Devyani Rana was the prospective fiancée of the Crown Prince Dipendra of Nepal. She is the daughter of Pashupati Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana and Usharaje Scindia , Pashupati Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana is the president of one of the democratic political parties of Nepal - The Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP).
According to published reports, the refusal of Dipendra's parents to consent to his marriage with Devyani was the cause of the massacre of the royal family in Nepal. Devyani is a member of the Rana autocracy via her father. Her mother Usharaje Scindia is from an influential Indian royal family (the Scindias, see Vijayaraje Scindia). She has only one sibling, a sister. The Shah family of Nepalese kings had a history of animosity towards the Rana family, which had served as hereditary prime ministers of Nepal until 1951, with the title Maharaja. Nonetheless, Shah kings and princes have married almost exclusively A Class Rana family members. Devyani Rana fled to India immediately after the royal massacre to escape media attention. Rana married businessman Aishwarya Singh, the grandson of Indian Human Resources Minister Arjun Singh, on February 22, 2007. The ceremony was witnessed by 5,000 guests included dignitaries from India and various parts of the world. Rana currently works for the United Nations Development Program.