Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Tough Talk with Dr. Ram Sharan Mahat

Posted by Anup Baral September 21, 2016 : sDr Ram Sharan Mahat (Former Minister, Finance and Foreign Affairs) in the program Tough Talk. This Program was aired in Kantipur Television on 21 September 2016 at 9:30 PM. Dr. Ram Sharan Mahat, a senior leader of Nepali Congress, combines a rare background of an active politician and a technocrat. Born in a middle class family in Nuwakot district of rural Nepal, he became politically active since early student days when he was imprisoned at the age of 14 while participating in a student demonstration. One of the leading student activists in his college and university days in Nepal, he was imprisoned several times by the autocratic monarchial regime in the sixtees and seventees. After his graduation in 1968 with a gold medal, he taught in a secondary school in the remote district in Lamjung and became its headmaster at the age of 19. In 1971, he became the General Secretary of Nepal Students Union, the largest students asociation affiliated with Nepali Congress – outlawed by the autocratic monarchil regime from 1961 until 1990.He did his Masters in Economics from Trivuban University in 1972 with a gold medal. Despite being selected for scholarship, he was denied an opportunity to go abroad for advanced studies by the Panchayat government because of his political background. Instead, he was incarcerated for two years (1973-75) under Security Act without any charge sheet. After his release, he went to Gokhale Institute of Economics in Pune, India in 1976 for his Ph.D under a Government of India scholarship. He completed his degree in 1979.
He campaigned actively for multiparty democracy in Nepal during the national referendum of 1980.He subsequently joined UNDP/Nepal as a programme officer and subsequently served as Area Officer in UNDP Headquarters Asia and Pacific Bureau in New York.He was also a recipient of US government’s Hubert Humphrey Fellowship 1987/88 and was associated with the School of International Studies of the American University, Washington DC. In 1989, he was assigned as coordinator for UNDP’s Afghanistan cross border programme based in Islamabad. After Nepal’s political change in 1990, he resigned the UNDP job to join full time politics in 1991.

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