KATHMANDU- A book, ‘Four Diplomats’, has been released in the federal capital on Friday. Minister for Foreign Affairs NP Saud released the book penned by former foreign secretary Dr Madan Kumar Bhattarai. As the name suggests, the book is about the contribution made by four diplomats in Nepal’s history. The intellect diplomats’ experience is also mentioned in the book.
Minister Saud released the book published by the Institute of Foreign Affairs. In the programme, Minister Saud viewed the book would be useful for those interested and even those working in the diplomatic field. Four diplomats- Ram Prasad Manandhar, Shovagjung Thapa, Padma Bahadur Khatry and Jharendra Narayan Singh- had momentous contributions to the diplomatic history of Nepal.
Writer Dr Bhattarai informed that the book had special research on the four diplomats including their life stories. The book has a historic exploration on the diplomats who were inspired for dignity, patriotism and devotion. Writer Bhattarai is also the former ambassador who has the experience of nearly four decades of diplomatic service. The book was reviewed by Foreign Secretary Bharat Raj Paudyal, former chief justice Kalyan Shrestha, former chief secretary Leela Mani Paudyal, and Prof Dr Meena Vaidya.
Among four diplomats, Ram Prasad Manandhar and Major General Shovag Jung Thapa had the diplomatic roles from 1951 to 1959, the turning point of Nepal’s politics with the need of modernizing foreign policy. It was also the period of creating foundation for organization. Similarly, Major General Padma Bahadur Khatri and Jharendra Narayan Singh had entered the diplomatic service during Rana regime but had prominent role on post-Rana regime. All of them had become ambassadors to the UK.