Rishikesh Shah (b. 1925) is one of fes Nepali scholars who has had a successful political career. He has served his country in many different5 capacities--as cabinet minister, ambassador, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Council of State. ...
He also led Nepal's first delegate to the United Nations. Later, Rishikesh Shah moved into the opposition and became associated with the Nepal section of Amnesty International, advocating for human rights in Nepal, thus playing a leading role in the movement for the restoration of democracy in Nepal. For these actions, he was imprisoned several times during the Panchayat Era. A prolific writer, Rishikesh Shah has to his credit several books on Nepal's history and politics.