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Thursday, 21 July 2016

34th Memorial Day of late BP Koirala

Posted by Anup Baral July 21, 2016 :
Bishweshwar Prasad Koirala, commonly known as B. P. Koirala, was a Nepali politician and a prolific writer. He was the Prime Minister of Nepal from 1959 to 1960. He led the Nepali Congress, a social democratic political party.Widely regarded as one of the greatest political personality of Nepal, he was a staunch supporter of democracy who believed that democracy was necessary as it guaranteed an individual’s liberty and civil and political rights. But to BP, guarantee of individual liberty and civil and political rights alone were not sufficient in an underdeveloped country like Nepal. Thus, he proposed democratic socialism as the prescription for ending Nepal’s underdevelopment.

Koirala was the first democratically elected and 22nd Prime Minister of Nepal. He held the office just 18 months before being deposed and imprisoned by order of King Mahendra. The rest of his life was spent largely in prison or exile and in steadily deteriorating health.

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