Gen. Bharat Ke­shar Simha passes away

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Chair­man of World Hindu Fed­er­a­tion In­ter­na­tional and for­mer Ma­jor Gen­eral of Nepal Army Bharat Ke­shar Singh passed away on Sun­day while un­der­go­ing treat­ment at Bay­o­dha Hos­pi­tal. He was 85. He was ad­mit­ted to the hos­pi­tal af­ter car­diac ar­rest three weeks back. He was cre­mated at Pashu­pati Aryghat also on Sun­day. Be­fore per­form­ing last rites, his body was kept at Bankali for a few hours. Born in 1933, Simha was a Ma­jor Gen­eral (retd.) in the then Royal Nepal Army, Honorary ADC to late HM King Biren­dra and for­mer HM King Gya­nen­dra, served as Am­bas­sador to the United King­dom, and was cur­rently serv­ing his sec­ond term as the Pres­i­dent of the World Hindu Fed­er­a­tion. He is sur­vived by three sons, their spouses, and four grand­sons. He was mar­ried to the late Teeka Ra­jyalaxmi Simha, daugh­ter of Com­man­derin-Chief of the Royal Nepal Army, late Gen. Ki­ran SJB Rana. He was com­mis­sioned into the Royal Nepal Army in 1952 and grad­u­ated from the In­dian Mil­i­tary Academy, Dehra Dun, in 1954. He then served in “The Fa­mous” Ma­hen­dra Dal Bat­tal­ion and First Ri­fle Bat­tal­ion. Dur­ing 1953-1956, he un­der­took var­i­ous courses in Eng­land and was at­tached with the Bri­tish Army of the Rhine in Ger­many. He grad­u­ated from the Staff Col­lege, Cam­ber­ley, Eng­land in 1964. Sub­se­quently, he served as Res­i­dent Mil­i­tary At­tache' at the Royal Nepal Em­bassy in Eng­land, con­cur­rently ac­cred­ited to France, West Ger­many, Bel­gium, Nether­lands and Swe­den. From 1967-1970, he was the first Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer of the newly es­tab­lished Para­troop­ers Bat­tal­ion. He also served as Of­fi­ci­at­ing Di­rec­tor of Mil­i­tary Op­er­a­tions and Staff Du­ties dur­ing 1971-74; the Khampa Op­er­a­tions took place dur­ing this pe­riod. He re­tired from the army in 1986 as Ma­jor Gen­eral and Chief of Gen­eral Staff. Be­sides his strictly mil­i­tary ca­reer, dur­ing 1959-1963, he was a Mem­ber of the NepalChina Joint Bound­ary Com­mis­sion which de­mar­cated the bound­ary be­tween Nepal and China for the first time. He was a keen sports­man through­out his life and Found­ing Pres­i­dent of the Nepal Squash Rac­quet As­so­ci­a­tion. He served as Am­bas­sador of Nepal, res­i­dent in United King­dom, also ac­cred­ited to all Nordic coun­tries, dur­ing 19881992. He was elected as Pres­i­dent of the World Hindu Fed­er­a­tion for the pe­riod 1996-2006 and again from 2016. In ad­di­tion to his mil­i­tary and diplo­matic ca­reer and his ac­tivism as a Sanatan Dharma na­tion­al­ist, he will be re­mem­bered as the Head of the Simha fam­ily, a kind fa­ther and a dot­ing grand­fa­ther. The late Gen Simha was among our es­teemed read­ers and group of well wish­ers. On this sad oc­ca­sion, Peo­ple's Re­view fam­ily prays to the Almighty for eter­nal peace of the de­parted soul and ex­tends heart­felt con­do­lences to all the mem­bers of the be­reaved fam­ily.

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