiming the glory of Nepal. Welcome committees of every hue and color waited with garlands of marigol…